Start training your puppy now

Educating your new puppy may sound easy enough, but it is not that easy if you go about it on your own.

We can take you and your puppy in at about 8 weeks, which is the ideal age to start training. You can join immediately! No need to wait for a course to start. Our classes include:
  • Socialisation
  • Obedience training
  • Mental and physical development
  • Guidance regarding health, grooming, nutrition, etc.

Speciality training

Our well trained and experienced team is equipped to provide speciality training in the following areas:

  • Obedience (competition)
  • Tracking (working trials)
  • Protective training (for home application - Starting 2014)
  • Therapy dog programme
  • Animal behaviour consulting
  • Dog awareness for children
  • Trainer's special interests

Obedience for every need

Whether you are interested in training your dog for basic obedience, competition, as part of a behaviour modification programme, or are looking for an activity you can share with your canine companion, we have obedience classes structured for your needs.

Classes are presented in a style and environment that is fun and relaxing for both owner and dog. Our extensive facilities ensure a rich and rewarding experience which not only develops the dog's physical ability, but also mental development.

  • About Manderston Canine Academy

    "Manderston Canine Academy started in 2007 with on vision in mind: To develop companionship through understanding and thereby help build lasting relationships between dogs and their owners. Too many dogs end up being re-homed or worse, abandoned, because dog owners never learnt how to communicate effectively with their dogs. We can help change that", says founder and owner Charlene Kruger.

    Charlene has over 25 years active experience working with dogs. She is an accomplished dog handler and trainer, registered KUSA Judge and registered animal behaviourist. Her special interests include therapy dogs (she operates a successful therapy dog programme at a Johannesburg hospital) and the German Shepherd Dog.

    school crSays Charlene: "Training is not something done to the dog by a trainer. It is something done by the owner and dog under the guidance of a trainer. We rely on synergy in two ways: Firstly, we use our understanding of dog behaviour (Ethology) and modern practical outcomes directed training methods to create meaningful learning experiences for the dog. Secondly, as the relationship between owner and dog develops and both grow in confidence, the synergy that develops becomes a powerful training tool." This approach has proven itself time and time again - even with 'difficult' and older dogs. This is far removed from antiquated and often harsh training methods that are sadly still used by many other training institutions.

    We encourage prospective clients to join us on a Saturday or Sunday morning and watch the training in action. There are always members of Manderston walking around who can answer questions, or find someone who can. Our facilities include a coffee shop where light refreshments can be purchased and shaded seating where handlers, family and friends can relax with their dogs.

    Our training grounds are located at the back of a large property, which is well shielded from traffic. With easy access from both the N1 and R21 highways, we are ideally situated to serve clients from Midrand, Pretoria, Centurion, Johannesburg, and the East Rand.
Classes are NOT cancelled in case of rain.
What you need to start training

What you need to start training

You will need a lead that is comfortable to hold and not too heavy or too light for your puppy. Your puppy will need a training collar. You'll need some training treats. We can help you with these items if you don't already have them. We have a small kiosk, where you can help yourself to coffee and...

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How our puppy classes work

How our puppy classes work

Our puppy classes are structured around three themes: Learning social skills Learning skills needed for cohabitation with humans Physical and mental development Social Skills  Learning social skills is probably the most vital part of puppy education at a very early age. This is why we recommen...

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Tick control

Tick control

It's Tick Season! Don't be complacent: take precautions After last summer's good rains and warm weather, and the current hot weather, we are in for a very active tick season. In some areas it is always tick season. For your dog this this means a very high risk for contracting Biliary and/or Ehrlichi...

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Obedience for everyone

Obedience for everyone

Obedience for everyone We offer a range of obedience classes from elementary classes for beginners, to advanced classes for serious dog sport participants. Making use of the natural way by which dogs learn is the most powerful training method. We therefore predominantly use guided operant# learning...

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Now is the right time to start training

Now is the right time to start training

Puppies learn best during the first 5 months of their lives Puppies have an enormous capacity for learning. They learn most of what they will ever need to know throughout their lives in the first four to five months of their lives! They can and do learn later on in life, but as it is with us, it ta...

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Understanding Puppy Biting

Understanding Puppy Biting

Many a puppy owner has had to endure the torment of being chewed on with those razor sharp teeth. Of course one of the first questions that comes up, is: "How do I stop it?" The answer lies in the developmental psychology of the puppy. Simply discouraging biting can be detrimental to the dog and th...

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