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

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.