Canine Good Neighbour Test Toronto

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) Prep Class

Prerequisites:  Dogs must have passed our Evaluation Module and have earned their When Hounds Fly Ride or Die certification.

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.  Dogs must have passed the Evaluation Module and earned their Ride or Die certification.

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.

These classes are 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. Module 1 – Focus on Stay
  2. Module 2 – Focus on Leash Walking
  3. Module 3 – Focus on Recall


Program Tuition:  1 Credit Per Class

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


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This is an advanced class.  Dogs must have passed the Evaluation Module and earned their Ride or Die certification.

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