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Canine Good Citizen (CGC) in Leesburg, VA

Canine Good Citizen Class is for age 6 months and up. This program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a title and certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Taught by an AKC-certified instructor, this course helps your pet develop 10 key skills, including:

  • accepting a friendly stranger
  • sitting politely for petting
  • appearance and grooming
  • walking on a loose lead
  • walking through a crowd
  • sitting and lying down on command and staying in place
  • coming when calling
  • reacting well to other dogs
  • reacting well to distraction
  • responding positively toward supervised separation

CGC is a prerequisite for many therapy dog certifications. Some homeowners’ insurance programs offer discounts for CGC dogs, and an increasing number of apartments and condos see CGC awards as a bonus for becoming a resident.

After passing the CGC test and taking the Responsible Dog Ownership pledge, your pup will earn the AKC title of Canine Good Citizen. This title makes him eligible for therapy dog training and prepares him to participate in a wide variety of sports and activities like agility, tracking, and performance events.

We recommend your dog have the experience of a puppy class or basic training, prior to attending AKC CGC.

Age: over 6 months
Length: 8 weeks
Cost: $205

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Serving Dominion Valley & North Oatlands


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
*Saturdays: 9:00am - 2:00pm
*We are currently closed on Saturday. However, we do have availability at our Leesburg Location – Schedule Appointment
We are closed Monday - Friday from 12pm - 1pm for lunch.


Monday – Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 2:00pm
We are closed Monday - Friday from 12pm - 1pm for lunch.