Please, refer to the list of frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered, please, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How old do the dogs have to be to join your classes?
The dog should be at least three months old and have finished their vaccinations. Your vet may recommend that they do not attend classes until a week or two after their final puppy vaccination, so check with them.
Q: Do you take older dogs in your classes?
We take all dogs over the age of three months that are fully vaccinated. No dog is too old. Old dogs can learn new tricks!
Q: We have just got a new puppy. Can we join your next class?
We do not take puppies under three months, or those that are not fully vaccinated. We recommend that younger puppies attend a specialized “puppy preschool”. Check with your vet to see if they run one.
Q: My dog might come into season during the class. Can she still attend classes?
In-season bitches cannot attend the class as it would be too disruptive. However, if she comes into season after you have booked and paid for a place for her, or after the class has started, you can attend the class next term free of charge.
Q: My dog is aggressive towards other dogs. Can we join your class?
Reactive dogs are stressed and cannot learn, and may also upset the other handlers and dogs. If your dog is very reactive, a class is not the right place for it. You need to find a trainer who will work with your dog individually – we do not offer one-on-one training because we do not have the resources.
Q: Do dogs get to play off-lead in your classes? My dog needs socializing.
We do not allow dogs to play in class. They are there to learn. The best form of socialising for dogs is to learn to be well-mannered in public – i.e. not expecting to be able to play with any dog it sees whenever it feels like it but to ignore things/people/dogs that are none of its business.
Q: Can both my partner & I take the dog to class?
Yes, but only if one handler takes the dog at a time. This means that you have the lead, the treats, and tell the dog what to do. Your partner should stand well back and not try & tell the dog or you what to do.
Q: Can my 10-year-old bring the dog to class?
No, children must be 12 years or older to handle dogs in class.
Q: Do you offer one-on-one training?
No one-on-one training is not offered.
Q: I have some cold/flu-like symptoms, can I still come to class?
If you are sick, please stay at home. We do recommend that you contact your instructor to let them know that you are not coming to class.
Q: I think that my dog may have kennel cough, can I still bring him to class?
No, please stay at home and contact your vet. Kennel cough is highly contagious and is especially dangerous for puppies, so consider the safety of other dogs and stay at home. It would be a good idea to warn your instructor too.
Q: Do you have classes during the day?
Domestic obedience classes (Junior, Basic & Intermediate) are only held on Tuesday evenings.
Q: My dog is really naughty. She’s not at all aggressive to dogs or people, but she pulls on the lead, jumps on people, and won’t come when she is called. I am too embarrassed to bring her to a class.
No problem. I’m sure we’ve seen worse. We are quite happy to instruct “naughty but nice” dogs.
Q: My dog is people-aggressive. Can it come to class?
The safety of instructors, clients, and their dogs is paramount. Therefore, we cannot have people-aggressive dogs in class. You need to take your dog to a professional handler with experience in rehabilitating dogs like this.
Q: Do your instructors train the dogs?
No. They instruct you on how to do the training. Initially, you will need to practice every day. It gets easier, but training a dog is a lifetime (of the dog) commitment – they will always need “refreshers” of what they have learned. It’s a bit like having children – they always need to brush up on something!
Q: How much are the classes?
Training Fees for 2023 (per a 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
- For special conditions for instructors and Committee members please check the Classes and fees page.
Q: Where are the classes held?
During Terms 1 and 4, the classes are held on the grounds of the Manawatu Canine Centre in Ashhurst. In Terms 2 and 3, we train in Longburn. Please check the Maps for the exact locations.
Q: How do I enroll?
To enroll, you need to complete the application form first. The dates for applications are announced on our FB page and on this website, and the application form is only open for a limited period of time. You will need to be in quick because spaces are limited.
Q: I completed the application form, what happens now?
We will send you an email advising on the status of your application and payment instructions (if you got a spot in a class) within the next few days after you applied.
Q: I applied two weeks ago, but haven’t received an email, what do I do?
First, ensure that you didn’t miss our email. Check your Inbox, Spam, and (for Gmail accounts) Promotions folders. Search for emails from email@example.com. If you are sure it’s not there, send a message to us on FB. Make sure you mention the name you used on the application form.
Q: I don’t know the registration number of my dog (or I haven’t registered my puppy yet), can I still complete the application form?
Yes, you can still complete the application form, just explain why can’t provide it at the time of application. However, remember that your dog needs to be registered with PNCC by the time the classes begin. Unregistered dogs will not be allowed to train.
Q: What should I bring on the first night of the term?
You will need to bring your dog’s vaccination certificate. If you were not able to provide your dog’s council registration number at the time of application, you will need to bring proof of that (collar tag or receipt of payment). The first night of the term is the induction night, where you will meet with your instructor and learn about what to expect from the course. There is no class this night, so please DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG – but DO BRING VACCINATION DETAILS.
Q: What should I bring to class?
The instructor will explain everything at the induction night, but here’s a typical list.
Bring lots of small, delicious, soft treats for your dog (such as cheese or skinless sausage) that can be eaten quickly without the dog choking on them – excited dogs often forget to chew! Chunkies or Possyum are a great choice and are available in your supermarket. Aim for small pieces – treat quantity is more important to your dog than treat size.
Having a treat pouch (one that attaches around your waist or clips onto a belt) is a good idea but if you prefer to have a small container with treats instead, that’s fine too.
If your dog is not food-motivated, bring a tug or toy for your dog (NOT squeaky please as this distracts other peoples’ dogs).
A suitable leash and collar. NO choke chains or retractable leads.
Poo bags for cleaning up after your dog.
Also, make sure you wear suitable clothing for training – clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty, and closed-toe shoes.