A little bit about the classes - susannebark

About the classes


'Positive Reinforcement training is scientifically proven and based on sound learning theory principles of operant conditioning.

We place a strong emphasis on motivating dogs to learn and practice desirable behaviours through play and reward.

We want your dog to enjoy learning new behaviours by setting them up for success each time.

Puppy Pre School Class  (ages 8-16 weeks)

News Flash

29 th June 2017


I am currently having a break from working evenings after 17 years.


Private sessions for you and your puppy can be arranged.

0421-784292


All other classes are still running as usual.


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The best place to start! All puppies benefit from socialisation with other puppies at this age as this is their one and ...ONLY... socialisation period! This is the optimal time to acquire social skills, learning to get along with different breeds and sizes.

The older more mature dog do not play the same games as a puppy and can often be grumpy towards your exhausting playful puppy. Sadly, being told off by an older dog can be detrimental to the new puppy's outlook on life with other dogs. The effects of this may not be evident until your puppy is older.

Puppy-hood is ideally supposed to be playful and fun! Building confidence is the key at this age.

Watch this video below to learn what socialisation is, why it is so important, and how to use it to give your puppy the best start in life.

Junior dog class     (ages 5-18 months)


The bouncy adolescent! When you have completed the Puppy School program a wise step is to enrol in the Junior School. This consists of a foundation course"Junior Focus and Drive class"

Comprises 8 x 90 minute weekly classes focusing on promoting the dogs enthusiastic and joyful engagement which builds a natural drive for your dog to learn. This is a foundation class which is used as a platform to build behaviours upon.

Total price is $160

NB If your dog is not a graduate of our Puppy Class, entry to Junior School is subject to a   private assessment and orientation session, the cost of which is $60/hr 

Rapid Recall class - all ages

Positive and fun approach to teaching your dog to come to you!

This course enables you  to improve your relationship with your dog and step by step instructions what to practice each week. Teach your dog to love coming back to you through these simple games.

Requirements to this class is your dog likes other dogs and understands the "Sit" cue.

You will need to have your dog on a 5 meter lead to teach your dog to come back to you. (available for purchase during your first session cost: small dog $25 large dog $30)

Comprise 5 x 90 minute consecutive weekend sessions. Total price is $100

Adult classes    (over 2 yrs)

Reaching maturity!  Designed for "dog parents" which would like to further their dogs education and keep the social skills you have created thus far.

We practice walking on a loose leash, sit, drop, stand, stay, come, wait, leave it, just to name a few, in a more distracting environment.

Some of the existing dogs in this class are more advanced but you are encouraged to work at your own dogs level of understanding.

These class are available on an ongoing basis. This enables you to access support and advice at any stage throughout your dogs life.

Comprise of 90 minute weekly sessions.

Each class cost is $20 and for simplicity we ask you to pay $100 in advance for each set of 5 classes.

NB If your dog is not a graduate of our Puppy Class or Junior classes entry is subject to a 90 minute private assessment and orientation session, the cost of which is $90. This enables me to assess your dog and give you solutions to specific problems. If your dog is reactive towards other dogs BAT classes are available.

It also gives you and your dog an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the environment before a joining a group class.

Tricks class   (any age)

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Your dog requires to be dog friendly and have mastered sit and drop to be able to attend this class. The more tricks you teach your dog the more fun you and your dog will have.

This is a introductory class to tricks and we cover:

Sit pretty

Fetch anything to your hand

Put your toys away in a bucket  

Play bow

Roll over  

Comprise 5 x 90 minute consecutive weekend sessions.

Total price is $100

House visit or Private Class  (any age)

Learn faster and work on individual issues!

If you need help with a specific behaviour issue occurring at home you may need a house call.

Pricing:

$60 per hr  

Travel fee may apply

Private sessions can also be arranged at the training grounds to give you "one on one" time. $60/hr 




Growly dog classes - any age

BAT- Behaviour Adjustment Training   (any age) If you have a "reactive rover" then of course more private classes are required before you and your dog have suitable experience to  join a group situation. Your dog must be able to offer you certain behaviours before we overwhelm your dog with a group of unfamiliar dogs,people and a completely new environment. I will be working closely with you to achieve the best result for you and your dog .

BAT is a humane and dog friendly training method for dogs who experience fear, frustration or aggression.

BAT empowers animals to live with confidence and joy among humans.You will require at least 3 private sessions before you are able to attend BAT group sessions as it involves teaching you how to handle your dog in these classes.

You will learn how to manage a 5 meter lead, read your dogs body language and understand the fundamentals of how and why we orchestrate "set ups"  You will also receive handouts to enable you to understand the concept of BAT.

Cost for  private BAT classes is $200 and comprises 3 x 90 minutes classes which ideally should be attended within the space of a months time.

Group BAT classes  comprises of a 90 minute session with several dog and handler teams taking turns  working on their specific trigger.

Each class costs $20 and for simplicity we ask you to pay $100 in advance for each set of 5 classes. 

* To join the BAT program you will require a house call initially, this is to observe the home environment for your dog. It enables me to identify any underlying causes to your dogs behaviour. House call are usually between 60 to 90 mins in duration.

Pricing: $60 per hr

Travel fee may apply


"BAT is a living method that evolves as new research and its positive practical applications are explored, developed and verified. The core of BAT is that it is a dog-friendly application of desensitisation with a giant dose of empowerment to the dog. Giving dogs a high degree of control over what happens to them is important for humane care and is what sets BAT apart from other training techniques. By setting up situations in which dogs can safely explore the environment and investigate other dogs, people, etc., BAT helps dogs learn to control their own comfort level through peaceful means"- Grisha Stewart

For more info about BAT visit Grisha Stewart "Empowered animals" website http://grishastewart.com/  click here

What to bring to class


 -   Your dog wearing a harness or flat collar and lead.  Check chains cause throat trauma.

     A harness will be the most comfortable option for your dog to learn in.

-   Lots of high value treats! (cooked chicken, sausages, cheese, beef, kangaroo are all good options, avoid dry treats as they can get stuck in       their throats during training. Bring a variety.)

-   Have treats ready and cut in small pieces, bring more than you think you will need.

-   A treat bag or training vest so you can have the treats on your body to reward your dog.

-   Your dog’s favourite tug toy ( tug toys can be bought at class advice me in advance)

-   A towel or bed for your dog to sit on

-   Enclosed shoes

-   Pen and paper if you would like to make notes.

-   A water bowl (we have water)

-   Patience while you and your dog are learning new behaviours

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