The Canine Good Neighbour Program (CGN) is a newer program that was introduced by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) that is a certification which you dog can achieve. It is a non-competitive test that assesses the dog and handler relationships and evaluates a dogs ability to perform basic exercises as well as their ability to demonstrate good manners in everyday situations. The CGN certification is a wonderful way for dog owners to prepare their canine companion for life in our communities so that they can be good neighbours to the people and dogs which they encounter. The CKC explains the CGN program as follows:
The training program embraces both purebred and mixed-breed dogs and is fun, rewarding, and useful. It encourages owners to have a better and richer relationship with their dogs. The program also enhances community awareness of responsible dog ownership and the numerous benefits associated with dog ownership.
There are 12 steps which must be completed to achieve the certification.
1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger
2. Politely Accepts Petting
3. Appearance and Grooming
4. Out For a Walk
5. Walking Through a Crowd
6. Sit/Down on Command and Stay in Place
7. Come When Called
9. Reaction to a Passing Dog
10. Reaction to Distractions
11. Supervised Isolation
For more information on the 12 steps in the CGN Certification you can find that here. Or you can check out the CGN handbook here. If you are interested in finding a CGN even in your area you can get that info here.
12. Walking Through a Door/Gate