Cheltenham and District Dog Training Club

Good Citizens Dog Scheme


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:

Puppy Foundations

Bronze Award

Silver Award

Gold Award

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


Recent 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.

The Bronze Awards

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)

Gold Passes:

Sue Nickless and Riley, Golden Retriever

Bob Maycroft and Gem, Labrador

The Gold Awards
Resting for zoomies
Preparing for Bronze
Testing taking place

Recent Tests - 16 October 2016


Heather Gardner and her husband Viv as steward came and did a good job of examining our entrants for the Good Cits today. After a vicious downpour early in the morning it turned into a brilliant sunny afternoon and much fun was had by all.

The Gold Awards

Bronze Passes:

Loraine Revell, with Barney, Cavapoo

Sylvia Edmunds with Bella, Working Collie

Ian Limbrick with Buddy, Bichon

Ian Sibley with Peggy

Laura McEvoy with Arlie, Rottweiller

Silver Passes:

Bob Maycroft and Gem, Labrador

Gold Passes:

Sonia Skinner and Rourk, Black Labrador

Philippa Reeves and Nellie, Wire Haired Vizsla

Maria Carter and Ella, Pembroke Corgi

Janet Martineau and Tippie, Bearded Collie

Stephen Barnes and Mabel, GSD

The Silver Awards
The Bronze Awards

Recent Tests - 24 April 2016


The Tests were held once again, at Twyning. A dry fine day with a fair wind and a clear sky. Congrats all round. Onwards and upwards. Next level next time. A date to be decided in October.

The Gold Awards [L-R]: Janette and Molly, Barbara and Chloe, Judge Val Long, Sheila and Gracie, Susan and Meg

Bronze Passes: Judge – Val Long

Club Members:

Maria Carter with Ella - Pembroke Corgi.

Laura Lambert with Cobain - Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Laura Mcphilimey with Murphy - Border Collie.

Janet Martineau with Tipstar - Bearded Collie.

Trish Tenn with Daisy - Border Collie.

Visitor:

Robert Maycroft with Gem - Labrador Retriever.

Silver Passes: Judge – Marcia Mannings-Smith

Club Members:

Maria Carter with Ella - Pembroke Corgi.

Laura Lambert with Cobain - Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Laura Mcphilimey with Murphy - Border Collie.

Janet Martineau with Tipstar - Bearded Collie.

Visitors:

Susan Nickless with Riley - Golden Retriever.

Diane Symonds with Ben - Springer Spaniel X.

Gold Passes: Judge – Val Long

Club Members:

Barbara Colledge with Chloe - Border Collie.

Sheila Godwin with Gracie - Miniature Poodle.

Visitors:

Janette Dalby with Molly – Bearded Collie.

Susan Nickless with Meg - Golden Retriever.

The Silver Awards [L-R]: Susan and Riley, Laura and Murphy, Judge Marcia Mannings-Smith, Maria and Ella, Diane and Ben, Trish and Daisy, Janet and Tip
The Bronze Awards [L-R]: Laura and Cobain, Janet and Tip, Robert and Gem, Judge Val Long, Maria and Ella, Laura and Murphy

Recent Tests - 18 October 2015


The Tests were held once again, at Twyning. The Judge for Bronze and Gold was Claire Stewart and for Silver was Janet Butler. A good number came out on this chilly but dry day and had a go. Claire made them all feel very relaxed, not to worry, to try their best and see what they had achieved with their dogs. There were one or two in Gold and Bronze that were deemed not to be quite ready, but the Silvers excelled themselves and they all achieved their Silver Certificates.

The Gold Awards [L-R]: Suzanne and Freya, Joyce, Judge Claire, Babs and Jazz

Bronze Passes: Judge – Claire Stewart

Club Members:

Steve Barnes with Mabel - GSD.

Julie Brown with Summer - Crossbreed.

Barbara Colledge with Chloe - Border Collie.

Barbara Colledge with Taran - Border Collie.

Natalie Courtney with Roly - Trailhound.

Sheila Godwin with Gracie - Miniature Poodle.

Joyce Lancaster with Lily - Papillon.

Visitors:

Virginia Colville with Lily - Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen.

Sue Nickless with Meg - Golden Retriever.

Sue Nickless with Riley - Golden Retriever.

Silver Passes: Judge – Janet Butler

Club Members:

Steve Barnes with Mabel - GSD.

Julie Brown with Summer - Crossbreed.

Barbara Colledge with Chloe - Border Collie.

Barbara Colledge with Taran - Border Collie.

Glenis Charles with Loxley - Working Sheepdog.

