For the Gold Award examiners will only accept dogs that have already been awarded a Silver Award Certificate, that have proper means of identification and, whose handlers can show their means of cleaning up after their dogs. The test again develops what has peviously been leant in the Silver and adds yet more levels of difficulty thus ensuring those that pass the Gold are fully deserving of the highest KCGCDS Award currently available.
- Road walk
The object is to test the ability of the dog to walk on lead under control beside the handler and for the handler to determine the speed of the walk.
- Return to handler's side
The object is to be able to bring the dog back under close control during a lead free walk.
- Walk free beside handler
The object is for the dog to be kept close to the handler's side as may be necessary on a walk in the park.
- Stay down in one place
The object is that the dog will stay down on the spot while the handler moves away for 2 minutes both in and out of sight.
- Send the dog to bed
The object is to demonstrate control such as might be required in the home.
- Stop the dog
The object is for the handler to stop the dog at a distance in an emergency situation.
- Relaxed isolation
The object is for the dog to be content when left in isolation. During such times the dog should not become agitated, unduly stressed or defensive.
- Food manners
The object is for the dog to be fed in an orderly manner.
- Responsibility and care
The object is to test the knowledge of the handler on this subject.