Karma Rescue has been able to certify over 30 pit bulls a year as American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizens.


What does this mean?

The American Kennel Club established the Canine Good Citizen training certification program in 1989 as a way to set a national standard for what it means to be a “well-trained dog.”

In their words

“The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.”

Karma Rescue is proud to participate in this program because our success proves that even dogs from the streets and shelters of Los Angeles can be fully trained at the highest levels. Our commitment to this program means that every year, many of our adopted dogs get certified as “CGC”s. We are proud of each and every single one.

Can my dog get certified?

Yes! We have an official “tester” who comes to our organized testing events to administer the certification exam on a regular basis. Your dog does not have to be a Karma Rescue alum.

The requirements for this exam can be found here: AKC Certification Requirements

If you have a pit bull or pit mix, your test is free! If you have any other breed of dog, the test has a $10 fee!