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PetPALS Testing Requirements


To learn the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen® Test (CGC) and the 4-H PetPALS Socialized PetPALS Test (SPP) testing requirements to evaluate an animal’s appropriateness to become a 4-H PetPAL.

Background Information

Animals that are involved in animal-assisted activities MUST have the temperament and ability to interact with people as well as other animals.  They must be reliable, predictable and inspire confidence in those whom they visit.  Pets, as a part of the 4-H PetPALS team, must be evaluated and pass either the Canine Good Citizen Test (for dogs) or the Socialized PetPALS Test (for other pets) BEFORE they can visit healthcare facilities. 

CGC Test Items include:
SSP Test Items include:

Refer to the 4-H PetPALS Curriculum for an explanation of the Test Items. Any updated AKC CGC® Test information can be found at

Please note that the CGC and SPP tests are not official certification tests for dogs and other animals, respectively, visiting healthcare facilities. Passing the appropriate test is required for completion of the 4-H PetPALS project and to visit healthcare facilities as a 4-H PetPALS team. Organizations such as Delta Society®, Therapy Dogs Incorporated, and Therapy Dogs International have specific testing criteria for evaluating animals to participate in animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy. 4-H PetPALS members are encouraged to explore the testing requirements of these organizations to further qualify their pets for visiting in different environments.

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