Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme

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Kennel Club Good Citizens Scheme


Puppy Foundation


The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Assessment aims to provide a means of socialising puppies and to lay down a foundation for education and training.

On successful completion of the course puppies will respond to their handlers and the handlers will have an awareness of the responsibilities of dog ownership.

The inclusion of play exercises adds an extra dimension to a dog’s life and can be used to make training fun. Constructive play and suitable incentives are encouraged within this puppy training programme.


The Kennel Club Puppy Foundation programme is completed during the initial 6 week course for dogs which are under 12 months old. There is no exam to be completed, as the course is assessed as the puppy progresses with activities that are passed in the 6 weeks of the course. A puppy must attend at least 4 sessions to be given this award.


The Bronze Award


The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award aims to produce a dog that will walk and behave in a controlled manner on the lead, will stay in one position on command, will allow its owner to clean, groom and inspect it. The dog must also be able to be positioned by its handler for inspection i.e. stand, sit or lie down on either side or on its back, all on the lead. The dog must come to hand when called. The Bronze award aims to provide the handlers with a basic knowledge of understanding and training their canine companion.


The intermediate class trains both the dog and the handler for The Bronze Award. Tests are organised on a regular basis and handlers must commit to attending regularly prior to the test date.


Next tests are in Autumn 2016.


For more information click here: GCDS Bronze Award (PDF)



The Silver Award aims to build on the skills learned in the Bronze award whilst increasing the level of difficulty. It is a natural progression of practical dog training skills and introduces new concepts such as greeting a friend, vehicle control and a road walking exercise which are vital in everyday life situations.


For more information click here: GCDS Silver Award (PDF)


The Gold Award is the highest level of achievement within the Scheme awards. It builds upon the skills learnt in the Silver Award and develops more advance training skills of the dog and handler. The Gold Award introduces new concepts such as sending a dog to Bed, Relaxed Isolation, an Emergency Stop and Heelwork off the lead, all of which provide greater understanding and control.


For more information click here: The Gold award PDF



Responsibility & Care

Accompanies all levels of the Scheme and educates owners about responsibilities to their dog and the community.


For more information click here: Responsibility & Care (PDF)


Good Citizen Tests Organised so far


23rd June @ Leadgate for Silver

14th July @ Leadgate for Gold

20th July @ Burnopfield for Silver