Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award

Cardiff Canine Citizens has successfully awarded 1112 Bronze Awards since 2002!

Cardiff Class

Venue: Willows High School

Time: Thursdays at 18:00 – 19:00

Cost: £60 (complete cost for six week course)

Willows High School, Cardiff

Belmont Church Hall

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Barry Class

Venue: Butrills Community Hall

Time: Mondays at 20:00 – 21:00

Cost: £60 (complete cost for six week course)

Butrills Community Hall, Barry

Belmont Church Hall

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Course Information
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training programme in the UK. All dogs are able to participate, crossbreeds, pedigrees and natures dogs! The scheme incorporates everyday training exercises to help your dog become a good companion, rather than competitive obedience exercises. The Scheme is non-competitive. We have a wide variety of breeds and owners in our classes and this is beneficial to all the dogs as this is how it is in the ‘real world’!

In this class we will teach:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Leave
  • Heel
  • Recall
  • Stay
  • Not to Jump Up
  • Doorway Control
  • Grooming/Handling Skills

At the end of the course, on week six there will be the opportunity for class members to attempt their Bronze Award Test. 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.

What is included in this course?
  • You will receive a FREE bag of Feelwells Treats and a voucher for a FREE 1.5kg-4kg bag of Royal Canin Dog Food
Practical Sessions
Your dog is required for all practical sessions.

We don’t permit or advocate the use of aversive or punitive equipment or behaviour towards dogs in our classes. All of our training is reward based and relies upon positive reinforcement to teach our dog how we would like it to behave. We all would like a well behaved and obedient dog but you can’t blame the dog if you fail to train the dog! They need to be taught how to behave, they aren’t born knowing this!

Due to a particularly virulent strain of Kennel Cough, around at present, I would advise all clients to consider having their dog inoculated against this disease at least two weeks prior to attending classes. This is a subject best discussed with your own veterinarian. I am aware that this doesn’t prevent all strains of Kennel Cough but I feel that it may be a sensible precaution, although I’m happy for clients to take this decision themselves and not insist upon it. Protection against Kennel Cough is not part of a standard vaccination programme.

Classes have a maximum of twelve dogs in a class, to ensure that each dog gets the individual tuition they require but also that we have enough dogs to practice our exercises around. Some dogs will listen to their owners when in the home environment but not when out in the exciting, big, wide world! Our classes aim to address this.

Classes are designed to be fun and informative for the whole family and you are welcome to bring children to the classes and they can participate in training their dog. However, children shouldn’t be running around and distracting the other dogs or approaching any of the other dogs.

Previous clients are welcome to continue to purchase from our shop, even when they have finished training with us! We would ask that you either contact us with your shopping list and we will assemble your order ready for you or shop with us either prior to classes starting or at the end of the weekly sessions.

How do I reserve a place on the course?

  1. Complete the online booking form
  2. Choose venue, date and time preference
  3. Receive confirmation via email
  4. Attend class at venue, date and time specified

Any further questions?

Hello, My name is Pudding Creme Brulee Cupcake. I am a six month old Lhasa Apso, and although I am a beautiful boy, my mummy ties my hair in bunches because it is too long and if she did not do that I would not be able to see.

I first met Auntie Caroline almost three months ago, when I was a little baby. I have a stubborn streak in me, which humans tell me means that I do not always like to do what I am asked to do. But if people ask me nicely, then I will usually oblige. Aunty Caroline was able to teach my mummy to treat me like the way I am meant to be, so now my mummy has no problem with me. Every now and then to keep my mummy on her toes, I do not oblige, but then I remember what my Aunty Caroline has taught me to do, and then I do what I am told and often get a little sweetie in return. I love my Auntie Caroline. She is excellent. Her method of teaching and calm confidence has brought the best out of me and my other puppy friends and now we all do exactly what she wants – its like magic! – Well, most of the time. I passed my Bronze Level Kennel Club exam and my human girl friend Lucy and I cannot wait to go on to the next level. I would also like to thank Lucy for all the time she spends with me, looking after me, feeding me, taking me for a walk and most importantly, playing and loving me.

P. S. I am not really stubborn but feel that I should live up to the reputation which has been given to puppies like me!!

Master Pudding Creme Brulee Cupcake supported by girlfriend Ms. Lucy Borja and Mummy Jodie Ryatt

Titch and I attended Caroline’s bronze level obedience
classes. I had recently adopted Titch from Cardiff Dogs Home; and he was a very
lively, noisy dog, lovely, but prone to bad behaviour due to his previous home

I had been told by the dogs home that Titch wouldn’t be able
to be around other dogs or come off the lead, so I unsure whether being in a
room for classes with other dogs would even be possible. The first few classes
were hard work but with Caroline’s help Titch quickly learned to be around
other dogs and to follow my instructions. I was so proud when Titch learnt to
sit for a full minute to earn his Bronze award.

Caroline has also done one to one work with me and Titch
which has taught me how to react to Titch’s behaviour while out walking.

Although Titch is not yet a model of good behaviour, he is
so much better behaved, and I am more in control of him, thanks to Caroline’s

Sarah Goddard with Titch

You too can have a happy and well adjusted four legged friend if you ask Caroline Cowen at ‘Cardiff Canine Citizens’ for help. Kinky Boots is proof that kind and sensitive training of dog and handler really does work wonders. Woof woof!
Heulwen Haf with Kinky Boots