Good citizen dog scheme
The Irish Kennel Club operates a test procedure to help educate dog owners and people thinking about buying a dog, and also to ensure that dogs are a respected part of the community.
The scheme operates through clubs and training classes, who must gain approval from the Irish Kennel Club to hold a Good Citizen Test. This test assesses and officially recognise animals that are happy, loyal and well-behaved.
The test, constructed to mirror everyday events, ensures that your dog can carry out common tasks. These include:
- Walking on a lead in a controlled manner in the presence of distractions (including a jogger or another handler and dog walking past).
- Behaving calmly while you talk to another dog handler.
- Lying down and staying on command.
- Allowing you to groom the dog, and examine its coat, teeth, ears and feet.
- Returning on command and co-operating with an owner attaching the lead.
This is a simple pass or fail system, with no grades or places awarded. The test is carried out by an independent qualified examiner, and all dogs (both pedigree and non-pedigree) are eligible to take it.
Download the Good Citizen Test Leaflet