Dog Training & Socialising

- Older Pups & Adults

Course in Basic Obedience Training

For dogs older than 3½ months with very little or no previous training experience.


The Course introduces your dog to basic obedience exercises such as sit, down, stay, come, roll-over, stand, etc. Your dog will also learn how to walk nicely next to you on a slack leash. This 6 week Course introduces your dog to basic obedience exercises such as sit, down, stay and come as well as how to stay at your side on a slack leash. Your dog will also learn how to settle down after play (encouraging relaxed behaviour) and give you his undivided attention. These classes will strengthen the bond between you and your dog through positive reinforcement training, mutual understanding and respect.

You will learn how to teach your dog anything using reward based training and how to apply what you have learned in class in practical ways at home. We will also address your dog’s basic needs, breed specifics and body language as well as jumping up, leash pulling and boisterous behaviour. Additionally we will discuss ways to prevent the development of problem behaviour, getting through the rebellious teenager stage and working towards a lasting and enjoyable future together. You will receive extensive notes on everything taught and discussed during the course.


The Course also includes:

  1.     An introduction to agility obstacles and the Play Group (an open social class for friendly dogs)

  2.     Supervised interaction with other dogs and people


Please note: If your dog struggles in a group class or behaves uncontrollably private lessons will be recommended.


A VERY IMPORTANT FACT TO CONSIDER: It is vital to continue with your dog's training. Implement what he has learned in the Basic Obedience Course in everyday situations in and outside his home environment.


THE INTERMEDIATE OBEDIENCE COURSE Taking foundation skills to the next level


After you have completed the Course in Basic Obedience this will be your next step in further developing the reliable and trusting relationship between you and your dog with exercises to:


  1.     Build on your dog’s focus, stays, and recalls with distraction, duration, distance, and games

  2.     Improve impulse control with default sits and focus

  3.     Settle down after play

  4.     Basic heel work

  5.     Prepare for the Canine Good Citizen Bronze certificate


Requirements to qualify for the Intermediate Obedience Course:


  1.     Your dog must be tolerant towards unfamiliar dogs. Unfortunately this course cannot accommodate aggressive dogs that are barking and lunging excessively at other dogs. You are welcome to contact me to discuss this requirement in further detail

  2.     Your dog must have completed the Course in Basic Obedience


Private Training Lessons

These lessons are available for fearful and/or reactive dogs that are not comfortable around strange people and/or dogs. It is also useful for dogs with only one or two issues such as leash pulling or not coming when called, as well as for people with demanding schedules. We can arrange for these one-on-one sessions to be either at the training grounds or at your home.


Very important! Unless your dog is very aggressive towards people/dogs, I strongly recommend that you consider participating in a group class to train your dog. This helps your dog to develop coping skills while interacting with other dogs and people. It also helps you to learn how to control your dog in situations where there are distractions.


However - if your dog struggles in a group class or behaves uncontrollably private lessons will be recommended.


Please go to the Course Details page for dates, times and other information regarding the Intermediate Obedience Course.



THE FUN CLASS


This is an ongoing class happening every second week for dogs that have completed the basic and intermediate courses in obedience with the aim to maintain the compliance developed in the first two courses. These classes will build on and maintain your dog’s focus, stays, and recalls with distraction, duration, distance, and games.


Requirements to qualify for the Fun Class:

  1.     Your dog must be tolerant towards unfamiliar dogs. Unfortunately this course cannot accommodate aggressive dogs that are barking and lunging excessively at other dogs. You are welcome to contact me to discuss this requirement in further detail

  2.     Your dog must have completed the Puppy PlaySchool Course OR the Course in Basic Obedience, as well as the Intermediate Obedience Course

Please go to the Course Details page for dates, times and other information regarding the Fun Class.