|Axe Vale Dog Training Club supports
and promotes the Kennel Club's "Good Citizen Dog
Scheme" and the disciplines of the various standards are
covered within our obedience training classes.
The Good Citizen Dog Scheme aims to promote responsible dog
ownership and in turn, enhance our relationship with our pets
and to make the community aware of the benefits associated
with dog ownership
The scheme is an excellent way of focusing your energies in
training your dog and providing a way of charting your
progress - as well as giving you a great sense of achievement
when you pass !!
From time to time, the Club will make arrangements
for a suitable examiner to attend and carry out the relevant
tests on a group basis. If you feel that
your dog (and you) are ready to try and gain one of the
awards, then let one of the trainers know and they will be
happy to help you prepare for the test.
Do not be put off by the thought of having to
"perform" in front of an examiner. The
examiners are sympathetic and understanding, and are
well aware that sometimes dogs, like people, have
The "Class of September 2009",
achieving 10 gold awards, 3 silver awards and
2 bronze awards.
Three separate awards are available, Bronze, Silver and
Gold. In each case, the lower standard must have
been achieved before the higher standard can be attempted.
In brief, the requirements of each award are summarised
below. Fuller descriptions of the tests can be
downloaded from the Kennel
The Bronze Award
1) Walk and behave in a controlled manner
whilst on a lead
(and there are several exercises to demonstrate this)
2) Stay in one position on command
3) Allow its owner to groom and examine it without
4) Return to its owner on command
The Silver Award
1) Play with the owner in a controlled manner
2) Walk properly on a lead on a public highway
3) Return to owner when called, from a rest
4) Remain in one place for 2 minutes, owner away
but in sight.
5) Get in and out of a vehicle in a controlled
6) Be called away from distractions to return to
7) Greet a stranger without jumping up.
8) Resist food when passing close to it
9) Allow examination of its body by a stranger.
The Gold Award
1) Walk on a public highway, on lead, with
changes of pace determined by the owner.
2) Dog off lead, returning to owner on command and
continuing walking together.
3) Dog walking free, but under control,
4) Remain in one place for 2 minutes, owner out of
sight for approx 30 seconds.
5) Dog sent to bed on command
6) Stop dog when moving, by owner giving a command
7) Left in isolation for 2-5 minutes without
becoming stressed or agitated.
8) Dog waits for permission to eat.