Classes and Enrolments
Online pre-enrolment for all classes is required to ensure a spot for you and your dog. Classes start at 7pm on Tuesday nights during term time, unless you are notified otherwise. For classes, wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes, and carry rain gear as we train whatever the weather. Your dog should have a plain collar or a safe check chain (not a choke chain), and a webbing or leather lead at least one metre long (please do not bring a chain lead). Always make sure that you carry a plastic bag to clean up after your dog if necessary. Please make sure you are familiar with our club rules
The First Night Of The Term
We ask that you leave your puppies/dogs at home on the first night of each new term (except those in Rally-O, CGC, Scent or Competition training). This is so we can get the administrative tasks completed quickly (such as confirming you are there, sighting the dog’s vaccination and certificate from the vet). Then you are split into groups based on the classes the dogs have been allocated to. You will get to meet your instructor and find out a little more about what will happen during the term – all without being distracted by your dog.
Each class is assessed at the end of the term by your instructor. The testing is usually done on the final night of the term. However, if you have made good progress during the first few weeks of classes, your instructor may arrange to have your assessment conducted earlier, rather than on the final night. If you do pass the test in an earlier week, we will provide you with some new exercises to teach your dog.
Domestic Obedience Classes
Domestic obedience classes are aimed at helping your dog develop the basic obedience skills that every dog should have. These include developing good manners when being around other dogs, in public places, and visiting a vet. You will learn how to communicate with your dog so that she/he knows what you want and how to prevent and/or deal with undesirable behaviours. All domestic obedience courses go over the period of nine weeks.
This is a course for puppies UNDER six months with no prior training (except Puppy Preschool if this was attended).
This is a course for dogs OVER six months with no or limited prior training (e.g. Puppy Preschool).
In this course, you will teach your dog to walk nicely on a lead, to sit and lie down on command, and to come when called. Advice on general dog care and training will be given, as well as assistance with any particular problems you have. In this basic obedience course, emphasis will be put on socialising your dog with people and dogs to prevent displays of fear or aggression.
Basic level skills are taken to a new level with much higher expectations from the dog and the handler. Mastering domestic obedience skills at this level also prepares you and your dog for advanced training options should you decide to continue your training journey with your dog.
Advanced Obedience Classes
If you have mastered the basic skills, but feel like you and your dog will benefit from further training, consider joining one of our advanced classes. You will further solidify the skills you have developed and will create an amazing bond with your dog.
If you are interested in expanding your dog’s obedience skills and are interested in trying something that will challenge both you and your pooch, this is a class for you.
Training is fun, and your dog will learn to follow your every move: forward, sideways, around in circles, or backward. If you are not thinking of competing, don’t let the name Competition deter you. This class will encourage your dog to exercise its brain and will also equip you with very useful skills.
Scent work (or Nose work) is a relatively new discipline in NZ where the dog is trained to identify the location of the target odour. It is a fun sport to try even if you are not planning to compete. A great benefit of this sport is that it is suitable for dogs of any age. You will build a strong bond with your dog too, and we can guarantee that your pooch will love it!
This dog sport is recognised by Dogs New Zealand and competitions are held throughout the year at different dog clubs.
A fun way to use and improve skills learnt in the intermediate class in new and sometimes challenging ways. Please ask your instructor at the Club or email us to find out more about Rally-o.
If you have completed the Intermediate level, but are not sure which direction to go next, consider joining the Social class. You will have an opportunity to learn what each of the dog sports involves through doing taster sessions.
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- Scent Work Class (fortnightly)
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