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Welcome to the Medway Towns Dog Training Club.

We are a friendly club, affiliated to the Kennel Club and our focus is to support owners to understand and train their dogs to be social and well behaved companions using positive methods.

Come and meet us and we will talk with you in respect of any issues you are having in relation to your dogs behaviour and what you want to learn.

We will help you work towards the Good Citizenship Dog Scheme of the Kennel club if you want to, which with practice, will result in:

Your dog being able to manage everyday situations whether in the family home, out for a walk, in the car, at the vets or groomer.

As an owner you will gain a basic knowledge of what is expected of a responsible dog owner, legal responsibilities, what to do in an emergency along with other activities you can do with your dog and importantly support from the instructors and other members of the club.

The Instructors

The instructors at Medway Towns Dog Training Club are all volunteers, experienced dog owners and handlers who have managed a range of issues during their time.

As instructors, we participate in number of canine activities from heelwork to music, (doggy dancing) obedience, breed showing (ring craft) agility, rally and gundog work.

The instructors take their responsibilities seriously to both dogs and owners and are continually working at their professional development.

We currently have four instructors working on the Kennel Club’s Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour KCAI and therefore follow the KCAI code of practice– see link or below for a copy

Classes

Medway Towns Dog Training Club currently run five classes from puppy training to rescue dogs. All progress in the exercises will depend on your dogs temperament; breeding and how much practice you and the family do in between classes.

Puppy

Puppy Training and  Socialisation classes where they learn to walk nicely on a lead, come when called, and socialise with other puppies, as part of the Kennel Club’s Puppy Foundation course.

Bronze

The exercises in the Bronze Award carry on from those learnt in the puppy class and result in a standard of behaviour that any adult dog can achieve with consistent and motivational handling.

Silver

The Silver Award exercises aims to build on the skills learned in the Bronze award and increases the level of difficulty. There is a natural progression from the Bronze Award and introduces new exercises – greeting a friend – vehicle control and a road walking, which are important exercises to everyday life situations.

Gold

The highest award, the Gold, takes the previous skills to another level. New exercises include – sending a dog to Bed – Relaxed Isolation – an Emergency Stop and Heelwork off the lead. All of which provide a greater level of understanding and closeness with your dog.

Older Dog Socialisation Class for dogs new to training, who are rescued, re-homed or who have developed and are displaying behavioural issues. Once an assessment has been made we might suggest a class above which is suitable or, one to one work with an instructor during club times

For more information on our classes please see our class times

For more information on local events and activities for you and your dog please see club news

We meet every Wednesday, except in extreme weather conditions at:-

Church Hall
Christ Church
Luton Road
Chatham
ME4 5BT

How to find us click here

KENNEL CLUB CODE OF

PRACTICE FOR INSTRUCTORS

.KCAI Scheme, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB

www.thekennelclub.org.uk Email: accreditation.scheme@thekennelclub.org.uk

This Code of Practice is designed to set out the principles governing both business and training practices to

which all KCAI Scheme members, on registering for membership to the Scheme, agree to abide.

A. Business Practice – members shall:

• act with integrity, in a professional courteous manner befitting membership of their club, business,.the Kennel.Club and the Scheme.

• exercise professional judgment, skill and care to the best of their ability.

• respect confidentiality, personal rights and expectations of all, as inpiduals.

• charge a fair price for the services provided and shall not unfairly exploit / mislead / offer levels or.services not.trained / qualified to deliver.

• not unfairly elicit trade or clientele to the detriment of others, be diplomatic in discussions to avoid.criticising or.condemning advice given / methods used by other Clubs / Instructors, especially.where those in question will.not have the opportunity to justify their actions.

• ensure adequate awareness of legal, health and safety issues including having appropriate insurance.

• only use designated letters of the Kennel Club when appropriately qualified to do so.

B. Training Practice – members should:

• be conversant with / promote the Kennel Club Canine Code and aspects of responsible dog ownership.

• be able to work in the best interest of the inpidual dog and handler / owner(s).

• acknowledge and promote suitable and motivational methods.

• take every reasonable care to control activities which may cause injury or aggression to or by the dog.

• have an understanding of dog behaviour and mechanisms of learning.

• have an understanding of the human skills of learning, communication and counselling.

• be able to advise on the choice, maintenance and safe use of training equipment.

• be able to teach to the level of their experience and recognise their limitations and consequences of advice

given.

• be willing to keep up-to-date with relevant developments, to improve their own skills and to expand their.knowledge.

C. Complaints and grievances.

• Complaints and grievances arising from non-adherence to this Code should be referred to the Kennel Club.

• The Kennel Club Rule A42 will apply – this rule covers complaints made in respect of conduct that is.discreditable or prejudicial to the interests of the canine world.

• The Kennel Club will offer help and advice to members.

Kennel Club Policies and the Kennel Club General Code of Ethics

Members are also reminded of their responsibility to abide by, and where appropriate, to guide others to appreciate the principles.of all Kennel Club policies, relevant guidelines / regulations and the Kennel Club General Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics.applies to everyone who has agreed to be subject to the jurisdiction of the Kennel Club. They, whether the owner, keeper or in

temporary charge of a dog for any purpose, accept their responsibility under the Code. The Code of Ethics covers aspects of.welfare, nuisance, control, hygiene and attention to Veterinary care. It also covers aspects of providing accurate information on.breed / inpidual dog characteristics, breeding, selling and homing of puppies / dogs.

© The Kennel Club – Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour

KCAI80/CAT Version 1 November 2012