We have four levels of obedience classes, Beginners, Novice and Intermediate and Advanced, and we offer a Confident Puppy Course.
Beginner, Novice and Intermediate / Advanced courses run for a set period of 6 weeks. At the end of this course should you want to progress further, we have a standard passing out test. This is to keep the more advanced classes at a similar level of progress. Puppy School courses run for 4 weeks.
If you are doing Beginners for the second time, the instructor will also monitor your progress and test you as soon as you are ready.
We must stress that the Beginners class is a “train the owner on how to train the dog”. Many people feel that once a week the instructor can train your dog for you, this is not so. You have to learn how to train and handle your dog correctly, as with everything, practice makes perfect. The instructors are there to help you. Please feel free to discuss any problems with them. They are there because of their knowledge of and love for dogs, feel free to question as much as you like, but remember advice is only any good to anyone if it is put into practice.
Your equipment, collar and lead must be in good order, sub standard equipment is not allowed.
Please bring a plastic packet to training as, should your dog ‘foul the field’, it is your duty to pick it up. Should you not have a plastic packet, please ask a Committee Member for one.
A copy of an up to date inoculation certificate must be presented upon joining the club and on request annually thereafter. Should you fail to produce an updated inoculation certificate after being requested to do so you will not be permitted to train until you have complied.
Fees are payable in advance. The cost is R500 per dog enrolled. The annual Dog Club membership per family is R150.This is payable at the onset. Should you be more than two weeks in arrears with fees, the Club reserves the right to terminate your membership.
Lessons are not held on public holidays unless previously arranged with your individual trainer. If the lesson is to be cancelled the secretary will communicate this message via sms. Please ensure that your personal information is kept up to date so that you are contactable in a case such as rain. Family members and children are welcome to watch but for their own safety they are not permitted onto the field while training is taking place. Also please don’t allow children to approach any dog that they are not familiar with. Handlers must be at least 12 years of age to handle a dog in obedience and/or puppy school.
Beginner classes start at 18H00 and end at 18h45.
Your dog must be on lead and under control at all times.
We cover all aspects of obedience in the beginner’s class such as walk to heel, sit, down, stay & recall. We also stress the importance of socializing with other dogs. An aggressive dog (towards people or other dogs) will not be tolerated. If the dogs behaviour is threatening others and you, as a handler are not taking adequate measures to curb this behaviour or if you are not correctly handling the situation by following the Trainers advise, we reserve the right to stop you from attending classes.
The more advanced obedience classes offer off lead work, distance control, scent discrimination and tracking. It is a good idea to indicate to your trainer at the onset of training exactly how far you want to advance, whether it is just basic obedience or if you want to go “all the way”.
Bitches in season are not permitted on the training field.
Course fees are non refundable unless agreed upon by the Committee. Refunds will only be considered for exceptional and unavoidable circumstances.
Your trainers are Lynne, Tanja, Lauren, Jenna and Carmen. Please feel free to approach them concerning any questions you might have.