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Dog Socialisation Classes (Play Groups)


What is a Dog Socialisation Class (Play Group)?

Our dog training socialization classes (play groups) are designed for dogs who are friendly with other dogs but might be either scared of big group play (lots of dogs playing), need some practice at reading other dog’s body language or need to play in a fenced area. 

These classes are extremely small in size (usually only 4-5 dogs allowed) and they are run in a completely fenced area.  There is a qualified and experienced instructor who will guide and advise you and your dog throughout the class.  


Why should I attend a Dog Socialisation Class (Play Group)? 

We believe that it is unsafe and potentially dangerous for dogs and puppies to play at off-leash dog parks and dog beaches. Physical and psychological damage can occur to your dog from other dogs that may bully, harass or try to fight your dog.  You cannot control the behaviours of other strange and unknown dogs towards your dog.

That’s why we have provided a safe alternative. 

If you would like your dog to interact and socialise in a safe, controlled, supervised and fenced environment, then enroll now!


What are the benefits of a Dog Socialisation Class (Play Group)?

  • Your dog will have the opportunity to interact with other dogs in a safe and controlled environment
     
  • Your dog will be able to be off lead in a fenced area without you worrying your dog will run on the road or run away from you.
     
  • You will learn to read the body language of other dogs so you know when to intervene in play.
     
  • Your dog will learn to read other dogs signals including play, calming and cut off signals.
     
  • These classes are fully supervised by a highly experienced and qualified trainer

What age can my dog join this class? 

We accept dogs from approximately 5 months and onwards in these classes.


Which dogs are not suitable for this class?

These classes are NOT suitable for dog's who have shown reactive or aggressive behaviour (barking, lunging, growling and snapping towards other dogs) or don’t like to interact with other dogs they don’t know. 

Please contact us if your dog has displayed these behaviours towards other dogs so we can help you through a private consultation. 


What will you and your dog learn in this class? 

In these classes, you will learn how to read a dog's body language and how dogs play, as well as gain some valuable knowledge on how to keep your dog safe around other dogs in a social environment. The dogs will be both on and off leash and there will be breaks throughout the class for dogs to rest and learn to settle. 

Your dog will learn to read other dog’s body language including invitations to play, calming signals and cut off signals from other dogs when play gets too rough.  Your dog will interact with dogs of different breeds, sizes and ages.

This is NOT a ‘free for all’ play group.  We do NOT let the dogs off lead for the whole class and let them ‘sort things out’.  This can be very dangerous.

Dogs need to learn how to socialize, play over time and learn impulse control around other dogs in an on and off lead environment.  Dogs need to get to know other unfamiliar dogs in the class and this is done gradually over 4 weeks.


Upcoming Classes

Date:                           Sunday 04 March 2018 (and each Sunday for 4 weeks)
Venue:                        Adamstown Public School
Time:                           8 - 8:45 am
Cost:                           $140 for a 4 week class
Max no of dogs:          4-5

To enrol in this class please fill out the registration form, make payment and then return the registration form to info@dogaholics.com.au

PLEASE NOTE:
* Your spot will only be confirmed once payment is made. 
* Class dates and times are subject to change. 
* If a class does not meet minimum numbers, the class will be rescheduled or cancelled.
 

See dates above for Play Group classes

Sniffer Dog Training Classes


What are Sniffer Dog Training Classes?

Sniffer classes are a dog training class run in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie that involves your dog using their nose to find treats hidden in boxes. As your dog gains confidence, they progress to finding treats indoors, outdoors and vehicles, before eventually moving onto detecting odours!


It's new and fun!

‘Sniffer Dog Training’ is a fairly new activity run in the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie area.  This dog training class allows dogs to use their natural hunting instincts and their amazing noses to detect scent.  It is very similar to the work that scent detection dogs do, however this sport is for owners and their pet dog.


Does my dog need to have done any prior dog training?

Your dog does not need any previous training to do this sport.   None at all.


Are any obedience behaviours required?

This is an obedience free sport. 
No obedience behaviours are required or allowed in the sport.


What type of dogs can do this class?

  • Dogs of all ages including puppies, young dogs or old dogs
  • Anxious, shy or nervous dogs
  • Dogs who lunge or bark (reactive behaviours) towards other dogs or people
  • Hyperactive dogs and dogs with lots of energy
  • Blind or deaf dogs
  • Arthritic dogs
  • Dogs restricted from doing other sports due to injuries
  • Dogs with disabilities

 ALL DOGS CAN DO THIS SPORT!
All your dog needs is their nose.  That’s it! 


