Training Information

FAQs

  • Where and When do you train?

    We train at Lexcen Park, corner of Venturi Drive & Hodges Drive, Ocean Reef 6027.

    We train Sunday mornings with the general exception of school holidays and public holidays and mid-Term breaks but be sure to check our training calendar for training dates and session times.

    Training is split into two sessions,

    • the 1st session starts at 8.00am in Terms 1 & 4 and 8.30am in Terms 2 & 3;
    • the 2nd session starts at 9.15am in Terms 1 & 4 and at 9.45am in Terms 2 & 3.

    Generally, Junior Puppy, Class 2 and Class 3 train in the 1st session and Class 1 and Class 4  train in the 2nd session.

    Classes start SHARP on the designated time so please be punctual to avoid disruption and inconvenience.

  • How and What do you teach at training?

    Our principle is ‘We train you, you train your dog’.

    Our method of training, in all classes, is ‘Positive Reinforcement’; we do not allow rough treatment, tagging, shouting or force at training.

    In Junior Puppy Class for dogs under 20 weeks of age on joining – we teach socialisation, good manners, bite inhibition and basic behaviours eg sit, down, come, walk on a loose lead, settle etc.

    In Class 1 – for New Members with dogs over 20 weeks of age on joining plus the previous terms Junior Puppy Class – we introduce more formal subjects ie sit, down, stand, come, stays, walk on loose lead, settle, socialisation etc. but also ‘Real Life’ situations likely to be encountered in and around home for which varied apparatus is set out and utilised.

    Class 2 automatically follows Class 1 and we build on the basics to a higher level of precision and reliability.

    Class 3 automatically follows Class 2 and finally to Class 4 for the final term.

  • When can I bring my Dog for the first time?

    (a) The youngest age a dog can join is after having had its second injection and generally having waited 10 days thereafter, which in effect means around 13 weeks of age.

    (b) There is no upper-age limit albeit the older the dog the more work is likely to be required from the handler to maybe have to change ‘old tricks’.

  • How do I enrol?

    Electronically: Having accessed our website at www.joondalupdogtraining.com.au and clicked ‘How Do I Join‘ on the Home Page, you will read that you will be required to register your interest in joining via an email message located on the Contacts page.

    We will send a reply email asking if you wish to go on to the waiting list for the next available term.  The email will include the Training Calendar and ‘Introduction to Joondalup Dog Training Club’ information sheet to help you with your decision.

    On receipt of a “yes”, we will confirm that you are on the waiting list and ‘in the system’ – and when you can expect your next email with the joining/reporting instructions – generally about 3 weeks out from term start.

    The Joining/Reporting email will come with:-

    • COVID-19 Safety Plan;
    • Membership Application form;
    • Direct Transfer payment details;
    • Core Exercise sheet;
    • Training Calendar;
    • New Member Information sheet;
    • Your reporting point ie Class; Flag colour; Start Time.
  • What happens at Registration?

    You will have already received advice from the Admin Team detailing which Class and report point/time to attend on your first day (generally the first week of term).  It will have included the option to email the completed Membership Application form and vaccination record of the dog.  In this circumstance, there is nothing to bring on your first day and we will present you with your badge(s) and receipt for you payment in your Class on your first day.

    If you are unable to email your Membership Application form and vaccination record of your dog, you will be required to bring both to your Class on your first day.  They will be collected by the Admin Team in exchange for your badge(s) and payment receipt at the beginning of the Class, processed, and your vaccination record returned by the end of the session.

    You will also receive a follow-up email of welcome a few days later which will include your password to the Members page of the website.

  • What do I need to bring for my dog?

    You will need a collar and lead for your dog – Choker Chains and Retractable Leads are NOT permitted – and your dog MUST be on lead at all times unless otherwise instructed by your Instructor.

    Bring plenty of soft treats eg cheese, sausage etc, a bumbag for food treats, water and a water bowl.

  • What do I wear?

    First and foremost wear sensible, enclosed shoes – to avoid accidents and/or injuries; consequently thongs are NOT acceptable.

    Avoid loose fitting garments that will flap and get in the way of your training.

