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NTDTC provides a number of classes throughout the year, below are a summary of the main classes which are run. For more information or to sign up for an upcoming class click the 'Read More' button.

Introductory

COVID-19 UPDATE: ALL TRAINING ON HOLD 

Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer classes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to resume later this year.

 

The first stages of training are to learn the basics, all dogs from puppy to older, toy Maltese's or a large Great Dane, will get some form of benefit from obedience training. The basic steps of training will provide a social, responsible, and pleasurable dog who will respond to the basic commands.

 

The basics provided in the introductory classes include:

  • How to train, and the best times to train
  • Recall (come) on command
  • Basic heel work
  • Sit and stay on command (30 seconds, on lead)
  • Down and stay on command (1 minute, on lead)

Grade 1


Grade 1 extends on the skills taught during Introductory classes. As well as improving on these existing skills, additional things are added including:

  • Heeling and Turning in a heel
  • Retrieve (Holding a dumbbell)
  • Sit stay (off lead)
  • Down Stay (off lead)
  • Stand Stay (off lead)
  • Novice Recall (come)

 

Grade 2

Grade 2 extends further on Grade 1, extending the length of the stay, and progressing the grade 1 skills with:

  • Heeling and turning (off lead)
  • Complex turns in a heel (on lead)
  • Retrieve (Bringing the dumbbell back)
  • Test A recall (come into a heel)

Beginner Agility

If your dog is more than 12 months old and has completed the introductory obedience class, you may wish to try dog agility.  Agility is a fun and fast-paced dog sport that requires a handler to direct their dog through an obstacle course of hurdles, hoops, tunnels, weave poles, A-frames and dog-walks, whilst racing against the clock.