Real Life Manners




Car manners are important because the dog must be able to ride safely and not be a distraction to the driver. Teaching the dog to wait once the vehicle is stopped and calmly exit can prevent the dog from escaping. 

Car Safety:

Keeping your pet contained in the vehicle is important for keeping both the pet and driver safe. The dog will not be as much of a distraction while constrained. In the event of an accident, being constrained may help limit injuries. Below are some of the ways to keep your pet contained.

  • Harness
  • Barrier
  • Crate

Entering and exiting:

The dog must walk up to the car on a loose leash and be able to calmly enter the vehicle. When exiting the vehicle, the dog waits for the owner to give a verbal release cue. Then, the dog exits the vehicle and walks away on a loose leash. 



Small dogs are allowed to ride in a bag on some public transit trains and subways. Large dogs are not usually permitted on public transit vehicles. However, some areas don't allow dogs at all, so it is important to check Transit Policies in your area to make sure that dogs are allowed. 

The small dog must allow their handler to place them in a carrying bag and politely ride the train. Then the dog needs to calmly come out of the bag when they are off of the train. 

Skills needed:

  • Wait
  • Accept restraints (seatbelt, carry bag for small dogs)
  • LLW


Elevators and tight spaces

Elevators and tight spaces are a part of the Urban CGC test and Bright and Beautiful Therapy test. For these tests, the dog needs to demonstrate that they can be under control in a tight space where there may be other people and dogs.

The steps that the dog needs to do to pass this section:

  1. Walk up to the doors of the elevator and wait in a sit for the doors to open
  2. Calmly walk in, ride quietly, and calmly walk out. 

Skills needed:

  • LLW
  • Tolerate distractions / Adequate socialization
  • Wait


Stairs are a part of the Urban CGC test to demonstrate the dog's ability to handle different surfaces in a real life environment. In this section of the test, the dog must be under control and walk up to the stairs on a loose leash. The dog and handler go up at least 3 stairs and then come down. 

Skills needed:

  • LLW
  • Tolerate distractions / Adequate socialization

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Tori Peterson