Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep

“I’ve had wonderful experiences in all classes, but the one that most transformed my dog was the CGC Prep class. At the time, I hadn’t had him very long, and some bad experiences had made him reactive to both dogs and people. Michelle encouraged us to give the class a shot, and thanks to her and the half-dozen assistants who worked with us tirelessly to help him get used to being handled by strangers, I can honestly say I was on my way to having a whole different dog by the end of the class… and he passed his CGC test with flying colors thanks to everyone’s help. I’ve gone on to take agility classes, but I still think of the CGC prep class as our personal turning point.”
 – J.K., Washington, DC

About this Class:

The AKC canine good citizen program was developed to test a dog’s disposition as well as a dog’s skills. Preparing for the CGC is valuable for many different reasons – manners for dogs that are training to become therapy dogs, control for dogs getting ready to compete in dog sports, a goal for all pet dogs to achieve. Dogs that enroll should be friendly toward other dogs and people. Prerequisite: Basic Manners or Puppy Kindergarten at Your Dog’s Friend or instructor’s permission. Most dogs that have trained with other positive trainers should be fine for class.

CGC Prep will generally be followed by a CGC test, scheduled shortly after the class ends. To learn more about the Canine Good Citizen Certificate, please visit the AKC website.


  • Michelle Mange (Right Start Maryland) – evenings & Sundays
  • or Lisa Arant (Small & Tall Dog Training) – weekdays & Saturdays

Fee: $165

Upcoming Classes

Please check Schedule at a Glance for days off and the last date of class.

If the box is empty, there are no classes currently scheduled. Please join the wait list at the bottom of this  page, so we can email you when we schedule the next class.


Class fees help support the free programs and services provided by Your Dog’s Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting dog parents.



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Not ready to sign up? Waiting for a better day to fit your schedule? Join the CGC Prep wait list and we’ll email you as soon as we schedule new sessions of this class.