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Canine Good Citizen Certificates
A powerful investment in your ongoing canine relationships.

K9 Obedience Training 101

The aim of the Canine Good Citizen Certificate is to highlight the responsibilities of dog ownership and to give both owners and prospective owners guidance in developing an enjoyable and rewarding relationship with their dog.

It aims to emphasize the many considerations, both financial and practical, which must be made to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy. Dogs give us love and companionship. In return, we must care for them, train them and understand the unique bond between dogs and people. The emphasis throughout the CGC courses is on RESPONSIBILITY – the owner’s responsibility both to the dog and to society in general.

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Canine Good Citizen Bronze

The Bronze Award aims to produce a dog that will walk and behave in a controlled manner on the lead, will stay in one position on command, will allow its owner to clean, groom and inspect it. The dog must also be able to be positioned by its handler for inspection i.e. stand, sit or lie down on either side or on its back, all on the lead. The dog must come to hand when called. The Bronze award aims to provide the handlers with a basic knowledge of understanding and training their canine companion.

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Canine Good Citizen Silver

The Canine Good Citizen Silver Award aims to build upon the skills learned in the Bronze Award whilst increasing the level of difficulty. The Silver Award introduces new concepts such as the controlled greeting, road walk and vehicle control exercises, which are important in everyday life situations. The Silver Award aims to provide handlers with a good knowledge of understanding and training their canine companion.

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Canine Good Citizen Gold

The Canine Good Citizen Gold Award is the highest level of achievement of the CGC Scheme. It builds upon the skills learnt in the Silver Award and develops more advance training skills of the dog and handler. The Gold Award introduces new concepts such as relaxed isolation, stop the dog and send the dog to bed exercises, which are important in every day life situations. The Gold Award aims to provide handlers with a greater knowledge and understanding of their canine companion. Dogs that are awarded a Gold Certificate should reach the required standards in all exercises and be a worthy representative of the Scheme’s highest standard. Where possible certain exercises are tested at indoor and outdoor locations.

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