Does sniffer training use a dog's mental energy?

Sniffer training uses your dog’s brain.  This requires lots of mental energy. Our dogs have become unemployed, so sniffer training gives them a job to do.  You can do this activity with your dog when you get home, when you go out, you can do sniffer training almost anywhere, anytime! This is a fun, lifelong activity for your dog.


What will my dog actually do in class?

You dog will learn to search for a specific odour and find the source of that odour in real world environments.  In our classes, dogs work one at a time and rest in between so they can process the search.  This means that reactive, shy, or fearful dogs can enjoy this class too.  We use positive reinforcement in this class.

At the beginning, we start with your dog searching for some really yummy food like BBQ chicken, cheese, cabanossi or whatever else your dog really loves.  This is usually done indoors first, then outdoors and finally on a vehicle.

Once the dog has undertaken a series of searches in a variety of environments the dog will progress to odours.  The dog will learn to search for a specific target odour and find the source of that odour.  The dog is then rewarded by their owner with their favourite food or toy. 

Owners and their dogs will go through four different search elements.  They are containers, interiors, exteriors and vehicles.   Dogs will gradually learn foundation search skills in all of these four elements whilst build their hunting drive.  Searches become more difficult and handlers are required to observe their dogs closely in order to know when to take action during a search. 


What does the owner do in this class?

You will learn to read your dog’s body language, hunting style and signals when they have detected an odour and then when they have found an odour.  You are there to learn from your dog and to support your dog in the searches.  You will improve your handling and observational skills as time goes on.

During the search, the owner does very little other than to follow the dog, make sure they don’t get in the way and the leash doesn’t get tight.  The dog knows more than we do in this activity.  Always remember, we are the students and your dog is the teacher! 


How can this dog training class help my dog?

This class can help all dogs including reactive dogs who learn to focus on finding the scent instead of reacting to other dogs.  It helps fearful and shy dogs become more confident with the environment knowing that when we go out, we are hunting.  It can help hyperactive dogs get energy out and focus on a task.  It also gives older dogs a gentle activity to do whilst continuing to use their brains.  A dog never stops learning!  Any dog will benefit from this training class.


What do you need to do this class?

  • Your dog and yourself
  • A flat buckle collar or harness (no choker chains, martingale collars, slip collars etc)
  • Minimum 6-foot leash (no retractable leashes please)

What are the benefits of sniffer dog training classes?

  • Sniffer Dog Training really works a dog’s brain hard
  • Keeps your dog’s mind active, whatever their age
  • No prior training or obedience behaviours needed
  • Good for reactive dogs as each dog will not come into contact with other dogs
  • Builds confidence of shy, nervous or timid dogs
  • Strengthens the bond between owner and dog

Upcoming Classes

LEVEL 1 & 2 - Sniffer Dog Training

This class is for dogs who have never participated in sniffer dog training before and those who have already participated in one or more sniffer dog training classes with us.

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

Date:                           Sunday 04 March 2018 (and each Sunday for 4 weeks)
Venue:                        Adamstown Public School
Time:                           9 - 9:45 am
Cost:                           $160 for 4 week class
Max no of dogs:          3

To enrol in this class please fill out the registration form, make payment and then return the registration form to info@dogaholics.com.au

PLEASE NOTE:
* Your spot will only be confirmed once payment is made. 
* Class dates and times are subject to change. 
* If a class does not meet minimum numbers, the class will be rescheduled or cancelled.
 


LEVEL 2 - Sniffer Dog Training: Beyond the Basics

This class is for dogs who have already participated in one or more sniffer dog training classes with us. 

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

Date:                           Sunday 04 March 2018 (and each Sunday for 4 weeks)
Venue:                        Adamstown Public School
Time:                           10 - 10:45 am
Cost:                           $160 for 4 week class
Max no of dogs:          3

To enrol in this class please fill out the registration form, make payment and then return the registration form to info@dogaholics.com.au

PLEASE NOTE:
* Your spot will only be confirmed once payment is made. 
* Class dates and times are subject to change. 
* If a class does not meet minimum numbers, the class will be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please see above dates for Sniffer Dog Classes
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