Practical Canine
8 week class

Our beginner class for domestic dogs of all ages and stages. Ian Galloway Park, Wilton - down near the Rugby Club, and the back entrance to Otari Bush Reserve.

This course is 8 classes, and each class is 45 minutes, with 10-15 minutes of play at the end if COVID-19 restrictions allow it.

SPECIAL COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS PRECAUTIONS

If there is a change in our COVID-19 alert level, and we're unable to run the class, we will look to refund the portion of the class that is unused.

Our fenced grounds can easily accommodate 8 participants and their dogs, with 2m between teams, but this time we ask that you don't bring extra people, just one person per dog please.

About the course

We're here to help you form the habit of training your dog. We start with the basics; Sit, down, stay, heel, come, meeting people and dogs politely. After about 6 weeks we'll plan to take the class "off site" and generalize those skills in new environments.

Because of our work with Reactive Dogs, we're really focused on making sure your beloved has the best chance of not becoming one.

Once you have completed this booking and responded to the confirmation email, your space is reserved for 3 working days. Once you've paid it's automatically confirmed, we will only contact you if there is a problem.

Course cost is $138 (Incl GST). Please pay online (Or pop into the bank),

Central Allbreeds Dog Training School

Westpac 03 1536 0001081 00

Please use your surname and your dog's name as references

Instructions

Your dog must be 16 weeks of age or over at the start of the course, registered, fully vaccinated and not in season.

Please bring a LOT of very small treats for your dog. Good options are Possyum cut up small, cheese, cat biscuits etc.

Wear sensible shoes (waterproof is best) as we're on grass and it can be wet.

Bring a lead and harness or flat collar. No choke chains please.

Bring:

  • lots of your best treats - way more than you think you'll need
  • a flat collar and harness or halti if you have one
  • a non retractable lead (you can bring a retractable or long line as well)
  • good waterproof shoes - we are on grass
  • appropriate clothing for working outside in all weather
  • clicker if you use one
  • muzzle or similar if you use one or are required to have one

In an emergency you can contact Rachel, the class co-ordinator on 021 389128.

Introduction to Rally-O
4 week class

Details

Our very own Rally-O judge Jan Voss will run a 4 week course introducing you to this fun sport.

Rally-O is a sport which contains elements of obedience and agility. The course is numbered and timed and there might be cones, tunnels and jumps.

This class will get you started on the basic signs and skills so you can start coming along to our monthly Link nights.

Instructions

Bring:

  • lots of treats
  • a flat lead
  • waterproof shoes

If future COVID-19 restrictions mean we can't run this class you will be refunded.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked the same questions by new customers before they come to their first class, and existing customers, on a variety of topics. Therefore we thought putting the answers to these queries on the page might prove useful to you.

We are always happy to hear from anyone with concerns or questions, but before you email or call, please have a quick look below to see if we have already answered the question here for you.

What should I bring to my first lesson?

As our training is positive reward based we use lots of treats and toys to reward our dogs. Please bring plenty of food for your dog, ideally cut into small pieces, approximately the size of your little finger nail. Shop bought dog biscuit type foods will be too large and too crunchy. You should try and bring a variety of food types – for example; dry kibble, chopped cheese, sausage, liver cake, sardine cake, tuna cake, chicken, ham, steak etc. Softer foods are better than hard foods that your dog has to stop and crunch up. We will probably use more than you initially expect and it’s better to bring too much than run out half way through.

It is also helpful to have a food treat bag – many people bring drawstring bags/pouches that hang from your waist or belt and refill these from their tubs of food when they run out during the class. Please also bring a couple of different toys for your dog. If they have a favourite toy, bring it along, plus some others. If it doesn’t play with toys but quite likes the feather duster or old socks for example – bring that along too!! Anything that will encourage your dog to play! If possible, bring a toy that can be thrown and a toy that can be tugged with.

Please bring your dog on a flat collar and lead. Please avoid bringing your dog on an extendible lead. These are too clumpy and awkward to work with in the class. You may also need poo bags so please bring these every week. If you are attending obedience classes you might like to bring a mat as it may be used in some of the exercises.

Do I need to wear any special clothing?

It’s possible you might get wet while training so please dress accordingly, depending on the Wellington weather. You might also be doing some running and other activities so make sure your clothing is comfortable for you. Regarding footwear – try to wear some trainers or walking shoes that have grip in case the ground outside is wet.  All grade classes take place outdoors and run nomatter what the weather.  Please dress appropriately for the conditions particularly during winter.

What collar and lead should I bring?

Please bring your dog to classes on a flat collar (no check collars please) or harness and a standard lead, approximately 1m long.

Do you have any rules for your classes that I should know about?

Here are some guide lines for people attending classes and workshops. We have come up with this list to help ensure your safety whilst training with us and also to help create a happy working environment for all of our customers. Please make sure you are aware of these points before attending classes or workshops with us.

  • Firstly, please keep your dog on lead whenever you are walking to and from the training areas.

  • Please pick up after your dog if it goes to the toilet anywhere on site, and take away or place it in the rubbish bin on site.

  • Do not feed your dog prior to training, or exercise them too much so that they are hungry and keen to work for food and toy rewards when you bring them to their class.

  • If you are attending your first ever class we recommend you leave your dog in the car just for the first 5-10 minutes, make your way to the training area (indoor or outdoor) to meet the trainer, and they will be able to have a quick chat with you and let you know the basics of what you will be doing and show you how the class will run. The instructor will then tell you to get your dog and come and join the fun!

  • As there may be a class already running before yours starts please wait until the previous class comes out or the trainer calls you in. When the dogs and owners from the previous class leave give them plenty of space to get through and don’t crowd the areas as some dogs can be claustrophobic in small spaces.

  • We teach our dogs to be focused on us and we don’t want them going off to say hello to every other dog in the class, so they will work on leads until we know we have taught them this. Therefore please make sure you keep your dog’s focus and attention on you and don’t let it be a nuisance to the other dogs by running off and interfering in their training if they are concentrating on their owners.

  • Remember to have mutual respect for each other and the dogs in the group. Your dog might be over friendly but there may well be dogs in the group that do not appreciate others in their space. Please keep yours under control.

  • If you think that your dog is not comfortable with other dogs too close to them, or there is a possibility it might be frightened by certain situations or exercises, or might bite, then please, please let your instructor know. We can work with these things but need to know before anything goes wrong. Please also warn anyone that you are partnered with if you do not want their dog too close to yours.