General Test Information
CGN Tests are sponsored by local dog clubs, private dog training schools, pet therapy societies, community colleges, service organizations, pet supply stores, and some veterinary clinics and will be conducted inside or outside in everyday, busy locations such as shopping malls, hotels, community centres or parks.
The test is non-competitive. Dogs are not required to have formal obedience training in order to participate in or successfully complete this test, however many clubs and training schools offer preparation courses for the test. Dogs must be at least 12 months old to participate in the test.
The test consists of 12 steps, and each requires a “Pass” evaluation in order for your dog to receive a Canine Good Neighbour certification.
- Accepting A Friendly Stranger
- Politely Accepts Petting
- Appearance and Grooming
- Out For A Walk
- Walking Through A Crowd
- Sit/Down On Command and Stay In Place
- Come When Called
- Reaction To A Passing Dog
- Reaction To Distractions
- Supervised Isolation
- Walking Through A Door/Gate
In depth descriptions of the requirements for the test, each of its steps, as well as training tips, can be viewed here.
How To Find A Test
All scheduled upcoming Canine Good Neighbour tests will be listed here
with specific details from the host club on the test fees and how to enter.
Do I need to have a dog registered with CKC to participate?
No membership or registration with CKC is required to have your dog tested!
Can I use treats or toys for the test?
No, treats or toys may not be used during the test.
What are the requirements for a dog to be tested?
Any dog over the age of 12 months may be tested through the Canine Good Neighbour program.
What do I get if my dog passes the test?
You will receive an official certificate from the Canadian Kennel Club and registered dogs may add “CGN” to the end of their name.
Does a CGN certification help me work towards other titles for my dog?
Yes, a Canine Good Neighbour certification can be used towards your Versatility Title!