Classes and fees

General information for all classes

Online pre-enrolment for all classes is required to ensure a spot for you and your dog. Domestic obedience classes start at 6 or 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 slip 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, a copy is available to view at the bottom of this page. 

Junior Class

This is a nine-week course for puppies UNDER six months with no prior training (except Puppy Preschool where this was attended).

The course covers common puppy behaviours/traits, teaching bite inhibition, socialisation, appropriate play, handling your puppy, suitable treats and much more.

Basic Obedience

This is a nine-week course for dogs OVER six months with no prior training (except Junior Class / Puppy Preschool where this was attended).

During the course you will be shown how to 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 are having.  Emphasis will be on socialising your dog with people and other dogs, to prevent displays of fear or aggression, as well as obedience.

Basic Obedience Class, Summer 2007

Intermediate Obedience

After you have passed the basic course, we recommend you enrol in the intermediate obedience course to further develop the skills learned in basic.

Intermediate Obedience Class, Summer 2007

Competition Obedience

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. 

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

This is a national certification programme, consisting of four testing levels, developed and administered by the New Zealand Kennel Club.  You can enrol your dog in CGC classes after they have passed Basic and Intermediate obedience, but cannot actually sit the tests until he or she is at least 12 months old.  You do not need to be a member of the NZKC to participate.

Canine Good Citizen Class practising their ’stay’ command


This dog sport is recognised by the New Zealand Kennel club 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 an instructor at club or email us to find out more about rally-o.

Scent work

Scent work (or Nose work) is a relatively new discipline in NZ. DogsNZ are now running Scent Work trials as do SSANZ (Scent Sport Association NZ). Scent work involves dogs locating an odour in a variety of environments, communicating the location to their handler, who then informs the judge where they think the odour is located. So it is very much a team exercise where the dog and the handler work together to understand each other. 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!


Classes are taught by members of the club on a voluntary basis.  Training fees cover the costs of running the club and classes.  The club members who teach know what they’re doing, as they compete with their own dogs in Obedience, Rally-O, Agility, Working Trials, Sledding, Conformation, and Paws ‘N Music competitions!  Find out what competitions are coming up in the Calendar section; also check out the News & Results section, where you can read about our club members’ latest show successes in our newsletter.

Training Fees for 2023 (per nine-week term)

  • Compulsory membership fee* – $10 per term**
  • Training fees for domestic obedience classes – $70
  • Training fees for all*** advanced classes (excluding scent work and Advanced Competition Class) – $70
  • Training fees for scent work classes – $35
  • Training fees for Advanced Competition Class (fortnightly) – $35
*Instructors and committee members pay the Annual Membership fee of $40 at the beginning of the year. 
**The membership fee is for people, not dogs, so if you plan to train more than one dog, you WILL NOT need to pay an additional membership fee for the second or third dog.
***Training fees for CGC DO NOT include CGC assessment and Certificate fees.
Committee & Instructor training fees:

Committee Members:

  • Get 1 class per term for 1 dog that they are handling free of charge for the whole year while on the Committee.


  • For each term instructed, the instructors will get 1 class with 1 dog per class instructed free of charge. If the instructor taught 2 classes, they are entitled to train 2 dogs or have their dog take 2 different classes free of charge.
  • This concession can be used for the current term instructed or the term immediately following.

Committee members who are also instructors are eligible for both the Committee training fee and Instructor training fee criteria. 

Pre-enrolment and payment are required for all classes

Prices are current as of 1st January 2023 and are subject to change for any subsequent term.

For further information

See the Calendar for 2023 term dates.