Canine Good Citizen

Dog Training Classes

CGC Training Classes


Canine Good Citizen, or CGC, is a ten-skill training program open to all dogs - purebred and mixed breed - that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community. After mastering the ten skills, passing the CGC test together, and taking the Responsible Dog Ownership pledge, you and your pup will join the proud ranks of over 1 million dogs who have earned their Canine Good Citizen award – an accomplishment that’s definitely worthy of extra belly rubs!

Prerequisites & Eligibility

  • Ages 6 months and older.
  • Dogs must have completed a Puppy or Basic training class.
  • Your dog must be current on Bordetella, DHPP, Flu, and Rabies at 16 weeks and older, that have been administered by a veterinarian. We recommend pets receive these vaccines at least 2 weeks prior for full immunity, when possible.

Frequency & Class Size

Lessons are one hour per week for 4 weeks. You will enjoy small class sizes, for individual attention.

Our Sacramento Location

All dog training classes are held at our East Sacramento Training Center: 5619 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

Every class includes the following free resources:


  • Training & Behavior Packet

    Informative information packet from your expert dog trainer, Jean Gauchat Hargis

  • Dr. Ian Dunbar's eBook

    After you Get your Puppy is a priceless eBook for training your puppy, covering chapters like Household Etiquette, Socialization, and Bite Inhibition

  • Top Dog Academy

    Access to the Free Course Collection: Essential behavior & training tips for dog owners and professionals

COVID-19 MEASURES ARE IN PLACE

  • You are required to wear a mask during class.
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times, including during class. 
  • Classes in our training center have been limited to 4 - 6 dogs.
  • Please minimize the number of people coming with each dog.  If anyone in your family is feeling ill, please don't come to class.