CGC Prep+

Sharpening the Skills Needed for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test

This class is open to dogs of any age who already have an understanding of the basic obedience behaviors required to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test. The course breaks down the elements of each of the 10 test exercises and gives you lots of opportunities to practice the underlying skills around various distractions. We will also help you individually pinpoint the areas you need to work on to pass the test with your dog. Detailed homework assignments will guide you in applying the skills learned in class to real life. The test is given at the end of the class.

While the overall goal of the course is to pass the CGC test, my personal goal for students is that each dog becomes easier to live with and that owners become more adept at managing their dogs’ behavior on walks in the neighborhood, when visiting friends or at the dog park. The various handling hints given in this course – the “Extras” – are quite applicable to real-world situations.

(6 Weeks) Fee: $225


This class is given in conjunction with Your Dog’s Friend, non-profit organization whose goal is to help keep dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting dog owners.  It will be held at 12221 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.  In order to enroll in this class, please go to, locate the class list and click on CGC With Extras. Follow the instructions for payment.

What To Bring To Class

1.  Flat buckle collar (can be nylon, cotton or leather)

2.  A 5- to 6-foot leash (no retractable leashes).

3.  A hungry, well-exercised dog (no food on day of class) and a variety of your dog’s favorite soft treats, cut into raisin-size pieces.

4.  Poop bags for clean-up.

Other Information

If you have to miss a session, please contact me to discuss what was covered and to receive an email of class handouts.

In order to protect all participants in a class, Come When Called reserves the right to decline entry to any dog who presents behavior issues that may be overly dangerous, disruptive or that may be exacerbated by participation in a group class. If behavior issues are discovered during the class and I determine that it is in everyone’s best interest to seek private training, we will discuss private training and you will receive a full refund.