    Bring sun screen and suitable head wear on warm days and a raincoat for rainy days.

  • Can my child do the training with our dog?

    Our responsibilities as well as our insurance cover do NOT allow any child under 12 years of age to handle a dog at training either to and from the class or during the class.

    However for those aged 12 to 15 years of age, they can handle the dog but MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

  • Do I have to use food in training? What if my dog does not want the food? Do I have to have food with me forever?

    Food is absolutely one of the most perfect rewards in class.  It is quick, it is easy to carry and it is a wonderful way to gauge your dogs’ mood eg a fearful or highly stressed dog won’t eat.  It is especially convenient and easy to use during initial training because you can cut it up into small pieces, put it in your pocket or training pouch and use it repeatedly within one training session.

    If your dog is not interested in food treats then a favourite, non-squeaky toy could be a better option in order to get and maintain the focus of the dog.

    As training progresses the dog is gradually weaned off of treats coincidental with performing tasks/instructions on demand without the need for food enticement.

    As your dog matures and progresses through training you will find that the best rewards are relevant ‘life rewards’ ie allowing your dog to do what he/she wants as a reward for good behaviour.  These can be activities like going for a walk or throwing a toy or having their dinner etc.

  • Do I have to bring my dog with me?

    Yes you will need to have your dog with you in order to get the moves right.  You will then be able to practice the moves correctly at home.

    However, We do have instances where we recommend a member comes to training without their dog so as not to miss the teachings of the Instructor – remember “we train you; you train the dog”.  This can occur if your puppy is too young to start at the beginning of term or, where your dog has been injured, de-sexed or for other health reasons.

    It is worth considering this option should you be faced with any such  circumstance.

  • Is Training ever cancelled?

    Yes, when bad weather or temperatures nearing 40 degrees are forecast, we will cancel training.

    A message of cancellation will be posted on the Latest News page of this website and on our Facebook page.  So, on such occasions, please check either of those sites after 6.45am on the Sunday in question before setting off for training.

    If there is no message of cancellation by 7.00am then training will be ON.

  • How long will it take to train my dog?

    All dogs and all handlers are different and learn at different speeds and have different goals/standards of what they want to achieve from our training.  Also young dogs need time to grow and develop.

    Most critically though is the undeniable fact that all good training revolves around repetition and dog training is no exception – for both dog and handler.  Consequently the more training that can be done between training days – in line with the information we provide at training or in the booklet(s) –  the quicker the objectives can be achieved.

    It will take 12 months minimum to progress from Junior Beginner Class to (successfully complete) Advanced Class and that would achieve the highest standard6 months would achieve a good standard but, without doubt, the most significant progress will be achieved in the first 8 weeks.

  • Do I receive a certificate at the end of my training?

    Yes, you will receive an email with a Certificate of Achievement on completion of your 4th term.

  • My dog has been attacked previously in a park and is very nervous around other dogs; should I come to training?

    Yes, but we will need to know of your concerns prior to the Registration process on your first day so that one of our Instructors can assess your dog before you join.  There is every likelihood that we will be able to accommodate you but, if not, we will offer you a way forward.

  • I have a Reactive/Aggressive dog; will I be accepted for training?

    Our loyalties have to be, as a Pet Training Club,  with those who expect to come to training without fear or concern of reactive/aggressive dogs.  Consequently we are unable to accommodate reactive or agressive dogs.  It is vitally important therefore that such information is divulged before the Registration stage.  We have a list of one-on-one Specialist trainers that we can provide you with which may help you.

  • What should I do if my bitch comes into season?

    You will not be able to come to training for the duration of the season ie at least 3 weeks.

  • Can I buy merchandise at the Club?

    Alas no but we do have some spare equipment which can be loaned for the training session if needed.

  • How would I go about becoming an Instructor?

    Initially please make your interest known to any of our Instructors/Admin people and we will take it from there.  We are always in need of new Instructors and Administration people.

  • Class sizes

    We try to keep class sizes to around 12 dogs per Class. Sometimes we may need to increase those numbers should an Instructor be unavailable at any time.