Newcomers

General information

Any breed of dog, including crossbreeds, is eligible for training.  They can start as soon as puppy vaccinations are complete (at around 3 months), and older dogs are very welcome too.  If you are new to TADTC and have any questions about classes or how training could benefit you and your dog that are not answered below, please send a query to tadtc@yahoo.co.nz

For the safety and enjoyment of everyone taking part, we do have a policy on dangerous dogs – in very rare circumstances an owner may be referred to private training if their dog is displaying aggression during classes.  Please contact us using the email adress tadtc@yahoo.co.nz if you are concerned about your dog displaying aggressive or dominating behaviour, and we’ll happily discuss your options with you.

Enrolling in a class

Once you’ve decided you would like to enrol with TADTC, download the Enrolment form 2019. Please complete and return the enrolment form to the address on it promptly, as this helps us with class planning.  In addition, numbers that can be accommodated on any course are limited – a late enrolment may mean you are listed for a later term.

Training venues

We train at two different venues throughout the year.  In the summer months (terms 1 and 5) we train at the Manawatu Canine Centre grounds in Ashhurst.  In the winter months (terms 2, 3 and 4) we train at our club grounds in Longburn.  Go to Maps to see where these two training venues are.  2018 term dates are listed on our Calendar.

Our training philosophy

We train using the principles of behaviour modification described by behavioural psychologists.  Simply put, these principles state that your dog’s behaviour is influenced by the consequences of its actions.  So, your dog is more likely to repeat a desired behaviour if it receives a reward such as a tasty treat or a fun game (reinforcement), and less likely to repeat a behaviour if ignored or punished (punishment).  Research has shown that reinforcement is much more effective in training as your dog learns what you want him or her to do, whereas punishment does not help it learn what the correct behaviour is that you want.  We therefore teach owners to use a range of  techniques that focus on positive reinforcement and consistency of consequences.

Most dogs respond to food or toy rewards.  As coming to training is a very exciting experience, particularly for dogs in the basic class, you need to find a treat that is extra special and helps your dog stay focussed on you.

FOOD: Very few dogs care for the same food they eat at home when they come to club, so you might like to consider left-over chunks of roast meat, raw mince, sausages, or cheese. Each treat portion only needs to be very small – just enough to give your dog a taste without having to stop and chew the food.  Moist food is best for training as it is much easier for the dog to swallow, so we recommend you do not use store-bought dog treats or biscuits.

TOYS: If your dog has a strong play drive, you can use this to your advantage in training. Pick a toy that is easy for you to carry as you train – please do not use a noisy or squeaky toy that will distract the other dogs.  Keep this toy hidden at home, and only bring it out for training, and make sure that you control when play time starts and finishes.

While only one family member can handle your dog in classes at any one time, you are welcome to swap who handles the dog on different nights, and of course other family members can watch and listen each night.  Please note that we do have a minimum age for child handlers for safety reasons – only children aged 12 years and above are permitted to handle dogs in classes.

Training Fees for 2018 (per eight week term)

  • Junior Class $60.00
  • Basic Obedience $60.00
  • Intermediate Obedience $50.00
  • Canine Good Citizen first term $50.00 ($30 for subsequent terms; NZKC assessment fee additional)
  • Competition Obedience (when available) $30.00
  • Rally Obedience (when available) $30.00
  • Annual Membership $20.00 per year

Prices current as at 24 December 2016 – subject to change at any time for subsequent terms.

The first night of term

We ask that you leave your puppies/dogs at home on the first night of each new term (except those in competition training).  This is so we can get the administrative tasks completed quickly (such as confirming you are there, sighting the dog’s vaccination certificate from the vet, and collecting enrolment fees if not pre-paid).  Then you are split into groups, based on the size and age of your dog, and you 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.

Assessment

Each class is assessed at the end of the term by someone other than your instructor.  The testing is usually done on the final night of 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.

Continuing with obedience training

At TADTC, we offer much more than basic puppy obedience.  Once you pass the basic course, you will be invited to enrol in our intermediate obedience training class.  Intermediate obedience will build upon the training from basic so you have even better control over your dog, and prepare you for the new nationwide obedience programme called Canine Good Citizen (CGC) developed by the New Zealand Kennel Club.  CGC will help you to have a perfectly well-mannered companion, and some City and District Councils may offer you a discount on your annual dog registration fee if you complete the CGC levels.  Find out more about our other classes here.

Other questions?

For further information, download our TADTC Owner’s Handbook. If this page has not answered all your questions, please use the email tadtc@yahoo.co.nz .

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