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Canine Good Citizen®


Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Community Canine (CGCA) are AKC certification programs that are designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. These programs stress responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the tests may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Learn more about CGC and CGCA

Therapy Dogs International®

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Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.

Check TDI's website,, under 'Upcoming Tests' for up-to-date information on tests being given in this area.

Learn more about TDI

Training Classes for CGC and Therapy work

A six week class designed to help you and your dog prepare for CGC certification. CGC testing will be offered on the sixth week of class.

Registration: 15 minutes prior to class time
Fee: $80
Prerequisite: Beginner Training class

2017 Class Schedule
Evening Classes : Mondays - 7 PM)
Feb 6 - March 13
March 27 - May 1
June 12 - July 17
Sept 18 - Oct 23
Oct 30 - Dec 4

Morning Classes: Tuesdays - 10:45 AM
March 21 - April 25
July 11 - Aug 15

A class for dogs who have passed the CGC test. The class builds on skills learned in CGC and will be moved to a more natural setting. Various aspects of therapy dog testing will be introduced as well as familiarization with service equipment.

The CGCA test will follow the class. Day and time for that test to be announced.

Registration: 15 minutes prior to class time
Fee: $50
Class Time: 6:15 PM

2017 Class Schedule:
April 18 - May 9 (Tues)
Aug 7 - Aug 28 (Mon)
Sept 12 - Oct 3 (Tues)

To preregister for these classes, go to Registration instructions to register online.

Independent Evaluation and Certification

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Community Canine (CGCA) testing is administered under the guidelines of the American Kennel Club (AKC). Therapy Dog International (TDI) testing is administered under the guidelines of the Therapy Dog International organization. Testing is done by independent, certified evaluators. Tests will be announced on the website.

The DMOTC offers its facility and advertises the testing as a public service. The club also offers CGC/CGCA/Training The Therapy Dog sessions designed to prepare you and your dog for the CGC/CGCA tests and for therapy work.

2017 TDI Test Schedule
Sun, June 11 at 4 PM

Preregistration for TDI testing is REQUIRED and space is limited. To register or ask questions about TDI testing, contact DMOTC TDI Coordinator, Lori Martindale at or 515-321-7373.

NOTE: Test is limited to 15 dogs

You must present a rabies certificate, current vaccination record and proof of licensing for your municipality - **These records are required by law and must be submitted each time you take a class, even if you have submitted them for a previous class.

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