Our beginner’s dog obedience course is designed as an introduction for both you and your dog to become familiar with the basics of dog obedience. The Beginners Course is the perfect next step from Puppy school as you get to know your new pup, or as a great way to build your relationship with your older dog.

 

Our Beginners Course is for a 7-week course (1st week Information Session followed by 6 weeks practical training). We induct a new course every month starting on the last Monday of the month. You must be a member of WKODC to attend the Beginners Course. Once a member the course costs is $80.

 

The classes run for an hour each Monday from 5:30 pm, this is also a fantastic opportunity to ask for advice in relation to other behavioural and training methods from experienced instructors. It is highly recommended to arrive 10 to 15min early as it can be quite busy and check in can take some time.

 

The classes provide dogs of all ages, size and breed an opportunity to gain experience and confidence in socialising with a variety of other dogs and handlers. Our experienced trainers will introduce you and your dog to a variety of skills including loose lead walking, postural changes (sit/stand/drop), stays and recalls which you can then practice at home. They will also provide a taste of the further training opportunities available as a member of our club, such as obedience and agility. 

All dogs must be at least 3 months old, be vaccinated and microchipped before joining. Please provide your dog’s vaccination records and microchip number during application. Dogs are not required for the first lecture, so please leave them at home for this session.

For those dogs that required a little extra space, due to fear or limited socialization, we are able to accommodate these needs with A GIVE ME SPACE VEST . If you are willing to put the work in with your dog, we are willing to help you.

Contact Dianne Costello 0423777703 for details in relation to the Beginners Course or email admin@wkodc.com for membership queries.

 

Those interested in joining the beginner’s obedience course are required to Click Join at the bottom of this page and complete the membership application applicable to them:

Agility Training - Members that intend to participate in Agility Training after the Beginners Course (age and assessment requirements)

Obedience Training - Members that intend to participate in further Obedience Training after the Beginners Course

Non-Training - Members that only intend to do the Beginners Course or are unsure at the application stage

 

Discounted - Members that are an emergency services member or defence force member or pensioners with concession card

Household - Members that have multiple family members or dogs wanting to train or where the trainee is a child

Single - For those that are intending to train solo

 

With DV - If you are a member of Dogs Victoria (Victorian Canine Association)

Without DV - If you are not a member of Dogs Victoria (Victorian Canine Association)

 

Once your membership has been accepted sign in and then in the Events Area Select the Beginners Course Month you wish to attend. We recommend that you secure your spot early, as we have a limited number of places available per session and groups have been booking out well in advance. The payment is required in full at application and will only be refunded in extenuating circumstances.

If you’re going to miss a night give the club a call so other arrangements can be facilitated. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can more than one person attend each week to train the same dog?

While you are more than welcome to bring the family along on the first night, as it is beneficial that all family members know how you are training the dog and can help in between lessons, experience has shown that the best result comes from the same person attending each week, and then working with the rest of the family to pass on what they learned.

They are more than welcome to watch the lesson each week, and if they wish, they can attend a course once you are finished.

 

Can children attend the course?

We are willing to accept children from 12yrs of age, if you wish for a younger child to take the training, it will be considered based on the maturity of the child and the size and breed of dog and final approval will be required from the Obedience Co-Ordinator. Remember membership is only available for those under 18 by way of a secondary member as part of the Household Membership. The Parent must be the primary member.

 

What equipment do i need?

A suitable lead that is neither too long or short and a well fitted collar. Collars are flat soft collar, buckle collar or martingale collar style. Harnesses will not be able to be trained with.

Use treats that are special and your dog loves, make sure it isn’t too difficult to chew and sizes of treats are not too big. Keep in mind the health of your dog, it is fine to use chopped up saveloys or cheese and we recommend you don't feed your dog prior to training.

Ensure treat bags are easy to access and you can use a treat bag or a bum bag. Ensure you bring bags to clean up after your dogs eliminations.

We sell all the necessary equipment each training day if you need anything. 

 

My course has finished, what next?

Completion of the basic beginner’s course doesn’t have to signal an end to your dog’s obedience training. If you are satisfied with the basics, you can finish up with the club, if you decide later on you want to return, you can pay the yearly training fee and continue your obedience, agility or other training if you didn't already select this option when you joined.