Doggy Manners - AKC Canine Good Citizen

cgc logoThis course is a great course for those people that want to teach their dog how to be a well-behaved family member.  It is important that you, as a pet owner, are able to take your dog to the veterinarian or groomer and know that he/she can be handled without difficulty.  That you can take your dog for a walk through the neighborhood without having to struggle with pulling.  In this course, your dog can learn where his/her own special 'spot' is to lie down in during meals or family time.

For this class it is important that your dog be able to socialize appropriately with other dogs and people.  If you have a dog that is reactive (that is a dog that will lung or be aggressive towards other dogs and/or people)we encourage you to contact a trainer that specializes in helping reactive dogs to work through that issue before attempting this class.

This class covers the skills required to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

  • Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Sitting politely for petting
  • accepting grooming
  • walking on a loose lead
  • walking through a crowd
  • sit and down on command
  • staying in place
  • come when called
  • reaction to distractions
  • supervised separation

CGC1You will get help and information on the subject of helping your dog learn how to learn.  We use positive reinforcement when training and do not ever advocate hurting your dog.  Yes, there are times when a dog needs correction.  Corrections need to be appropriate and are NOT punishment.  You will receive instruction on what is appropriate correction for your dog.  Not all dogs are the same therefore, appropriate correction for one dog may not be appropriate for the other dog. 

At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to take the AKC Canine Good Citizenship test at no cost.  This is a great way to proof your newly found skills. Learn about the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program here.

Did you know that your dog does not have to have 'papers' to register your dog with the AKC?  If you have a mixed-breed dog you can opt to get an AKC Canine Partners #.  If you have a purebred dog with no papers you can opt for the AKC Purebred Alternative Listing Program.  The benefits of doing so include the ability to compete in AKC performance events such as Obedience, Rally and Agility.  These sports are a LOT of fun for both you and your dog and we encourage everyone to get involved.  

Register for This Class Online

AKC Canine Partners Program

AKC Purebred Alternative Listing Program


Training Class Refund Policy And Agreement

By registering for one of our training classes, you are committing to attend the classes offered for the 8 week session.  For your part, you are making a committment to your dog and to us that you will attend the classes and practice the lessons.  For our part, we agree to provide you instruction and guidance for each of the training classes.  We know that life happens and we try our best to accommodate that.  Our training instructors are volunteers, giving of their knowledge and experience so while we want to do our best to be fair to our students with regard to refunds, we also are cognizant that we need to have everyone be respectful of our instructors time.

Below is our policy on refunds:

  • Transfers to another class or refunds may be offered to any student immediately following the first class if they decide the class is not the right fit for them and their dog.
  • If a handler chooses to discontinue the course, (after week one) the handler will not receive the remaining handouts(lesson plans) and are not due any money as a refund.
  • If you or your dog becomes ill and you cannot begin or continue the class, we will allow you to apply your payment and join the next training session in the applicable week you missed.
  • We will not provide refunds for lack of attendance. If due to inclement weather or Marana Parks and Recreation decides to close the park we will not offer refunds for that training session; we will attempt to make up the time.
  • If after review by the instructors involved we decide we cannot offer appropriate training for you and your dog, we will offer you a full refund and provide references to local trainers and behaviorists.  
German Shepherd Dog Club of Southern Arizona, Inc. will not be responsible for loss, damage or injury to dogs, people or property caused by any dog brought to the training grounds. The handler/owner will be responsible for any and all loss, damage or injury caused by his/her dog(s) or children brought to the training grounds or other events sponsored by the Club.
Students under the age of sizteen years must have a parent or guardian in attendance during class.
There is a $35 charge for returned checks.