K9 leaders Pet Dog Training

Puppy Training - responsible dog ownership together with a basic training and socialisation programme

Our six-week introductory course is designed to teach you about your puppy’s development stages, what to expect and how to deal with any potential problems.

We also cover basic training and help you to have a puppy that will be a good canine citizen in today’s society. This course will give you the opportunity for questions and individual advice especially as the first week is without your pup.

  • Development of house rules
  • Maximise on the early critical socialisation period of the young puppy
  • Small classes and encourage the whole family to attend
  • Individual attention promoting maximum learning
  • Relaxed environment
  • Modern motivational methods

This class will provide a good foundation for building confidence in both puppy and owner. We use methods that enhance the relationship between puppy and owner using up-to-date theories and techniques.

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We run all levels of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme (GCDS) if you wish to train further


The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Assessment

This course aims to provide a means of socialising puppies and to lay down a foundation for education and training and includes the following exercises:

  • Responsibility and Care
  • Cleanliness and Identification
  • Attentive Response to Name
  • Play With The Puppy
  • Socialisation
  • Handling and Inspection to Maintain Health
  • Puppy Recall
  • Basic Puppy Positions
  • Walking in a Controlled Manner
  • Stay for Approximately Ten Seconds
  • Take Article Away from the Puppy
  • Food Manners

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The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Assessment

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme 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. The course includes the following exercises:

  • 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
  • Grooming
  • Examination of the Dog
  • Return to Handler
  • Responsibility and Care

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The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Assessment

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Silver Award

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Silver Award aims to build upon the skills learned in the Bronze Award whilst increasing the level of difficulty. The Silver Award is a natural progression of practical dog training skills and 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. The course includes the following exercises:

  • Play with the Dog
  • Road Walk
  • Rejoin handler
  • Stay in One Place for Two Minutes
  • Vehicle Control
  • Come away from Distractions
  • Controlled Greeting
  • Food Manners
  • Examination of the Dog
  • Responsibility and Care

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The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Assessment

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award is the highest level of achievement of the Scheme. It builds upon the skills learned in the Silver Award and develops more advance training skills of the dog and handler. The Gold Award is a natural progression of practical dog training skills and 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 it is preferable that certain exercises are tested at indoor and outdoor locations. The course includes the following exercises:

  • Road Walk
  • Return to Handler’s Side
  • Walk Free Beside Handler
  • Stay Down in one Place
  • Send the Dog to Bed
  • Stop the Dog
  • Relaxed Isolation
  • Food Manners
  • Examination of the Dog
  • Responsibility and Care

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The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Assessment