This 4-week intermediate level dog training course is designed to help you and your canine companion pass the American Kennel Club's widely recognized certification - the CGC test. On the last night of class you will test for the CGC with your trainer and can obtain this coveted title! This is a great first step for those dogs and owners who would like to become Therapy Dog Certified.
Have a Pit Bull? We offer CGC in partnership with the Animal Farm Foundation, a New York-based organization whose goal is to change the perception of Pit Bulls across the U.S. For every certified Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix that passes the test, AFF makes a $150 donation to the SPCA’s homeless pets.
When & Where
Fridays, March 14 - April 4, 2014, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Saturdays, April 26 - May 17, 2014, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Sundays, June 8 - 29, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00am
SPCA Tampa Bay - 9099 130th Ave N in Largo
The Ike and Libby Einherst Education Center
Cost includes the prep course and the CGC test on the last night of class.
Pre-registration required unless you have contacted us via e-mail or phone saying you will pay at door.
Who Can Participate?
1. There is no age limit for the CGC test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen. Puppies who have completed all immunizations and boosters may be tested, however, because we know that behavior and temperament can change over time, when puppies pass the CGC test, owners should have them re-tested as adults.
2. It is strongly encouraged that you and your dog have already completed a basic training course, whether at Sniff U or elsewhere.
3. We require that your dog has shown no known aggression to people or animals.
4. We welcome all friendly dogs, whether they are altered or not, in our classes. However, female dogs in heat may not come to class.
Meet Our Instructor
Thamzen Waller is SPCA Tampa Bay's Sniff University Behavior Training Manager and a CGC evaluator with the AKC. Thamzen always knew she wanted a career with animals but did not want to be a Veterinarian. She became a dog trainer while getting her undergraduate degree and realized she really had a talent for understanding pet behavior. After graduating from Arizona State University she decided to obtain her Masters Degree in Animals in Public Policy from Tufts University. She was able to intern at the Tufts Animal Behavior clinic to increase her knowledge and research dog and cat behavior. She lives with her three dogs, Ten the dachshund, Morgan the mini poodle, Peanut Butter the (therapy certified) Chesapeake Bay Retriever and her cat, Si.