Canine Good Neighbour Test Toronto

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) Prep Class

Prerequisites:  Completion of Foundation Skills at When Hounds Fly. We regret that we no longer accept students from other schools, even if they are clicker trained. Please note: This class is not appropriate if your dog exhibits excessive fearful or aggressive behaviour. Please see our Behaviour Modification page for information on private lessons to address fear or aggression.

This is an advanced class.  While we do start easy and progressively get harder over the five weeks of the course, your dog should come in with a good grasp of the behaviours that were covered in Foundation Skills.  The classroom is a very supportive environment, and we will all be encouraging and supportive, regardless of your dog’s skill level; however, if your dog cannot manage Foundation behaviours, you will not get the most out of this class, and it will also hold the other students back.  Practice before our session starts so we can dive right in!

Most importantly:

Please make sure your dog has a reasonable grasp on the following Foundation behaviours:

  1. Sit/Down
  2. Stay/Settle on a Mat
  3. Leash Walking

When Hounds Fly’s Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) Preparatory Class has been wildly successful over the last four+ years. Many graduates of this program have gone on to earn their Canine Good Neighbour titles and become certified Therapy Dogs.

This four week course is designed to familiarize you with the twelve exercises a dog must perform at a CGN examination to get their CGN title, and give you the training plans needed for you and your dog to ace the exam.

Students completing this class are not required to book an examination, but are strongly encouraged to do so!

The CGN Test is an evaluation that is designed to reward responsible dog owners with well-mannered dogs with a title and certificate from the Canadian Kennel Club. The CGN test helps promote responsible pet ownership and tests their ability to behave amongst people and other dogs in the public. All dogs, regardless of breed or pedigree (mixed dogs are welcome!) over the age of 6 months are welcome to take the exam.

Additionally, the exercises in CGN are similar to those required for therapy dog work, so passing this exam is great start to many other titles and certifications to follow.

Exercises to be Tested:

  1. Accept a Friendly Stranger
  2. Politely Accepts Petting
  3. Accepts Grooming and Examination
  4. Walk Politely on a Loose Leash
  5. Walk Through a Crowd
  6. Sit/Down on Cue / Stay 6 Meters
  7. Come When Called
  8. Calm Down After Play
  9. Reaction to Passing Dog
  10. Reaction to Distractions (strollers, joggers, noises)
  11. Supervised Isolation (Handler leaves dog)
  12. Walking through Doorways/Gates


  1. Class 1 – Focus on Stay
  2. Class 2 – Focus on Leash Walking
  3. Class 3 – Focus on Recall
  4. Canine Good Neighbour – Mock Exam (Test your core skills against the examination)


Program Tuition: $180 per dog plus HST

For details regarding class/training policies, please see our Policy page.


Locations Offered:

Dundas West

Pape Village

Queen West

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Purchase the program at our Online Store. Please note, once the classes are sold out, they’re sold out!


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