Border Collie and Golden Retriever Activities
DOG TRAINING IN HAMPSHIRE AND SURREY
PET TRAINING, FUN AGILITY, CLICKER TRAINING, 1-2-1 LESSONS
Primrose was the youngest dog to pass the KCGCDS
In the past most dog training clubs were run mainly by enthusiasts of competitive obedience, working trials or other competitive canine pastimes and the training they offered was based on teaching a few "exercises" to a very high standard. Today there is recognition that most dog owners would like to have a well rounded, sociable, responsive, reliable and well behaved pet, rather than just a dog that is "programmed" to obey a few commands but may be lacking in other areas. In response to this need The Kennel Club assembled a test called the Good Citizens Scheme, this was designed to test basic obedience, tolerance and good manners.
Sirius (Mastamariner Sirius
The KCGCDS as it was known proved very popular not least because it gave dog owners realistic and useful targets to aim for and a standard against which to compare themselves rather than just attending general training classes. The test was so well received that The Kennel Club introduced further more demanding tests and redesigned the scheme to offer Bronze, Silver and Gold awards this revised scheme is called the GCDS (Good Citizen Dog Scheme).
Sonar (Mastamariner Navigator)
Later an additional Puppy Good Citizens Assessment
was added, this is particularly helpful as many new owners only attend
classes for a "puppy course" and do not continue with further
classes. The Puppy Assessment brings even the youngest puppies inside
the KCGCDS scheme and encourages owners to continue training after completing
a puppy course. The KCGCDS not only encourages
the training of dogs but also highlights the awareness of the responsibilities
of dog owners since elements of the test are aimed at the owner as well
as the dog.
Dogs who pass the tests receive a certificate
The KCGCT is available to all dog
owners and is coordinated and administered by local dog training clubs.
Except for the Puppy Assessment owners and their dogs do not have to
belong to or attend a dog training club but can simply attend a test,
however training with the encouragement and comradeship of other dog
owners is more fun and offers more support. The tests themselves must
be carried out by a qualified person either approved by The Kennel Club
(such as a Dog Warden or Environmental Health Officer) or by a member
of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, excepted from
this is the Puppy Assessment which can be awarded by class leader or
instructor and is based on attendance at classes and ongoing progress,
there is no single test for the Puppy Assessment.
Camilla and Timothy after passing the Bronze GCDS
The Puppy Foundation Assessment
is based on the puppy and its owners attendance at training
classes. It is not an award that is conducted on a one-test basis.
The minimum puppy age limit is at the discretion of the training course
provider and is based on the premises and environment used for puppy
training. Some dog training clubs are forward looking may run special
classes for puppies as soon as they have had their first inoculation,
from as young as 8 weeks. Other schools may require puppies to have
completed their full course of vaccination, whilst some less enlightened
classes may like your puppy to be older still. The maximum age for
a puppy to enroll for the Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme - Puppy
Assessment may not exceed 12 months.
The requirements for the assessment are
There is no single examination but assessment
will take place over the duration of the course rather than on one
The GCDS encourages training from puppyhood
This award aims to produce a dog that will walk and sit in a controlled manner on the lead, will lie down on command, will allow its owner to clean and groom it and inspect it. The dog must also be able to be positioned by its owner for examination i.e.: stand, sit, lie down on either side or on its back, all on a lead. Finally the dog must come to hand when called.
Each level has its own certificate - Bronze
For the Silver Award examiners will only accept dogs that have already been awarded a Bronze Award Certificate, that have proper means of identification and, whose handlers can show their means of cleaning up after their dog.
The KCGCDS - Silver Certificate
For the Gold Award examiners will only accept dogs that have already been awarded a Silver Award Certificate, that have proper means of identification and, whose handlers can show their means of cleaning up after their dogs
KCGCT Gold Award
For more information about The Kennel Club Good Citizens Test contact the GCDS department at, The Kennel Club on 020 7518 1011.
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