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Courses & Kennel Club Good
Citizen Dog Scheme
COURSES & KENNEL CLUB SCHEME
Puppy classes helps you achieve some basic training and socialisation.
Classes available for all levels of adult dogs from beginner to advanced.
Pooch Paws runs the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. Find out more about the training levels here.
Growly dog classes are for dogs that are mildly reactive to other dogs.
ABOUT THE KENNEL CLUB GOOD CITIZEN DOG SCHEME
“The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training programme in the UK. Now a well-
COURSE TARGETS & CONTENT
There are five levels to work through which compliment the Kennel Club Scheme tests plus inject some extras. Take a look below for the course targets.
To sit a Bronze test you must have completed at least two courses with Pooch Paws.
To sit a Silver test you must have passed Bronze.
To sit a Gold test you must have passed Silver.
Tests are arranged approximately every three months, or when 6 dogs are eligible, which ever comes sooner.
For puppies under 20 weeks old
This is an optional course to take pre training classes
WEEK ONE CONTENT SUBJECTS: Attention, affection, different rewards and how to use them, socialisation, understanding communication
WEEK TWO CONTENT SUBJECTS: Building a database, when visitors arrive, puppy protector, buddies, lead skills, conflict resolution, response to name, socialisation
WEEK THREE CONTENT SUBJECTS: Meeting puppy needs, scary noises, interactions, recap of weeks 1 and 2
Homework tasks to complete each week according to the subject of that week.
For puppies under 6 months old
Kennel Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Puppy Foundation available on select dates
Hand touch – on cue
Responsible ownership - What the law says
Response to name - respond to handler when the name is spoken or is gently touched, and maintain eye contact for 1-2 seconds.
Sit, down, stand – should be able to perform 2 out of 3 on cue.
Handling - should be comfortable to be touched all over
Loose Lead – comfortable having lead on/off, can adopt heel work position and walk on a loose lead for 3-4 strides.
Leave it from hand - should not lunge forward to take a treat.
Recall - should recall with enthusiasm from 5 meters.
Stay - should stay at side of owner for approx 10 seconds
Greeting people - should show self-control when greeting people
Manners - should demonstrate self-control when going in & out of openings.
Socialisation – Owner understands nuances of this topic and how to apply it, with specific tasks to undertake.
Mix it up - Owner and puppy understand markers and how to apply them.
Homework - This is submitted via written questions, social media tasks.
For puppies over 6 months and beginner dogs. MUST be dog friendly!
Working towards Kennel CLub Good Citizen BRONZE Scheme (can sit the test when has achieved each target, a test will be organised appoximately every 3 months where possible)
Clicker - Chin target – chin to hand target
Training Station - Can go to on cue and do a down on mat from 1 step
Poo bag / ID tags - Owner should have bags, dog to be wearing correct ID
Response to name - Response to the handler when name is called
Sit, Down, Stand - Can perform on cue, on first request next to the handler or at the roadside
Handling - Puppy will allow handler to conduct an all over body examination
Loose Lead - Handler/dog walk for ONE minute with slight distractions on a loose lead
Leave - On lead, leave (on cue) a tasty treat placed on the floor at a maximum distance of 30cm for a minimum of 30 seconds.
Recall - Return to handler when cued with mild distractions
Stay - Stay for 1 minute for a distance of 10 steps
Greeting people - The puppy on lead held by the handler should behave appropriately when another person approaches
Door Manners - Puppy will approach the door with the handler, wait while the handler walks through, and only proceed to join handler when requested.
Socialisation - Owner understands nuances of this topic and how to apply it, with specific tasks to undertake.
Play manner/retrieve - Wait while a ball or other toy is thrown, fetch when released by handler after minimum of 5 seconds
Tricks - Trick on cue
The beginners course must be completed to attend this course.
Working towards Kennel CLub Good Citizen SILVER Scheme (can sit the test when has achieved each target, a test will be organised appoximately every 3 months where possible)
Clicker - Touch transferred to an item
Training Station - Go to a target point at approx. 10 steps, sit/down for 15 seconds
Poo bag / ID tags - Owner should have bags, dog to be wearing correct ID
Watch - for minimum of 5 seconds
Sit, Down, Stand - On cue first time in any position or at a distance
Lead training - 2-3 minutes of loose lead work with moderate distractions
Leave - will wait while a bowl of food is placed in front of him & only proceed to eat it when cued to do so
Recall - Dog will return to the handlers SIDE and then walk off lead a few paces.
