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Good Citizen Dog Scheme Support Course
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Course Summary:

This is a support course for The Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Scheme. This scheme is open to all dogs, young or old, pedigree or crossbreed, KC or non-KC registered.

The units have been written to complement and enhance the skills learned whilst undertaking the Kennel Club’s scheme.

We send your first unit upon enrolment, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

(If you are interested in studying individual units – please contact the College for further information.)

Our Support Promise:

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What you will Learn

Unit 1 

Puppy basics:

  • Responsibility and care
  • Cleanliness and identification
  • Attentive responses to name
  • Puppy play
  • Socialisation
  • Handling and inspection
  • Puppy recall
  • Basic puppy positions
  • Walking in a controlled manner
  • Stay for approximately 10 seconds
  • Take article away from the puppy
  • Food manners

Unit 2 

Bronze level:

  • Cleanliness and identification
  • Collar and lead
  • Walk on lead
  • Control at door/gate
  • Controlled walk amongst people and dogs
  • Stay on lead for one minute
  • Groom
  • Present for examination
  • Return to handler
  • Responsibility and care

Unit 3

Silver level:

  • Play with the dog
  • Road walk
  • Rejoin the handler
  • Stay in one place
  • Vehicle control
  • Come away from distractions
  • Controlled greeting
  • Food manners
  • Examination of the dog
  • Responsibility and care

Unit 4

Gold level:

  • Road walk
  • Return to handler’s side
  • Walk free beside handler
  • Stay down in one place
  • Send the dog to bed