Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme

Tuesday's - Puppy Course 6pm, Bronze 7pm

Brook St Community Centre

Brook Street

Tipton

DY4 9DD

Covid restrictions allowing if you wish to come and watch a class first please contact me to arrange this

PLEASE NOTE OUR NOVEMBER PUPPY AND BRONZE COURSES ARE NOW FULL 

Next GCDS Puppy Foundation course starts 15th December 

Next GCDS Bronze Course starts 5th January

Don't delay in booking our courses are already running with a waiting list

Moo Dog Training has 'Listed Club Status' with the Kennel Club for the Good Citizen Dog Scheme

 

Our GCDS classes will be running from Brook Street Community Centre in Tipton starting on the 10th November 2020

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

Bronze Award 

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

  • Door manners

  • 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) 

Silver Award 

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!

Gold Award 

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

  • Emergency stop

  • Relaxed settle

  • Food manners

  • 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!)

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