KUSA C.G.C. Bronze Level

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Each pack is made up of a set consisting of the following:

1. Code of Practice & Information booklet – Bronze level

2. Two (2) Test Sheets – Bronze level (A4 Double sided)

3. KUSA Code of Ethics (Schedule 9) (A5 Double sided)

4. Rosette – Bronze

5. Certificate - Bronze (numbered)

Please refer to Schedule 7 Subscription & Fees for prices.


Any Affiliated Club or organisation authorised by The Kennel Union of Southern Africa may hold Kennel Union Canine Good Citizen Tests, which are not competitive. All successful participants will receive appropriate Certificates and Awards, subject to the payment of a franchise fee as laid down from time to time.

There is no limit to the frequency or number of times the Test(s) may be taken by any one dog.


Any dog, whether pure bred, crossbred or of mixed breeding may take part provided it has been vaccinated as required by state veterinary regulations and municipal by laws.  There is no age limit. Dogs that appear to be sick or diseased may be refused acceptance for participation and may be asked to leave the grounds or premises.


1.      This Code of Practice applies to all Kennel Union Affiliated Clubs and any other approved organisationwhich may wish to host Canine Good Citizen Tests. Copies of this Code must be given to all evaluators, instructors and participants participating in KUSA Canine Good Citizen Tests.

2.      It is the responsibility of the Club or other organising body to ensure that the welfare of the dog is paramount.  No activity shall be conducted which permits, encourages or develops aggression in a dog.

3.      Clubs or other organising bodies should ensure that their evaluators and instructors are conversant with acknowledged methods of dog training and understand the rudiments of dog behaviour .Preference should be given to motivational methods of training which take into account the breed and nature of each individual dog.

4.      Instructors must be alert to the differing levels of experience of both the owners and the dogs and should be courteous at all times.

5.      Any person who witnesses harsh handling of a dog at any Test organised by an Affiliated Club or other organising body must report the matter to the management thereof.

6. At the start of each training course the importance of good behaviour, the socialisation of dogs and the theory of training, should be discussed.  Advice must be given on choosing suitable collars, leads etc. and the benefits of positive identification ( microchips, tattoos, discs) and certain training articles.

7. The same handler and dog must complete each test as a team. Either the owner or another designated person may handle the dog .Once the test has commenced, the owner may not interfere with his dog if another person has been designated to handle the dog.

8.      All participants and evaluators shall be at the site where the test is to be held at least thirty (30) minutes before the scheduled time of commencement. The Evaluator shall have discretion to postpone the starting time of the test for a reasonable time if participants are delayed. Any participant who is not present at the end of such postponement shall be regarded as withdrawn from the test and shall not be allowed to participate.

9.      The offering of food or baiting a dog is to be discouraged during testing

10.    Owners/handlers must be reminded to carry some form of “poop scoop” and to remove fouling caused by their dog.

11.    Clubs and other organising bodies should promote all aspects of responsible dog ownership, at every opportunity.


Any KUSA Judge in good standing, that has been approved by a Provincial Council may evaluate KUSA Good Citizen Tests.  There is no restriction on how often an Evaluator may conduct Tests. The Evaluator may not test a dog that he/she owns or co-owns or a dog that is owned or handled by a close member of the evaluator’s family. The Evaluator has the discretion to determine whether testing should be interrupted or postponed for what ever good reason. Each Provincial Council will hold a list of approved evaluators.  All Evaluators shall be required to complete and sign the KUSA Judging Contract J1.


It is not necessary to have the same Evaluator each time a Test is attempted. Each time a test is taken the Evaluator must date and initial the Test Sheet and indicate whether “passed” or “not ready”.


Must, produce a current Dog Licence and Rabies Inoculation Certificate, if applicable to the area in which the Test is being held. Must also produce a current vaccination certificate as proof of immunisation against Parvo Virus, Distemper etc.  Children must produce proof  that they are over eight (8) years of age and have the written approval of their parents or legal guardians.


Each participant will be issued a Test Sheet, in duplicate, one copy to be retained by the Club or organising body and the other by the participant.  It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure both copies of the Test Sheet are signed and dated by the Evaluator.  Prior to the commencement of the Test, the Evaluator will ensure that each participant has a Test Sheet and that it has been completed.  A participant may take all the Tests at one time or singly, as they wish.  As each Test is completed, the Evaluator will mark the Test Sheets “Passed” or “Not Ready.  Participants whose sheets are marked “Passed” may pass onto the next Test.  Those marked “Not Ready” will have to be tested again.

The Club or organising body is to send a copy of the signed and completed Test Sheet to the KUSA Office.


The Club or organising body reserves the right to dismiss from the Test(s), permanently or temporarily, any dog or person who acts in an aggressive, dangerous or obstreperous manner.  The Club or organising body  also reserves the right to dismiss from the Test(s) on a temporary basis, any bitch which is on heat and any dog that appears to be sick or diseased.

Physical disciplining of a dog or serious uncontrollable behaviour of a dog prior to the Evaluator taking control of the assembled participants or after he has released them, may be penalised at the discretion of the Evaluator by withdrawing any Test Sheets held by the handler.

BEFORE A CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED - all the following Tests must have been passed

Tests One (1) to Tests Four (4) must be passed before any other Tests can be attempted.Thereafter Tests may be taken and passed in any order.

