How to Pass Part Ten of the Canine Good Citizen Test: Behaving Well When the Owner or Handler is Out of Sight


Here are tips to pass part ten 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.

Read on for some tips to pass the final part of the test.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Helper
  • Timer
    • 1

      Part Ten of the Canine Good Citizen test shows that your dog can be left with a stranger for 3 minutes without stressing.

    • 2

      Your dog cannot bark excessively, become unruly or aggressive. Your dog is not required to do a stay command. Your dog is only required to stay on leash with the stranger.

    • 3

      Some dogs become stressed when the owner leaves. Have a friend help you with this exercise. It is best to practice in places other than your own house. Your dog is comfortable and familiar with your house. You need to practice in places that your dog is unfamilar with.

    • 4

      If your dog becomes stressed when you leave, ask your helper to time how long it is after you leave that your dog becomes stressed. If your dog becomes stressed 30 seconds after you leave, come back to your dog at 20 seconds. The way to develop your dog's tolerance for being left alone is to gradually work up to longer and longer sessions. You want to come back to your dog before your dog gets too stressed.

    • 5

      Work up to 3 minutes. Once your dog can accept being with a stranger for 3 minutes, you are ready for the Canine Good Citizen test.

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