CGC Testing Rules

  1. Handlers may and are encouraged to talk to, praise, hug & smile at their dogs.

  2. NO TREATS MAY BE USED DURING THE TEST FOR REWARDS.

  3. NO HARNESSES, PRONG COLLARS or HEAD COLLARS are allowed.

  4. Flat collars, choke collars and Martingale collars are permissible.

  5. Fabric or leather leashes are permissible.

  6. RETRACTABLE LEASHES ARE NOT ALLOWED.

  7. Body language and hand signals are permitted.

  8. Harsh corrections are not permitted and are grounds for dismissal.

  9. Eliminating during the test is grounds for dismissal. (Unless in transition to another test location and your dog passes a bush.)

  10. You may bring your own brush or the Evaluator will use her own.

  11. If your dog passes the CGC test, there will be an $8.00 fee payable to the AKC when ordering your CGC certificate. You will have two years to submit for your certificate.

  12. If a dog has missed only 1 test item, he/she may take the test item again AT THE END of the day’s testing. (Unless the issue is aggression; then the dog may not retest.)

  13. A dog may rise to stand (from a sit or down) for the STAY IN PLACE but if the dog walks toward you as you return, the dog does not pass.