Do's and Don'ts of Dog Obedience Classes
Do – ask before you, your dog or your children approach someone else’s dog. (Don’t assume that because a dog that looks friendly will always be pleased to meet you).
Do – be conscientious with your homework – ideal training periods are 10-15 minutes per day. Long training periods can do more harm than good. Dogs can become bored and their attitude to training can sour.
Do – listen to your Instructor, even if their remarks are being directed to another member and even if you have heard the explanation several times before, there could be something you have forgotten, or it could be explained in a way you haven’t heard before.
Do – remember to praise your dog for every satisfactory response (not only at training but also around the house), otherwise how will your dog know when he has done the right thing!
Do – feel free to discuss your problems with our Instructors and Committee. If you have a grievance to make, please bring the matter to Committee whether it is about an Instructor, fellow Member or Committee Member.
Do – be guided by your Instructors.
Do – be a good sport and accept necessary constructive criticism and advice in the right manner; after all we are trying to help you.
Do – be patient with your dog. Try to analyse his reactions to increase your understanding of your dog’s behaviour.
Do – bring your children with you and leave them with a friend whilst you are training. They may even decide to start training their own dog one-day. What a better way to learn than to see Mum or Dad train.
Do – observe our club rules and avoid the embarrassment of being reminded.
…and some Don’ts
Don’t allow your dogs to roughhouse while playing, it usually ends in tears. Socialising is encouraged but not playing. 4 feet on the ground at all times!
Don’t allow your dog to exhibit dominant behaviour over other dogs e.g. standing on tiptoes or climbing over the top of them. Eventually someone will take offence.
Don’t allow your dog to mark territory (urinate or defecate) whilst at the Club. Try to get this done before you get to training. If your dog does defecate please ensure you pick it up immediately.
Don’t wear loose or floppy clothing i.e. skirts, dresses, baggy pants or any type of apparel that could flap in the dogs face/body. Avoid thongs or moccasins as they can distract the dog and you could quite easily lose your footing.
Don’t smoke in class.
Don’t be cruel. It will not be tolerated in any training sessions or anywhere on or in the immediate training area or grounds.
Don’t give up. Sometimes it takes several months before some dogs begin to show signs of improvement- With persistence you will achieve your training goals.
Don’t expect miracles. Remember, the only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Don’t forget to praise.
Don’t be discouraged if your progress is slower than others. You may end up with the better dog by doing things more thoroughly. Don’t be in a hurry!
Don’t leave your dog unattended.
Don’t discard the membership booklet! Re-read it from time to time to satisfy yourself that you are following the instructions and getting the most out of the club.