Competitions

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In addition to The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme's awards, there are a number of competitions that you can take part in with your dog.

Learn more about each of them below.

Good Citizen Dog Scheme Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes were introduced in 2005. Their purpose is to encourage Bronze Award achievers to take part and enter the world of obedience competition.

The stakes test is a combination of the current Good Citizen Dog Scheme exercises and the Pre-Beginner obedience test. Dogs must have obtained their Bronze Award prior to the closing date of the show.

Each of the heats will offer one qualifying place to a Border Collie/Working Sheepdog, and one qualifying place to an ABC (anything but a Collie). Rosettes and prize cards will be awarded for 1st to 10th place in each heat.

Dogs must be Kennel Club registered and at least 6 months old to take part in a Kennel Club licensed obedience show. Each dog must have obtained a minimum of their Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award prior to the closing date of the show and the handler or dog must not have won a 1st prize in Pre-Beginners nor gained a 3rd place or above in any other standard obedience class. Your dog’s Bronze Award certificate will not be required on the day of the show, but you may need to produce this at a later date for verification purposes.

Due to Covid 19, there were no heats held in 2020. Heat dates will be confirmed for 2021.

The Good Citizen Dog Scheme Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes test
  1. Play with or motivate your dog (on or off the lead/handler’s choice): 5 points
  2. Heel on lead: 10 points
  3. Examination of the dog (handler to show judge) (on lead): 15 points
  4. Recall with finish (off lead): 10 points
  5. Control at gate (on lead): 15 points
  6. Stay one minute, handler in sight (off lead): 15 points

Points: 70

Heats 2021

This information will be updated when it becomes available.

Stakes test information

Play with or motivate your dog (handler's choice - on or off lead): 5 points

It is recommended that the judge commences with this exercise and that it lasts approximately 30 seconds, to show how a handler can motivate their dog in preparation for obedience work. Handlers may use a toy for this exercise. Play should be under the handler’s control and if it involves articles, they should be readily given up by the dog. Play should be appropriate to the dog under test but should not include play fighting. Toys should be of a suitable size and texture. Formal exercises will not be deemed as appropriate. Any form of aggression must be penalised.

Heel on lead: 10 points

It is recommended that this exercise follows 'play with or motivate your dog' and should last no more than one minute. This is an introduction to competitive heelwork and should be straightforward, include minimal turns and not more than two halts. A large circle is permissible in either direction, at the judge's discretion. The handler should walk briskly and the dog should walk with its shoulder approximately level with and reasonably close to the handler's leg at all times while the handler is walking. The lead should be slack at all times. The test will start and finish with the dog sitting at the handler's side.

Examination of the dog (handler to show judge): 15 points

The handler will show the judge how they can settle and examine their own dog. This exercise will be carried out on lead. The dog will be required to have its mouth, teeth, throat, eyes, ears and feet inspected when standing, sitting or lying down on either side or on its back.

Recall with finish: 10 points

Recall from sit or down position at handler's choice. Dog to be recalled by handler when stationary and facing the dog. Dog to return smartly to the handler, sit in front, go to heel - all on command of judge or steward to handler.

Control at gate exercise: 15 points

Walk on lead through gate with the dog under control. Handler to start exercise with dog in the sit, down or stand position. Dog to wait while handler opens gate and walks through the gate. Handler to then recall dog through the gate on lead. Dog to then wait in stand, sit or down position, while handler secures the gate. The dog should not pull or be pulled through the doorway. Marks must be deducted for anticipation, tight lead or lack of control.

Stay one minute, handler in sight (group exercise - off lead) (stand, sit or down stay, handler's choice): 15 points

Handlers may face their dogs. Individual handlers may choose the stay position for their own dog.

Total: 70 points

Grand Final Results

This information will be updated when it becomes available.

Good Citizen Dog Scheme breed class

Our Good Citizen Dog Scheme breed class was to further promote the scheme to all areas of the dog world. It is a breed-specific class for dogs who have achieved their Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award or above (at the time of the show closing date). The class is judged on the individual breed standard and may be entered as a single class or in addition to another class that the dog is eligible for.

A rosette has been donated by The Kennel Club for the winner of each breed-specific class at all general and group championship shows.

Good Citizen Dog Scheme breed class at Crufts

Dogs that have qualified for Crufts in their own breed and have also achieved their Good Citizen Dog Scheme bronze award or above are eligible to enter the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class.

AV Good Citizen Dog Scheme stakes class

The any variety Good Citizen Dog Scheme stakes class has been introduced to encourage show exhibitors to take part in the scheme. This is an any variety class for dogs that have achieved their Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award or above (at the time of the show closing date.) The class is judged on the individual breed standard and may be entered in addition to a breed specific class that the dog is eligible for.

Prize money of 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £10 and reserve £5 has been donated by The Kennel Club for the winner of each AV stakes class at all general and group championship shows.

Explore our list of shows holding the AV Good Citizen Dog Scheme stakes class.

Shows for 2021 will be updated when it becomes available.

Good Citizen Dog Scheme Annual Supermatch

Further details will be published when available.

Scruffts

Scruffts is the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition and is a great way to enjoy time with your dog and family. It is a fun competition, but it also seeks to stress important messages relating to responsible dog ownership. There is a specific Scruffts class open to crossbreeds who have achieved a Good Citizen Dog Scheme bronze award or above. Heats are held throughout the year at various events.