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Competing in Pre-Beginners Stakes (YKC)

The stakes test is a combination of the current GCDS exercises and the Pre-Beginner Obedience test. Dogs must have obtained their Bronze Award.

The exercises featured in this special class will be a combination of the Good citizen Bronze Award and the Pre-Beginner class.

This test will serve as an introduction to basic competitive obedience and handlers will be encouraged to motivate their dog throughout the test. 

The YKC winners at each heat will be awarded a rosette and gain points towards a place in the YKC Crufts final. All members’ points will be added to a score table.

The highest scoring members in each age group will then be invited to enter the competition.

Click for GCDS Pre Beginners heats

Who can take part?

All YKC members can take part in the following age categories; under 12s, over 12s and over 18s. To be eligible to compete your dog must be:

  • Registered on a Kennel Club register, and at least 6 months of age or older.

  • Have achieved their Bronze GCDS Award prior to entering.

  • Have not won a standard G reg pre-beginners class, or been placed third or above in any other class (introductory accepted). 

Where can you take part?

“Don’t be put off by the term ‘Obedience’, it is an enjoyable sport which encourages a dog’s natural drives and instincts, and shows what a great partnership you and your dog have.”

The GCDS runs heats at open and championship obedience shows, which are spread throughout the UK.

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