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
For more information click here: GCDS Puppy Foundation
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