A woman from Epsom, Surrey, who turned the lives of three
troubled rescue dogs around is celebrating as her third dog has
achieved the highest award in UK pet dog training, the Kennel Club
Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Gold Award.
Maureen Edwards, who lives in Langley Vale, has three crossbreed
rescue dogs, Lola, Tommy and Mervi, all between six and eight years
old. When Maureen rescued them, all three dogs had
behavioural issues that needed addressing. Lola and Tommy,
who were brought to the UK from a dog pound in Italy by a rescue
charity, had problems as a result of being mistreated and
abandoned, having never had a proper stable home, and Mervi, a
local dog, needed a new home after his owners found they did not
have the time to give him the attention he deserved.
When Maureen fell in love with each of the dogs and decided to
give them a home, she set about giving them the best chance in life
through training. With the help of Jane Wood Dog Training, a
long-established Good Citizen Dog Training Club in Epsom, Maureen
started regular reward-based training sessions with the three dogs.
Jane is a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor who is used to working
with dogs of all temperaments and abilities, and she put into place
techniques that would suit each individual dog and allow them to
learn steadily and consistently.
The Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme is the largest dog training
programme in the UK, and dogs and their owners work through four
stages: Puppy Foundation, Bronze Award, Silver Award and Gold
Award. Tommy and Lola were awarded their Gold Awards in 2012
and Mervi has recently joined them in receiving the accolade.
Maureen said: "It has not been easy to get to this point with
these dogs, as each of them had a number of behavioural issues
stemming from when they were puppies. Tommy in particular was
in a terrible state and very much a nervous wreck when we rescued
him, and was terribly frightened of men so must have had a bad
experience at some stage. Mervi, who has just achieved the
Gold Award, is a wonderful dog, very hectic and headstrong but
determined. I really could not be prouder of him.
"Working through the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme
awards really gave us something to focus on, and with the help of
Jane Wood Dog Training we managed to work through the dogs' issues
and turn their behaviour around. Jane really is a marvellous
teacher and gives such an insight into a dog's mind, which really
helped to make the dogs feel more secure, which resulted in them
learning new positive behaviours and becoming the perfect examples
of 'Good Citizens'."
Jane Wood said: "The way Maureen has turned these dogs' lives
around is impressive. Her dedication and passion for training
her three dogs is inspirational and her efforts have really paid
off, with Mervi being the latest of her four-legged friends to pass
the Gold Award. Mervi was very difficult to control when
Maureen began her training with him, and she has done
brilliantly. She should be very proud of herself and her
Now in its 22nd year, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme's aim
is to promote socially acceptable dogs by way of creating
responsible dog owners. Since it was founded in 1992, around
480,000 pass certificates have been issued to dogs and their
To find a Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme class near
you, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/findadogclub.
For more information about the GCDS, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dogtraining.