Stay - Version 1 - for 30 seconds while handler does mildly distracting things approximately 3m away
Tricks - Trick on cue
The improver course must be completed to attend this course.
Working towards Kennel CLub Good Citizen GOLD Scheme (can sit the test when has achieved each target, a test will be organised appoximately every 3 months where possible)
Clicker - Can close a door on cue
Training Station - AWAY: Without hesitation, on cue, go to a target point at approx. 4.5m, sit/down for 30 seconds before being rewarded. Target may be provided by handler
Leave - Version 1 - Heel position, Send away to station while passing 1-2 food items while leaving them.
Version 2 - Dog will be off lead, be called from two separate moderately interesting items on the floor (e.g. dry food in a bowl covered with some mesh). The dog should show an immediate clear response.
Watch - Watch for minimum of 30 seconds, will watch on cue with moderate distractions.
Sit, down, stand - Distance control – worked in with ‘away’ and can adpot each postion when asked while at the station.
Lead training - Handler and dog will walk for 3 minutes, showing control on both sides of the handler while there are distractions of two other teams, bicycle or pram, kiddy cars, two other people carrying an article.
Recall - Dog will return to the handlers SIDE from a distance of 10 paces and continue to walk with the handler for a distance of 12 meters. This is to mimic a dog off lead on a walk being called to handlers side.
Stay - Version 1 - The dog will stay in any position while the handler moves 6 paces to speak to a friend for a 2 minute chat before returning to the dog.
Version 2 - Stay by a chair/table while the owner picks up an item of food to eat/ or take to a friend 6 paces away before returning to the dog.
Door Manners - Version 1 - Dog on lead will approach an opening and WAIT to allow a team to go through an access first, then join handler when requested.
Version 2 - Dog to remain under control getting in/out. Handler to hold conversation with assessor while dog waits quietly in the car, questions on car travel and safety
Play manner/retrieve - Version 1 - The dog will on cue pick up two safe items referred to by name and return these, without hesitation to the owner.
Version 2 - FIND & SCENT - When cued to do so will find their own toy from a container of toys (toy to be placed by handler or assessor)
As above from a container of old clothing or similar – executed twice
Trick - On cue will perform 3 moves, as well as performing a trick with a prop: Spin, play bow, weave, walk backwards, Post, umbrella (jump over umbrella)
The advanced course must be completed to attend this course.
Training Station - AWAY: Without hesitation on cue, go to target at a distance of approx. 4.5m and sit/down willingly. Dog to be redirected to a 2nd target at a distance of 2m to left or right and sit/down
Leave - Heel position, Send away (15 paces)passing a couple of items to station, when position adopted throw an article to be left.
Sit, Down, Stand - All positions on cue first attempt, any position and also at a distance
Lead training Walk for 3 minutes OFF LEAD, along with handler and stooge dog. Also other people carrying articles (umbrella, walking stick, shopping bags). Dog and handler under test, stop to hold a conversation with 2 people for 1 min whilst dog remains under control.
STOP - On cue remain in a wait in any position until called by handler, cued to STOP midway, the dog should sit or down until the handler returns
Recall - Dog will return from being asked to wait by the side of a small group of people and dogs from a minimum distance of 10m. The dog should sit close to the handler and have lead attached & return to the group in a controlled manner
Stay - The dog should stay in position whilst the handler greets 3 other people and dogs in a group, AND Stay in position whilst handler goes out of sight for one and a half minutes
Greeting people - The dog off lead should behave appropriately when approached and greeted by an assessor
Door Manners - Dog off lead will approach an opening and WAIT to allow a team to go through and access first, then join handler when requested
Play manner/retrieve - The dog will on cue pick up three safe items referred to by name and return these, without hesitation to the owner.
Trick - The dog will on cue perform a minimum of 4 tricks joined in sequence within 1 minute
Perform a task to aid a disabled owner – e.g pick up 4 items from the floor and place into a box