Earn Your Official AKC Titles Now
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Earn official AKC titles, ribbons, prizes and possibly save on your insurance and more! Assessments take approximately 10-30 minutes.
AKC STAR Puppy
The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program designed to get puppy owners and their puppies off to a good start.
***Possible insurance, home savings.
1. Maintains puppy's health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)
2. Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge
3. Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan
4. Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator
5. Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy
6. Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.
7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class
8. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class
9. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner's choice
10. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)
11. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy
PRE-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN® TEST BEHAVIORS:
12. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner
13. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)
14. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)
15. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away
16. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure
17. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure
18. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called
19. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away
20. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)
AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs. The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior.
***These certifications can potentially save you money on your insurance, HOA, rental deposits, etc.
******These certifications can also help you achieve therapy/service dog states.
1. Accepting a friendly stranger
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.
2. Sitting Politely for Petting
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.
3. Appearance and Grooming
The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
4. Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)
Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).
5. Walking Through a Crowd
This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).
6. Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.
7. Coming When Called
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).
AKC Trick Dog Certification Exams
AKC TRICK DOG CERTIFICATION
Do you and your dog love to be the life of the party by showing off his arsenal of tricks? Then he might be perfectly primed to earn AKC Trick Dog titles!
From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, to 2017 when a trick dog made it to the finals on America’s Got Talent, trick dog training has always been – and still is — one of the most exciting areas in dog training.
There are five AKC Trick Titles you and your dog can earn:
AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN)- Your dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title. See the list of tricks here.
AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI) – Your dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks. See the list of tricks here.
AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA) – Your dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 10 tricks from the Advanced list. See the list of tricks here.
AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP) – In this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks with at least 3 tricks using props. See the requirements here.
AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE) – In the highest level of Trick Dog, the Elite Performers perform a routine that has a story/script. At least 5 props are used. See the requirements here.
AKC Farm Dog Certification Exam x2 Judges
$75 per Entry
Test 1: Greet the judge
Test 2: Walk around the farm and a passive stranger
Test 3: Jump on hay/straw bale
Test 4: Walk past farm animals
Test 5: Walk over or through unusual surfaces
Test 6: Supervised separation
Test 7: Pass through a gate
Test 8: Handler feeds livestock
Test 9: Reaction to another dog
Test 10: Reaction to noise distraction
Test 11: Dog approaches livestock with the dog on a loose lead. The dog may not lunge or be fearful or aggressive to the stock.Test 12: Physical examinationThe handler examines the dog for plant material or debris collected while working on the farm—examining the ears, eyes, mouth, coat, and toes.
AKC Canine Good Citizen Advanced
The AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program.
As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC.
All skills on the test are tested on leash. The AKC Community Canine (CGCA) test may be done in a class, at shows, in pet stores or in the community. When the test is administered in community settings such as at a business or special event, evaluators must have the necessary approval of the business owners, etc.
While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a "crowd" of evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the "walks through a crowd" test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club. There is no age limit for dogs taking the AKC Community Canine test. However, before taking the test, dogs must have a Canine Good Citizen test on record at AKC.
Collaers, equipment, Leashes:
All tests must be performed on leash. Dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars or body harnesses. Body harnesses should not restrict the movement of the dog. (No pinch collars or head collars.) The leash should be made of either leather or fabric, (No retractable leashes).
During the test:
Handlers are not permitted to use food as a reward during the AKC Community Canine Test. While we recognize that food can be an effective reinforcer during training, it should not be used in the test. As with CGC, the purpose of the AKC Community Canine test is to determine if the dog relates to the owner and if it can be controlled without food.
Handlers may talk to their dogs and provide praise throughout the test. The test items should be in as natural, realistic format as possible. Testing should be fun and it is up to the dog owner and Rock'n R Ranch to ensure a fun enviornment.
AKC COMMUNITY CANINE TEST - THE ADVANCED CGC
Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner:
sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork, or,
if the test is done in the community, dog waits while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with another person (e.g., at a park)
Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) -- does not pull.
fast and slow pace
Walks on loose leash through a crowd:
at a show or in class, this item is tested in a real crowd, not in a ring
in the community, dog walks on sidewalk, through a crowd at a community fair, park, on a trail, through a busy hallway, etc.
Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.
This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd, etc.
at a show or class, dog walks by dogs waiting in the crowd--dogs 2 ft. apart
in the community, dog walks by other dogs on a trail, sidewalk, in a hallway, etc.
Sit -- stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).
Owners and dogs are in an informal circle/square while owners have a conversation.
Dogs are all on the owner's left side, on leash; 3 ft. apart. (At least 30 seconds)
Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it.
"May I pet your dog?" (Item is placed on floor/ground before the person pets the dog)
"Leave it." Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, "Leave it."
This can be food placed by the evaluator on the floor or ground in a food dish with a wire cover as in Rally.
Down or sit stay -- distance (owner's choice).
Dog is on 20--ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator and returns to the dog.
Recall with distractions present (coming when called). Handler goes out 20--ft. **(off center) and calls dog.
Dog is on the 20--ft. line from #8 above.
Dog will sit or stand stay (owner's choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.
send the dog through first and have the dog wait for the owner, or
the owner may choose to have the dog go through the doorway at the owner's side.
Owner may also choose to:
Whichever method is used, the dog must not pull the owner and must be under good control. Think of the handler having the leash in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. (Doorway or gate can be real or simulated with ring gates, two chairs, or a natural passageway (e.g., entrance to trail) in the community.)
Once you have successfully passed the Rock'n R Ranch exam you will be able to apply for your CGCA through AKC.
To earn the AKC Community Canine title, dogs must meet the following two requirements:
Must already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award or title on record at AKC.
Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). All dogs, including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number. The reason for the AKC number requirement is that this is how we create titles at AKC; we attach the titles to the dog's number. For more information on getting an AKC number, see:
AKC Canine Good Citizen Urban
All skills are tested on leash. AKC Urban CGC should be administered in a place where there are cars, streets to be crossed, noises, and distractions. This test is administered in the real world; it should not be simulated in a ring at a dog show.
When test items (such as riding on an elevator) are administered in public buildings, the buildings must be dog friendly or evaluators must have permission in advance from the business owners, managers, etc.
AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.
Handlers are not permitted to use food as a reward during the AKC Urban CGC Test. While we recognize that food is an effective reinforcer during training, it should not be used in the test. As with CGC, the purpose of the AKC Urban CGC test is to determine if the dog relates to the owner and if it can be controlled without food during the short duration of the test.
Handlers may talk to their dogs and provide praise throughout the test. The test items should be conducted in an urban, city, or town setting where there are streets to cross, noises, sidewalks, etc. Evaluators should encourage the test to be fun.
AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen
Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings. Exit building to start test, additional Public buildings items are below.
Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
People come toward the dog from 1-ft. away
Tolerate distractions (people wearing hats, coats, men, women, etc).
Appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises, and walking on a variety of surfaces. Examples:
Noises: horns, sirens, construction noise, etc.
Moving objects: skateboard, bike, carts, person running
Surfaces: concrete, grass, grates, plastic tarp, wet sidewalk
Crossing street: Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling (on leash, with owner). Crosses street under control.
Ignore food on sidewalk. (Dropped food, or cups, bags, cans, in which food was wrapped).
Person walks up and pets the dog. May be carrying an item such as a small dog in a bag, a computer bag, etc. Person does not put the bag down to pet the dog.
Public Building (that is dog friendly). Walks under control in building (slick surface, carpeted floor). Down stay (3 min) in lobby or outdoor area, or waits while owner has a meal or snack.
Stairs, steps, or elevator under control.
Steps (at least 3 – up and down)
Elevator (Enters under control, exits, rides under control)
Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living. Owner may verify this item. Evaluator may also observe in public buildings, or have observed in training classes.
Transportation. Owner’s choice depending on transportation needs.
Car. Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride. (Crate? Seatbelt?)
Subway. Small dog in bag for ride. (large dogs are not always permitted; know and abide by the Transit Policies in your area).
Dog friendly (enters/exits or allows to be put in/taken out) under control.