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Black Hawk Canine Good Citizen

cgc dogThe Black Hawk Canine Good Citizen TM (BHCGC) Test is a certification program that tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere. It identifies and rewards dogs that have the training and demeanour to be reliable family members as well as good-standing community members. It is open to all purebred and crossbred dogs.

The purpose of the BHCGC Test is to ensure that our favourite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act with good manners in the home, in public, and in the presence of other dogs

BHCGC training is fun and useful. Through it, you and your dog will establish a closer bond and your dog will have the added benefit of knowing how to please you. The test of your dog's manners and training is not a competition and does NOT require that you and your dog perform with precision.

Who can participate?
All dogs over the age of 12 months of age.
Membership of Dogs NZ or member Club is not needed. Check our Frequently Asked Questions page for the answers to more of your questions. Note: Clubs can log in to the site to view the club FAQ on their club page.

To obtain BHCGC Certificates, dogs must pass all tests set in each grade before attempting the next advanced up. Certificates are available from Dogs New Zealand posted to the assessing club. Dogs will be registered onto a database.

Standard requirements for those wishing to be assessed for BHCGC.
Dogs must be over 12 months of age.
Dogs having been taught the following exercises may be eligible for assessment at a BHCGC registered club.
To get full information regarding the exercises and requirements to contact your closest BHCGC registered Dog training club as listed on this page.

  • Appearance and Grooming
  • Food manners
  • Accepting Friendly Strangers
  • Walking in a controlled manner with distractions and through people
  • Stay tied
  • Control around other dogs
  • There will also be written questions for the owner.

Detail of the exercises at each level.

Care and Responsibility


You can contact any of the participating Recognised BHCGC Training Providers to get started. Clubs interested in becoming CGC registered need to apply to the CGC Committee, fill in the club application form.

There is a one-off registration fee. Club Application


More information about the up and coming assessment days in your area is available here


An up to date list of all BHCGC qualifiers can be seen here


Handler Assessment Sheets:
Editable Foundation Assessment Form
Editable Bronze Assessment Form
Editable Silver Assessment Form
Editable Gold Assessment Form

Complaints and Dispute Forms:
Complaints and Disputes Form

Assessor Contract for Clubs to download:
Editable Assessor Contract

CGC Questions Selection Template

CGC Interim Certificates


To purchase a printed manual please fill in the form here.

Click here for a list of changes from the 2017 manual to the 2019 manual

For any queries please contact the following: Sue Cooper (Chair CGC)


Qualified CGC Assessors

Clubs Download the Assessors Record Book here

BHCGC Registration
Dogs New Zealand
Private Bag 50903 PORIRUA

Any dog found to subsequently breach the standards, will be removed from the list and advertised that it has been. Dogs NZ has endorsed the BHCGC Scheme in full which was launched on Thursday 25th September 2003 at the 2003 National Dog Show.