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Cheltenham and District Dog Training Club

Good Citizens Dog Scheme

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The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is designed to provide a standard of training through the UK and promote responsible dog ownership. At Cheltenham and District Dog Training Club we encourage all our members to take part in the scheme and our training classes are built around offering the skills needed to pass the standard for each level. We first began hosting the tests in 2001 and continue to host test days twice a year: see Club News for upcoming tests.

Levels

The GCDS is made up of four levels:

Our classes work towards the criteria required to achieve each of the levels.

Previous Tests - 21 October 2018

Held on Sunday 21st October at Far End, Twyning. Excellent Weather. Thank you to both our examiners, Janet Butler and Claire Stewart for their encouraging and clear manner when taking the contenders through the tests. A big thank you also to Barbara Colledge who stewarded and assisted Janet Butler in her examining, and Jackie Hughes who stepped in and helped in several capacities through the afternoon. Lots of lovely triers who showed some very good control and training. Congratulations. Just four needed a bit more help on a couple of things. They should sail through next time. Training in a hall doesn’t always prepare the dogs for doing what we ask when out in the open spaces.

Bronze Passes: Examiner - Janet Butler.

Terence Harper and Jam. Miniature Schnauzer.

Samantha Elcocks and Walter, Miniature Dachshund.

Haydn Goody and Hugo, Cocker Spaniel.

Lin West and Ludo, Cockerpoo.

Anita Rich an Truffle, Miniature Poodle.

David Hitchcock and Paddy, Standard Poodle.

Veronica Hill and Zeta, Working Sheepdog.

Veronica Hill and Spy, Working Sheepdog.

Jacqui Holness and Minnie. Cocker Spaniel.

Visitor to the club:- Trish Mitchell and Shelly, Working Sheepdog.

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The Bronze Awards

Silver Passes: Examiner - Claire Stewart.

Kerry Scott and Peja, Labrador.

Veronica Hill and Zeta, Working Sheepdog.

Veronica Hill and Spy, Working Sheepdog.

Jacqui Holness and Minnie. Cocker Spaniel.

Terence Harper and Jam. Miniature Schnauzer.

Haydn Goody and Hugo, Cocker Spaniel.

Lin West and Ludo, Cockerpoo.

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More Bronze passes

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The Silver Awards

Gold Passes: Examiner - Janet Butler

Barbara Colledge and Craig, Border Collie.

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The Gold Award

Tests - 22 April 2018

Held on Sunday 22nd April at Far End, Twyning. Excellent Weather, one doubtful sprinkle of misty rain but the sun won through. Two very helpful and encouraging examiners, Marcia Mannings-Smith and Paula Smith. And a nice crowd of members all having a go. Congratulations. Just four needed a bit more help on a couple of things, mainly because they just felt the open spaces were too inviting and couldn’t resist a few circuits before they came back to play our games.

Bronze Passes:

Caitlin Wilson and Shaddow. Cockerpoo.

Samantha Blackaby and Nala. Working Cocker.

Angela Cross and Biggles. Sprocker.

Philippa Bull and Newton. Vizsla.

Barbara Colledge and Craig. Border Collie.

Roland Courquin and Phoebe. Cocker Spaniel.

Angela Hillier and Poppy. Cockerpoo.

Sheila Godwin and Cookie. Labrador/Poodle.

Lisa Paul and Lola. Cockerpoo.

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The Bronze Awards

Silver Passes:

Sheila Godwin and Cookie. Labrador /Poodle.

Barbara Colledge and Craig. Border Collie.

Angela Hillier and Poppy. Cockerpoo.

Sylvia Edmunds and Amber. Beardie X

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More Bronze passes

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The Silver Awards

Gold Passes

Terence Harper and Matt. Miniature Schnauzer.

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The Gold Award

 Tests - 8th October 2017

A good afternoon was had by the select band of Good Citizens that came along to Twyning to try for their certificates. Paula Smith and Marcia Manning- Smith were the examiners and we enjoyed the way they were helpful and clear and thorough in their testing. They put everyone at their ease and made sure that they had a chance to do their best.

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The Bronze Awards

Bronze Passes:

Sylvia Edmunds with Amber, Collie Cross.

Roz Etheridge with JD, Working Sheepdog.

Lois Eyre with Lulu, Labrador.

Terence Harper with Mat, Miniature Schnauzer.

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The Silver Awards

Silver Passes:

Roz Etheridge with JD, Working Sheepdog.

Lois Eyre with Lulu, Labrador.

Terence Harper with Mat, Miniature Schnauzer.

Jackie Hughes and Barney, Kelpie/Collie.

Lynn Sibley with Peggy, Black Labrador.

 Tests - 26 March 2017

The tests were held at Twyning. Claire Stewart was our examiner and a lovely sunny afternoon was spent seeing what the dogs could do. Claire was thorough and fair. Two visiting handlers achieved their Gold Certificates, and out of the ten entrants for Bronze five were successful. The five that needed a bit more practice tried very hard and were successful on several of the exercises just not quite ready to be steady enough for stays and with one the idea of a recall was six circuits of the field first before coming to rest with his handler, but an enjoyable sight to see a lurcher doing what a lurcher should do!!! Thank you to Claire for her clear and careful testing and to Jan West our coordinator for the administration.

Bronze Passes:

Jackie Hughes and Barney, Kelpie x Collie

Peak Yuk Lee and Paddington, Cavachon

Joan Brennan and Jarvis, Working Cocker Spaniel (visitor)

Susan Crownshaw and Ned, Labrador X (visitor)

Mary Valentine and Eska, Golden Retriever (visitor)

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Resting for zoomies

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The Gold Awards

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The Bronze Awards

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Preparing for Bronze

Gold Passes:

Sue Nickless and Riley, Golden Retriever

Bob Maycroft and Gem, Labrador

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Testing taking place

Crufts

The Kennel Club Good Citizens ring at Crufts demonstrates the different levels of the scheme. Each year volunteers are required to be in the demonstration. In the past Kate Claxton and Dotty, Vicky Norton and Lola and Claire Stewart and Saphire have been part of the displays.

The GCDS Special PreBeginners is a competition designed to encourage those dogs who have achieved their Bronze Award into competitive obedience and offers the chance for finalists to compete at Crufts.

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