AKC Urban CGC Test

AKC Urban CGC is a title in the Canine Good Citizen family of awards and titles that also include AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen and AKC Community Canine.

AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.

AKC Approved CGC Evaluators administer the AKC Urban CGC test.

  • Age Requirements for Dogs

There is no age limit for dogs taking the AKC Urban CGC test. 


  • Collar, Leashes and Equipment

All tests must be performed on leash. Dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars (including martingales) or body harnesses. Body harnesses should not restrict the movement of the dog. Special training equipment such as pinch collars and head collars are not permitted. The leash should be made of either leather or fabric. Retractable leashes may not be used in the test.

  • Food

Handlers are not permitted to use food as a reward during the AKC Urban CGC Test. 


  • Handler/Dog Interactions During Test

Handlers may talk to their dogs and provide praise throughout the test. The test items should be conducted in an urban, city, or town setting where there are streets to cross, noises, sidewalks, etc. Evaluators should encourage the test to be fun.

AKC Urban CGC Test 

  1. Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings. Exit building to start test, additional Public buildings items are below.

  2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.

    • People come toward the dog from 1-ft. away

    • Tolerate distractions (people wearing hats, coats, men, women, etc).

  3. Appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises, and walking on a variety of surfaces. Examples:

    • Noises: horns, sirens, construction noise, etc.

    • Moving objects: skateboard, bike, carts, person running

    • Surfaces: concrete, grass, grates, plastic tarp, wet sidewalk

  4. Crossing street: Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling (on leash, with owner). Crosses street under control.

  5. Ignore food on sidewalk. (Dropped food, or cups, bags, cans, in which food was wrapped).

  6. Person walks up and pets the dog. May be carrying an item such as a small dog in a bag, a computer bag, etc. Person does not put the bag down to pet the dog.

  7. Public Building (that is dog friendly). Walks under control in building (slick surface, carpeted floor). Down stay (3 min) in lobby or outdoor area, or waits while owner has a meal or snack.

  8. Stairs, steps, or elevator under control.

    • Steps (at least 3 – up and down)

    • Elevator (Enters under control, exits, rides under control)

  9. Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living. Owner may verify this item. Evaluator may also observe in public buildings, or have observed in training classes.

  10. Transportation. Owner’s choice depending on transportation needs.

    • Car. Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride. (Crate? Seatbelt?)

    • Subway. Small dog in bag for ride. (large dogs are not always permitted; know and abide by the Transit Policies in your area).

    • Dog friendly (enters/exits or allows to be put in/taken out) under control.


To pass the CGCU test, dogs must pass all 10 items of the test.