New members always welcome
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training scheme in the UK.
Its aim is to promote responsible dog ownership and in turn, enhance our relationship with our pets and to make the community aware of the benefits associated with dog ownership.
The following links have all the downloadable information you need about the different levels.
All owners should familiarise themselves with the responsibilty & care guidelines
Puppy Foundation Award
The Puppy Foundation Award specialises in training owners to train their puppies. Depending on the individual club, enrolment can take place from the time your puppy is
8 weeks of age. There is no minimum training standard required, as long as the puppy is under 12 months of age when the course is completed. All abilities are accepted
The Bronze Award aims to produce a dog that will walk and behave in a controlled manner. It is a basic standard that all adult dogs can achieve with correct handling. Owners must show that they have means of picking up after their dog and that their dog is wearing a lead and collar with name and the address of the owner inscribed on the collar/disc to take part.
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.
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.