Puppy and Obedience Instructor Courses
Designed with specific attention on the
unique requirements of the South African dog and handler.
The South African dog and handler are vastly different to their American and
European counterparts – this course adopts a tailor-made approach based on our
comprehensive experience in the South African arena.
Theory lectures and practicals.
This course includes lectures on canine behavioural development, basic canine
behaviour, learning theory, teaching of exercises, and essentials of running
classes as well as practical sessions illustrating the above.
Highly experienced tutoring.
The course is modeled on the very successful McKaynine Training Centre system
(over 2 000 puppy and 3 000 beginner obedience enrolments) and is operated by
one of the country’s leading specialists with experience in many different
aspects of dog training. Many other training establishments have sent their
instructors to us for training and the course has been
offered every single year since 2002.
Opportunity for self-employment or hobby classes. After successful completion of
this course, delegates will have much of the knowledge required to run and
manage their own puppy or obedience classes. In some cases we do suggest
additional hands-on experience prior to offering classes to the public.
There are a total of eight modules, which include theory lectures and
practicals. The first six modules are designed specifically for puppy training,
while the last two models focus on the training of the older dog.
The course is offered in Gauteng and other
regions in South Africa
contingent on a minimum number of bookings. If delegates are unable to attend a
particular module in their region they are welcome to attend that module in
another region, but are kindly requested to inform us in advance.
Course Concept & Level Of Difficulty
courses are not based on regurgitating facts, but aim to empower delegates and
encourage independent thought within a proven framework. If you are looking for
a course where you simply repeat facts and the presenter’s interpretation of
theories then this is not the course for you. This course encourages intelligent
debate and delegates are invited to argue different viewpoints.
courses are not easy and delegates will be placed under pressure. The course is
not exceptionally time-consuming, but the standards are very high and your
commitment will be essential to achieve the best results.
experience we have found that delegates under the age of 25 have found the
course too demanding, so this is a consideration worth bearing in mind if
applicable. The course is tough and the standards high, but the experience and
knowledge gained will be well worth it.
note that for people who have never formally trained a dog/s before, it is
highly recommended that they gain additional hands-on practical experience.
Assistance in this regard can be requested. This is not a course requirement but
it is advised in order to give the delegate a better understanding of the
Accreditation & Certification
present there is no professional accreditation criterion for puppy trainers or
obedience instructors in South Africa, so the course cannot be accredited or recognised as such. This applies to all such similar courses being offered in
Canine Culture courses are however recommended by the Animal Behaviour
Consultants of SA (the only South African body to accredit animal behaviour
consultants). The courses are also under review with the SA Veterinary Council
for CPD programme accreditation.
Spaces are limited and will be handled on a “first come, first served” basis.
Conversely all courses are contingent on a minimum number of bookings being
received. If you would like further information, please contact Belinda Thomas
on 082 565-6160 or email