AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC/CGCA) and Therapy Dog International (TDI)
Don and Cecelia Williams, AKC approved and TDI approved, have offered to make
CGC, TDI, and CGCA testing available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Sign Up: On the Consolidated Order Form. Don and Cecelia will donate the price of
the AKC paperwork.
Fees: The CGC test is $15.00 while the TDI Test only is $20.00. The fee for two tests together is $30.00.
If anyone is unsure of his or her dogs ability to pass the tests, please come and meet
with Don or Cecelia and they will walk you through what is required. Handicapped
dogs and people can pass these tests. As Pat Santi often said, "I feel that this is an
important part of giving to the community and helps the community learn that dogs
do make a difference in people's lives."
Volunteers are needed to assist Don and Cecelia with the testing: playing a friendly
stranger, being part of a crowd, etc. We especially need children who can make the
commitment to help one or both days. TDI testing requires the presence of two children.
Contact Don & Cecelia to Volunteer and with any questions at 231-633-8461 or
Per Day Limit: Due to the time limitations, 8 dogs per day for either CGC or TDI will
be tested. Testing will be scheduled at 15 minute intervals. TDI requires that their
testing must be open to all dogs who apply and must be publicized on the TDI website.
Early entry is encouraged.
The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program. First: to teach responsible
dog ownership to owners and second: to certify that dogs have the training and
behavior needed to be reliable.
CGC tests are noncompetitive. Dogs are not required to perform items on the test
with the same precision needed in formal obedience trials.
There are 10 elements for the dog to pass on the CGC Test:
- Accepting a Friendly Stranger
- Sitting Politely for Petting
- Appearance and Grooming
- Out for a walk on a loose lead
- Walking through a Crowd
- Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
- Coming When Called
- Reaction to Another Dog
- Reaction to Distractions
- Supervised Separation.
Additional requirements for CGCA testing may be found at
You no longer need a rabies certificate or immunization record for the CGC tests. You
will be asked to sign a pledge that your dog is current on his vaccinations. CGC Testing
may be done on a 6 foot lead with a buckle or slip collar or body harness. Head and
pinch collars are not allowed. Dogs can be any age to be tested.
Therapy Dogs International (TDI) test is much like the CGCA test with added changes:
- The dog must be comfortable around several people and medical equipment.
- Dogs are tested on buckle collar or non-restrictive body harness. This is a test of
behavior, as a dog who jumps could harm a sick person.
TDI is a natural extension of the AKC's CGC test for dogs who are particularly sensitive
and attentive to people. TDI will only test dogs over one year old.
For TDI you must have a current rabies certificate and a license for your dog, if required
by the state in which you live.