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Advanced Dog Obedience

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Advanced

The goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. It extends the skills learned in the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class out and into the community. The handler and dog’s skills are tested in a natural public setting, not in a quiet and cozy training studio. Those that pass are eligible for the CGCA title which stands for Advanced-CGC.

What is advanced obedience training for dogs?

Advanced dog obedience builds off of the intermediate skills learned from the AKC Canine Good Citizen class. With the CGCA (Advanced-CGC), your dog will learn new skills in a busy, public setting. Some of what your dog will learn with CGCA are patience, impulse control, and ignoring distractions. Not only can advanced obedience training help your dog to become more obedient, but it can also help to strengthen the bond between you and your dog and can help to prepare them for therapy training.

What is the average cost of obedience training for dogs?

Obedience training for dogs typically costs between $45-$120 per session. The main factors that will affect the cost for obedience training are where you sign up for obedience training as well as the size, breed and age of your dog. The level of obedience your dog currently has can also be factored into the cost. If your dog hasn’t had any training before and doesn’t easily follow commands, the cost for obedience training may be higher.

Is it too late to obedience train my dog?

When it comes to obedience training, dogs are never too old to start. Although dogs that are older may take a bit longer to learn new skills or commands or to unlearn bad behavior, every dog can benefit from obedience training regardless of their age. With much older dogs, you’ll also have to keep in mind that certain physical tasks may be difficult for them.

Dogs learn to master life skills such as:

  1. Waiting patiently under control while the owner sits & has a snack/visits with someone.
  2. Walks on a loose leash with turns, fast and slow paces and stops – without pulling.
  3. Walks on a loose leash through a crowd of people and also nearby distraction dogs – without pulling
  4. Walks by food and “leaves it.”
  5. Dog comes when called past a distraction to the handler.
  6. Dog enters/exits a doorway or narrow passage in a controlled manner.
  7. Dog is able to complete these activities with distractions – out in the community!
Why do it?
  • It’s fun training with your dog.
  • We practice at our studio and parks, shopping centers and other public venues.
  • It’s a great warm-up for Therapy Dog training.
  • Your dog is eligible to receive an official AKC title!

Pre-requisites: dog must currently have passed the CGC test or be ready to take and pass the CGC test. Dogs that bark, lunge or are otherwise environmentally challenged are best suited to attend a different class.

7 week course             Tuition: $160


This class is for graduates from the Manners, AKC Canine Good Citizen Class, or other Obedience group class whose guardians desire to volunteer with their dog as a team to visit schools, assisted living facilities, hospitals and other venues to help our community and its citizens. A therapy dog is not a service dog (performs tasks defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act); however, many service dogs benefit from Therapy Dog training as part of their basic training. This course is designed to help your dog prepare for the Therapy Dog test which will be offered at the end of the class period (and other scheduled).

  • Positive Reinforcement Training Methods
  • Confidence Building 
  • Basic Manners (with distance, distractions and duration added) to include:
    • Sit (on cue and with a stranger petting)
    • Down (on cue and with a stranger petting)
    • Stay (on cue and with a stranger nearby)
    • Come When Called
    • Handler Focus 
    • Loose Leash Walking (in groups of people and dogs)
    • Working Around Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, etc.)
    • Walking Past Food Placed on the Floor
    • Passing Through Doorways & Narrow Spaces
    • Handling of Feet, Ears, Petting on Head and Body Being Touched

Dogs over 1 year of age with a quiet, attentive demeanor and temperament are encouraged to enroll. Younger pups are better served by first attending focused puppy classes (STAR/Diamonds) or basic manners classes first as this course is a more advanced curriculum.

Prerequisite: CGC, Recommendation by previous Instructor, or Consult/Testing for readiness by course Instructor.

7 week course           Tuition $160


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6129 NC Hwy 42 West
Garner, NC 27529