What is Canine Good Neighbour?

The CKC OFFERS Canine Good Neighbour testing that focuses on everyday, useful basic obedience and manners that any dog should be capable of.
The CGN is a certification program developed by the Canadian  Kennel Club and is open to all dogs, whether pure bred or mixed breed, whether registered or unregistered. It certifies dogs who exhibit both the training and demeanor to be reliable family members and good-standing community members.

The test has 12 parts, all of which must be passed for certification. Perfect obedience is not required to pass; the dog must only demonstrate confidence, a reasonable degree of obedience, and that it is well-mannered and under control at all times. It is permissible for the owner to talk to their dog throughout the test and to give multiple commands if necessary. Dogs which pass can add the CGN designation to the end of their name.

Test 1 – Accepting a Friendly Stranger
 This test demonstrates the dog’s ability to allow a friendly stranger to approach and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday manner.

Test 2 – Politely Accepts Petting
 This test demonstrates the dog’s ability to allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.

Test 3 - Appearance and Grooming
 This practical test demonstrates that the dog will accept being groomed and examined and permit a stranger to do so. It also demonstrates the owners care, concern and sense of responsibility on his dogs well being.

Test 4- Out for a Walk
 This test demonstrates the ability of the dog to walk politely on a loose leash as well as the handler’s ability to control the dog.

Test 5- Walking through a Crowd
 This test demonstrates the dog’s ability to walk politely beside the handler in pedestrian traffic while remaining under control at all times.

Test 6 - Sit/Down on Command and stay in place (on long line)
 This test demonstrates the dog’s ability to respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and to remain in place on command.

Test 7 – Come when called (Long line)
This test demonstrates the dog's ability to come when called by the handler.

Test 8 – Praise/Interaction
 This test demonstrates that the dog can be easily calmed following play or praise.

Test 9 – Reaction to passing dog
 This test demonstrates the dog's polite behavior while in the presence of other dogs and handlers.

Test 10 – Reactions to Distractions
This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common visual and auditory distractions found in everyday life, such as the sudden opening or closing of a door, crutches, wheelchair, baby stroller, loud noises, etc.

Test 11 – Supervised Isolation
This test demonstrates the dog's ability to be left alone with a trusted person other than its handler, while maintaining a calm acceptance of the situation.

Test 12 – Walking through a door or gate
This test demonstrates the dog's response to the handler's commands as well as the handler's ability to control the dog in a restricted area while moving ahead of the dog and through a door/gate.