Bronze, Silver and Gold tests. The Club is subsidising the hall hire fees for the night, so there will be no fees to pay.
No normal training for those not taking the tests.
Please make sure that you have been given the following paperwork:
Description of Exercises (including Responsibility and Care) for the relevant level.
Tell the Instructor if you are missing any paperwork.
Bronze: Please bring grooming equipment.
Silver: Please bring a toy for your dog.
Gold: Please bring a mat or bed and a long lead or crate for relaxed isolation.
All need to bring poo bags and treats (treats are not to be carried in the hand or fed during test exercises).
Ensure the dog is wearing a collar with an ID tag or plate – this is required by law even if your lead is attached to a headcollar or harness. The dog’s collar, lead, harness or headcollar must be checked for comfort and safety and be appropriate for the dog under test.
Dogs will have their microchips scanned on the test night. Handlers taking the Bronze test will scan their own dogs, while the Examiner will scan the dogs taking the Silver and Gold tests. To use the scanner: Press the on/off button on the rear of the scanner; “Scanning…” is displayed on the screen on the front of the scanner. Run the scanner over the back of your dog’s neck and shoulders in a zigzag motion. When the microchip is detected, the scanner will bleep and display the microchip number.
By law, the minimum requirements for information on an ID disc or plate are surname of owner, house name/number, street name and postcode. As clarified by the Good Citizen Scheme, it is not acceptable just to have house number and postcode.
Bronze and Silver tests. Cost: normal class fees towards the hire of the hall.
No normal training for those not taking the test.
Bronze: Please bring grooming equipment
Silver: Please bring a toy for your dog
All need to bring poo bags and ensure the dog is wearing a collar with an ID disc or plate showing the owner’s name and address.
Dogs will have their microchips scanned on the test night. Handlers taking the Bronze test will scan their own dogs, while the Examiner will scan the dogs taking the Silver test. To use the scanner: Press the button on the rear of the scanner; “Scanning…” is displayed on the screen on the front of the scanner. Run the scanner over the back of your dog’s neck and shoulders in a zigzag motion. When the microchip is detected, the scanner will bleep and display the microchip number.
Below are the Descriptions of Exercises for the Bronze and Silver tests and the Canine Code leaflet including Responsibility and Care (from page 10). For the Bronze Award, questions from the Responsibility and Care part will be asked from Section One; for the Silver Award they will be taken from Section One and Section Two.
With effect from 6th April 2016, there will be changes to the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. All levels are affected – Puppy Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold.
In line with new legislation, dogs are required to have a microchip that is registered on a Defra-approved database in the UK (check exemptions).
Any dog taking a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Test after 6th April or passing a Puppy Foundation Award Course will be required to have a microchip.
Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards: equipment changes. Dogs will be permitted to wear a headcollar, body harness or slip lead during a testing session. Note: dogs will still be required to wear a collar with legally compliant information on it (owner’s name and address).
Gold Award: the minimum age for a dog taking a Gold test has been changed to 12 months.
Gold Award: Relaxed Isolation. A crate or cage can now be used to secure the dog. This is in addition to the current options.
The club has bought a microchip scanner and we will be familiarising dogs with microchip scanning during classes. It will be a requirement for each dog to be scanned on the Good Citizen Scheme Test night for Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Those passing their Puppy Foundation Award will be scanned during class time.
We do not need to look up the dog’s chip number on a database, it is only necessary to check that each dog has a readable chip.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please speak to an instructor.