Our Training

Times & What to Bring

Training takes place on Sunday mornings, 9:30am for Beginners and 10am for Classes 1-4. New members can sign up anytime through the year and will be sent a link to an introduction video which must be watched before attending the first class. Along with your dog, you will need to have proof of current vaccinations, a leash and collar, a bowl and water. It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing with suitable footwear, for your own safety. No thongs or sandals. Children under the age of 12 years cannot become members to train dogs, it is recommended that the parent/guardian learn at the club and teach the child at home.


Training Cancelled

Our training year runs most Sundays between February and November however we do not run on Public Holiday weekends or if the forecast for the Sunday is 34°C or above. We also cancel class when our volunteer instructors are all away at obedience competitions. Please see our Calendar for further information.


How Training is Conducted

Gentle training methods are taught and cruelty is not tolerated. Training is conducted in a quiet and friendly atmosphere.Most instruction is in small classes with owner and dog being trained together as a team. Individual tuition is provided if needed. Owners and dogs progress through the classes by constant evaluation from class 1 to class 5.Owners usually find that the social interaction for the dogs and themselves is a great help in their training.


Training Your Dog

What do you want from training your dog? The vast majority of people want their dogs to at least learn basic obedience, so the dog knows how to walk properly at heel, to sit, stay, lie down and, most importantly, to come when called.For people who want to advance further than this in order to compete in obedience trials or in the show ring - special training is available.

Can all dogs be trained? All dogs, whether pure breeds or cross breeds can benefit from dog obedience training. Both adult dogs and puppies are trained. Puppies even as young as twelve weeks are welcome. Although puppies of that age learn a lot, the owners learn a tremendous amount. When people get a puppy, it is essential that the new owners learn not only what to do, but also what NOT to do whilst rearing and training the young dog so it gets the excellent start in life it deserves.

Problems can arise. It is widely accepted, the problems nearly always lie with the owners and not so much with the dogs!What ever the problems are, owners are shown how and why these difficulties have developed, and they are shown how to correct or how to handle these problems.

 

Practice makes Perfect!

How quickly will my dog learn? This is like asking how long is a piece of string!In general, younger dogs pick up things, both good and bad, quicker than older dogs. This doesn’t mean that older dogs can’t learn, it just means it takes a little longer.The major factor is just how much practice the owner does with the dog EVERY day.

How much practice do we need to do? The club asks that owners commit ten minutes a day, every day, to practice the exercises taught at the club.This is really not a huge amount of time, but without this practice, the dog will not progress as quickly as others that do put in the time.