The Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club has run dog training classes in Centennial Park since 1962. The goal of our group classes is to help owners train, resolve problems with and look after their puppies and adult dogs. The Club also provides incrementally more advanced training classes for those interested in progressing to higher levels of obedience and agility work with their dogs.

All our helpers and instructors are volunteers who give up their time on Sunday mornings to set up and run training throughout the year. The Club is currently looking for volunteer Trainee Instructors for our 6-week Puppy Classes and 6-week Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Course (for adult dogs).

ESDTC RDO Course February 2014

Our Puppy and RDO classes are based on the latest training methods from organisations such as Dogs NSW and incorporate the rules, regulations and responsibilities of dog ownership as set out by the NSW State Government, local councils, RSPCA and Centennial Parklands. The classes use positive, reward-based training techniques to shape desired behaviours and to strengthen the bond between the dog and owner. We also have discussions on dog care and health and cover important topics such as dog body language and car safety.

The Club has a formal Trainee Instructor Program which outlines and records the steps required to become a rostered instructor. In addition, the Club provides full supporting and reference material for our Puppy and RDO classes. The only cost for the 24-week Trainee Instructor Program is the membership fee to join the Club (for insurance purposes) and a commitment to regularly attend training on Sunday mornings.

Please note: We also request graduates commit to being rostered instructors at the Club for at least a further six months after completing the program. There is a two-fold, two-way benefit in this: 1) It helps to consolidate a graduate instructor's dog training skills and 2) It "repays" the Club's initial and ongoing commitment to the instructor.

If you would like to become a dog trainer or would like to enhance your dog training skills by joining our Trainee Instructor Program and potentially becoming an instructor at the Club, then we would like to hear from you. Either come down to our Centennial Park training grounds on a Sunday morning (between 7:30 and 11 o'clock) and ask a helper behind the administration desk about the program or click on the following button and one of our senior instructors will contact you.

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Next Training Date

The Club's training for 2018 ended with our Fun Day on 9th December. Our volunteer Helpers and Instructors are now enjoying a well-earned break for the Festive Season and Summer Holidays.

Training resumes at the Club on 3rd February 2019, which is a Puppy Joiner. The first RDO Course Joiner (for adult dogs aged 6 months and older) is 10th February.

Please check the times AND arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start.