AKC CGCA Test at Irvine Spectrum Center


Congrats To Our

AKC Community Canine ( CGCA )

Pet Therapy Dogs Advanced Certification

*****Cheri and Angel *****



Congrats To Our

AKC Community Canine (CGCA )

Pet Therapy Dogs Advanced Certification

****** Chloe, Agnes and Andy ****** 


 Los Angeles Times – Feb. 2016 Weekend Edition    

       “Nothing like the comfort of a pet”



1. Pet Therapy Dog Group visiting to The Covington &      

     Children Literacy Program at El Toro Library CA 



 The Covington Nursing Homes


The Covington Nursing Homes








  Aliso Viejo Library 





   2. AKC Canine Good Citizen ( 10 Step Program Video )

       CGC TEST consists of 10 skills needed by all well-mannered dogs. All of the exercises are done on a leash.

       Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger

        Dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural,  everyday situation.


         Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

        Dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.


 Test 3: Appearance and grooming

Dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so.


Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

Handler/dog team will take a short “walk” to show that the dog is in control while walking on a leash.


Test 5: Walking through a crowd

e dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three) to demonstrate that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian tra c and is under control in public places.


Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place

e dog will respond to the handler’s commands to 1) sit, 2) down and will 3) remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers).


Test 7: Coming when called

e dog will come when called by the handler. e handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog.


Test 8: Reaction to another dog

To demonstrate that the dog can behave politely around other dogs,
two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet.


Test 9: Reaction to distraction

To demonstrate the dog is con dent when faced with common distracting situations, the evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane.


Test 10: Supervised separation

is test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. e owner will go out of sight for three minutes.


You’ll need to bring your dog’s brush or comb to the CGC test. In the CGC test, dogs must wear a buckle collar or slip collar.

For details regarding equipment, expanded descriptions of the exercises above, and how the CGC Test is administered, see:





Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA )


Test 1: Dog stands, sits, or lies down and waits under control while the owner


  Test 2: Dog walks on a loose leash in a natural situation ( not in a ring ) and does not pull


    Test 3: Dog walks on a loose leash through a crowd


    Test 4: Dog walks past distractions  and does not pull


    Test 5: Sit-stay in small group ( three other people with dogs)


    Test 6; Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it


Test 7: “Leave it.” Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions,         ” Leave it.”


Test 8: Down or sit-stay distance ( owner’s choice )


Test 9: Recall with distractions present ( coming when called ) Handled goes out 20-ft. ( off center ) and calls dog


Test 10: Dog will sit or stand stay ( owner’s choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready. Owner may choose to send the dog through first and have the dog wait for the owner, or, the owner may  choose to have the dog go through the doorway at the owner’s side. Whichever method is used. the dog must not pull the owner and must be under good control. Think of the handler having the leash in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.


     AKC Community Canine Test Video