Classes

The Hobart Dog Training Club is a Performance Dog Club affiliated with the Australian National Kennel Council

(through the Tasmanian Canine Association (Dogs Tasmania).

In addition to growing the relationship with your four legged family member(s), our classes also teach you the skills required to compete for nationally recognised titles at events all around Australia.

Regular classes run from the first Sunday in February through to the first Sunday in December.

January Classes run under our Summer School Schedule.

Our Core classes and times are below:

 

Pet Dog Training.

 

Unfortunately our barking buddies don't come with commands pre-programmed so it is up to us to teach them how to be good family members.

To help with this we run the following classes to take them from bouncing puppies through to seasoned veterans........

Puppy Class ( aged 12 weeks – 24 weeks)….12.30pm 

 

Beginners Class (aged 6 months and over)...2:30pm

 

Middle School Class...10.30am ( Cynthia) & 12.30pm ( Barb )

​Pet Dog Class...2.30pm ( Barb )

Pre CCD...2.30pm ( Pauline )

Advanced Obedience..1.30pm (Jodi)

Please scroll down for further details on all these classes…......................

Puppy Class 12.30pm with Kat or Isabel.

 

Congratulations on your new baby family member, but how do you train your furry toddler?

This class is designed to cater for all puppies aged between 12 weeks and 24 weeks of age.

 

Please note that all puppies must have had at least two inoculations up to C4 or C5 level before they can be accepted into a training class.

 

Our Puppy Class will teach your puppy how to focus on you and come when called. You will learn about child safety, doggy manners and how to meet and greet another dog or person while walking on a loose lead and we will teach you how to have fun with your training as you build a strong bond with your puppy.

 

These classes are structured into 4 week blocks and all bookings and payments are to be made online only. New block classes start every two weeks. We also limit numbers to 8 handlers per block so classes can fill very quickly.

 

If you would like to join an available Puppy Class please click on the intake button below. Please be aware that if you are not a current member of the club then you will need to complete a membership application as part of the class enrollment process.

...Book Your Class Here...

 

If no class is offered it means that all available classes are now fully booked.

If you have any enquiries in regards to this class please use the“ Contact Us “ option on the home page menu.

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Beginners Class 2.30pm with Cynthia and Michelle.

 

This class is designed to cater for all dogs aged over 6 months.

 

Our Beginners Class will teach you how to bond with your dog, how to walk on a loose lead and come when called.

You will learn about child safety, doggy manners (no jumping up) and how to meet and greet another dog or person.

 

These classes are structured into 4 week blocks and all bookings and payments are to be made online only.

We also limit numbers to 10 handlers per block so classes can fill very quickly.

 

If you would like to join an available Beginners Class please click on the intake button below.

 

Please be aware that if you are not a current member of the club then you will need to complete a membership application as part of the class enrollment process.

...Book Your Class Here...

If no class is offered it means that all available classes are now fully booked.

While you are waiting for access to a class we would like to assist you with some basic training at home so we have set up a dedicated Face Book page called HDTC Beginner B ( please ask to join and be added to the group ) to assist handlers with their training. As this is a closed group feel free to ask questions and the instructors will do their best to answer your issue.

 

Also please check “ UNITS “ in the menu line and follow the training videos from 1 to 6 which cover some aspects of the course. Feel free to post your comments and / or video to the group.

If you have any enquiries in regards to this class please use the “ Contact Us “ option on the home page menu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School 10.30am with Cynthia or at 12.30pm with Barb.

For dogs and puppies who have completed Puppy Class or Beginners and who wish to build upon the skills learnt in either of those classes.

If you have any enquiries in regards to this class please use the “ Contact Us “ button on the home page menu.

Pet Dog Class 2.30pm with Barb.

 

This class is for handlers who have completed Middle School or were in Pet Dog before lockdown, and who would like to continue training their dog to become the perfect family pet.

 

These classes are structured into 8 week blocks and are limited to 8 handlers per block.

 

If you have any enquiries in regards to this class please use the “ Contact Us “ button on the home page menu.

 

 

PERFORMANCE OBEDIENCE.

Pre CCD 2.30pm with Pauline.

This class is for handlers who have completed Pet Dog or already done some Pre CCD  ( Pre Community Companion Dog). 

 

It will build on the exercises required to pass either Club tests or enter Trialing.

 

There will be a short assessment at the end of each month. Once the test has been passed 3 times dogs can move to Jody’s Advanced Obedience class to further hone their skills.

 

Also suitable for those just wanting to continue having fun with their dog.

If you have any enquiries in regards to this class please use the “ Contact Us “ option on the home page menu.

 

Advanced Obedience 1.30pm with Jody

 

This class is for handlers and dogs that have completed Pre CCD with Pauline.

 

If you have any enquiries in regards to this class please use the “ Contact Us “ option on the home page menu.

Scent Work

 

All dogs love to sniff, it's the main way they experience the world.  

 

Scent Work is a great positive training experience that will help you understand your dog much better and learn to 'read' them.  It will also strengthen your bond with your dog.

 

Scent Work is now recognised as an ANKC sport which means that dog and handler teams can work towards earning an ANKC title. 

