The Beginner Dog Class

A well trained, socialized dog is a joy to live with. Training helps you and your dog to
communicate, ensuring that it becomes a well-behaved family pet.

The Beginner class is aimed at dogs that are over 6 months to the more mature dog. This is a five week
course which is held for one hour on a weekly basis designed to teach the dog's owner to become a dog
handler of the future. So if your dog pulls on the leash, jumps up at people, or pretends to be deaf when
distracted then this just might the is class for you both.

I feel that this course is an ideal introduction to dog training for owners with older dogs that may not have
had much training in the past. It is suitable for rescue dogs, or owners who need to introduce more control
as their dog is growing stronger in both mind and body. During the classes you and your dog will learn to
work together as a team. It is a fun class with some very practical exercises to be practised in class and
reinforced at home. We will help you teach skills that will prevent the dog from practising any unwanted
behaviour. These will ultimately give you more control and develop a better relationship between you and
your dog.

By the end of the course you and your dog should be able to compete the following:

- Have a stranger approach and shake your hand or pass you an article with your dog remaining calm in a stand
or sit position

- Your dog should accept a gentle stroke by a stranger while you are standing or sitting next to your dog

- Permit a stranger to examine ears, teeth, eyes and the front feet of your dog

-Walk on a loose leash past distractions

-Walk around people and dogs in a calm manner

-Walk calmly through a door or gate

-Sit, down and stand on command

-To "Sit Stay" when asked

-To return when called

Some people debate whether or not it is possible to teach the older dog obedience or new tricks. The
answer to this is an unequivocal YES. Whatever the age of your dog, the right time to begin training
is right now! The most important time in your dog's life is this moment in time right now