Beginners Obedience Course

To register for the Beginners Obedience Course – please contact us by using either the email address or telephone number on the home page  

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Pre-payment can be made to the club’s bank account - Bendigo Bank BSB 633000 Account number 113017743   Please enter your name as a reference on the payment and bring your payment receipt with you when enrolling.


The Beginners Obedience Course is for dogs aged over 4 months. This course introduces the dog to basic obedience commands and guides the owner through the correct method of training, correct use of training equipment and includes several topics for discussion to help the new dog owner.

The course fee includes single club membership to end of September so after completing this course the dog/owner can continue with further training and/or advice at our weekly grades classes.  If you have attended the club’s puppy course (within the same membership year) then the beginners obedience course will be at a reduced cost as you have already paid the membership fee.

Dogs must have their vaccinations up-to-date.  Please bring the dog’s current vaccination certificate when enrolling.

The club promotes reward based positive reinforcement training so you will need to bring some small, soft, tasty treats for your dog.   The treats must be something extra special that you will only use when training your dog.  The positive reward method used by the club assists your dog to understand what you are expecting them to do by rewarding them when they do the right thing.

Lead/collar to be used in the classes – The club does not require the use of specific type of lead or collar but prefers that you train your dog with a flat collar and a lead no longer than around 120cm as this gives the owner good control over the dog.  Long leads are not recommended and retractable leads can not be used.

In the first class, each owner is given a Beginners Obedience Course Handbook that describes all the training and topics covered in the course. 

2018 Start Dates for Beginners Obedience Course:

The beginners obedience classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.  The course runs for 7 weeks unless otherwise stated.  First week please arrive by 9.00 a.m. to complete enrolment.

4th February                                                 1st July

4th March                                                       5th August

8th April                                                        2nd September

6th May                                                          7th October

3rd June                                                      4th November - 4 week course

2018 Twilight Beginners Obedience Course:

The club is also conducting 2 twilight beginners obedience courses for 2018.  These are held on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.  First week please arrive by 6.00 p.m. to enrol.

17th January                                                 10th October

Dogs should begin this course at week 1.  Occasionally, if there is a vacancy in a class, a dog may be allowed to begin at week 2.  Dogs will not be allowed to join after week 2.

The main aims of the beginners obedience course:

1.     Teach the dog & owner the basics of obedience training

2.     Emphasize the importance of responsible ownership

3.     Discuss the general care of a dog

 Beginners Obedience Course Outline

·                     Introduce basic obedience training

o         Sit

o         Watch

o         Heel

o         Recall

o         Drop/down

o         Stand

o         Sit for examination

o         Stay

·                     Several topics for discussion each week including:

o         Training equipment

o         Training at home

o         Responsible pet ownership

o         Socialization & dog body language

o         How dogs learn

o         Use of rewards in training

o         Feeding & nutrition

o         Basic health checking

o         Problem behaviours

o         Breed characteristics

General training throughout the course

·                     Emphasis on the dog reacting immediately to the command or being assisted into position

·                     Correct use of praise and rewards

·                     Choose an appropriate time to train (set the scene for success)

·                     Stopping unacceptable behaviour before it becomes a habit

·                     Tone of voice and posture