Sheila Godwin with Gracie - Miniature Poodle.

Helen Broomfield with Alfie - Labrador Retriever.

Visitors:

Janette Dalby with Molly - Bearded Collie.

Sue Nickless with Meg - Golden Retriever.

Gold Passes: Judge – Claire Stewart

Club Members:

Babs Sharp with Jazz - Malinois.

Joyce Lancaster with Twig - Working Sheepdog.

Visitors:

Suzanne Hall with Freya - Bavarian Mountain Hound.


Recent Tests - 26 April 2015


The tests were held at Longlands, Shurdington. Good weather, good dogs and obviously good handlers. Everyone achieved what they were trying for. Congratulations, and thank you to Maria Carter for putting it on at her home.

Bronze Passes: Judge – Heather Gardner

Club Members:

Helen Broomfield with Alfie – Labrador.

Rebecca Courts with Topsy – Miniature Poodle.

Diane Cuttell with Luna – Bernese Mountain Dog.

Julie Parker with Martha – x Terrier.

Jan Thomas with Bertie – Pug.

James Weyman with Pippa – Cockerpoo.

Visitors:

Sally Corbett and Riley – Pembroke Corgi.

Silver Passes: Judge – Mandy Beardshaw

Club Members:

Philippa Reeves with Nellie – Wire Haired Vizsla.

Katie Wiggall with Artem – Standard Poodle.

Rebecca Courts with Topsy – Miniature Poodle.

Sally Sherry with Seth – Lurcher.

James Weyman with Pippa – Cockerpoo.

Visitors:

Sally Corbett and Riley – Pembroke Corgi.

Viv Gardner with Merlin – Flat Coated Retriever.


Recent Tests - 12 October 2014


The tests were held at Janet Martineau's at Twyning. It all went well. We have to be grateful that it was dry - if a little chilly. The sun never broke through those river mists.

Bronze Passes: Judge – Val Long

Club Members:

Robert Bogie with Fizzy - Shetland Sheepdog.

Graham Claxton with Dotty - Crossbreed.

Jo Gifford with Chestnut - Lurcher.

Emma Hagan with Riley - Crossbreed.

Fliss Housley with Barley - Cockerpoo.

Philippa Reeves with Nellie. Wirehaired Vizsla.

Visitors:

Judy Bateman with Farley - Flat Coated Retriever.

Janette Dalby with Molly - Bearded Collie.

Jan George with Georgie - Golden Retriever.

Joyce Lancaster with Panda - Papillon.

Faith Lillywhite with Lilly - English Springer Spaniel.

Vanessa Pearce with Sparky - Working Sheepdog.

Diana Scott with Quiz - Golden Retriever.

Silver Passes: Judge – Liz Davies

Club Members:

Graham Claxton and Dotty - Crossbreed.

Jo Gifford with Chestnut - Lurcher.

Emma Hagan with Riley - Crossbreed.

Suzanne Hall with Freya - Bavarian Mountain Hound.

Visitors:

Jan George with Georgie - Golden Retriever.

Faith Lillywhite with Lilly - English Springer Spaniel.

Vanessa Pearce with Sparky - Working Sheepdog.

Diana Scott with Quiz - Golden Retriever.

Silver Passes: Judge – Val Long

Club Members:

Kate Claxton with Tuzzi - NSDTR.

Sandra Hill with Rowan - German Shepherd Dog.

Di James with Spot - JR. X Collie.

Janet Martineau with Zeke - Lowchen.


Recent Tests - 27 April 2014


The tests were held at Longlands, courtesy of Maria Carter. Janet Butler came along to judge and a successful afternoon was had by almost all those who attempted a test. We will be putting them on again in October so by that time anything that needs working on will be well sorted. Congratulations to all who went home with certificate.

Bronze Passes: Judge – Janet Butler

Club Members:

Katie Wiggall with Artem.

Denise Sweeney with Chester.

Carren Lu with Odie.

David Mitchell with Denver.

Gail Darby wih Bramble.

Julie McLarney with Dougal.

Finn Durr-Sprensen with Henry.

Fiona Danes with Teddy.

Sandra Hill with Rowan.

Sally Corbett with Charlie.

Jenny Attwater with Leica.

Silver Passes: Judge – Janet Butler

Club Members:

Kate Claxton with Tuzzi.

Diane James with Spot.

Jackie Reid with Nell.

Gail Darby with Bramble.

David Mitchell with Denver.

Sally Corbett with Charlie.

Babs Sharp with Jazz.

Sandra Hill with Rowan.

Silver Passes: Judge – Janet Butler

Club Members:

Suzanne Hall with Lark.


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.