Baby Puppies (8 weeks old) begin in Pre-School (4 week course held on Wednesday nights in our specially sterilised hall), before they progress to ‘big dog school’ – Sunday morning Puppy Classes (8 week course). It is during this early period your dog’s main social skills and behaviours are formed.
If your dog has missed Preschool and/or Puppy Class due to its age, don’t panic! It’s never too late to get started, and we have special classes which are specifically designed to catch you up on everything! Depending on your dog’s age, you’ll start in either a Puppy Class or Basic 1. It’s not quite as effective as starting with an 8 week old pup, but it’s the next best thing!
Next, your team will move up to Basic 1 (12 week course). At the end of Basic 1, you and your dog will be assessed (nothing too scary!) and if you are ready, you will progress to Basic 2 (also 12 weeks). If you’re not ready (yet), it’s no big deal! You will be reallocated into another Basic 1 class to get in some more practice before being reassessed with your new class.
Once you pass your Basic 2 assessment and obtain your Basic Obedience Certificate, you may enrol in courses in Agility, Flyball, Rally O or the Advanced Obedience Class. There is definitely something for everyone, so check out all your options, and remember: you can always try them all!
Alternatively you may choose to go into the more relaxed socialisation classes. These are wonderful classes for stabilising your dog and just having an hour of fun activities which enhance the bond between handler and dog and lead to a confident, well behaved and happy dog.
Please click Obedience on the main menu to find out more about our anything-but-boring Obedience Classes!
Please note: The Basic Obedience Certificate is the minimum requirement for Agility, Flyball, Rally-O or Advanced Obedience. As these classes rely heavily on stable teamwork, you may be required to complete further Obedience Classes if your team is not working to the required standard. Age restrictions may also apply for the protection of your dog’s health.