The Scheme is open to all dogs, young or old, pedigree or
Crossbreed, whether Kennel Club registered or not. Dog owners of
any, fitness level or disability can take part too.
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the UK's largest dog
training programme. The Scheme promotes responsible dog ownership
by teaching owners to train their dogs for everyday life
situations. There are four levels starting with Puppy
Foundation of the Scheme, namely Puppy Foundation, Bronze, Silver
and Gold, each one developing an owners understanding, while
building a dog's confidence and levels of domestic obedience
How do I find my local Good Citizen dog training club?
Click here to find training clubs. All training clubs list the
area where the venue is located. Telephone or email the training
club contact and ask when the next available course will be taking
Can any type of dog take part?
Yes, pedigree or crossbreed, young or old, the Scheme accepts
all dogs and they do not have to be Kennel Club registered.
How old does my dog have to be?
Training clubs will usually accept dogs of any age after they
have completed their vaccination programme. Many clubs will have
some tips that they can help you with until you get to the training
classes. Clubs will ask to see your dog's vaccination records when
you take your dog along for the first time.
What if I have a naughty dog, will a Club accept me?
Yes, but it is advisable to contact the training club first and
advise them of any problems you are having. You may be able to take
your dog along first for an assessment, so that he or she can join
the right class, Many of the problems you may face are covered in
the Good Citizen Dog Scheme programme.
What will I need to get started?
Your dog must wear a collar and lead and have a legally
compliant Identification tag (see the Good Citizen Dog Scheme
website for more information). There are other items like a toy,
some titbits, a grooming brush, drying towel that you may need but
the trainer will advise you about this before hand.
How long does it take?
Courses normally take place for approximately 45 minutes - 1
hour, once a week. Puppy and Bronze Courses normally take between 6
- 8 weeks to complete, but these will vary Silver and Gold course
will take longer.
Who assesses the standard?
For Puppy Foundation courses, your training Instructor will
assess you and your puppy over a minimum 4 week period. For Bronze,
Silver and Gold levels, a short test is set at the end of the
course and an independent Scheme examiner will assess whether you
and your dog meet the required standard.
What do I get if we pass the test?
Each dog and handler is issued with a Kennel Club Good Citizen
Dog Scheme Certificate relevant to the level of the course you have
passed in. Rosettes, pin badges, souvenir dog discs and a range of
merchandise is also available.