Registration for classes, 2019
Week one - Information evening - 7.30pm
No dogs are required for this session.
It covers a number of important areas:-
1. Outline of what the course covers (Canine Good Basics course - see below)
2. Distribution of clickers and how to use them in your training
3. The care and protection of your dog
4. Upper Hutt dog control policy
5. Club etiquette, and where things are/how the nights are organised
6. What to bring teach week.
Please do not bring your dog.
What to bring to Essential skills #1 classes.Tuesday 7.30-8.30pm
Please bring to class each week:-
- Great 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 about the size of your little finger nail)
- Food rewards in a belt bag OR in a solid plastic container with a lid
(NOT in a plastic bag)
- Do NOT bring any
dried food or treats or chicken or other meat that crumbles and falls apart. Read more about food....
- Clicker . You receive this in week one. Use it to train your dog and bring it every week. Attached it to your belt bag or dog lead.
- a Mat for your dog
to lie on (like a car mat or small piece of carpet)
- Poo bags
- a box your dog can
sit in – Low sides so they can easily step in, and big enough for the whole dog. eg. banana box from Supermarket.
- A toy your dog likes
Canine Good Basics Course
Our Essential skills #1 class covers the Canine Good Basics syllabus.
Click here to find out more information about the programme.
The general outline is:-
1. Teach dog to sit in a box, in front, at side, stay
2. Teach dog to down on a mat - stay, send to mat.
3. Attention to name & Hand touches - for greeting people, come when called, loose lead walking
4. Come when called (using a long line)
5. Loose lead walking.
6. Basic rules around dog ownership (bags and tags)
7. Accept restraint (collar grab).
8. Allowing grooming/handling by owner and others
9. Friendly with people and other dogs (no jumping up, lunging etc)
We divide this into 4 teaching modules with a different person teaching each module.
Directions To Club Grounds
Entry is via Moehau Grove, off Holdsworth Ave. Please drive slowly, car parking is on the shingle car park, past the club rooms.
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
- Bring a dog with energy to training
Gentle leader head collar
If your dog is headstrong and you find it difficult to keep him with you, or he pulls like a train and you are worried he might pull you or the lighter members of your family over - Buy a Gentle leader Head collar.
They work incredibly well on calming dogs and they simply cannot pull you when they are wearing one. This means you are free to concentrate on the other aspects of your training.
You can buy them from any Pet shop.
We recommend Gentle Leader headcollars because they can be adjusted easily to suit your individual dog.
Canine Good Basics training diary
Recalling the dog
Sit in a box
This is one of our activities in Essential skills. Why?
- It ensures all handlers and dogs stay within their own safe space.
- It creates a focus for the dog
- Its a safe place for the dog
- Allows an easy way to practice stays
- Practice waiting before getting out of the car, going through a door, down stairs etc
- Teaches dog to interact with an object - improves confidence
- Handler can try different ways to train the dog - luring and shaping etc
- Helps dog become more coordinated
- A place to store all your training stuff!!
Get a box and make a start today!
Practise during the week and remember not to use a cue word just yet or lure your pup to touch your hand. Keep your sessions short and fun. Here is a short video clip of the action for you. Put your clickers away for this and practise giving the reward quickly into the hand your pup has nose touched. The action you want is a nose press as if he is pushing a button hard to open something - no licks or 'cruise bys' allowed :-). Practise hand targetting with your pup lying on his mat (you don't need to use the bed)
Puppy lie down on a mat, go to a mat.
Its your choice
"It's your Choice" here's a lovely little video of teaching this. I like that the handler takes one treat out her open hand and gives it to the dog - he is not allowed to help himself. This will work well for all of you
Canine Good Basics graduates.
Below: Canine Good Basics graduates, June 2018.
Tania/Rocky, Tony/Moose, Alistair/Holly, Kelsie/Carter, Darren/V, Karen (assessor), Lucy/Matilda, Anne. Kerry and Abbie also passed.
Essential skills #2.
This class follows Essential skills #1.
The class covers a variety of different activities all based on improving your relationship with your dog.
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 - if it is the Canine Good citizen option or the RallyO/agility option.
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 any dried food or treats or meat that crumbles and falls apart.
- 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.
Balance on a disc
Tricks for a good supple body
Jumps – low bars and cavalettis
Contacts - Planks, confidence and balance,
Ladder for balance and control
Essential skills #2 assessments
1. Halt-sit-walk around dog
2. Recall to front
3. loose lead walking
4. Meet and greet another person/dog
5. Turns during walking
6. Figure of eight (swap sides)
7. Go through short tunnel
8. Calm when tied up, 30 seconds