CGC focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community. 


about the course

Once your dog has the Basic Skills, the next step is the AKC Canine Good Citizen Course to learn how to apply their new skills in the community. The CGC Test is included at the end of the course. If passed, your dog earns the official CGC Title.


It's a great first step if you are interested in doing Therapy Work with your dog. Some landlords require the CGC for certain breeds. 


It is also a point of pride that you and your dog accomplished this together! A dog with good manners in public is a dog you can take with you anywhere and enjoy more activities with. 

​Accept a Friendly Stranger
Accept Petting, Grooming, and Examination
Walk Nicely on Leash and Politely through a Crowd
Sit, Down, Stay, and Come when Called
Pass Politely by other Dogs
Not Panic when left with Someone



Tuesdays 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seven Oaks Park
200 Leisure Lane
Columbia SC

May 10 - June 14
Test on June 21
October 4 - November 15*
Test on November 22
*We will skip November 8, Election Day

The Basic Obedience (Basics, Plus) Course is a Prerequisite for this course.

To Register
Call Seven Oaks Park

Recall Race! Learning is Fun!


My dog already knows basic obedience. Can they attend the CGC Course?

The Basic Obedience Course is a Prerequisite for the CGC Course. The course builds on skills and techniques taught in the Basic Course for both Dog and Handler. Dogs need practice in a group class environment to be successful in this course. 

What vaccines are required for my dog to attend classes?

Kennel Cough (Bordetella) within the last year, not 6 months.


How many dogs are in the class?
Class is limited to 8 dogs 

My dog knows basic obedience skills but isn't reliable in distracting situations. Can they take the course?

Yes, the course teaches them how to apply the basic obedience skills they know in distracting and unusual situations.

Should I bring my dog to classes or do private training instead?
CGC is all about dogs learning to handle themselves with poise around other dogs and people. That requires other dogs and people, so group class is ideal.

What happens if I miss a class?
The course is to help your dog pass the Canine Good Citizen Test. If you miss a class, you simply miss an opportunity to practice and get coaching.

Can I make up a missed class in another session?
There are no makeup classes. The test is offered immediately after the course ends. 

Can we retake the test if we don't pass?
Yes, there are no limits to how many times you can take the test. We currently only offer the test twice per year but may offer it more often if there is interest.

What training methods do you use?
We follow the LIMA standard which stands for Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive. We use food rewards to teach new behaviors because it is the fastest way to train any animal. We do not use fear or pain to suppress behavior or use any method that causes mental or emotional distress for your dog. 

What are your qualifications?
Woof U has led training classes since 2009. Dawn led training classes for Thoughtful Paws for 20 years prior to that. We attend professional training to keep up-to-date with the latest science on training and behavior. Dawn and Kelly are AKC CGC Evaluators. Kelly has certification in training for Aggressive Dogs and is a Family Dog Mediator. You can read more about us on the
About Us page.