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CGC test 3 passed, 7 failed

Just wondering what the normal pass rate is for a CGC class taking the test?

I just finished my CGC prep class last week with my boy Hunter. I've been taking classes with him the last 6 months and he's progressed nicely. We didn't pass, the excessive greeting disorder got the best of him and he had to meet the stranger with the dog. We tried it 5 times with 2 different people (which was very nice of the tester), but he failed every time.

On a whim, I took my boy Reilly and he passed without a problem. He's one of those very good natured dogs. He's never had an obedience class or ever been in the training building before the test ever. So it just goes to show you that passing the CGC is a lot about temperment of the dog (and maybe the owner).

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Wow, thanks for this info. I'm going to take a lot of classes with Bentley for his CGC but we'll probably have to wait until he's much older for the test.
He's very good at the nursing home but he has what I call a "hover bum". When told to sit his tail is wagging so fast that his bum sort of hovers real close to the ground but not on it. At home or any place if we're alone he sits great it's just when people are present

Good job Riley! Will Hunter be trying again?
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I'm not sure what the pass rate it- but it took us 3 times to try it. I think when we did out CGC/Intermediate class that not even 1/2 passed the test.

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Adults tend to pass easier than puppies.

If Banker had not passed his CGC, he would have been allowed back in the next class (still Advanced), at no additional charge until he passed. When we took the test, I said up front that "free classes" were a good deal and I was looking forward to them.
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I will try Hunter again in a few months. He just needs to learn he doesn't have to greet everyone. He's 6 yrs old you would think he'd have that figured out by now. I guess they never loose that eagerness.

One dog didn't pass because he pooped during the test. The owner was very disappointed.

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Why didn't you pass? Do you think it was the age of your dog or something else?

~ Stacey with Hunter, Lucy and Riot, missing Reilly, Tiger and Pennie
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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 :-(


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We were lucky enough to pass the first time but Zoe was about two years old and we did do quite a bit of practicing. I found walking "in town" in the late afternoon was good . . . lots of people of various ages out on the sidewalk, some of them walking their dogs. I'm always impressed when I read about a pup under a year old that's passed the CGC.


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Molly passed at 10 months and going into it, I knew there was only one area she really needed to work on: sit for greeting. She is such an excitable dog. I made sure that she knew she was in working mode before we took the test. It did the trick; she didn't mess around one bit! The 3 minute separation was another thing I worried about but I think it depends on the evaluator and how much they let the dog get away with. I did hear Molly whining, but nothing excessive. I am not going into anything with a CGC but we might get into therapy work when she's older.
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Cody passed his CGC at 2-1/2 years old. We had trained HARD. I took him once a week to different levels of obedience classes plus the CGC class to get him prepared for the test. I also took him to a hospital as much as I could and walked him back and forth outside the front door, did sit/stays and down/stays as people walked by. That helped a lot.

I thought the step "leave your dog with a friendly stranger" would be his down fall but that was a breeze. In "greet a friendly stranger with a dog", Cody got out of his sit and went over to the other dog. They let me do it again with the same person but a different dog and he did fine.

Cody also has EGD (excessive greeting disorder) so getting his CGC was a HUGE acomplisment for us. I framed the certificate, got the patch and collar tag!

I hope you continue training and taking the test. You can take the test as many times as you want until you pass.

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