‘Canine Good Citizen Prep & Testing’ begins April 3

Kristin Yonkers of Perfect Pooch Dog Training, has teamed up with the Conewango Valley Kennel Club, to offer Canine Good Citizen Prep & Testing. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a step in training that lays the foundation for pet activities including obedience, agility, tracking and performance events. The goal of the prep class is to teach the CGC skills which will enhance the bond between an owner and their dog, help dogs to respond to household routines, teach dogs to have good manners in the presence of people and other animals, and most importantly train a dog to enjoy the presence of their owner and family.

The CGC test consists of the following requirements: Accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, appearance and grooming, going out for a walk, walking through a crowd, sit and down on command and staying in place, coming when called, reaction to another dog, reaction to distractions and supervised separation. Each category has strict criteria to award a passing mark. All the behaviors for the test will be performed without treats and without the presence of aversive or restrictive harnesses and leashes. Additional information on the requirements of each category can be found at Every dog who completes the training and passes the test will receive the title CGC on their records and will graduate to Community Canine and the Canine Good Citizen Advanced title. Many insurance companies will offer discounts for Homeowners’ Insurance, when pet owners show proof of this title.

Orientation will be held on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. for dog owners only, at the Den Adelsman’s Klub located in Gerry. Six training sessions will follow every Thursday after the orientation, with the CGC testing taking place on May 20. Perfect Pooch Dog Training is proud to offer force-free training methods for this class which are easily followed by beginner or expert handlers. Enrollment is due by March 31 online at, by emailing or calling 680-3501.

Yonkers is an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer, ABC Authorized Mentor Trainer, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor, Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine Evaluator, and a proud Pet Professional Guild Member. Kristin has been serving the Chautauqua County area since 2009 and working with pets since 2005.