”Properly trained, a man can be a dog’s best friend” – Corey Ford
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training scheme in the UK. It has tree levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold aimed at progressively gaining increasing control and understanding of our canine companions. It’s open to all dogs regardless of age or breed. The aim of the Scheme is to promote responsible dog ownership and in turn, enhance our relations with our canines, and to make the community aware of the benefits associated with owning dogs.
The KC Puppy Foundation Level Classes
The course covers basic obedience such as sit, down, stand, leave, stay, recall and walking on a loose lead. Find out more about this class, including dates of the next course
The KC GCDS Bronze Award
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 KC GCDS Silver Award
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Silver Award aims to build upon the skills learned in the Bronze Award whilst increasing the level of difficulty. The Silver Award is a natural progression of practical dog training skills and introduces new concepts such as the controlled greeting, road walk and vehicle control exercises which are important in everyday life situations.
The Silver Award aims to provide handlers with a good knowledge of understanding and training their canine companion.
The KC GCDS Gold Award
Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award is the highest level of achievement of the Scheme. It builds upon the skills learnt in the Silver Award and develops more advance training skills of the dog and handler.
The Gold Award aims to provide handlers with a greater knowledge and understanding of their canine companion. Dogs that are awarded a Gold Certificate should reach the required standards in all exercises and be a worthy representative of the Scheme’s highest standard. Where possible it is preferable that certain exercises are tested at indoor and outdoor locations.
What will I need?
This course is for six weeks and one hour a week. On the first evening you will require your payment either cash or cheque for £45 (cheques made payable to Cardiff Canine Citizens) and for that week and the following five weeks, you will require your dog wearing a well-fitting collar (no check/choke chains please) or a harness and an ordinary lead (rather than an extending lead), some small, tasty treats, poo bags, a toy and a grooming implement. Also try to ‘empty’ your dog prior to classes by allowing your dog ample toileting opportunities. It may also be advisable either to only feed a small meal several hours before or not to feed your dog just before attending class, as all of our training is reward based he/she is less likely to work for treats if already full!
A recommended variety of dog treats, chews, toys and grooming implements are available for purchase during training classes. Those not attending class may make purchases up to half an hour before class. See below for details of times and locations.