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Undergoing an obedience course with your dog can give you:

A dog that pays attention to what you ask of them even

with distraction

A better understanding of how your dog thinks

How you can help your dog to "get it right"

Continuing socialisation with other dogs and people

A sound and relatively short investment for the years

ahead

Support and guidance through your dog's adolescence

What exactly is covered in these classes?

Each grade of obedience has been carefully designed to pay attention to the things that matter, while still ensuring that classes

are fun and enjoyable. In the starter grade, Elementary Obedience, our focus is on loose lead walking. As the dogs progress

through the grades we add other exercises such as the retrieve, long distance stays, send-aways, distance control and scent

discrimination.

Click on the photos below to take a look below at the different exercises per grade.

What Type Of Training Methods Are Used? Although we train to competition standards, we will not damage the owner-dog bond for the sake of competition perfection. Our overriding aim is to train your dog to love his work through positive reinforcement. We do not use compulsive techniques or check chains as our standard approach. Compulsive techniques may sometimes be used, but only as a last resort and only under the direct supervision of an instructor and only in particular cases as required for socially unacceptable behaviour (lunging or aggression in the confirmed absence of external triggering cues). Pinch or shock collars are not permitted under any circumstances. Seriously, we’ll loose our cool and get all potty-mouth - nobody wants to see that. A typical Elementary Obedience class in action, using our unique circular training pattern which has shown to be most effective in terms of harnessing attention and creating a calm atmosphere. Is There A Test At The End Of A Course? Roger that. At the end of the course gradings are held. Dogs need to achieve over 90% to move into the next obedience grade. Handlers are welcome to repeat a grade and there is no pressure to be graded if the handler does not wish to be graded. Nobody likes to be tested, but the gradings give us all a goal to work towards. What Is Required For Classes? All dogs must be healthy and up to date on vaccinations, deworming and tick and flea control. The dog should be wearing a normal flat collar and on a webbing lead (approx. 1.2m). Treats and toys are advised. Booking is essential. If your dog hasn't attended one of our puppy schools we'll need to do an assessment first to ensure that our classes can deliver what you're looking for. Puppies that have attended our puppy classes automatically have a slot reserved for them in the next available obedience course. Is There Anything  Obedience Classes Can't Address? Most definitely! Before enrolling your dog into any obedience classes please note that there are various components involved. There is the type of "training" that solves behavioural problems and there is the type of training that teaches dogs responses to verbal and physical cues i.e. obedience training. It is possible to have a dog that obeys all his obedience commands perfectly, yet digs craters in the garden and chews up the washing on the line! Obedience training on its own will not solve a behavioural problem. If an instructor tells you this they are either lying to make a quick buck or they do not understand the difference between obedience training and behaviour modification. Resolution of problem behaviour requires in-depth assistance from an experience and qualified animal behaviourist. If you're not sure give us a shout and we'll answer your questions. At What Level Is My Dog Considered To Be "Trained"? Well of course you can carry on training your dog indefinitely, but for domestic obedience purposes we suggest completing the Elementary Beginner and then undergoing the 3 month Canine Good Citizen Bronze  course. Sounds Groovy. Where Do We Start? The starting block is Elementary Beginner, which is a 2 - 3 month course offered at all of our branches. Please remember that if you dog did not attend puppy classes with us we will need to do an assessment to ascertain what level of training will best serve your objectives. Plus it’s just really nice to get to know you and your dog before we start classes!
Obedience Training
Honeydew Classes: Saturday mornings or Thursday evenings 14 Cypress Road, Zonnehoewe, Honeydew Request details... or call 082 565- 6160
Midstream Classes: Saturday afternoons Midstream Methodist Church (corner of Chorges & Madeleine Street), Olifantsfontein, Centurion Request details... or call 082 565- 6160
Camp Delta Classes: Saturday afternoons Camp Delta at Delta Park (entrance off Craighall Road), Craighall Request details... or call 082 565- 6160
The Reeds Classes: Saturday mornings Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - The Reeds, 42 Sacharia Street, The Reeds, Centurion Request details... or call 064 881- 6588
Have a look below at which of our Elementary Obedience groups is most convenient for you ...
Groenkloof Classes: Saturday afternoons Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk NG Kerk Groenkloof 75 Van Wouw St, Pretoria Request details... or call 064 881- 6588
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