Training

At Keilor Obedience Dog Training Centre we teach all the basic obedience exercises such as heel, sit, stay, come when called etc. However we are heavily focused on teaching behaviours that will result in well mannered dogs that owners can be proud of and are able to take out and socialize with other dogs and people. Our training methods involve the use of positive reinforcement using food, toys, and praise as motivators for the dogs, and we encourage our members to enjoy their training and spending time with their dogs.

We have a class structure that people move through based on the amount of time and effort they are able to put into their training. There are no time limits on people being in any particular class. By the time a member and their dog has completed Class 4 they are at a level that would allow them to participate in other dog activities or simply continue to come along and train your dog on a regular basis.

 

Socialisation Walk

9:00 am

Whilst not an actual class, the socialization walk is an important part of training at Keilor.  All new and existing members are encouraged to attend as much as possible.  The walk gives dogs the opportunity to learn how to relax and interact in an appropriate manner with other dogs of all different ages, sizes and breeds.  During these walks members have the opportunity to learn to read their dog’s body language around other dogs.  It is important that during these walks, members watch their dogs carefully at all times.

 

Members are responsible for their dog's behaviour during the walks.  It is not unusual for more than 50 dogs and owners to attend, so it is imperative that members be aware of what is going on around them at all times.

Class 1

09:30 am

 In Class 1 we focus on teaching our handlers how to read their dogs body language and deal with excitable behaviour and distract the dog and rewarding it when it is doing the right behaviours. Calm doggy behaviour and good manners is our goal! In class 1 you will learn how and when to use the bridge word for maximum rewards so your dog will want to do the right behaviour again when it gets rewarded for it!  In class 1 your dog will learn to focus on you, sit, stand and drop and we introduce the stays.  We will be practising loose lead walking (with patience) and learning how to settle calmly on the mat.  Remember it is not a race – all dogs and handlers complete the classes in different time frames as we are all different. Practice your triple P’s , be patient, be positive and practise!

 

  • Look at me/Attention

  • Sit and sit stays for (5-10 seconds)

  • Down and down stays (5-10 seconds)

  • Stand from a drop position

  • Stand for grooming/gentle handling. (examine eyes, ears, teeth, paws, gentle

     handling around collar etc)

  • Let’s go/free heel (stop if your dog is pulling)

  • Polite sit to greet, instructor approaches handler and dog – also sit before

     Door/car/putting on leash etc.

  • Leave it

  • Give

  • On your mat

  • Stay peg/crate training

  • Tolerating separation from owner

  • How to meet/socialise with manners

  • Discuss informal recalls 

Class 2

10:30 am

In Class two we build on the skills learnt in class one and we introduce more movement activities. 

We continue to build on attention, build more distance and time length in stays, and we introduce

formal heeling and turns. We also have a sit for exam where the dogs stays sitting whilst being

patted and the important recalls – come when called.

 

Here are the Class two exercises:

  • Bridge & Release word

  • Attention with minor distraction and release word

  • Sit/drop/stand lure from all positions.

  • Sit stay (15-30 seconds with minor distractions & release)

  • Down stay (15-30 seconds with minor distractions & release)

  • Stand stays (5 -10 sec)

  • Formal heeling with turns – 5-20 paces.

  • Sit for exam

  • Meet and greet instructor (general manners)

  • Recall on long line/informal recalls

  • Lure to left/right hand sides

  • Right about turn in position

  • Let’s go/free heel

  • Tolerating separation from owner

  • Handling for veterinary examination

  • Reaction to another dog/socializing with manners

  • Mat/crate/stay peg training

Class 3

10:30 am

Once again in Class 3 we extend our heeling exercises, add more duration and distance

to the stays and recalls. A stand for exam and stand stay is added to our exercise list. 

We also add different positions in our heeling and exercises, include tricks and more

distractions.  Class three is a step up and we are refining our learning from class 2.

 

  • Bridge & release word

  • Sit stay (1minute, some distractions, lead on ground)

  • Down stay (1minute, some distractions, lead on ground)

  • Heel – 40 paces, right about turn, right turn, left turn, introduce fast & slow pace

  • Drop from heel

  • Stand

  • Stand stay

  • Stand for examination (handler beside dog)

  • Recall – on long line with dog sitting in front

  • Let’s go/free heel

  • Tolerating separation from owner 2

  • Wait to go through gate/doorway/cars

  • Reaction to distraction

Class 4

09:30 am

In Class 4, dogs and handlers are very skilled and may even be competing in

obedience trials and rallies. We practise all the exercises in Class 3, with

extension activities such as exercises are completed off lead at times.

 

  • All Class 3 exercises

  • Heel – right & left about turn, right & left turn, fast & slow pace,

  • Figure 8

  • Heel off lead

  • Stand for examination (handler in front of dog – competition levels)

  • Finish

  • Drop from stand, handler in front – distance exercises

  • Recall – off lead

  • Sit stay – 1 minute

  • Down stay – 2 minutes

 

Advanced exercises:

  • Drop/stand/sit with distance between dog/handler

  • Voice/hand signals only during exercises

  • Drop in the middle of recall

  • Out of sight stays

  • Tricks/agility work

  • Working with dogs in different positions left/right/front

  • Rally-O obstacles and exercises