KUSA C.G.C. Silver Level

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

1. Code of Practice & Information booklet – Silver level

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

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

4. CGC Care & Responsibility Section 1 booklet

5. Rosette - Silver

6. Certificate - Silver (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.

Only handlers and dogs that have been awarded a Canine Good Citizen Test (Bronze) Certificate may participate in Canine Good Citizen (Silver) Tests. The Bronze Certificate number must be recorded on the Test Sheet (Silver level). 


1.      This Code of Practice applies to all Kennel Union Affiliated Clubs and any other approved organisation which 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.      Evaluators 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  Canine 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. They 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.  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 SILVER CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED - all the following Tests must have been passed. Dogs may be tested singly or in groups.

Test 1    PLAY WITH DOG.

This is to demonstrate that the dog will play with its handler. Play is an extra dimension to a dog’s life and can be a used to make training fun.  When instructed to do so the handler should commence to play with the dog. Play should be under the handler’s control and if it involves articles the dog should readily give them up. Play should be appropriate to the dog under test but should not include any fighting. Formal retrieves will not be deemed as appropriate play. Note: It is recommended that the Evaluator commence with this test.

Test 2    ROAD WORK.

This is to demonstrate that the dog has the ability to walk on lead under control. This test should be carried out at a suitable outdoor location and an occasional tight lead will be acceptable. The handler and dog should walk along a pavement, execute a turn, and then stop at the kerb where the dog should remain steady and controlled. Having observed the Highway Code, they should proceed to the other side, turn and continue walking. Distractions are incorporated, such as normal passing traffic. Note: The turns are only tests of ability to change direction.


This is to demonstrate that the dog will remain steady when the handler leaves the dog but the dog will rejoin the handler when instructed to do so. Having left the dog and moved approximately 10 paces away, when directed to do so, the handler should call the dog. Having rejoined, the dog should stop close to the handler in any position, the lead shall be replaced. Note: The dog should not rejoin until instructed, but minor anticipation will be acceptable.


This is to demonstrate that the dog will stay on the spot while the handler moves away. The handler should place the dog with the lead attached in any position of their choice. Upon instruction, having quietly dropped the lead, the handler will move a distance of 5 paces away for a period of 2 minutes. Note: This is a test to see if the dog will stay in one place without changing position. Minor movements and slight changes of position are acceptable.


This is to demonstrate that the handler can get the dog in and out of a vehicle in a controlled manner. Without pulling, the dog should be taken on a lead towards a vehicle and remain steady whilst the handler opens the vehicle door. The dog should not attempt to get in until instructed to and should enter willingly. Thereafter , the door should be closed. The handler, Evaluator and, if necessary, a driver will get into the vehicle. The engine should be started and run for a short time to enable the Evaluator to assess the effect upon the dog which at all times should remain quiet, relaxed, and under control. The dog will then be instructed to exit in an orderly manner. The handler should then close the door and leave the vehicle with the dog calmly under control. Note: Only dogs that are physically able should be invited to jump into the vehicle. Where appropriate, dogs may be lifted in and out of the vehicle.


This is to demonstrate that the handler has control over the dog when there are distractions. The handler should take the dog, on lead, to a gathering of people with dogs also on lead. When instructed to do so, the lead should be removed and the handler should walk or run away calling the dog, which should return without delay and be placed on the lead.  Note: Dogs of an unruly nature should not take part in this test or be part of the group


This is to demonstrate that the dog will not jump up at visitors etc, The Evaluator, or helper, will greet the dog as might be done when entering a house. During this greeting, should the dog jump up, the handler must be able to make the dog cease doing so. Note: The examiner should not incite the dog to jump up; a dog that does not jump up will pass. A dog showing poor temperament will not pass.

Test 8     FOOD MANNERS.

This is to demonstrate that the dog has good manners when aware of peoples’ food. Food should be handled or consumed while the dog, on a loose lead, is taken in close proximity to it. The dog should not unduly respond to this temptation (i.e. not to beg for food or steal). Note: The Evaluator should be satisfied that the dog has been taken close enough to the food to be aware of it.


This is to demonstrate that the dog will allow inspection by a stranger as might be undertaken by a veterinary surgeon. The dog on lead will be required to be placed for inspection of mouth, throat, eyes, ears, and feet when standing, sitting or lying down as required. Other than mild avoidance the dog should allow inspection without concern. Note: It is the responsibility of the training officials/ evaluator to ensure that only suitable dogs take this test.



This is to demonstrate that the handler has a good understanding of the responsibility required to care for their dog and the responsibility with regards to their neighbors and community. The handler will be asked questions by the Evaluator from Section 1 of the non scheduled document titled “Care and Responsibility”.  The questions should not be phrased in an ambiguous manner and where necessary, examiners should rephrase the same question in an attempt to bring out the correct answer from the handler. Note: The handler should be able to give six out of ten correct answers from the Care and Responsibility Document Section 1.  


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, the KUSA Code of Ethics, CGC Care & Responsibility Document, a Rosette and an award Certificate that is numbered. 


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October 2021