Advanced CGC Class

Come on down to Gentle Touch Pet Training with your Canine Good Citizens! It’s time to try the  higher level of CGC training: Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) and Urban Canine (CGCU).  This class is structured to help prepare you and your dog for advanced CGC evaluations.  While the emphasis will be on the Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA), this class can also prepare you to take your Urban Canine (CGCU) evaluation.  Four weeks will be spent on training.  Week five will be dedicated to CGCA evaluations at Gentle Touch Pet Training facility.  Week six will be off-site (downtown Arroyo Grande) and will be dedicated to CGCU evaluations.

We’ll work with teaching your dogs to have a polite response and control on leash in a crowd while people are visiting, eating, hiking with packs or carrying packages. Your CGC dog can learn to wait for you as you go through doorways, to be polite to other dogs on leash in their vicinity, and of course to have a nice ‘Recall’, ‘Leave-It’, and ‘Stay’ in a more natural and interesting environment than a classroom setting.

To obtain an AKC Title, the requirements are that your dog has passed a CGC test, has some leash training, and is not dog-reactive or people-reactive. If you are not interested in an AKC Title, you can still take this class, learn all kinds of fun things and run through the evaluation at the end just for the fun of it!  Please, even in this case do not bring dog-reactive or people-reactive dogs.  (If you are having aggression issues, please contact our office and we’ll recommend a different class.) For more information, please go to the AKC web site at and look at the requirements for “AKC Community Canine” and Urban CGC.

Prerequisite:   You and your dog must have graduated from either the private or group Elementary Clicker Training Course (or equivalent).


Class Cost:$160 for six one-hour classes. No additional fee for the AKC CGCA and CGCU evaluations scheduled for weeks 5 & 6 of this class.
Class Location:All classes are held at Gentle Touch Pet Training's training center located at 1886 Deer Canyon Road, Arroyo Grande, CA.
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Vaccines:Dogs must be current on parvo, distemper (or have protective titers) and rabies shots.
Registration:Class size is limited to 8 dogs to ensure personal attention. 

Click on the preferred date below to register. Full payment is necessary to reserve class space. 
Class Dates:
Nov 2 - Dec 14
(No Class 11/23)
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Instr: Ivy
Feb 8 - Mar 15
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Instr: Ivy