5 - 8 March 2020, The NEC Birmingham

Good Citizen Dog Scheme

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training programme in the United Kingdom, with over 680,000 dogs and their owners graduating through the Scheme’s Bronze Award. The Good Citizen Dog Scheme Annual Awards were created in recognition of the hard work, efforts and contribution made by dedicated canine club and enthusiasts.

Nominations are now closed for the 2020 Awards

Find out more about each award below. 

Club Awards

Club awards information

The annual awards are a way of rewarding Clubs and individuals for their commitment to the Scheme in promoting the benefits that dogs bring to our society.  In promoting the scheme’s key messages, responsible ownership, educational talks, poop scoop campaigns to sponsored dog walks, all aspects of canine awareness are of great benefit and should be considered for a nomination.  We would like to hear about all the activities clubs and involved in as apart of promoting the Scheme. A person or club can only be nominated in one category.

Nominations can be from fellow club members, pupils at a training class or dog owners who have been inspired by the help and support they have received. If you are nominating an instructor, you would need to nominate their training club.

Best Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Registered Club

Any Kennel Club Registered dog training organisation who has run at least one Good Citizen test or Puppy Foundation course in the last 12 months can be nominated. This category includes breed clubs, general canine club and training clubs.

Best KCGCDS Listed Status Dog Training Organisation

Any Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Listed Status dog training organisation who has run at least one Good Citizen test or Puppy Foundation course in the last 12 months can be nominated. This category includes adult education centres, veterinary practices and local authorities.

Nominations can be from club members, pupils at a training class or dog owners who have been inspired by the help and support they have received from the club and their instructors.

Your nomination must include a brief summary of the reasons why a club is being nominated and the impact the club has on its dogs /handlers attending the classes. It can also outline any impact the Club has within the community.

You can include any of the following with your nomination :- Press cuttings, photographs or local articles, anything of interest showing details of activities the Club has undertaken to help promote responsible dog ownership and the GCDS in your community, details of the GCDS training courses and/or tests conducted in 2019, educational talks or demonstrations, school visits to educate pupils about responsible dog ownership, details of any funds raised for charity, any local initiatives, how young people to become responsible dog owners, course materials prepared for new students, advice given out to new puppy owners or joint ventures with local Councils and other organisations.

Nominations will then be shortlisted and the top three clubs in each category will be go head to head in an on-line vote and invited to attend the GCDS Annual Awards Presentation taking place at Crufts on Sunday 8 March 2020 at 14.15. Four complimentary entrance tickets will be issued to each of the shortlisted finalists in the Club Awards category. Crufts is held at the NEC, Birmingham, West Midlands.

Individual Award

Royal Canin Dedicated Person Award

This award recognises a person’s to contribution or development through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme. It could be someone who has supported the Scheme in a voluntary capacity and dedicated themselves to promoting its key messages. It could also be someone who by their association with the Scheme has overcome obstacles and developed themselves and others.

Nominations can be from clubs, Instructors, club personnel, club members, pupils at a training class or dog owners who have been inspired by the dedication or by their inspiration to develop. If you are nominating an individual instructor, you would need to nominate their training club. A person or club can only be nominated in one category.

Your nomination must include a summary of the reasons why a person is being nominated. You need to highlight their commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership or detail how the Scheme has helped them to develop. You can include photographs, press cuttings or articles to support your nomination.

Nominations will then be shortlisted and the people in this category will be go head to head in an on-line vote and will also be invited to attend the Annual Awards presentation which will take place at Crufts on Sunday 8 March 2020 at 14.15. Crufts is held at the NEC, Birmingham, West Midlands.

 

Canine Award

Royal Canin Most Inspiring Dog Award

This award is in recognition of a dog’s development perhaps through adversity to grow into a happy healthy companion through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme.  It could be a dog whose life has been turned around by being involved in the GCDS Scheme. Any dog that has taken part in a GCDS test or training course can be nominated for the Royal Canin Most Inspiring Dog Award.

A nomination must include a summary of the reasons why a dog is being nominated and how the Scheme has helped the dog to develop i.e. what steps have been taken and the outcome. You can include photographs, press cuttings or articles to support your nomination.

Nominations will then be shortlisted and the top three dogs will be go head to head in an on-line vote.  The top three dogs and their owners will also be invited to attend the Annual Awards presentation which will take place at Crufts on Sunday 8 March 2020 at 14.15. Crufts is held at the NEC, Birmingham, West Midlands. Two complimentary entrance tickets and a dog pass will be issued to each of the three finalists in the Club Awards category.