Canine Good Citizen


Classes have re-commenced each Monday at 7pm.

From 12th Feb. 2024

All Welcome

cgc dog

The Pro-Plan Canine Good CitizenTM (BHCGC) Test is a certification program that tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere.

It identifies and rewards dogs that have the training and demeanour to be reliable family members as well as good-standing community members. It is open to all purebred and crossbred dogs.

The purpose of the BHCGC Test is to ensure that our favourite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act with good manners in the home,

in public, and in the presence of other dogs

BHCGC training is fun and useful. Through it, you and your dog will establish a closer bond and your dog will have the added benefit of knowing how to please you.

The test of your dog's manners and training is not a competition and does NOT require that you and your dog perform with precision.

Who can participate?
All dogs over the age of 12 months of age.
Membership of Dogs NZ or member Club is not needed.

Check our Frequently Asked Questions page for the answers to more of your questions. Note: Clubs can log in to the site to view the club FAQ on their club page.

To obtain BHCGC Certificates, dogs must pass all tests set in each grade before attempting the next advanced up. Certificates are available from Dogs New Zealand posted to the assessing club.

Dogs will be registered onto a database.

Standard requirements for those wishing to be assessed for CGC.
Dogs must be over 12 months of age.
Dogs having been taught the following exercises may be eligible for assessment at a CGC registered club.
To get full information regarding the exercises and requirements contact your closest CGC registered Dog training club as listed on this page.

  • Appearance and Grooming
  • Food manners
  • Accepting Friendly Strangers
  • Walking in a controlled manner with distractions and through people
  • Stay tied
  • Control around other dogs
  • There will also be written questions for the owner.


Canine Good Citizen - Frequently Asked Questions



Q.What is CGC?
A.Canine Good Citizen is a National Certification programme for every day owners and their dogs. 

Q.Who conducts CGC?
A. Registered CGC Clubs and authorised providers throughout NZ. 

Q.How do I find the details of these clubs?
A.There is a full list of registered clubs throughout NZ on the Dogs New Zealand or contact your local dog obedience club to find out if they are registered. 

Q.How much does it cost?
A.That depends on the club's fees as each club sets it's own charges. 

Q.Who do we pay?
A.The Dog Club that you attend for CGC. 

Q.Are there any on-going costs?
A.There is a cost for each assessment you sit but again it depends on the clubs 

Q.What do I get if I attend a CGC course?
A.The understanding of how to train your dog to deal with every day situations and the opportunity to sit a test if you wish that if you pass will give you a CGC title, depending on what level you sit. 

Q.Do I have to pass CGC?
A.To gain your CGC title you do but you don not have to, if you choose not to. 

Q.What do I get if I do pass?
A.A Certificate and your name on a National data base as having passed and in the future we hope a discount off Council registration fees . 

Q.Is there more than one stage of CGC? 
A.Yes there are 4: CGC, Bronze, Silver and Gold. 

Q.Is there any on-going support for CGC?
A.Yes your participating club will be available to provide that for you. 

Q Is there someone at the Dogs New Zealand office I can talk to about CGC?
A. Sue Conner and if she can't help you she will get in touch with someone that can. 

Q.Is there a list of what is involved in the CGC exercises?
A. Your registered club will be able to help you there. 

For further info contact:-

Arend Van den Bos

2022 classes have commenced 7.00pm at the McLeans Island Kennel Centre


To be used as a guide, with some flexibility permitted.

The overall expectation is that the dog passing should be considered nice natured and not aggressive – a ‘trustworthy’ dog.