Kennel Club good citizen award

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training scheme in the UK.  It's aim is to promote responsible ownership, enhance our relationship with our dogs, train our dogs to be acceptable and pleasent to have in society and make the community aware of the benefits associated with dog ownership.  

There are 3 levels that make up the scheme:

Bronze Level

Developing your dog's basic obedience from their puppy or basic manners dog course, this includes 

  • Handling for grooming
  • Handling for veterinary examination by owner
  • Walking on a Loose Lead
  • Recall
  • Stay for 1 minute, 5 paces away
  • Control at a doorway
  • Controlled walk amongst people and other people

Click here to see the full syllabus for the Bronze Award. 

Silver Level

Progressing from the exercises learnt on the Bronze level to more prompt and consistent responses from your dog and learning some new exercises.  Includes:

  • Handling fir a veterinary examination by a stranger
  • Recall away from distractions (e.g. playing with other dogs)
  • Stay for 2 minutes, 5 paces away
  • Control entering and exiting a vehicle
  • Playing and engaging with your dog including dropping a toy on cue
  • Recall from a wait position from 10 paces away
  • Walking on a loose lead along a road, including waiting by the kerbside
  • Controlled greeting people without jumping up
  • Manners around owner consuming food

Click Here to view the full syllabus for the Silver Award

Gold Level

Progressing on from the skills developed on the on the Silver level to being close to perfect, including lots of new off-lead control exercises.  Includes:

  • Stay in a down position for 2 minutes, 10 paces away including 30 seconds out of sight
  • Recall from 10 paces away and for the dog to continue walking at handler's side off-lead for 10 paces
  • Walking on a loose lead along a busy road, including waiting by the kerbside, and remaining on a loose lead during a quickened pace and slow pace walk
  • Off-lead walk at handlers side for 40 paces
  • Send the dog to bed from 10 paces
  • Emergency stop off-lead
  • Relaxed isolation
  • Food Manners with food bowl
  • Handling for a veterinary examination by a stranger

Click here to view the full syllabus for the Gold Award 

Responsibility and care information for the course can be found by clicking here 

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Award is a monthly programme that is 1 hour sessions each week.  The price for the month is £55 on a rolling on basis.  Tests are run as and when we have enough dogs and clients that are ready, but during the test no treats are allowed, so you will need to learn how to get your dog to work for you and not for treats.  With the Kennel Club Scheme you do not need to have to take the tests if you don't want to and can just do the classes as a follow on obedience class.