AKC's Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program

goodcitizenThe AKC Canine Good Citizen®  Program is rapidly becoming recognized as the standard of behavior for dogs in our communities.  Canine Good Citizen resolutions have been passed by 18 state legislatures and the United States Senate. Many insurance companies, including Nationwide, are using Canine Good Citizen (CGC) to insure breeds they would not otherwise insure.

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 stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs. Dogs who pass the 10-step test receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Click here for upcoming classes & test dates.

Click here for the 10 Canine Good Citizen Test Items.

The Canine Good Citizen Program has begun to have an extremely positive impact in many of our communities. This is a program that can help us assure that the dogs we love will always be welcomed and well-respected members of our communities.


  • There are no age restrictions for dogs taking the CGC test
  • Dogs need not be purebred or AKC registered to participate

Costs:  We will help you to get ready for the test! 

  • Group Test Preparation Classes including test- $99.00 for 7 weeks 
  • Private Preparation Classes - $30.00/hour
  • Canine Good Citizen test only - $25.00

 Nationwide Offers Help to Homeowners  

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company is making an effort to give previously ineligible breeds the benefit of the doubt. Nationwide will now issue homeowners insurance to owners of the breeds on their previously "Ineligible List" IF the dog passes the Canine Good Citizen test.

The AKC Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) is not a temperment test nor does it determine if your dog is dangerous.  The CGC test includes basic obedience and allows owners to demonstrate control over their dog.

If you have been referred to me and your Nationwide Homeowners policy is up for renewal and  have been referred to me because you have a breed on the "Ineligible List" (below) you can now avoid nonrenewal by having your dog pass the Canine Good Citizen test. I can help you. 

If you have applied for homeowners insurance through Nationwide Mutual Insurance and have been referred to me because your dog is on the "Ineligible List" (below), you may be accepted by Nationwide if your dog passes the Canine Good Citizen test. I can help you. Contact Debbie Duttenhofer, AKC CGC Evaluator

Nationwide’s “Ineligible Breeds” List*

AKC recognized breeds


Alaskan Malamute

Chow Chow

Doberman Pinscher


Siberian Husky

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Non-AKC breeds

Pit Bull

Presa Canario

Wolf hybrid

(Obtained from Nationwide underwriting in Virginia, as of October 2005).
 *This list is subject to change so check with your local Nationwide® agent.


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