In the first 8 week course (Intro One) we concentrate on making you a better dog handler. So you should get a lot out of that, even if your dog is still young.
While we have a set course of what we would like to train you in, we also ask you what you would like to learn, or what particular difficulties you are experiencing and then give advice on what to do about those things. Intro One focuses on a different major topic each week, and we include at least one “trick” each week.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age does my dog need to be?
Dogs can start a class as soon as you are comfortable that they are protected against diseases such as Parvo Virus. Your vet can advise you about inoculations, etc. In most cases this usually means that the dog is about 15 weeks or older.
What age does the handler need to be?
We welcome handlers of all ages, however if the handler is under 10 years old we would like an adult to be on hand to provide guidance and strength if needed.
Where and when?
The club room and training ground are at the very end of Burden Ave, Homedale, Wainuiomata (click here to see a map). Go through the car park at the back of the old RSA.
Classes are held on Mondays 7pm to 8pm.
New members are welcome to start a course at any time, although our 8-week courses have start dates (listed on our Training page) you can start a course part way through.
What if the weather is bad?
We never cancel due to the weather, there will always be an instructor there for you during scheduled class times.
We do train outside so please wear warm clothes and footwear suitable for grass.
What do I need to bring?
On the first night you attend you will need to bring your dog’s vaccination certificate or pet passport from your vet. You will also need to bring a lead for your dog.
Bring plenty of tidbit sized pieces of food to reward your dog, at least 1/3 of the amount you would normally feed your dog in a day. If your dog is not interested in food then bring their favourite toy as well as the food. To get the most out of your dog, do not feed them for several hours before bringing him/her to training.
How much does it cost?
We have options depending on whether you’d prefer to sign up for individual courses, or would prefer to sign up for the full year.
To join the club and attend just the first eight week course costs $80, which includes the $30 club membership fee. Additional courses for the same dog cost $50.
To join and train with us for a full year (includes five 8-week courses) costs $150 upfront.