Training Club 

Upper Hutt

Essential skills classes

Registration for classes

Registration for TERM FOUR (October) are closed. 

Click here to be directed to our signup page to be put on the waiting list for next year. 

Information evening - 7.30pm

We run a PRE-TRAINING ORIENTATION PRESENTATION for all first-time enrollees. 

This presentation will cover care and protection of our dogs, dog control policy, club etiquette, what to bring to every class and a review of what we will be covering in our Essential Skills programme.

We will show you how the Essential Skills programme is the foundation for all other activities UHDTS offers, including CGC, obedience, agility, rally, flygility.

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 week one, use it to train and bring it every week. Attached to 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

Its handy to put everything in the box. This makes it easy to carry!

Canine Good basics

Our Essential skills classes cover the canine Good basics syllabus. 

Click here to find out more information about the programme.

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

Training Hints

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
We will assess all dogs at the end of the term along the lines of the Canine Good Basics course. 
This is a stepping stone before Canine Good Citizen classes.
Participants will receive a certificate.
Dogs must be 6mths and over.
The syllabus covers:- carrying appropriate equipment (poo bags etc), 11 simple exercises, and some basic good dog ownership questions.
Exercises: Take treat nicely, Name recognition, Collar grab, Handle, Touch hand, Lead loose, Sit, recall, 30 sec stay, friendly dog walks past
Click here to find out more....

Canine Good Basics
training diary

Click here to download your very own Training Diary.

Keep track of what you should be practicing each week, look at the questions and find the answers. 

Recalling the dog

Using a long line and toy to practice getting dog to come back..
You need to be a fun thing to develop that joy in the dog of wanting to be with you!

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)

Collar grab

Here is a video clip to show you how you can practise the collar grab at home - minus the box to get some movement going. This is a skill that you really need to enforce so practise it anytime during the day when you are together, at the clothesline, before getting in the car, at the park, before they are allowed at their food bowls, try putting a toy on the floor and hold his/her collar and make them wait before they dive forward to "get it" - make it fun. Then practise calling them to you and grab hold of the collar then treat.

Puppy lie down on a mat, go to a mat.

This is a training session with Zinc, 4 month old Border collie. It shows the dog going to the mat, and lying down on the mat. It shows the food reward being thrown to different locations. It shows the handler moving as well.

It's 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

Essential skills #2.

This class follows Essential skills #1.

What to bring each week will depend on if it is the Canine Good citizen option or the RallyO/Pre-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.
  • Clicker
  • Poo bags

Canine Good citizen.

Every week you MUST bring poobags and registration disc is checked.

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 inmstructor 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,


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.

Above:  Essential skills #1 class who sat and passed the Canine Good basics assessment, September 2017
Below: Term one graduates, Essential skills 1 2018