How to Pass Part Six of the Canine Good Citizen Test: Sit and Down on Command


Here are tips to pass part six 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 tips for preparing for Part Six.



Things You'll Need

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Treats
    • 1

      In Part Six of the Canine Good Citizen test your dog needs to demonstrate some basic obedience commands. Your dog has to do a sit and down on command.

    • 2

      During the test you are not allowed to use treats or toys. Your dog has to do the commands by voice command or hand signal.

    • 3

      The easiest way to teach the sit and down command is with the lure and reward method.

    • 4

      Use a treat to guide your dog into a sit position and the down position. Keep repeating until your dog can do the command just by following your hand.

    • 5

      When your dog can do both commands without the use of treats or toy, you and your dog are ready for this part of the test.

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