Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme
Tuesday's - Puppy Course 6pm, Bronze 7pm
Brook St Community Centre
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Moo Dog Training has 'Listed Club Status' with the Kennel Club for the Good Citizen Dog Scheme
Our GCDS classes are held at Brook Street Community Centre in Tipton
Please see our services page for more information and to reserve your place on the next course
Class sizes are strictly limited and must be pre-booked in advance
The Good Citizen Dog Scheme is run by the Kennel Club
The scheme aims to help owners and their dogs to build real life day to day skills that help dogs and their owners to live together in harmony
These everyday life skills are so important and help you to build your bond with your dog
Using only positive, motivational based training techniques you and your dog can progress through the four stages of the scheme
Puppy Foundation Award
5 Week course
The Puppy foundation Course provides positive socialisation for puppies and helps to ensure your pup has the best foundation in their training and education
During the course handlers and puppies will learn:
How to teach puppies to be responsive to their name and return to their handler when called
How to play with their handler in safe and appropriate way (no nipping and how to teach your pup to give up their toys easily)
How to interact with other dogs and people
How to walk on a loose lead and not pull
How to check you pup over for health and wellbeing and prepare them for vet checks
How to stop stealing and teach food manners
How to teach your pup the three main positions of sit, down and stand
How to start teaching your pup to stay and wait
All our training is motivational and positive reward based helping you to build a stronger bond with your pup
Puppy classes at Moo Dog Training are suitable for all pups as soon as they are able to go out for walks and up to 6 months of age
7 Week course
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award builds on the skills taught in the Puppy Foundation Award and aims to teach the handler how to have a dog that will:
The Bronze award aims to provide the handlers with a basic knowledge of understanding and training their canine companion.
Walk on a loose lead regardless of distractions
Will stay in one position when cued
Will allow its owner to clean, groom and inspect it for its wellbeing and how to prepare for being handled by a vet
Have a dog that will walk and behave in a happy natural manner
Building on recall and return to handler even around distractions
Basic grooming of your dog
How to teach your dog to stay for up to one minute
Building on the handlers knowledge and understanding of the responsibility of having a dog and how to train their canine companion
There is no pre-requirement to have taken your puppy GCDS Award, this award is open to everyone and any breed or cross breed and is ideal for those dogs over 6 months of age or who have already completed their GCDS Puppy Foundation Course
At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to test your skills, those acquiring the required level will receive a Kennel Club GCDS Bronze Award Certificate (and of course will have full bragging rights to friends and family)
We are not currently holding Silver courses but please register your interest above to be the first to hear when these go live!
To take your Silver GCDS Award you must have first completed and passed your Bronze GCDS 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 course follows a natural progression of practical dog training skills and introduces new exercises such as the controlled greeting, road walk and vehicle control 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
During your course we will cover:
How to play safely with your dog
How to safely walk your dog alongside a road
Recall with distractions
Stay for two minutes
How to enter, leave and behave in a vehicle
Rejoin handler - asking the dog to come back to you whilst you walk away (a real great skill for park walks)
How to meet and greet people and other dogs
How to examine your dog (as if at the vets) and how to prepare your dog for someone new to them to do this (such as a vet)
At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to test your skills, those acquiring the required level will receive a Kennel Club GCDS Silver Award Certificate (and of course will have full bragging rights to friends and family again, as let's face it you and your dog are amazing!
We are not currently holding Gold courses but please register your interest above to be the first to hear when these go live!
To take your Gold GCDS Award you must have first completed and passed your Bronze and Silver GCDS award
Your dog must be a minimum of 12 months of age to take their Gold GCDS award but training can start as soon as you have completed and passed your Silver Award
The 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 advanced training skills of the dog and handler. The Gold Award is a natural progression of practical dog training skills and introduces new exercises such as relaxed settle, stop the dog and send the dog to bed exercises, which are important in every day life situations.
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.
During your course we will cover:
Return to handler and continue off lead under control for a walk
Off lead walk
Stay down for two minutes
Send your dog to bed
How to examine your dog and teach your dog to allow someone new to examine them
At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to test your skills, those acquiring the required level will receive a Kennel Club GCDS Gold Award Certificate (and of course will have full bragging rights to friends and family again, as let's face it you and your dog are amazing and to have got this far is epic!)