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.

What areas are the classes in?

Starter grades and Canine Good Citizen are offered at all our branches - servicing Johannesburg, Pretoria, Centurion, Sandton,

Roodepoort, Krugersdorp and Randburg.

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. Pinch or shock collars are not permitted under any circumstances. Our training is based on real-life scenarios, so we typically do not arrange classes in straight lines - a circle format is most often used, which helps dogs to become used to the distraction of other dogs and people without making them feel uncomfortable Is There A Test At The End Of A Course? At the end of the course gradings are held. 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. Most people achieve their domestic obedience goals whether or not they ace the grading and this is our primary goal - an improvement in your dog’s behaviour at home. Being the dog nerds that we are, we would obviously love to see everybody continue to advanced obedience, but your needs take preference - we’re happiest if your personal goals are achieved! 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 trying 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. In keeping with our “real world training” philosophy, we use a variety of training aids to help teach dog and owner how to negotiate obstacles. Pictured above is our famous “Heelworx Golf Course” - a series of stations to be completed with some hazards en route. Real life training for real life! 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 three month Canine Good Citizen Bronze course. 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!

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

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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.

What areas are the classes in?

Starter obedience grades and Canine Good Citizen 

are offered at all our branches - servicing

Johannesburg, Pretoria, Centurion, Sandton,

Roodepoort, Krugersdorp and Randburg.

Our training is based on real-life scenarios, so we

typically do not arrange classes in straight lines - a

loose circle format is most often used, which helps

dogs to become used to the distraction of other dogs

and people without making them feel uncomfortable.

We also use platforms in our training to solidy

positional awareness and teach a solid settle

command

What 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. Pinch or shock collars are not permitted under any circumstances. In keeping with our “real world training” philosophy, we use a variety of training aids to help teach dog and owner how to negotiate obstacles. Pictured above is our famous “Heelworx Golf Course” - a series of stations to be completed with some hazards en route. Real life training for real life! Is There A Test At The End Of A Course? At the end of the course gradings are held. 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. Most people achieve their domestic obedience goals whether or not they ace the grading and this is our primary goal - an improvement in your dog’s behaviour at home. Being the dog nerds that we are, we would obviously love to see everybody continue to advanced obedience, but your needs take preference - we’re happiest if your personal goals are achieved! 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 trying 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 three month Canine Good Citizen Bronze course. 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!
Read more about the training below or  tap here to skip ahead for  venue options and enrolment information

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

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