Puppy Class For Pups under 6 months
In this class new owners and puppies are guided very gently through various exercises. You are taught about correct equipment and its proper use and puppies are encouraged to socialise with other puppies and handlers. Early socialisation is all-important to the future development of your dog. This class also introduces basic obedience work that includes teaching puppy to walk on a lead, sit, stand, some turns and to come when called on lead, known as the recall.
Class One - Puppies and Dogs over 6 months
Class One is usually divided into three main areas:
Puppies over 6 months from the Puppy Class
New Puppies over 6 months
New older dogs
Socialisation is still a key factor even for an older dog that may have missed out on being socialised as a puppy and their basic obedience work is similar to the work that is done in Puppy Class. Class one runs for approximately 10-12 weeks and at the end of that time you are ready to be tested for the Beginners Certificate. An Instructor tests each dog individually in a ring. Those who are successful move on to Class Two.
Once you have achieved your Beginners Certificate it’s time to get a little more serious about obedience work. The work you began in Class One will be extended even further. It is up to you to practice during the week. This will ensure that you keep pace with the class. Again, this class runs for approximately 10-12 weeks. Those who are successful move on to Class Two (A).
Class Two (A)
By now most members will have started ‘off lead’ work and you will be really testing the teamwork between you and your dog. The Sit and Down Stays will be longer and you may even be considering Obedience Trials. Keep in mind, not all breeds learn at the same pace, but if your work is consistent, most dogs are capable of achieving the same results. Those who are successful move on to Class Three. Test Guideline Sheets for all Class Levels are available from the Equipment Shop (50 cents).
Class Three basically consists of three areas:
- Our social class enjoys the companionship of fellow class members without taking on the more serious training. You are still required to do some obedience work as well as some fun activities for you and your dog.
- A more structured class offering both trial work and fun activities.
- Trialing class for those who wish to compete at Trials.
Class Four is Open training for those members who have gained their Companion Dog (CD) title and aspire to the Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title.
Class Five is Utility training for those members who have gained their Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title.
Class Six is Utility Dog Excellent training.
Fun activity that both you and your dog can enjoy. Agility is a dog sport where your dog negotiates obstacles on a course including jumps, tunnels and an A-frame. Your dog must be at least 12 months of age, controllable off lead and you must seek written permission from your Class Instructor before you can enter this class.
Flyball is a team sport for dogs. Dogs go over four jumps, retrieve a ball from a box and return over the jumps in a relay race. Your dog must be at least 12 months of age, controllable off lead and you must seek written permission from your Class Instructor before you can enter this class.