Many dog owners choose the AKC Canine Good Citizen program as the first step in training their dogs. Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience training, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs With a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life.