How to Pass Part Three of the Canine Good Citizen Test: Allowing Handling for Grooming and Physical Examination


Here are tips to pass part three 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 steps to prepare for Part Three.



Things You'll Need

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Brush
  • Nail Clipper
  • Helper
    • 1

      This part of the Canine Good Citizen test requires that your dog will accept a stranger to handle and examine your dog. This is to demonstrate that your dog will allow such people as vets and groomers to touch and handle your dog.

    • 2

      Your dog has to allow the stranger to look in his ears, touch his paws, check his teeth, run a brush through his coat and more.

    • 3

      If your dog is touchy about being handled, spend some time associating the exercises with something positive. Hold a treat close to your dog's nose and let her nibble on it while you are handling her paws, ears and other parts.

    • 4

      Once your dog allows you to handle his paws, ears and elsewhere, have a friend start to do the same exercises.

    • 5

      When you or a helper can handle your dog with little or no resistance, you are ready for Part Three of the Canine Good Citizen test.

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