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I don't know the exact answer to your question what is the pass rate, it may be on the AKC website someplace, but I do CGC testing, I would estimate about 10% of dogs need more practice.
Some of my general observations: I don't think it's fair to puppies when owners automatically expect to breeze through puppy, basic, intermediate then automatically pass CGC. All dogs are different, breeds are different, some are more energetic than others, etc.
Gladys had to repeat basic several times and we were told to give her a job in field class a few times in between. I think I waited a year to try CGC.
People who do their homework and practice a lot do better than those who don't; and finally, it seems like all dogs have at least one weak spot to work on. It never fails, sometimes they're so obedient they could get a CD, but the dog can't handle separation. Or, they know everything, but just won't do that down that day.
Even the ones that do pass, I tell them keep working with the dog, especially that one area they know they needed to practice a lot ;-)
Finally, there's always the person in there who wants to get CGC to do therapy work or something the dog is totally unsuited for. I can always tell when someone tries to control the situation, "don't go up to him fast", "don't go too slow" "don't approach him from behind" I can always tell I'm about to get snapped at if I act normal :-(
Dawn, Dee Dee (L), and Gladys (R)
and Boomer (avatar pic) with us in spirit always