Four dog lovers who have shown an outstanding commitment to
man's best friend have been nominated for the ROYAL CANIN®
Outstanding Achievement Award, as part of the Kennel Club's Good
Citizen Dog Scheme (GCDS) Awards 2015.
The award, now in its second year, rewards an individual who has
made an outstanding contribution and commitment to responsible dog
ownership through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme. This could be
through exceptional work on a project, a dog training initiative or
an individual dog.
Those nominated are ordinary dog lovers who have made an
extraordinary difference for dogs, and include people who have
dedicated time to rehabilitate dogs with behavioural issues,
committed time to helping others in training classes and also those
simply working for the general benefit of dogs.
ROYAL CANIN® and the Kennel Club are now encouraging dog lovers
across the country to vote for their favourite nominee by visiting
to ensure their hard work and commitment to dogs is
recognised. Each nominee has been invited to the Good Citizen
Dog Scheme Awards ceremony on 12th June at the Kennel Club where
the winner will be announced.
The nominees for this year's award are:
Dana Stafford from Felixstowe in Suffolk - Dana
was dedicated to training her Old English Sheepdog, Riley at the
Dog Training for Essex and Suffolk Club. Despite lacking
confidence when it came to boisterous Riley, Dana worked hard to
help her achieve her Bronze and Silver Good Citizen Dog Training
Scheme awards. Riley was sadly diagnosed with chest cancer
and Dana kept her happy and occupied through training towards the
Gold award until she died in September 2014. Dana is now
training her six month old Old English Sheepdog, Piper and has even
gained enough confidence to take part in a trick demo at a local
All About Dogs show.
Joe Nutkins from Clacton on Sea, Essex - Joe
gives up her time for extra practice sessions for dogs and their
owners, to help them through the GCDS, and has spent additional
time training to be an examiner which helps owners prepare better
for their tests. Joe's training club, the Dog Training for
Essex and Suffolk Club, is open to all, including the elderly,
those with disabilities and communication or social
disorders. They also welcome rescue dogs with more
challenging issues to resolve and Joe is committed to doing
everything she can to help dogs and owners achieve great progress
in their lives through training.
Gillian Clow from Hatfield, Hertfordshire -
Gillian has been a dedicated trainer at Hertfordshire South
District (Hatfield) Dog Training Club for 38 years and helps dogs
and their owners through her dedication, knowledge, patience and
understanding. She tailors training for each individual dog
and owner and prepares them for life in the local area by making
them aware of locations and events they can visit together.
Gillian spends lots of time and energy improving dogs' lives
through training and is a popular dog trainer and a great
ambassador for responsible dog ownership.
Sue Sears from Gillingham, Kent - Sue's dog
Ratty was rescued by Sue when he was five months old and she was
unable to take him out at first because he was aggressive towards
other dogs. He was nervous and it seemed as if he had never
been on a lead before. Sue began taking Ratty to a GCDS
training class but was hesitant because previous training attempts
had not been successful. Sue began training hard with Ratty
and slowly helped to change his behaviour. He became more
accepting of other dogs and people and together they have won their
training club's award for the most improved dog and handler several
times. Through Sue's commitment, Ratty has gained his Bronze
and Silver GCDS awards and is now working towards his Gold.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "This year's four
nominees have dedicated so much time and energy to helping improve
the lives of dogs and their owners and we want to recognise the
fantastic work they have done to really make a
"Each of the nominees are truly deserving of the award, so we
would encourage dog lovers to visit the Royal Canin website to take
a look at each finalist's profile and then vote for their
Gary Gray, National Sales Manager for Cat & Dog
Professionals at ROYAL CANIN®, said: "We are thrilled to be able to
honour those who have done such great things for the world of dogs
through their commitment to responsible dog ownership.
"We are proud to be working in partnership with the Kennel
Club's Good Citizen Dog Scheme, and the Outstanding Achievement
Award celebrates responsible dog ownership, which is at the heart
of Royal Canin.
"The four nominees are great examples of people who go above and
beyond for dogs and their owners and we are looking forward to
announcing the winner at this year's Good Citizen Dog Scheme
Full profiles for each nominee can be viewed at www.royalcanin.co.uk/gcdsaward.
Voting closes on Tuesday 9th June 2015.