Canine Companion Certification
What is the Canine Companion Certification Program?
The Canine Companion Certification Program or CCCP is a program developed by
the Continental Kennel Club. It awards and
recognizes not only canines which
present superlative manners in different situations, but also honors the owners
who have taken the steps to shape their canines manners, making them a accepted
part of our society.
What does the Canine Companion Certification Program Promote?
The Canine Companion Certification Program (CCCP) promotes responsible
ownership and stronger owner and canine relationships. Continental Kennel Club
strongly believes that it takes a good owner to raise an exceptional dog, that’s
why we want to reward competent individuals and their dogs for setting positive
examples for all breeds and their owners alike.
How can I get my dog certified as a Canine
In order for your dog to receive a Canine Companion Certification, your dog
must be capable of completing several basic obedience commands and passing a
manners test. CCCP test will be available at all Continental Kennel Club
Performance Events or can be issued by local Certified Assessors. The test will
be given by certified trainers who should be able to provide proof to you at the
test sight. Your dog must be able to pass ALL task and test which he/she is
presented with in order to receive this title.
Benefits of having my dog earn a Canine Companion Certification?
No points or champion status’ are awarded to dogs who become certified as a
Canine Companion, but all canines will receive a certificate and will appear on
the dogs registration information as “Certified CCCP”.
The importance of understanding Good Canine Manners.
In order for our canine companions to be accepted by all forms of people in
today’s society, we must understand what is expected of them. Our canine
companions must possess certain social skill such as sitting politely without
jumping and pulling. This will instill confidence of others in the social skills
of our four-legged friends. These skills are extremely important for larger
breeds and breeds that some people may consider less than social breeds. This
requires a lot of work on our part and should begin at a very early age. It is
imperative that our young dogs be exposed to a wide variety of environmental
distractions and different situations as well as many different locations.
The importance of Obedience.
Contrary to most dog owners beliefs, control of your dog does not mean to
have your dog on a leash or lead. To have an obedient dog is to have control
over your dog. Lessons in basic obedience are imperative. Without proper
training and guidance, puppies and adult dogs alike tend to get themselves in to
trouble. This applies not only to puppies but older dogs as well.
If a puppy or adult dog is not properly trained to obey basic obedience
commands, the owner has only his or her self to blame when the dog develops bad
habits or gets into trouble.
A CKC affiliate club is an excellent place to obtain obedience training and
to begin competing in your favorite dog sport. For more information on local
clubs or forming a local club, visit our website www.ckcusa.com.
What task will my dog be required to pass in order to receive the
Canine Companion Certification?
In order to receive certification in this program, your dog must be able to
pass ALL of the following task set before him or her.
Assessor approaches owner and shakes hands. Assessor does not touch the
Sitting Calmly For Petting
Canine must show no resentment,
aggressiveness, or shyness.
Assessment in Grooming
Canine allows assessor to brush, comb, examine teeth and ears.
Canine is evaluated as owner takes him/her for a short walk. Walk includes
right turn, left turn, about turn, and stop.
Walking in a Crowd
Canine is walked through group of people, dog must not jump up but may show
Canine must be able to follow sit and down
commands, and stay in either
one while the owner leaves the canine and walks to the end of a 20 foot line and
Coming when Called
Canine must go to owner when the owner walks 10 feet away and calls him/her.
Interaction with Another Dog
Canine must show casual interest as another owner and canine approaches. The
owners may shake hands, exchange greetings, and then move on.
Response to Distractions
Canine may not show aggression or panic when distractions are presented.
Separation from Owner
Dog must remain calm on a 6-ft. lead by evaluator while owner goes out of
sight for 3-minutes.
For information on competing or hosting events
CKC Events Department at 1-888-CKC– 8042 or visit us at
Continental Kennel Club, Inc. reserves the right to
amend these rules at any time.
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