Test 1                    ACCEPTING A STRANGER

This Test is to see that a stranger can approach the dog and handler in a casual, everyday situation.  Ignoring the dog the Evaluator will walk up to the handler and greet him in a friendly way and shake hands.  The dog must show no signs of resentment or shyness and must not leave his position to go to the stranger.  Sitting politely for petting by a friendly stranger, with the dog sitting at the handler’s side, the Evaluator pats the dog only on the head and body, and then circles the dog and handler which completes the Test.  The dog must not show shyness or resentment. 

Test 2                    PUTTING ON A COLLAR AND LEAD

The dog should have a well fitting buckle or slip collar of leather, fabric or chain.  Special collars such as “pinch” or “spike” collars are not permitted.  The lead must be either leather or fabric.

 Test 3                    PRESENT FOR EXAMINATION ON A LEAD

The purpose of this Test is to see if the dog can be examined by a Judge or a Vet without it becoming aggressive or flinching.  On a lead the handler will present the dog to the Evaluator for a gentle examination of its mouth, teeth, throat, eyes, ears and feet. 

Test 4                    GROOM

The Evaluator will inspect the dog to see if it appears healthy, is clean and groomed and will permit a stranger such as a vet or groomer to examine it.  The Evaluator then combs or brushes the dog and lightly examines the ears and front of each foot to see if it will accept grooming from someone other than its owner 

NB. A table may be used for the examination of those dogs which are customarily

judged on a table (Test 3 & 4)

Test 5                    PRAISE/PRESENTATION

The Test is to demonstrate that a dog can be calmed easily following praise or play and can leave the Test in a well mannered fashion.  The handler may praise the dog verbally, by petting, by playing with a toy and/or  via a favourite trick, in the allowed ten (10) seconds of play and then must calm the dog for the next test.


The purpose of this Test is to see if a dog can play happily off lead and be recalled and be put back on lead.  The handler will release the dog from the lead and either play with it or throw some object for it to fetch and play with, then recall the dog and place back on  lead.


The purpose of this Test is to demonstrate that the handler is in control.   The dog must be on the left side of the handler but need not be in the “heel” position.  There should be no doubt that the dog’s attention is on the handler and it responds to movements and changes of direction.  The course taken must include a left turn, right turn, an about turn, a stop in between and at the end of the Test.  The dog does not have to be perfectly aligned with the handler, nor sit when the handler stops. 


The dog should walk confidently through the door/gate and should not shy away from it. 

Test 9                    WALK ON A LEAD PASSING PEOPLE AND DOGS

This Test is to demonstrate that the dog should have no difficulty in walking through pedestrian traffic.  The dog should walk around close to at least four (4) persons one of whom should have a dog.  The dog may show interest in the strangers and the dog, but should continue to walk without any evidence of shyness or over exuberance and should not be pulling at the lead.  Throughout this Test the handler may encourage, praise or talk to the dog. 

Test 10                  REACTION TO ANOTHER DOG

This Test is to demonstrate the proper behaviour in the presence of other dogs.  Starting at a distance of ten (10) metres from each other, two handlers walk towards each other, meet, stop, shake hands, exchange a few words and continue for about five (5) metres.  The dogs should demonstrate only casual interest.  Neither dog should go to the other dog or handler.

Test 11                  LIE DOWN AND STAY TO COMMAND

This Test is to demonstrate that the dog has some training and will respond to the handler’s commands.  Taking reasonable time, the handler commands the dog first to “sit” and then to “lie down”, using as many commands as he likes.  He must not force the dog into position.  The “stay” command is then given and the handler walks about seven (7) metres from the dog and returns at a natural walking pace to the dog, which must maintain its position until the handler returns and the Evaluator gives permission for the dog to move.

Test 12                  REACTION TO DISTRACTIONS

  • This Test is to demonstrate the dog is confident at all times when facing a distraction.  The Evaluator must select two (2) of the following for this Test (they need not be the same for each dog).
  • Simulation of a handicapped person with crutches, a walker or a wheelchair (manual or motorised).
  • Sudden opening or closing of a door or solid gate.
  • Dropping a large book or similar object behind the dog but no closer than three (3) metres.
  • A jogger passing in front of the dog.
  • Good natured pushing or shoving or animated talk, excited talk and back slapping by people, with the dog and handler passing within three (3) metres.
  • Someone pushing a pram, or shopping cart from the front or rear and passing within two (2) metres of the dog and handler.
  • A cyclist passing in front or from the rear within two (2) metres of the dog and handler.
  • The dog may express natural curiosity and interest and may startle, but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness or bark.

Test 13                  SUPERVISED ISOLATION

This Test is to demonstrate a dog can be left alone if necessary, whilst maintaining its training and good manners.  Evaluators are encouraged to say something like “would you like me to watch your dog while you make your call?”, both to add a touch of reality and to accentuate the fact that leaving a dog tied up and unsupervised is not condoned.  The dog will be attached to a two (2) metre line.  It does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, howl, pace unnecessarily or show any behaviour with a mild agitation or nervousness.

NB. Tests 12 & 13 may be conducted in a group.


Once all the Tests have been completed and marked “Passed” and signed off, the Club or organising body will issue the dog with a rosette and a numbered KUSA Canine Good Citizen Certificate and return their copy of the completed Test sheet to KUSA for record keeping.


A participating Club or organising body have complete discretion as to decide whether to charge fees for participation and to decide on the amount to charge.


Available for purchase from the KUSA office at the prescribed fee.

Each pack is made up of a set consisting of the Code of Practice & Information booklet, two (2) Test Sheets, a Rosette and an award Certificate that is numbered.

Emphasis must be placed on the ability of the owner to handle, care for and generally be responsible for the dog.


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October 2021