The Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Course includes the latest training material and techniques from organisations such as Dogs NSW, and incorporates rules, regulations and responsibilities of dog ownership outlined in information supplied by State Government, local councils, RSPCA and Centennial Parklands.

ESDTC Responsible Dog Ownership Attendance Certificate

The RDO Course uses positive, reward based training techniques to shape the desired behaviour in a dog and strengthen the bond between the dog and its owner.  The course also features discussions on dog care and maintenance and covers important topics such as dog body language and car safety.

A week by week summary of the key points, training exercises and discussion topics covered during the course is provided below.

Recorded attendance for each week of the course earns the owner and dog a Certificate of Attendance and progression to either our Foundation Class, where both can build upon the exercises covered in the RDO Course, or to Class 1 of the Club's Advanced Training Classes.

Please note: Dogs must be fully vaccinated before enrolling in classes. A current vaccination certificate must be provided when joining the Club.

Responsible Dog Ownership Course Resources

The following resources complement the Discussion Points covered in the Club's 6 Week Responsible Dog Ownership Course.

It consists of quotes from and links to various sources, such as the Dogs NSW Obedience Instructors Manual (4th Edition 2012), upon which the Responsible Dog Ownership Course is based, NSW Government website pages, and 3rd party websites.

All attempts have been made in good faith to credit quoted sources. Please contact the Club if you have any concerns about published material.

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Next Training Date

This Sunday, 24th February is an Adult Dog Joiner for our Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Course for dogs aged 6 months and older for 2018.

To help dogs and puppies AND their handlers better cope with potential high temperatures and humidity, class times have been rescheduled to earlier in the morning during February and March. Please check the updated times AND arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start times.

Click for registration & class times.