AKC Community Canine
( C.G.C Level 2)
What is AKC Community
AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine
Good Citizen (CGC) program.
As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of
skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title.
This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC.
All skills on the test are tested on leash. The AKC
Community Canine (CGCA) test may be done in a class, at shows, in pet stores or
in the community. When the test is administered in community settings such as
at a business or special event, evaluators must have the necessary approval of
the business owners, etc.
While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real
world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a "crowd" of
evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's
skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a
ring, in AKC Community Canine, the "walks through a crowd" test item
will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk,
in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club.
To earn the AKC Community Canine title, dogs must meet the
following two requirements:
1. Must already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award or
title on record at AKC.
2. Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types (AKC
registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). All dogs,
including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number. The reason for the AKC number
requirement is that this is how we create titles at AKC; we attach the titles
to the dog's number. For more information on getting an AKC number, see: http://images.akc.org/cgc/number.pdf