Finishing School

Finishing School

Have you always wanted a Canine Good Citizen? This class will help you prepare your dog to succeed! Take those obedience skills to the next level with our Finishing School, where we’ll prepare your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test in a step-by-step course.

We’ll work on getting and keeping attention around other dogs and people, building reliable long-distance stays, polite greetings, focused leash walking, a rocket come when called, and more! Want to know more?  You can read the complete list of test items ahead of time.

If your dog is AKC registered, the CGC is an official title and a great gateway to therapy work, dog sports, and an all around certified well behaved dog! Even if he isn’t you can still earn the official CGC certificate to keep as proof of your training teamwork.

The course is 7 weeks long and includes 6 weeks of training plus an official Canine Good Citizen test the final week of class.  The cost of the test is included in your registration fee.

Class Topics Include:

  • Focus around other dogs & people
  • Sitting for petting and handling
  • Stay with distance
  • Come when called
  • Focused leash walking
  • Preparing for supervised separation
  • Practice test & official CGC test


Dogs over 6 months old

Vaccination requirements:

  • Distemper
  • Parvo
  • Rabies
  • Bordetella

OTHER requirements:

In order to enroll in this class, your dog should be a graduate of one of our Manners Classes.  Wondering if your dog is ready?  Here’s a Finishing School Self-Assessment that lists the basic benchmarks for class. We don’t expect perfection, so don’t worry if you’re still working on a couple, but we do need a minimum level of obedience already so you’re prepared for the advanced exercises we’ll be doing.

If you’re not a graduate, you must have our approval to take this class.  You and your dog must already have a basic level of training skills using positive reinforcement methods. Otherwise, we’ll need you to attend Family Dog Manners class first. Please email or call us and we’ll make sure it is a good fit.

This class is not appropriate for dog or human aggressive dogs. You will be working in close quarters around other people and dogs. Please contact us for private training if your dog needs help with these issues.


6 weeks + CGC test – $175

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