GCDS Award Descriptions

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Puppy Foundation

The Puppy Foundation Award specialises in training owners to train their puppies. Depending on the individual club, enrolment can take place from the time your puppy is 8 weeks of age. There is no minimum training standard required, as long as the puppy is under 12 months of age when the course is completed. All abilities are accepted!

For more information click here:  GCDS Puppy Foundation (PDF)


The Bronze Award aims to produce a dog that will walk and behave in a controlled manner. It is a basic standard that all adult dogs can achieve with correct handling. Owners must show that they have means of picking up after their dog and that their dog is wearing a lead and collar with name and the address of the owner inscribed on the collar/disc to take part.

For more information click here: GCDS Bronze Award (PDF)


The Silver Award aims to build on the skills learned in the Bronze award whilst increasing the level of difficulty. It is a natural progression of practical dog training skills and introduces new concepts such as greeting a friend, vehicle control and a road walking exercise which are vital in everyday life situations.

For more information click here: GCDS Silver Award (PDF)


The Gold Award is the highest level of achievement within the Scheme awards. It builds upon the skills learnt in the Silver Award and develops more advance training skills of the dog and handler. The Gold Award introduces new concepts such as sending a dog to Bed, Relaxed Isolation, an Emergency Stop and Heelwork off the lead, all of which provide greater understanding and control.

For more information click here:  GCDS Gold Award (PDF)

Responsibility & Care

Accompanies all levels of the Scheme and educates owners about responsibilities to their dog and the community.

For more information click here:  Responsibility & Care (PDF)

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GCDS Puppy Foundation
GCDS Bronze Award
GCDS Silver Award
GCDS Gold Award
GCDS Responsibility & Care
GCDS Canine Code
GCDS Guidelines

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