Workshops & Events

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These workshops are designed for people who want some specific skills for their dog to learn. This might be an extension of their current training such as learning how to do capturing and shaping, or it might be a skill to deal with an undesirable behaviour. We are always open to new ideas and topics, so if you have a specific skill in mind call us. Classes can be held at a time to suit the participants, however a group class size minimum is 4. Any of the workshops can be held as a private session, please call us for pricing and dates (private classes can be scheduled to fit in with your availibility)

Topic / Skill Description Duration Cost
PUPPY START RIGHT FREE class open to everyone (including puppies 8-16weeks).  This introductory night will show you what and how we train puppies and why you should always choose an experienced qualified trainer for this important time in you puppy’s life Please Enquire FREE

NEW CLASS

Beyond the Backyard

 One of our new classes for 2017 are Beyond the Backyard.  This has been adapted from the fabulous book by Denise Fenzi.  In this program we take the dog who can do all the basic skills, and put them out in the big wide world and work with distractions while still maintaining the behavious.  TBA $150.00

NEW CLASS

Teaching tricks and earning a trick title

This class takes basic training and turns it into tricks.  Tricks are fun and provide great interaction with your dog – improving and strengthening his bond with the family.

If you don’t do any other class this year come and join us with a Trick Class.  We will be doing various skills so call or email your interest.

 New Class starting Early Feb – call to enquire  $20 per class
Clicker Basics Introduction to Clicker and Marker based training. This technique opens up a whole new world of reward based training.  It shows the dog how to think through a situation to achieve an end goal.  This class is an advantage to anyone wishing to do any of our other workshop classes. Prior learning required – Nil. Two x 1 hour sessions $50.00 (including a Clicker)
Impulse Control Does your dog steal food?  Rush at the door or gate to go through? This program is based on Susan Garrets “Its Yer Choice” training.  This simple technique is the beginning of your dog learning to make smart Choices such as – don’t steal food, wait at the gate, sit nicely to say hello.  This is one of the skills taught in our classes, but as we feel it is such a valuable tool we also run this workshop. Prior learning required – Nil Two x 1hr sessions for the basic skill, then additional sessions if class wishes to expand on the skill $50.00
Crate Training   Many people don’t see this as a useful or desirable behaviour to train their dog, but a dog who is crate trained will learn to love their crate, and it provides an area of safety to the dog.  Good! Golly strongly recommends this class to all dog owners. Prior learning required – Nil

Two x 1 hr group sessions

Two x 1 hr private sessions

$50.00

$120.00

Walk without Pulling While this is covered in all of our group classes, some dogs require some additional help.  This class is practiced at our training centre first, and then out in the public with distractions.  This class if for dogs who pull when walking, but do not lunge at other dogs (See our separate workshop for those)

Six x 1hr group sessions

Six x 1hr private sessions

$150.00

$360.00

Walk without lunging at other dogs or people This workshop is generally performed as a private class until the dogs are ready to be integrated into a group.  The length of the class depends on the severity of the action. Please call us for more information.    
Come on the first call Dogs who do not come back on call are a danger to themselves and others, so this is a vital skill that often deteriorates as the distractions increase.  In this workshop we work on re building the value of coming back when called once.  Handlers will understand why this happens, and learn techniques to solve any future problems. This class is suited to both those dogs who already have a history of ignoring their owners as well as new puppies. Prior learning required – Nil

Six x 1hr group sessions

Six x 1hr private sessions

$150.00

$360.00

Greeting Nicely If your dog loves visitors, but jumps all over them, or even all over you when you come home then this class is for you.  We will help you educate your dog into the human world of greeting.

Two x 1hr group sessions

Two x 1hr private sessions

$50.00

$120.00

Turn on the light This is the first of our shaping skills that we teach.  This gives newcomers to the area of this technique the basics to start more complex skills.  Dogs will learn to turn on a push button light with only one verbal or hand signal – and then to turn it off again. Prior learning required – Nil, but basic understanding of “Clicker Training” would be an advantage.

Two x 1 hr group sessions

Two x 1 hr  private sessions

$50.00

$120.00

Settle on your mat on cue In this workshop we use both capturing and shaping so on a specific cue the dog will go to a designated area and settle until released.  The cue might be a word, or a sound such as someone knocking. This is particularly beneficial for dogs who are excitable and may rush out doors, or at people. This skill can also be combined with Crate Training. Prior learning required – Nil, but basic understanding of “Clicker Training” would be an advantage.

Four x 1 hr group sessions

Four x 1hr private sessions

$100.00

$240.00

Pick up your Toys This is the first of our classes that requires multiple skills to perform the task.  Dogs must learn to go to an object, pick it up, take it to a box and drop it in.  This workshop introduces the technique of ‘chaining’. This complex skill is executed on one single cue to the dog, and requires the dog to learn without any physical guidance from the handler. Prior learning required – To have completed our Clicker Training Class or have a clear understanding of the concept.  Having completed one of our simpler workshops would be an advantage.

Six x 1 hr group sessions

Six x 1hr private sessions

$150.00

$360.00

 

Can’t make it to our classes? We can arrange any of our training programs at a time to suit you and your family. See our 'Private Training' page.