Dog Training Club


Upper Hutt

Dog Sport Basics

Do more with your dog!

Registration for classes, 2020

Classes begin Tuesday January 28th

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Dog Sport Basics...

Once you have passed Canine Good Basics you can do some more things with your dog by joining our Dog Sport Basics class. This class builds on the skills gained from the CGB class and introduces you and your dog to new challenges that will both improve your relationship with your dog and can lead on to other dog related activities.

We work on Canine good Citizen exercises, Obedience and Rally-O exercises as well as balance and fitness exercises using some agility foundation exercises. 

What to bring each week depends on the roster - keep an eye on the facebook group.

Once you pass Dog Sport Basics you can move on to; Obedience, Agility competition and Canine Good citizen groups.

Please bring to class each week:-

  • Toy your dog likes to tug with
  • Food rewards (e.g.  Possyum or Chunky dog roll available from PaknSave or Upper Hutt produce, liver cake, luncheon chubb etc 
  • cut into small   pieces) 
  • in a solid plastic container with a lid  (NOT in a plastic bag)
  • Do NOT bring dried food or treats that crumbles and fall apart.
  • Clicker
  • Poo bags

Canine Good citizen.

Every week you MUST bring poobags and we will check to see your dog is wearing a current registration disc .

Other items you may need to bring include: grooming tools, food bowls etc. Your instructor will let you know what to bring each week.


Bring running shoes, a toy your dog likes, clicker, food rewards. You may need to bring additional items - your instructor will let you know.

You will be learning some of the skills listed below.

  • Left and right side handling
  • Go round Cones
  • Balance on a pod
  • Tricks for a good supple body
  • Planks, confidence and balance
  • Ladder for balance and control       


1. Elementary 1 Obedience course

which includes sit, heelwork, right turns and about turn right. Recall to front (no finish) Sit stay 30 secs, down stay 60 secs.

2. Assortment of rally O signs which may include:- Halt-sit-walk around dog, Recall to front and finish.

3. Canine Good Citizen skills which may include: loose lead walking, Meet and greet another person/dog,  Calm when tied up, 30 seconds

4. Pre-agility skills which may include:- jogging with dog on left and right, Figure of eight send around poles (swap sides), ladder, pivots, ramp

Training Hints

Using your dog's food during term.

We want you to have the best chance of learning new things at club, and putting both you and your dog in the best frame of mind for learning is the way to achieve this.

In regards to your dog this means:

  • Bring a hungry dog to training
      We suggest your dog receives no/little food on Tuesdays.
  • Bring a dog with energy to training
     Tired dogs dont train well.

Some RallyO signs to learn

RallyO is a sport where the dog and handler negotiate a course setup by the judge. The course is numbered and the handler cue the dog to do the exercises as shown by the signs. The round is timed with the team that gets the most points in the fastest time being the winner. 
The challenge to start with is :-

1. learning what the signs mean

2. teaching your dog to perform what is required

and then you need to be able to do it without holding treats or toys.

It is very satisfying when you start to link all the stations together to make a course, and you and your dog can negotiate it successfully.

BELOW: view some of the signs we learn in Dog Sport Basics