How to Pass Part One of the Canine Good Citizen Test: Allowing a Friendly Stranger to Approach


Here are tips and a video to help your dog pass part one of The Canine Good Citizen test which was developed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1989 to promote good manners at home and in the community. There are 10 parts to the Canine Good Citizen test and dogs that pass the test receive a certificate from the AKC.

Here are some tips for passing Part One.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Helper
    • 1

      The first part of the Canine Good Citizen test is allowing a friendly stranger to approach you and your dog. The stranger does not pet your dog; they only walk up to you and talk to you. Your dog is required to remain in the sit position at your side. Your dog is not allowed to jump, show any signs of aggression or become unruly.

    • 2

      Start by teaching your dog the stay command at your side. When your dog starts to do a stay at your side, have a friend help you. Have your friend approach as your dog sits at your side.

    • 3

      A good way to practice this part of the test is to step on your dog's leash as your friend approaches. This will prevent your dog from jumping on them.

    • 4

      You can't step on the leash during the test, but it's a good way to practice. As your friend approaches and your dog attempts to jump less and less, start to have your friend approach without your foot on the leash.

    • 5

      When your friend can approach and your dog remains calm at your side, you are ready for the test.

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