Pet Dog and Puppy Training

Introducing "Levels Learning for Dogs" - new for 2022. Levels Learning is designed to allow you and your dog to train for as long as needed at a particular level before progressing to the next one. This allows flexibility for varying needs and time to become proficient before moving to the next step. Each of the 4 levels of class run for 4 weeks and you can repeat a level (subject to age criteria) to ensure your goals are reached.

LEVEL 1 - KINDY PUPPY; LEVEL 2 - PRIMARY PUPPY; LEVEL 3 - CANINE BASICS; LEVEL 4 - BEYOND BASICS

 

PLEASE GO TO THE "CLASSES" PAGE FOR CRITERIA TO JOIN AND CLASS CONTENT.  ALL CLASSES ARE HELD AT SOMERSBY SCHOOL.

KINDY PUPPY- pups 8 weeks - 4 months.  $140 for 4 week course.  Next start dates:

  • Thursday 6.15pm 24th February 2022
  • Saturday 9.30am 26th February 2022

PRIMARY PUPPY - pups 4 - 6 months who have completed Kindy or Puppy Pre-School.  Places for pups in this age group who haven't attended Puppy Class may be available.  $140 for 4 week course.  Next start dates:

  • Tuesday 7.30pm 11th January 2022 (Primary Puppy Plus for pups 4-6 months who have not attended any classes before)
  • Thursday 7.30pm 13th January 2022
  • Saturday 10.45am 15th January 2022

CANINE BASICS - friendly dogs up to 9 months who have completed Primary Puppy (FOR JANUARY ONLY THIS CLASS IS AVAILABLE TO ANY FRIENDLY DOGS UP TO 9 MONTHS REGARDLESS OF ANY PRIOR CLASS ATTENDANCE).  Next start dates:

  • Thursday 5.00pm 13th January 2022
  • Saturday 12.00pm 15th January 2022

BEYOND BASICS - friendly dogs who have completed Canine Basics

  • 2022 dates and times to be advised soon
  • Cost to be advised soon

HOW TO BOOK IN FOR CLASS

Bookings are essential for all classes

Please contact me via email on the Contact Us page or via the Facebook page.  Due to the large number of enquiries I get for classes, I do ask that people get in touch using just these 2 methods to enable me to keep track of enquiries.   

Once I've confirmed a spot is available, I will hold it for you for a couple of days so that you can complete the enrolment form on the Classes page and make payment.  I will then send an email with your class confirmation.  Please don't complete the enrolment form without contacting me first.

COVID SAFETY FOR 2022
 
The health and safety of everyone (2 and 4 legged) attending class is always my priority and as a minimum I will follow the current Government advice at any given time in relation to Covid.  However I won't hesitate to add my own rules or change the criteria as added protection.  Classes are outside and there is more than enough space for safe physical distancing.  In relation to the Government rules effective from 15th December 2021, this is what is applicable to classes, with my own comments:
 
  • Signing in with a QR code is not required.  For my own purposes I've always kept accurate records of which dogs attend each week, so it's easy to know which people attended if the need arises.
  • Masks are not required but you are more than welcome to wear one.
  • There are no density limits but for obvious reasons I've always had a limit on the number of dogs attending a class.  In this past this has been 7-8, but I will now aim to have a maximum of 6 dogs in class, with a maximum of 2 people per dog.  If needed I will limit it to 1 person per dog.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required.  More than 90% of the eligible population are fully vaccinated and boosters are now being recommended.  As 2022 unfolds it may become a requirement again for people to be vaccinated to attend or I may make that decision if it's needed for our protection.
  • It goes without saying that nobody attends class if they have any flu like symptoms or are required to isolate for any reason (the rule on who needs to isolate appears to change often).  
  • Hand sanitiser is always available and people are encouraged to use it.

The last 2 years have shown how quickly things can change and throw plans in to chaos; I am now allowing a 1-2 week break in between each 4 week course to allow for interruptions if a class needs to be postponed for any reason (not just Covid related but extreme weather events which seem to be more common recently too).

Gentle, Fun and Effective Training for all the Family