The AKC Canine Good Citizen program offers two levels of testing, CGC and CGC-Advanced. We offer practice classes for each. These classes are led by one of WAGD’s AKC approved Evaluators. The practice classes offer 4 weeks of instruction, preparing you to take the official AKC test.  Due to new AKC regulations, we are no longer able to offer the test as part of the class itself.  

Our Manners 2 class teaches the base skills for the CGC test. The Manners 3 class covers the base skills required for the CGCA test.

The practice classes help you take those base skills and apply them to the challenging test exercises you’ll encounter during the CGC and CGCA tests. During the four weeks of prep, your instructor will give you and your dog a good feel for what to expect with each of the test items.  We are currently only offering the test as a private lesson. 

Please see www.akc.org for details on the test items. Please note that in order to earn the official CGCA title from the AKC, your dog will need to have first earned his CGC.

AKC Canine Good Citizen Program
  • Dogs should possess the skills taught in Manners 2 (for CGC) and Manners 3 (for CGCA).
  • If your dog is younger than 1 year, and they haven’t been in facility in 2 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required. 
  • If your dog is older than 1 year, and they haven’t been in the facility in 6 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required.
  • Dog must be current on vaccinations. 
  • $152 for four, 50-minute group sessions
  • Note: The official AKC CGC/CGCA test is not included in the class. 

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Your Instructors

  • Specialty & Pet Manners Trainer

    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA
    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA joined the WAGD staff in fall 2018. She teaches barn hunt, agility, conformation, rally and manners. She is an AKC CGC, trick, ACT test, temperament test and farm dog evaluator. Gabi competes in a variety of dog sports with her own dogs and has titled in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, lure coursing, dock diving, barn hunt, tricks […]
  • Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Jean May CPDT-KA
    Jean is a Senior Trainer who joined What a Great Dog! in April of 2017. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who teaches Pet Manners classes and privates lessons at both locations. Jean has always had a passion for dogs and the desire to work with them. She has a degree in Emergency Management and retired from the […]
  • Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Kristi Bass CPDT-KA
    Kristi joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2016. She is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location. While working with dog playgroups in the daycare setting, she became fascinated by canine behavior. After 8 years in banking, she decided it was time to change careers.  She completed the Karen […]