Dog Training Club


Upper Hutt

Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) classes.

Upper Hutt dog training club runs regular Canine Good Basics classes.

Canine Good Citizen skills are incorporated into Dog Sport Basics.

If interest allows we run specific CGC training on weekends.

Download the manual by clicking on the image left

An assessment is usually organised for March/April each year.

The Eukanuba Canine Good Citizen™ Test is a certification program that tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere. It identifies and rewards dogs that have the training and demeanour to be reliable family members as well as good-standing community members. It is open to all purebred and crossbred dogs

The purpose of the Eukanuba Canine Good Citizen™ Test is to ensure that our favourite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act with good manners in the home, in public, and in the presence of other dogs

Eukanuba Canine Good Citizen™ training is fun and useful. Through it, you and your dog will establish a closer bond and your dog will have the added benefit of knowing how to please you. The test of your dog's manners and training is not a competition and does NOT require that you and your dog perform with precision.

Who can participate?
All dogs over the age of 12 months of age.
Membership of the NZKC or member Club is not needed.

We will be working on...

  • Appearance and Grooming
  • Food manners
  • Accepting Friendly Strangers
  • Walking in a controlled manner with distractions and through people
  • Stay tied
  • Control around other dogs
  • There will also be written questions for the owner.

Care and responsibility by the owner.

Canine Good Basics

The aim of the Dogs New Zealand Canine Good Basics (CGB) is to provide a relatively simple test to encourage more people to participate and which can be undertaken as an assessment within a normal class or club situation.

It is intended as a stepping stone towards CGC and is based around goals already commonly developed in basic dog and puppy classes.

Eligible dogs: Any puppy over the age of 6 months Any adult dog of any breed
Minimum age of handler: Handler must be a minimum of eight years old.

Canine Good Basics Assessment Exercises

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS MET: Handler to present registration tag and show they are carrying a poo bag

RESPONSIBLE OWNER KNOWLEDGE: Handler to answer Standardised Questions

ACCEPTANCE OF RESTRAINT: Dog to accept its collar being taken by its handler and then

moved 1-3 steps. A basic test of response to restraint. Dog must not attempt to struggle or bite.

DEMONSTRATION OF MOUTH MANNERS: Dog to demonstrate it is not food aggressive by politely taking a treat offered by its handler when presented on an open palm.

Handler is to provide the treat – if they do not have a treat assessor may offer one for use.

Snatching, attempting to bite or show any form of aggression is not allowed.

OWNER HANDLING AND INSPECTION: Owner to handle ears, mouth (by revealing teeth), feet

and use hand as if grooming without the dog showing resentment or objection by mouthing.

FRIENDLY WITH PEOPLE: Dog when approached and then petted by assessor shows

friendliness with no fear or aggression.

FRIENDLY WITH DOGS: Dog remains calm when another friendly dog walks past at a distance

of 2-3 metres.

ATTENTION ON CUE: Dog responds to a positive cue from its owner and pays them attention

without a leash jerk or physical prompt.

This would normally be done as use of dogs name and dog turns to acknowledge it.

WALK ON LOOSE LEAD: Dog on lead to walk a short distance and change direction without

dragging its owner.

While a loose lead is preferred, some pulling is permitted, but dragging is not. Not to be done as heelwork, but as a casual walk.

COME WHEN CALLED: A recall of approximately 5 metres on an 8-10 metre long line (held by assessor).

Dog may be held by assessor or left in a stay (if it will do this.) If left in a stay this is not the

purpose of the exercise, so dog is not failed if it breaks the stay, provided it comes when called.

SIT OR DOWN ON CUE: Dog will willingly respond on a verbal and/or visual cue to change

posture within a reasonable timeframe and without physical manipulation.

THIRTY SECOND STAY: Dog to remain in one place while handler moves 1-2 metres away. Can be done as a sit or a down, retries are permitted, as long as the exercise is achieved within a reasonable time frame and without physical manipulation.

CGC group
 at Upper Hutt Summer carnival

There were a variety of challenges for the group including: balloons, foam pit, Ferris wheel, children, food on the ground, steam engines, Alapacas etc and the team passed with flying colours. Loose leads, nice stays and very polite with no jumping up. Well done to all!

Examples of questions that may be asked.

As part of canine good citizen there will be questions based on the Responsibility and care sections of the CGC manual.

Here are some examples.

Canine good citizen - Foundation, Assessment day

We had a 100% success rate, well done everyone!!