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.
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.
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.