 

Classes for students who have completed an introductory course in Scent Work run each week.

 

For complete beginners we run an Introduction to Scent Work course several times a year to help you get started, or there are several private trainers who run regular courses.

 

If you've started Scent Work and would like to join our regular classes, or if you'd like to know when our next Introduction Course will run, then please email us via our “ Contact Us “ button on the website home page.

 

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Tracking

Tracking teaches your dog to follow a scent trail laid by a person called a track layer. This type of tracking is for competition and the tracks are laid in a specified pattern which the dog must follow.

Track And Search is urban tracking.

Classes are run in blocks on consecutive Sundays over a 5 week period.

Classes are limited to 8 participants and if you are not currently a club member, you will need to purchase a membership at the time of booking.

The club offers an introduction to tracking class during our Summer School period, January, February each year.  

 

If you have any enquiries in regards to this class please use the " Contact Us " button on the home page.

 

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Agility

Agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog around a course of obstacles in a race for both time and accuracy. It requires a good understanding between dog and handler and correct obstacle performance. At HDTC handlers will learn how to use verbal and body cues to guide their dog in addition to teaching their dog to safely perform the various pieces of equipment used on course.
 

Agility classes are performed off-lead on a multi-use ground near roads and cars. For these reasons it is important handlers and dogs have good obedience training and skills (e.g. recall, wait, drop, heel, etc.). Unfortunately, we are not able to accept dogs without a recall or highly reactive dogs into agility classes. We are happy to assist with choices of specialist trainers who can help you.
 

Please note that agility classes are not suitable for puppies.
 

The agility program offered at HDTC starts with......

 

Foundation Agility – 8 sessions all about laying good foundations which will give the handler and their dog confidence in working together as a team. The training is done on the flat with minimal equipment. Please note that a basic level of obedience is required prior to joining this class. 
 

Skills B (Beginner) -  follows on from Foundation and is where basic handling techniques and obstacle performance is learnt. Progression through this level of training can take 3-6 months.
 

Skills A (Advanced) -  is the next level on the agility pathway and at this level handling skills are put into sequences of increasing complexity and length as experience and skills develop. This class also aims to prepare teams for trial competition.
 

Trialing teams then progress to Trial class where there is an opportunity to work more independently, learn more advanced handling techniques and practice complex sequences.
 

If you have already started competing or training elsewhere, please speak with our Agility Instructors so they can assess which class is right for you.
 

Current Timetable.
Instructor Class ...11:00am - 12.00pm
Trial / Skills A (combined) ...12:00pm - 1.20pm
Agility Skills B...1:30pm - 2.30pm

 

If you have enquiries in regards to any of these classes please use the “Contact Us “ button on the home page.

 

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Rally

Rally classes at HDTC require handlers and dogs to have basic skills in Obedience and/or to have participated in the Pet Dog classes. HDTC conducts a 4-week Introduction to Rally course 4-5 times per year. From there, participants join regular Rally classes. Rally Obedience (known as Rally) builds on the positive relationship an owner and their dog already have. While the discipline displays the connection between handler and dog, it also promotes fun and enjoyment. 

 

Rally is a relaxed discipline, designed for the to introduce handlers to the world of dog sports and to have fun with their dog. It is suitable for both novices and the accomplished handler who already competes in a different discipline.
 

A Rally course has numbered stations that dogs and handlers navigate, performing the specified exercise at each sign. Rally participants will be taught how to demonstrate each station with their dog. The novice level requires the dog to be on-lead, higher levels will be off-lead. Handlers are permitted to use hand and verbal cues and encouraged to praise/pat their dog after completing a station, throughout the course. 

There are several Club Test Days conducted throughout the year which will gauge the progress of handlers and their dogs. The Club also conducts official Australian National Kennel Club trials each year for those who wish to compete in this discipline. Links to ANKC Rally rules and signs are found under the Obedience section HERE.

 

To apply for Rally Club Title and Rally Trial Title awards, please fill in the forms online, or request a paper copy from Wendy, Bec or Jencie. Closing date for applications, 28th November, 2021.

Rally Club Title Application   https://www.cognitoforms.com/HobartDogTrainingClub/HDTCClubRallyTitleApplication

Rally Trial Title Application  https://www.cognitoforms.com/HobartDogTrainingClub/HDTCTrialRallyTitleApplication

 

PLEASE NOTE: Rally class numbers are limited so if spaces are filled, a waiting list is available.
   
If you have any inquiries in regards to this class please use the " Contact Us " button on the home page.

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FLYBALL

 

Flyball is a sport in which teams of dogs race against each other over hurdles to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring loaded pad, then back to the finish line while carrying the ball.

 

Flyball is suitable for all dog breeds and sizes. It is an excellent outlet for many behaviours your dog enjoys including running , jumping, fetching and retrieving. It provides an entertaining and active way to interact with your dog, building your bond & relationship in an enjoyable and safe environment. 

Rachel and Cathy hold a 60 minute class at 10.30am every Sunday at the Domain.

If you have any inquiries in regards to this class please use the" Contact Us " button on the home page.

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