Clever Canines Therapy & Obedience Club

Offering dog training classes,therapy dog testing& therapy dog visits.

Canine Good Citizen & Alliance of Therapy Dogs Testing

 Clever Canines Therapy & Obedience  Club is pleased to offer the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen  (AKC CGC) & Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD) Testing throughout the year.  

We have two AKC approved CGC Evaluators and two ATD tester/Observers in  the club. 

Please contact us for available testing dates and to schedule your test. 

AKC CGC Testing

Dog receiving his AKC CGC ribbon for passing the CGC test.

 What is the Canine Good Citizen Certification (CGC)?

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a certification program that is  designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the  community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that  stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for  dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate  from the American Kennel Club.  

* As of January 1, 2013, Canine Good  Citizen® will become an official AKC title that can appear on the title  records of dogs registered or listed with AKC. Dog owners who complete  the CGC as a Title process may list the suffix “CGC” after the dog’s  name.

For more information on the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, please visit their website.

ATD Testing

Therapy dog listening intently to a little girl reading.

 What is Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD)? 

Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Incorporated) is a  national registry for therapy dog handler teams..  It provides  registration, certification, support, and insurance for members who are  involved in volunteer animal assisted activities. These activities  include, but are not limited to, visits to hospitals, special needs  centers, schools, and nursing homes. The objective is to form a network  of caring individuals who are willing to share their special animals in  order to bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike.

The Alliance of Therapy Dogs test has eight steps.  Dogs and owners  must pass all of these steps and then attend at least three observed  therapy visits with an ATD registered Tester/Observer.  Once you and  your dog have completed and passed the test and successfully completed  the observed visits, you will send in your completed application, test  and observations to ATD.  They alone have final authority to accept you  for membership, place you on the registry and issue your member number. 

For more information on Alliance of Therapy Dogs, please visit their website.