As a valued supporter of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog
Scheme, we would like to make you aware of the
changes with effect from the 6th April
2016. The Scheme has now been running 24 years and in that
time there has been significant changes to the standards required
in everyday life. It is appropriate, therefore, that the dog
training world and within it the Good Citizen Dog Scheme adapt
accordingly. Each of these changes will have guidance notes and
additional information attached in the new Handbook and associated
paperwork which will be sent out in the next 2-3 weeks when
all printing is complete.
We are pleased to announce the changes are as follows:
- In line with new
legislation dogs are
required to have a microchip which is registered on a Defra
approved database, in the UK (check exemptions).
- Any dog taking a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Test after the
6th April 2016 or passing a
Puppy Foundation Award Course will be required to have a
- Clubs will be required to provide a microchip scanner.
If Clubs or Scheme Examiners wish to purchase a scanner a discount
Scheme has been introduced. More details on this can be found
below. Clubs do not need to purchase a scanner, you can
borrow one for each test if you prefer.
- Bronze, Silver & Gold Equipment changes - Dogs will
be permitted to wear a Head
Collar, Body Harness or slip lead
during a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award testing session.
Note: dogs will still be required to wear a collar with
legally compliant information on it.
- Gold Award - the minimum age for a dog taking a Gold
award test has been changed to 12 months. Note :
If Clubs have any Gold dogs under 12 months who are already
committed to a test, you are allowed to test
- Gold Award - the approximate time for Examiners testing
10 dogs has been increased to 3 hours.
- Gold Award - Relaxed Isolation -A crate or cage can now
be used to secure the dog. This is in addition to the current
- There will also be changes to all the paperwork and new
Good Citizen logo.
All Clubs, Organisations and Scheme Examiners ( A & B Lists)
will be sent updated copies of the Guideline Handbook and relevant
updates in the next 2-3 weeks and details will be added to the
Scheme's web page and on the Good Citizen Stand at Crufts
If you have any queries or questions regarding these
changes ,please contact the Good Citizen Dog Scheme