Dog lovers who have made a difference for man's best friend over
the past twelve months have been honoured in the annual Good
Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Awards and KC Dog Awards.
A special prize-giving ceremony was held at the Kennel Club in
London's Mayfair to celebrate the efforts of organisations and
individuals nationwide who have invested time and energy into
helping to train dogs, educate owners on the importance of
responsible dog ownership, and campaigned for dog owners' rights
throughout the year.
The Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme was set up in 1992 to promote
socially acceptable dogs by way of creating responsible dog owners,
and is now the largest dog training scheme in the UK. It provides a
quality standard of training for dogs and owners, and incorporates
many domestic obedience exercises, with over 465,000 certificates
of achievement having being awarded to owners and their dogs who
have successfully passed the scheme's tests. There are currently
around 1,800 dog training clubs and other organisations around the
country actively administering the scheme.
The KC Dog Awards credit the actions taken by politicians, local
authorities, public bodies and individuals to protect dog owners'
rights and ensure that the UK remains known as a nation of dog
The categories for the GCDS awards and winners are as
Kennel Club Registered Training Club
Island Dog Training Club, Guernsey
Kennel Club Listed Status Club
On Track Training School, Rochdale
Kennel Club Registered Breed Club
Southern Finnish Lapphund Society, South of England
Local Council Category - Most Effective
Medway Council, Kent
Island Dog Training Club was chosen as the overall winner of the
GCDS Awards for their dedication, commitment and outstanding
support in promoting the scheme in 2013.
The winners of the KC Dog Awards were selected on account of their
positive approach to supporting the rights of dog owners their
local area. This year's winners are:
KC Dog Campaigner Award
Carnoustie Canine Capers, Angus, Scotland
KC Dog Local Authority Award
Hampshire County Council
KC Dog Local Authority Award
Whitehill and Bordon, Hampshire
KC Dog Parliamentary Award
Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon
KC Dog Recognition Award
Scottish Natural Heritage
Speaking at the ceremony, Kennel Club Vice Chairman, Mike
Townsend, said: "These awards are an opportunity for us to credit
the actions taken by politicians, local authorities, groups and
individuals to ensure that the UK's well trained dogs and their
owners continue to enjoy maximum access to our countryside and
urban open spaces.
"We really do feel that each of the winners and nominees have done
fantastic work in promoting responsible dog ownership in local
communities and each deserves a huge vote of thanks. The
enthusiasm and dedication they have shown help organisations like
the Kennel Club to promote responsible dog ownership and canine
welfare, and we extend our appreciation for helping us continue
making a positive difference for dogs and their owners."
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