Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme 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
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 award aims to provide
the handlers with a basic knowledge of understanding
and training their canine companion.
These are the commands we feel all dogs should learn, know
and why ***********************
Your Dog "toilet" PEEPEES & POOPOOS
Or GO TOOS
Why: Do we need to say?
the dog's attention & Teaching your Dog his name
Why: The only way your puppy will ever learn to respond to
your commands is if you can first attract his attention and
encourage the pup to home in on YOU.
Universal NO "AH"
Why: We teach "AH" for no. This
can not be said in a angry or frustrated way which is very
important. This helps us to set rules, yes you can do this,
no you can't do that.
your Dog to SIT
Why:The dog can pay attention to you and
take his cues as to what to do next from you when he is sitting
the Dog to LIE DOWN
Why:This is an ideal position for the dog
to be in while you examine him or administer first aid. A
dog which is lying down is less reactive to what is going
on around him and is far more likely to STAY in position should
he need to be left for a few moments.
the puppy RECALL
Why:An instant RECALL from a distance can be a life saver
if the dog is heading for danger such as an approaching train
when he is running close to a railway line, a horse galloping
down a bridleway, a cliff etc. Very young puppies tend to
follow their people around, and it is easy to be lulled into
a false sense of security that this will continue forever!
Sooner or later you will take your puppy for walks somewhere
with many interesting distractions and for the safety and
sanity of all concerned.
the puppy STAY
Why: Giving a command to stay helps with
separation anxiety, they know your coming back. Helps with
the saftey of the dog, on walks, waiting at the door or by
the road side etc.
the puppy OFF
Why: The sofa cost £5000
the puppy DROP
Why: If you have a young puppy, you know
the answer to this - it's because they frequently have something
valuable or dangerous in their mouths!
the puppy LEAVE IT
Why: Same as above and when you see the cheeky
little monster on is way to your chocolate. Leaving other
dogs toys in the park, this stops fights. Leave the xmas dinner,
you can not go out a buy another turkey.
the puppy CALM
Why: A calm dog listens.
Handlers must show that they have means of
cleaning up after their dog and that it has proper identification.
It is a legal requirement to inscribe the name and the address
of the owner on the collar or on a plate or disc attached
Club Dog Training tips
Always be consistent to avoid confusing your dog.
• Be patient. If you find yourself getting annoyed
with your dog during training, stop what you are doing,
walk away and do something different. Try training later
on in a different frame of mind.
• Train for short spells on a regular basis. This
will help to keep your dog interested.
• Your dog needs to know its name so that you can
gain its attention. This is essential learning for the dog
before you can expect it to respond to commands and signals.
• Start as you mean to go on. Do not allow your dog
to develop bad habits.
• Dogs respond to body movements and different voice
tones, which can all be used in training.
• Understand your dog and learn to anticipate its
• Handle and stroke your dog gently every day with
constant praise so that it gets used to being handled.
• Play adds an extra dimension to a dog’s life
and can make training fun.
• Remember that a trained dog is a happy dog so persevere!