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Therapy Dog Training

This is a program is through the American Kennel Club (AKC) this is a certification that allows you to visit nursing homes, Hospice and Children’s Hospitals with your dog to comfort people.

This program will allow you to move into 3 different levels of the Canine Good Citizens program.


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Naples Canine offers the Canine Good Citizens Training Program for those individuals who what to own a CGC dog.  Or those individuals who want a really well trained dog.The program includes 5 lessons as well as unlimited "Training In The Park" (12 lessons per year). The goal of the program is to have a well trained dog and pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. We guarantee your dog will be trained if you will do the training! The program includes:


  • Heel on Leash

  • Sit on Command

  • Down on Command

  • Stand on Command

  • Sit Stay

  • Down Stay

  • Stand Stay

  • Come on Command

  • Distraction

  • Off Leash Heeling

  • Figure Eight

  • Long Sit Stay

  • Long Down Stay

  • Stay 20 Ft. Lead

  • Stand For Examination

  • Socialization with other people & animals

  • Solving behavior problems

  • Canine Good Citizen Test 


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AKC Canine Good Citizens 
AKC Community Canine
  • Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control

  • Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) -- does not pull

  • Walks on loose leash through a crowd

  • Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull. This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd, etc.

  • Sit -- stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).Owners and dogs are in an informal circle/square while owners have a conversation.Dogs are all on the owner's left side, on leash; 3 ft. apart. (At least 30 seconds)

  • Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it."May I pet your dog?" (Item is placed on floor/ground before the person pets the dog)

  • "Leave it." Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, "Leave it."This can be food placed by the evaluator on the floor or ground in a food dish with a wire cover as in Rally.

  • Down or sit stay -- distance (owner's choice).Dog is on 20--ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator

  • Recall with distractions present (coming when called). Handler goes out 20--ft. **(off center) and calls dog.Dog is on the 20--ft. line from #8 above

  • Dog will sit or stand stay (owner's choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.


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AKC Urban Canine
  • Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings.

  • Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.

  • Appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises, and walking on a variety of surfaces.

  • Crossing street: Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling (on leash, with owner). Crosses street under control.

  • Ignore food on sidewalk. (Dropped food, or cups, bags, cans, in which food was wrapped).

  • Person walks up and pets the dog. May be carrying an item such as a small dog in a bag, a computer bag, etc. Person does not put the bag down to pet the dog

  • Public Building (that is dog friendly). Walks under control in building (slick surface, carpeted floor). Down stay (3 min) in lobby or outdoor area, or waits while owner has a meal or snack.

    • Stairs, steps, or elevator under control.

      • Steps (at least 3 - up and down)

      • Elevator (Enters under control, exits, rides under control)

  • Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living. Owner may verify this item. Evaluator may also observe in public buildings, or have observed in training classes.

    • Transportation. Owner’s choice depending on transportation needs.

      • Car. Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride. (Crate? Seatbelt?)

      • Subway. Small dog in bag for ride. (large dogs are not always permitted; know and abide by the Transit Policies in your area).

      • Dog friendly (enters/exits or allows to be put in/taken out) under control.

  • To pass the CGCU test, dogs must pass all 10 items of the test.


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