Canine Good Citizen with a Rolled Leather Slip Leash

Canine Good Citizen

I’m proud to say, Sherlock and I decided a couple months ago to train to take the Canine Good Citizen Test.

What is a Canine Good Citizen (CGC)?  It is an AKC test for responsible ownership and general good manners.  The great thing about this AKC test is that anyone (registered dog or not) can train with their dog and take this test.

To prepare for the CGC test Sherlock and I started with a basic obedience class.  I wanted to choose equipment with a purpose.  For example, not having a separate collar that may get in the way, jingle, or annoy Sherlock.  And, definitely something that was going to be gentle on my hands in contrast to a nylon leash.  Which is something I completely avoid I avoid at all costs, ouch.   So, the Dog Sports Designs Rolled Leather Slip Leash was my choice.  (Click to read my original post.)

Slip Lead Leash

Dog Sports Designs Rolled Leather Slip Leash




Sherlock in a stand and stay.  Most of all, I like that the light weight leash can simulate training without anything on Sherlock.


Outside of class having leash manners and leaving the toys while shopping for treats at Pet Food Express (a favorite store.)


My fellow dog lovers, I highly encourage you to get involved in a class to train with your dog.  Passing the test is icing on the cake.  But, it’s the process that’s a blast.  I have learned to be patient while I learn how to communicate with Sherlock, and we’ve bonded through training.  Although, I don’t know if we need any more bonding (wink emoji) we are joined at the hip most days.


To purchase Dog Sports Designs Rolled Leather Slip Leash click the link.


Finally, I have included the 10 exercises of the CGC test –


Accepting a friendly stranger
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.

Sitting Politely for Petting
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.

Appearance and Grooming
The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)
Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).

Walking Through a Crowd
This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).

Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

Coming When Called
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).

Reaction to Another Dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.

Reaction to Distraction
The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.

Supervised Separation
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, “there, there, it’s alright”).

For more information on the Canine Good Citizen test (link to the AKC website).

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored/paid post.  The Slip Lead Leash for demo was provided by Dog Sports Designs.  All posts and opinions are always my own.  I am excited to share with you product that is high quality, functional, and I want to use.  Thank you for your visits and making Mr. Wigglebutt’s adventures a part of your day.

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