Canine Good Citizen

Created for dogs of all ages.
Five Week Course (1-hour classes)
$215 (Price includes Test, Week 6)

Practicing all skills needed to take the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test.
Beyond the bonding with your dog, there are practical benefits to Canine Good Citizen training. Not only will you and your dog understand the basics of dog training, and master skills like sit, down and stay, but you’ll know your dog will be able to handle himself with grace in a crowd and be a welcomed client at the vet or groomer. The CGC title is also a prerequisite for many therapy dog certifications, as well as a great introduction to more advanced dog sports and activities. Some homeowners’ insurance programs even offer discounts for CGC dogs, and an increasing number of apartments and condos see CGC awards as a major bonus for becoming a resident.

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Canine Good Citizen ~ FAQ’s

What does the Canine Good Citizen Obedience Training Class cover, and what will we learn?

Bark-A-Bout’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Class provides a safe, enjoyable learning environment that will help set the foundation for a wonderful life ahead for you and your new dog. Throughout this 5-week course,  this class fine tunes skills and existing obedience commands that will help your dog pass their Canine Good Citizen Test.

CGC is a ten-skill training program that’s open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed–that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community.

After mastering the ten skills, passing the CGC test together, and taking the Responsible Dog Ownership pledge, you and your pup will join the proud ranks of over 1 million dogs who have earned their Canine Good Citizen award– accomplishment that’s definitely worthy of extra belly rubs!

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN CLASS 5-WEEK CLASS ITINERARY:

WRITTEN HANDOUTS:
 Weekly Homework handouts

PETCARE TIPS:
Crating, nutrition, housetraining, socialization and more.

BEHAVIOR SOLUTIONS:
Preventing typical behavioral issues.

LEARN OBEDIENCE COMMANDS:
 Go Place, Touch (attention game), Leave it, Stay, Heel, and Leash Cues (slow & stop).

MANNERS:
Walking politely on leash, greeting people politely, waiting for doors and food bowls.

How do I register my dog for a Canine Good Citizen Class?

IF THERE IS AN AVAILABLE CLASS, PLEASE CLICK ON AN AVAILABLE CLASS LISTED ABOVE. A pop-up will appear with directions. Please create a Customer Portal if your dog does not already have one, and be sure to sign all waivers in the portal. Once you have created a Portal for your dog and signed the waivers, please call up Bark-A-Bout to give FULL PAYMENT for your Obedience Class. A Bark-A-Bout receptionist will be happy to help you and complete your payment transaction.

REFUND POLICY: Full payment is due at the time of class registration. In following social distancing guidelines, limited student count is required. Due to these tight restrictions on class size, refunds will only be given up until the start of the second night of class. Once class starts on the second night of class, you may no longer receive a refund. To redeem credit, participant must move to another class. Class duration is kept short to accommodate busy schedules. Kindly plan accordingly as we build on behaviors and skills each week.

How old does my dog have to be to enjoy a Canine Good Citizin Training Class?

Canine Good Citizen Class is tailored to dogs who have passed an Advanced Obedience Class. If you have questions if The Canine Good Citizen Class is right for you and your pup, please call us at (586)566-8900.

What vaccinations are required for my dog?

Students must supply Bark-A-Bout with current vaccine records by either uploading them to your dog’s “Customer Portal”, emailing them to medical@barkabout.net, or by bringing a hard copy with you to the first day of class.

REQUIRED: Bordetella, DHLPP (Dogs are required to have a minimum of 2 Distemper vaccines in the series before beginning class) and Rabies.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: A negative fecal check, and Influenza bivalent vaccines.

What are your Social Distancing Guidelines?

To minimize possible exposure to Covid-19, Bark-A-Bout strictly adheres to all CDC Guidelines regarding social distancing. Please wear a mask upon entry to Bark-A-Bout, and stand 6 feet or more apart from other patrons at all times. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

What do I bring with me to class?

1.) FACEMASK:
Upon entering the building: Please bring and wear a facemask and follow all COVID-19 Social Distancing Guidelines to minimize possible risk of contagion.  Thank you!

2.) PROOF OF PURCHASE OF CLASS:
If you have a receipt or print-out of your proof of purchase of the class, please bring it with you to class.

3.) AGE-APPROPRIATE VACCINATION RECORDS:
PUPPIES UNDER 6 MONTHS: Bordetella | 2 Influenzas | Distempers (Minimum 2) Negative Fecal Exam
*You may upload records onto your pet’s portal, email them to medical@barkabout.net, or bring a hard copy to class.

4.) A POTTIED, HUNGRY AND EXERCISED DOG 

5.) 5-6 FOOT REGULAR LEASH
Please bring your dog to class on a REGULAR 5-6′ leash. No retractable leashes or choke/prong collars permitted.

6.) TRAINING BAG FULL OF SOFT CHEWABLE TREATS
:
We ask that you have a fanny-pack style training bag and tiny soft treats. A bully stick is also helpful to keep your dog settled.

**Bark-A-Bout sells leashes, fanny-pack style treat bags, and a wide selection of chewable treats and incentive toys in our Pet Boutique for your convenience.

Can more than one person come to class with the dog?

We require one person from your family to handle your dog during class time, but highly encourage all family members who are 13 years or older to attend/observe puppy class together.

What is your return policy if I want to cancel my registration?

REFUND POLICY: Full payment is due at the time of class registration. In following social distancing guidelines, limited student count is required. Due to these tight restrictions on class size, refunds will only be given up until the start of the second night of class. Once class starts on the second night of class, you may no longer receive a refund. To redeem credit, participant must move to another class. Class duration is kept short to accommodate busy schedules. Kindly plan accordingly as we build on behaviors and skills each week.

What happens if I've already started taking a class, and now I need to be absent for a week?

To redeem credit, participant must move to another class. Class duration is kept short to accommodate busy schedules. Kindly plan accordingly as we build on behaviors and skills each week. Meanwhile, please speak to Bark-A-Bout’s Obedience Trainer to have class homework emailed to you.

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