How to Pass Part Two of the Canine Good Citizen Test: Sitting Calmly and Politely to be Pet


Here are tips to pass part two of The Canine Good Citizen test which was developed and promoted 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 your dog must pass all of them. Dogs that pass the test receive a certificate from the AKC. Here are ways to pass Part Two.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • Leash
  • Buckle collar
  • Helper
    • 1

      This part of the test has your dog accepting a friendly stranger to approach and pet her. Your dog is not allowed to jump on the friendly stranger.

    • 2

      Your dog is not allowed to become unruly or show an signs of aggression.

    • 3

      Start by teaching your dog to perform a sit/stay command at your side.

    • 4

      Have a friend approach and ask if they can pet your dog.

    • 5

      If your dog likes to jump, stand on the leash to prevent him from jumping. This is an easy way for your dog to learn to sit at your side while a friendly stranger pets him.

    • 6

      Keep practicing until your helper can approach and your dog does not jump anymore. Once your dog can do this, you are ready for this part of the Canine Good Citizen test.

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