Canine Good Neighbour Program

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Welcome to The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) program.

"I am an 'evaluator' for the CGN program and see great merits as a tool used to evaluate the temperament of a dog. Owners can also be shown what should be expected of them and their dogs."

Don BATES (Doindogs Kennel)

The CKC Canine Good Neighbour program identifies and rewards responsible and caring owners and their canine partners.

The purpose of the Canine Good Neighbour Program test is to ensure that one of our most favoured companions, the dog, is accepted as a valued member of the community. Canine Good Neighbours can be counted on to present good manners at home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs.

Canine Good Neighbour training is fun, rewarding, and useful, and can enable owners to achieve a better relationship with their dogs.

The objectives of the CKC Canine Good Neighbour program are three-fold:

  • To increase awareness and appreciation of dogs as valued, contributing members of society.
  • To assist in teaching and promoting responsible dog ownership.
  • To certify that dogs conduct themselves in a manner, which is reliable and trustworthy in situations encountered in everyday living, be it around people, at home, in public, or in the presence of other dogs.

The program embraces both purebred and mixed-breed dogs and has been created to assist canine owners combat anti-dog sentiment which often targets dogs as a whole. Additionally, the program enhances community awareness of responsible dog ownership and the benefits associated with dog ownership.

The test is not a competition calling for precision performance by the handler and dog. Rather, it assesses the handler and dog's relationship together with the handler's ability to control the dog.

Dogs are evaluated on their ability to perform basic exercises as well as their ability to demonstrate good manners in everyday situations.

The Canadian Kennel Club encourages all dog owners to participate in this program, thereby ensuring that our beloved canines are welcomed and respected members of our communities.


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