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Canine Companion Certification Program

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 Companion?

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


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.


Tolerating/Accepting Strangers

Assessor approaches owner and shakes hands. Assessor does not touch the canine.


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.


Walking, Routine

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 casual interest.



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 immediately returns.


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 contact

CKC Events Department at 1-888-CKC– 8042 or visit us at WWW.CKCUSA.COM


Continental Kennel Club, Inc. reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.


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