Obedience Training

Obedience forms the basis on which the relationship between dogs and humans works. It does not matter how much we love our dogs or how much they adore us: if we want them to do something, we expect it done. It may be as simple as giving us some space on the couch, or as complex as fetching the newspaper without reading it on the way from the gate to the kitchen table. All this requires ongoing training and repetition.
When it comes to dog sport and working dogs, unwavering obedience is non-negotiable. Dogs are expected to take direction from their handlers without question or hesitation. Ongoing intensive training is required to reach and maintain this high level of functioning.
Beyond getting dogs to do what you want, though, obedience training is the development and maintenance of a structured and meaningful relationship between the handler and his dog. It is a relationship that can be highly rewarding for both.

  • Short Summary: Obedience Classes
  • Obedience for everyone
  • What you need to start training
  • Find and Retrieve
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Beginners Obedience:
  • For young dogs and handlers who graduated from the Intermediate or Advanced Puppy Class
  • For dogs that have had no or some previous training.
  • Basic Obedience
  • Controlled socialisation
  • Heel work - development of a structured relationship between handler and dog.
  • Scent work - engaging the dog's sense of smell.
  • Basic retrieve
  • Introduction to remote commands.
  • Basic agility - developing self confidence and an agile body.
  • Mastering the skills and disciplines of this class will enable the handler and dog to achieve the KUSA "Canine Good Citizen" Certificate.
Intermediate Obedience:
  • For handlers and dogs whom have mastered Basic Obedience.
  • The class builds on the skills and discipline of the Basic Obedience Class, increasing the stakes and challenges.
  • Commands on the move are introduced.
Advanced Obedience:
  • For handlers and dogs whom have mastered Intermediate Obedience.
  • The class builds on the skills and discipline of the Intermediate Obedience Class, substantially increasing the stakes and challenges.
  • Commands on the move, remote commands, and off-lead work are emphasised.
  • Competence at this level is required for Protection Work and the Therapy Dog Programme.

Obedience for everyone

pixlr obedience down 31b9cWe 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, positive reinforcement and repetition as training methods. As a rule we stay away from coercive training techniques.
Our classes are for you if:
  • your dog is in desperate need of structure and discipline.
  • you have never trained your dog and would like to start.
  • you have gone trough puppy training (at Manderston or any other school) and would like to continue training.
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  • you and your dog are participating in a dog sport and would like to maintain a high standard of obedience training.
  • you have a dog with a problem that you are working on correcting.
  • you would like your children to get more involved with your family's dogs, or perhaps as part of an occupational therapy programme (in consultation with the Occupational Therapist).
  • you wish to participate in our Personal Protection or Therapy Dog programme.
  • you are looking for a structured and relaxing weekend activity you can share with your dog.

#Operant learning can be described as the process through which the dog learns by experimenting until he discovers the correct response. Solving the problem correctly is rewarded. The handler gently guides the dog in the right direction if necessary. The dog is thus an active thinking participant in the learning and training process.

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  • You will need a lead that is comfortable to hold and is strong enough to hold your dog.
  • Your dog will need a collar that is properly fitted.
  • You'll need some training treats.
  • You can bring your family. If you have children, you are more than welcome to bring them and make them part of the experience.

  • 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 tea, or purchase a light meal or a cold drink.

 You will need a few minutes to fill in the registration form if you didn't enrol online. We also recommend that you arrive about 15 to 30 minutes early to help your dog explore and get used to the new environment. Make sure your dog is healthy. If you are not certain or need more information, please give us a call.
All dogs retrieve articles, including prey. They do it mostly for themselves, the their pups, and the pack. Retrieving articles involves finding and identifying them using his sight, smell, hearing, memory. Think of the process involved in retrieving a bone buried some time ago. Getting your dog to retrieve articles for you takes some training and practice.

pixlr boxer retrieveIdentifying and retrieving articles forms an integral part of many dog sports, including obedience tests, tracking, working trials, and Schutzhund. Finding and identifying articles forms the greater part of many a working dog's daily task. This high level of performance can only be achieved by intensive ongoing training.

In and around the home retrieving articles has a number of useful applications. First off there is the endless fun to be had throwing a ball or stick to be retrieved time and time again. Not only is it a great deal of fun, it is also a fantastic workout for your dog. When your dog has retrieved something for himself you can use the training to bring the article to you instead. This means no more running after that lest silver stiletto that was worn only once, or that as yet unread You Magazine or newspaper! Take this one step further and you can get your dog to bring you articles you point to or even name. Now isn't this just an amazingly useful skill?

We train identification and retrieval of items in a fun and exciting way. Two of our dogs even regularly engage in a retrieving race!
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