Sign Up for CGC/Trick Dog Testing at Camp

Laurie Cottman Collins, Chris Ott and Jamileh-Sofia diGuida will be CGC/Trick Dog testing on Saturday morning from 9 to 10 am in conjunction with the Agility Run-throughs and will be ably assisted by Marian Hrycyk. Chris and Marian have graciously offered to use the agility equipment to teach/test tricks for anyone who will need that.

Additionally, Jamileh will test CGC/Tricks on Friday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 pm and Monday from 9 to 10 am, or anytime you catch her when she is free and without her dogs.

You may test for CGC and Novice Trick Dog at the same time.

Canine Good Citizen

The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. You'll need to bring your own dog comb or brush (if you forget, one can be provided). This test requires pre-registration and you can click below to sign up. The test costs $15.00 with all proceeds going to Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue so either cash (exact preferred) or a check/money order written out to them would be great. After signing up the event coordinator will get back to you to set up a testing time at camp.

Click here for more information on the CGC program, including full descriptions of the test items.

AKC Trick Dog

In addition, to CGC, there are five AKC Trick Titles you and your dog can earn and the first four levels will be tested by the CGC evaluators at Goldstock. Here they are.

AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN) – Your dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at the AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title. 

AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI) – Your dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks. 

AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA) – Your dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 10 tricks from the Advanced list. 

AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP) – In this title, handlers perform 10 tricks with at least 3 tricks using props. Your Performer tricks can tell a story but it is not necessary. No agility or obedience equipment can be used for this level. So if you want to test for Performer at Goldstock, you need to bring your own props. 

AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE) – In the highest level of Trick Dog, the Elite Performers perform a routine that has a story/script. At least 5 props are used. The Elite test is taken by video and submitted to the AKC for evaluation and titling. An AKC CGC evaluator can NOT test for Elite and so there will not be an Elite test at Goldstock. The cost of trick testing will be $1 per trick with all proceeds going to Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue (cash, check or money order written out to them).

Click here for more information on AKC Trick Dog titles, including the checklist for each level, the title application and the Evaluator’s guide. After signing up the event coordinator will get back to you to set up a testing time at camp

Please bring a copy of the checklists for any previously earned titles if you plan to test for Performer. Although you may use tricks from the Intermediate and Advanced levels, to earn this title you cannot use tricks that you have used to earn your dog's previous Trick titles.

If you plan to test at the Intermediate level, your Handler Choice may be a more advanced version of a trick performed on the Novice level. If you want to take advantage of this, try to bring a copy of your Novice checklist so your more advanced version is properly worded.

CGC is an award from the AKC. But for an additional fee, the AKC will add CGC as a title to your dog’s name. Your dog does not need an AKC number to test for CGC if you want the award only. 

Additional Information You Need

If you want CGC as a title, or if you are Trick Dog testing, your dog needs an AKC number. Trick Dog is an AKC title and requires an AKC number.

Last year, a few people registered for the CGC test with Goldens and did not include their AKC number. Jamileh asked one registrant and she said she did not have a number because her dog came from a rescue. So who is eligible for an AKC number?

Every dog can have an AKC number. There are three types.

If your dog came from an AKC breeder, it already has an AKC number. If your purebred Golden (or other purebred) did not come from an AKC litter, you can still participate in AKC events, including getting the AKC CGC award as a title and Trick Dog, too. You need an AKC Purebred Alternative Listing. The AKC charges $35 for a PAL. Click here for the form you must send to the AKC for a PAL. 

If you have a dog that is a mix, you are not excluded either. Your dog needs an AKC Canine Partner listing. The cost is normally $35. The form to become a Canine Partner simultaneously with getting your CGC title or Trick Dog title, for only $19, is on the Trick Dog link above. Here is the link for getting your Canine Partner listing now, at nearly twice the cost. 

Does it matter whether your dog has a Purebred Alternative Listing or a Canine Partner Listing? Maybe. A dog with either listing may compete in all AKC events equally but neither can show in conformation. But, some shows are breed “specialties” and then only dogs of that breed are permitted to enter that show. Rarely, a show may be limited to purebred dogs of any breed. In either of those two situations, your dog needs a PAL. Or, if you simply want to show off your rescued purebred dog when you enter the ring, you will be called into the ring as, for example, “Golden #18” or “English Mastiff #5” with a PAL. A dog clearly a Golden entering the ring announced as “All American Dog #11” will surely confuse onlookers, but you may not care. And finally, there may be a situation when you’d like to be able to show to a prospective landlord, insurance carrier, etc., a certificate from the AKC showing that Bubba is whatever breed he is and not the feared breed the landlord thinks he is.

To be eligible for either the PAL or the Canine Partner, your dog must be spayed or neutered, which rescues are. Your dog must be at least 6 months old for a PAL. (Old enough to really look like its breed.)

You have plenty of time to get your dog’s PAL or Canine Partner number before Goldstock. For procrastinators and those who wish to save $16, Jamileh will be bringing an ample supply of all paperwork. Remember, you CAN submit your request for a PAL or Canine Partner number WITH your title paperwork.

Event Coordinator: Jamileh-Sofia diGuida