Adult Dog Classes are suitable for dogs aged 6 months or older. The Club offers a 6 week Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Course. 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. The Club runs further Advanced Training (Classes 2 to 4), for which promotion tests must be passed for progression.

Responsible Dog Ownership Course

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

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 Class 1 of the Club's Advanced Training Classes.

Read more: Responsible Dog Ownership Course

Read more: Foundation Class

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

Advanced Training Classes

The Club also runs classes for dogs that have completed our Responsible Dog Ownership Course. Progression to Class 1 is earned by recorded attendance for each week of the 6 week Responsible Dog Ownership Course. Progression to Classes 2, 3 and 4 is earned by passing promotion tests.

In addition to providing incrementally more challenging training, the advanced classes consolidate and perfect the training learned at lower levels, while continuing to offer opportunities for socialisation and stabilisation in increasingly more complex situations for the dog and handler.

Jeff M. with Boss (2012)

Training objectives and promotion test requirements for each class include:

Class 1:

  • Heel on loose lead, all turns at normal pace
  • Automatic Sits
  • Sit, Stand and Down on command - voice & hand signals
  • Stand for Examination by Instructor
  • Recall and Return to Heel around handler
  • 30 second Sit and 1 minute Down Stays beside other dogs

Class 2:

  • Heel on loose lead, all turns at all paces
  • High standard automatic Sits
  • Sit, Stand and Down on command
  • Stand for Exam on 3 metre lead
  • Recall and Return to Heel
  • 1 minute Sit and 2 minute Down Stays
  • Introduce Fetching Dumbbell on lead

Class 3:

  • Heeling perfection, all paces, automatic Sits
  • Heel off lead
  • Sit, Stand and Down, all paces
  • Stand for Exam off lead
  • Recall off lead
  • Return to heel from all positions
  • 1 minute Sit and 3 minute Down Stays
  • Fetching Dumbbell off lead
  • Introduce Jumping on command

Class 4:

  • All work for Novice Obedience Trialing & introducing Open Exercises
  • Heeling perfection, all paces, automatic Sits
  • Change of pace when Heeling
  • Figure of 8 Heeling
  • Automatic Sits
  • Sit, Stand and Down on command
  • Stand for Exam off lead
  • 1 minute Sit and 3 minute Down Stays
  • Introduce out-of-sight Stays
  • Recall
  • Introduce Drop-on-Recall - for dogs with Notice Title
  • Fetching Dumbbell off lead
  • Jumping on command
  • Introduce Sit & Down signals from front

Beyond Class 4 the Club offers experienced Instructor and peer-to-peer assistance for handlers wishing to train their dogs for Open and Utility Dog Obedience Trialing.

Next Training Date

Sunday 4th February 2018

Following the Club's season-ending Fun Day on 3rd December, our Helpers and Instructors are now having a well-earned break for the break festive season and summer holidays.

Training resumes at the Club on Sunday, 4th February 2018, which will be a Puppy Joiner our 6-week Puppy Classes (for dogs aged under 6 months). Our first Adult Dog Joiner for 2018 for the Club's Responsible Dog Ownership Course (for dogs 6 months and older) will be on Sunday, 11th February.

Note: Due to the summer heat and humidity, Training and Registration start times are scheduled earlier from the 4th February until the end of Daylight Saving - please see the Training Times page on the Club website for details.

Other Training Dates and details of the Registration/Joining Process are also available from the website.

We wish all our Members, their families and friends, and of course, their dogs, a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to seeing you again in the new year!