Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen Preparation Group Class 

Would you like your dog to be a Canine Good Citizen?

Join our American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Preparation Group Class to fine tune your handling skills and your dog’s responses! These classes meet for one hour, once a week for five weeks. Group classes are intended for friendly, healthy dogs that are at least six months old.

What are the benefits of a Canine Good Citizen certificate?

  • Build upon your training knowledge and strengthen the bond with your dog.
  • Demonstrate that you and your dog have a commitment to being good community stewards.
  • Build your dog’s resume! This may assist with landlord and leasing negotiations and insurance policies.
  • Get a jump on the steps to prepare you and your dog for therapy work. Who wouldn’t want to bring joy, learning and connection to others?

If you have questions about where to start, please contact

This comprehensive program covers: 

  • Socialization: We will practice controlled interactions with other dogs and people to enhance social skills and impulse control. 
  • Leash Manners: Throughout a variety of exercises, we will promote loose leash walking through obstacles and around people. 
  • Practical Application: We will place learned skills into real-world scenarios and address common challenges with added distraction. 

While our 5-week class integrates the Canine Good Citizen evaluation into its curriculum, we understand that some dogs may already possess the necessary skills! Join us for the evaluation-only option to showcase your dog’s abilities without the full course commitment.  

Canine Good Citizen Evaluation

At the Humane Society of Charlotte, we provide evaluations for the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. This evaluation is $20, and does not include any additional fees charged by the AKC in order to receive your certificate. These evaluations operate on a first-come, first-served basis, with one evaluation date available per month. To have your dog CGC evaluated by the Humane Society, please click the button below to select an available date/time. 

Additionally, please be aware that we offer a Canine Good Citizen Preparation class, which includes the evaluation fee. Participants in the class receive priority scheduling for evaluation dates.

To learn more about CGC, visit the American Kennel Club’s website here.