Training clubs, breeds clubs and politicians all recognised at Kennel Club awards ceremony at KC HQ in London.  

The Kennel Club hosted a prize-giving ceremony to honour the winners of the annual Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Awards and the KC Dog Awards in London on Friday.

GCDS logo.Dog-related good deeds of the past 12 months were celebrated at the awards, which are now in their 16th year and recognise the efforts of organisations that have invested in helping to train dogs and educating their owners on the importance of responsible dog ownership.

The KC Dog Awards acknowledge the actions taken by politicians, local authorities, public bodies and individuals to develop positive alternatives to restrictions on dog walking and ensure the nation’s dogs continue to enjoy maximum access to the UK’s open spaces.

Set up in 1992 to promote “socially acceptable dogs” GCDS provides training for dog and owner that incorporates many domestic obedience exercises. Since its inception more than 430,000 certificates of achievement have been awarded to owners and their dogs who have successfully passed the scheme’s tests.

The categories for the GCDS awards and winners were:

Kennel Club Registered Training Club
Winner – Langstone and District Canine Society
Second – Haslemere and District Dog Training Club
Third – The Isle of Wight Dog Training

Kennel Club Listed Status Club
Winner – The K9 Academy
Second – Bordercombe Dog Training
Third – Braunton Dog Training Club

Kennel Club General Canine Association/Breed Club
Winner – Lochaber and District Canine Society
Second – Southern Finnish Lapphund Society
Third – Hovawart Club of Great Britain

Local Council Category – Most Effective Campaign
Winner – East Lothian Council

Lochaber and District Canine Society was chosen as the overall winner of the GCDS Awards for its dedication, commitment and outstanding support in promoting the scheme in 2012.

KC Dog Campaigner Award
Good Glossop Dogs, High Peak, Derbyshire

KC Dog Local Authority Award
North Hertfordshire District Council

KC Dog Parliamentary Award
Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen

KC Dog Special Recognition Award
Dorset Dogs, Dorset

Kennel Club chairman Steve Dean said: “These awards are an opportunity for us to credit the actions taken by training groups, politicians, local authorities, groups and individuals to ensure that the UK’s dogs continue to enjoy maximum access to the our open spaces.”

The ceremony also saw a special award for outstanding service presented to Bill Hardaway, who was chairman of the GCDS from 1991-2010.

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