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Training
Dog training classes are a great way to socialise your dog and meet dog owners. Find training clubs for your beginner puppy or your dog in need of a refresher class
Puppy environment
Puppies need a safe environment to live in.
Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme
The Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training scheme in the UK. Its simple but effective dog training tips and techniques encompass all the skills necessary for a happy and rewarding partnership with your dog.
Good Citizen Dog Scheme Training clubs
Search Good Citizen Dog Scheme training clubs by county. The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training scheme in the UK. To find out how to make your dog a model citizen and a perfect member of your family, please select your County to contact your nearest club.
Get Started in Dog Training: Tips & Techniques for Beginners
Dog owners have an obligation to their dog and to their community to ensure that their pet is happy, socialised and well trained.
GCDS Award Descriptions
Information about the four levels/awards of the Scheme. The Puppy Foundation Award specialises in training owners to train their puppies.
Cleaning up after your dog
Owning a dog brings a great deal of enjoyment but also carries with it many responsibilities. If owners are not aware of these responsibilities then communities can grow to dislike the dogs in their areas and anti-dog attitudes can develop.
Field Training Days for Pointing Breeds
Pointing Breeds training weekends. The training weekends cater for all levels of experience, beginners are welcome.
KCAI Regional Meetings and Mentoring Sessions
Due to the ever-increasing content in the KCAI Standard, here's what your Regional Mentors have to say for this quarter. Remember to contact your Regional Mentor with any queries or advice on your paperwork.
Information for dog owners
Good Citizen Dog Scheme information for dog owners: how to get started, finding a dog training Club in the UK, competitions, testing at shows and order merchandise
How to get started with the Scheme
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the UK's largest dog training programme introduced to assist owners in training their dogs to be obedient in everyday situations.
GCDS competitions
GCDS competitions
Testing at Shows & Events 2017
GCDS testing at shows/events
Information for Examiners
Only Kennel Club Registered or Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Listed Status Organisations can host a test. They will appoint an examiner for their test that must meet the Scheme's Examiner qualifications and are also able to complete the task proficiently.
Trainers Become First Kennel Club Accredited Instructors For Assistance Dogs
Helen Harper and Jay Elcock have become the first people in the UK to achieve a prestigious Kennel Club teaching qualification for their work in training assistance dogs
RAF Joins Up With Good Citizen Dog Scheme To Raise Funds For Charity
The Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) has been working alongside RAF Henlow Dog Training Club in Bedfordshire to help train dogs in the community and raise funds for the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal.
KCAI Welcomes New Accredited Trainers In Companion Dog Training
Christine Bowyer and Richard Edge are the latest trainers to become accredited by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI).
One In Five Dogs Out Of Control On Walks And Half Cause Embarrassment To Owners
Almost one in five dog owners admit that they are never or rarely in control of their dogs when out on a walk and half claim to be embarrassed by their dog’s behavior in public, according to research from dog welfare organisations, the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust.
Epsom Woman Strikes Gold For Third Time With Troubled Rescue Dogs
A woman from Epsom, Surrey, who turned the lives of three troubled rescue dogs around is celebrating as her third dog has achieved the highest award in UK pet dog training, the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Gold Award.
Essex Dog Trainer Gets Kennel Club Accreditation
Michael McCann from Ingatestone, Essex is the latest dog trainer to become accredited by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI), the first and only scheme for dog instructors in the UK to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.
Fife Dog Trainers Get Kennel Club Accreditation
Sam Perkins and William Anderson from Leven in Fife are the latest dog trainers to become accredited under the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI); the first and only scheme for dog instructors in the UK to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.
East Sussex Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award
51 year-old Linda Dewey from Portslade, East Sussex, has been nominated for the prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Trainer of The Year Award in partnership with PRO PLAN at Crufts 2015.
Wiltshire Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award
59 year-old Allyson Tohme from Calne, Wiltshire has been nominated for the prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Trainer of the Year Award, in partnership with PRO PLAN at Crufts 2015.
Surrey Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award
Carolyn Menteith from Woking in Surrey has been nominated for a prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Trainer of the Year Award in partnership with PRO PLAN at Crufts 2015.
Essex Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award
35 year-old Joe Nutkins from Ardleigh, Essex, has been nominated for a prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Trainer of The Year Award in partnership with PRO PLAN at Crufts 2015.
Four Dog Lovers Nominated For Outstanding Achievement Award
Four dog lovers who have shown an outstanding commitment to man’s best friend have been nominated for the ROYAL CANIN® Outstanding Achievement Award
Purina Pro Plan And Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme Partnership To End
After three successful years, the partnership between the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Scheme and Purina PRO PLAN will not be renewed
Good Citizen Dog Scheme Annual Awards Honour Those Dedicated To Dogs
Dog-related good deeds of the past twelve months have been celebrated in London, as the Kennel Club hosted a prize-giving ceremony to honour the winners of the annual Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Awards.
Felixstowe Dog Lover Wins Outstanding Achievement Award
A dog lover from Felixstowe who has shown an outstanding commitment to man’s best friend has won the ROYAL CANIN® Outstanding Achievement Award, as part of the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Awards 2015.
Bedfordshire Dog Trainer Gains Kennel Club Accreditation
Jill Clinch from Bedfordshire is the latest dog trainer to become accredited under the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme, the first and only scheme for dog training instructors in the UK to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.
East Sussex Dog Trainer Gains Kennel Club Accreditation
Diane Jones from East Sussex is the latest dog trainer to become accredited under the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme, the first and only scheme for dog instructors in the UK to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.
Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Supermatch Now Accepting Entries
The Kennel Club is now accepting entries for the annual Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Supermatch event. Click to find out when and where.
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