Do you think your dog has what it takes to become a Canine Good Citizen?


In this class dogs and their handlers work on the skills necessary to become Canine Good Citizens. These skills include: accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting and grooming, walking on a loose leash, walking through a crowd, sit and down on cue, staying in place, come when called, reaction to another dog, reaction to distraction, and supervised separation. The dog will work on being able to demonstrate these skills and behaviors with calmness and confidence. The Canine Good Citizen test is administered during the final class. When dogs pass the test, they receive the CGC title from the American Kennel Club. This title signifies that a dog is trustworthy in public and is under his handler’s control at all times.  Please visit to learn more about the CGC test. Prior training and evaluation is necessary.

Do you think your dog has what it takes to become a Therapy Dog?


therapyIf so, Awesome Dawgs can provide you with the opportunity to discover your dog’s potential.

Therapy dog testing and evaluating are conducted quarterly at the Awesome Dawgs Pricetown Road facility by Mary Jo Carabello who is a certified evaluator for Therapy Dogs International, Inc.

We also offer a Therapy Dog Preparation Group Training Class. The purpose of the workshop is to help people and their dogs prepare for evaluation by reviewing the skills necessary for therapy work.

You and your dog will practice: sit, stay, come when called, friendly greetings with volunteers including petting, examination and grooming, wait at the door, heel, maneuvering around people using hospital equipment, leaving food treats alone that are on the floor, dealing with distractions, separation from your dog for a few minutes, and observing children play.

The class will include at least one visit to an assisted living facility.

Please note, this course is not required for taking therapy dog evaluations and is a training course offered by Awesome Dawgs Dog Training.

Contact Awesome Dawgs if you are interested in scheduling a session for your dog.