Advanced Manners & Certifications 2017-05-26T13:35:52+00:00

Advanced Manners & Certifications

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

AKC Canine Good Citizen

We’re excited to offer training and testing for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification. Our trainers will help you and your pooch to achieve success!  Pooches should have already learned a foundational skillset in Urban Pooch LEVELS I – III and currently be enrolled in Urban Pooch LEVELS IV, which prepares you and your pooch for CGC Testing.

To earn certification, your dog must pass the following tests:

  • Accepting a stranger
  • Sitting politely for petting
  • Walking on loose lead
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Performing “Sit” and “Down” on command
  • Staying in place
  • Coming when called
  • Reacting to other dogs
  • Reacting to distraction
  • Supervised separation

Click here to learn more about Urban Pooch LEVELS.



$260 (includes the cost of test)

Note: Classes must have 3 students to run. We may push back start dates to confirm 3 students.


Saturdays at 11:45am
Starts: January 7th
Instructor: Mary Pat Jones
Meets: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11
Time: 11:45am – 12:45pm

Certified Therapy Dog

Therapy Dogs don’t just help people feel better, they help people get better! Therapy dogs come in all shapes and sizes. They leverage the human-animal bond to create magic everywhere they go with their handler. And, every time you and your Certified Therapy Dog go into action, your bond with each other becomes even greater and you share your LOVE.

Urban Pooch is excited to offer Therapy dog training as part of our Urban Pooch LEVELS program (Level 5). Our preparation and extensive evaluation can help you and your pooch achieve the goal of becoming a Certified Therapy Dog.

We have aliened our program-testing model after Canine Therapy Corps of Chicago (CTC). CTC has some of the best programs for your dog to serve the community in a variety of important programs such as visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and school programs. Once your dog has gone through our program they will be well prepared for the testing performed at CTC.

Canine Therapy Corps, Inc. empowers and motivates individuals to improve their physical and psychological health and well being by harnessing the human-animal bond; provides goal-directed, interactive animal-assisted therapy services free of charge using volunteers and certified therapy dogs.

Click here for more information on CTC’s Programs.

Click her for details on the Certified Therapy Dog Certification Testing.



  • May 13th & 20th
  • July 15th & 22nd
  • October 14th & 22nd
Note: You must attend both dates. CTC testing slots fill up quickly, so please have your paperwork in as early as possible.


$285 (includes cost of test)

Community Canine – AKC Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA)

We’re excited to offer the NEW AKC Community Canine℠ Training Class as part of the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test earn the official AKC Community Canine title and “CGCA” (Advanced Canine Good Citizen) on the dog’s title record.

All dogs must already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test on record with AKC to participate.

The AKC Community Canine test is done in public situations like shows, classes, and in the community. The test is administered by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator.
This includes 6 weeks of class + the exam on the 7th week.


$260 (includes cost of test)


If you’re interested in attending, please speak with your trainer or email us at