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Dog Obedience Training Classes MelbourneDog Obedience Training in Melbourne

A well trained dog is a pleasure to own and have around company. Most common dog behaviour problems such as- Pulling, Lunging, Jumping, Over Excitement and Excessive barking are usually a by product of lack of training.

At Positive K9 Training, we pride ourselves on offering services that can help you and your dog. Remember when your not training your dog, they are most likely training themselves into bad habits.

Our Group training class options are listed below.

Lifestyle Dog Obedience

Enrollment fee: $100

Class cost: $20 per class or 5 class pass for $80

Time and location: Sundays 10:15 AM- Reservoir Reserve, Grange Rd, Kew Vic 3101.

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Intermediate to Advanced
Dog Obedience Training

​Fee: Initial payment for $80 for 5 weeks, after 5 weeks you can pay casually at $20 per class or purchase another 5 week block for $80

Time and location: Sundays 10:15 AM – Reservoir Reserve, Grange Rd Kew Vic 3101

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Your once off enrollment fee gives you access to all of our dog obedience training classes for the life of your dog, read our class update for further info on all of our classes, or keep reading below for further details.

Melbourne Dog SchoolLifestyle Dog Obedience Training

This class is designed to get the best out of your dog, to give you a better understanding as well as having your dog be a pleasurable part of your life. This is very different to the standard boring military style obedience class (ie spending up to an hour giving obedience commands walking in straight lines).

This class in designed to give you the skills to having the lovable companion that is a safe and trusted member of your family in social environments. This class will also cover the foundations of k9 learning, to help you create a dog that is willing and able to learn.

Equipment required:

Collars: Flat collar, check chain, martingale, slip collar or no-pull harness.

Leash: Training lead 1.4-1.8 meters In length

Treats: broken/cut up into small pieces anything juicy that your dog enjoys. Such as devon, chicken pieces, left over roast or soft training treats from a pet store.

Clothing: Shoes must be worn and under no circumstances will thongs or sandals be allowed.

Lifestyle obedience level 1

Covering foundations & teaching your dog reliable basics.

Exercises to be covered

  • Social walking.
  • Proper use of equipment and fitting of corrective devices if needed.
  • Introduction of the Positive Marker for desired behaviour
  • Introduction of a negative marker for bad behaviour
  • Manual handling- sit and stand.
  • Sit
  • Name Game
  • Introduction to focus work
  • Recall- regular lead and long line can also be used.
  • Drop/Down position
  • Mat training
  • Introduction to food refusal/ leave it command
  • Moving into variable reinforcement

Pass requirements to move into Lifestyle 2

  • Can reliably Sit for 60 seconds until released
  • Can stay on mat for 30 seconds until released
  • Walk on a loose lead for 1 minute
  • Can demonstrate a correction if and when needed.
  • Dog performs exercises on variable reinforcement
  • Can come at length of lead
  • Can hold a drop and or down position for 30 seconds
  • Leave it- food on the ground
  • Dog is relaxed whilst being handled
  • Dog has an understanding of a release command

Lifestyle obedience level 2

Putting it all together and creating further reliability

Exercises to be covered

  • Social walking- Ensuring reliability
  • Stand from basic position and introducing stand for exam
  • Sit- Working on Distance, Duration and Distraction
  • Introduction to distance work- Sit and down at a distance
  • Mat training- Working on Distance, Duration and Distraction
  • Leave it- leaving food on the ground and also from people
  • Recall- Long line is encouraged to be used.
  • Introduction to heel work
  • Improving focus/eye contact
  • Social exercises, sitting and remaining calm whilst meeting other dogs
  • Down position- phasing out body language
  • Variable reinforcement and using different types of rewards
  • Q&A at the end of each class and trick or agility

Pass requirements to move into Level 3 intermediate

  • Sit for 2 minutes until released with distraction at full lead length
  • Can stay on mat 2 minutes until released with distraction at full lead length
  • Walk on a loose lead for 2 minutes with distraction
  • Can demonstrate a correction if and when needed.
  • Dog performs exercises on variable reinforcement
  • Recall from a distance of 5 meters
  • Can hold a drop/down position for 2 minutes until released with distraction at full lead length
  • Dog can demonstrate a return to heel position
  • Dog can demonstrate a commanded “Stand” from a sitting position
  • Food refusal (from 1 metre on the ground or being offered)

Lifestyle obedience level 3 Intermediate

Introduction to formal obedience and increasing reliability under distraction

Exercises to be covered

  • Social walking
  • Stand from basic position and also stand for exam
  • Sit and down- Working on Distance, Duration and Distraction
  • Change of position at a distance
  • Mat training- dog should be sent from at least 5 meter distance
  • Leave it- leaving food on the ground and also from people- with handler at a distance
  • Recall- Formal and informal- Long line is encouraged to be used.
  • Heel work- should include all turns, halts etc.
  • Social exercises, sitting and remaining calm whilst meeting other dogs
  • Variable reinforcement and using different types of rewards
  • Focus/eye contact extending duration
  • Q&A, trick or agility training

Pass requirements to move into Level 4 Advanced

  • Sit for 3 minutes until released with distraction at 5 metres distance
  • Can stay on mat for 5 minutes with distraction 5 metres distance
  • Walk on a loose lead around the park circuit
  • Can demonstrate a correction if and when needed.
  • Dog performs exercises on variable reinforcement
  • Can come from distance of 10 metres
  • Can hold a down position for 5 minutes with distraction at 5 metres distance
  • Dog is able to stand for exam
  • Leave it- food on the ground and also from person
  • Dog can demonstrate a return to heel position
  • Absence of aggression towards dogs or people

Lifestyle obedience level 4 advanced

Proofing your dog’s obedience, so you can feel confident taking your dog into any situation whilst maintaining full control and off leash obedience.

Exercises to be covered

  • Social walking with automatic sit
  • Sit, down and stand on the move normal and fast pace
  • Distance control sit, down and stand from at least 15 metres
  • Sit and down on recall
  • Mat training and send away with distance control
  • Food refusal with handler at a distance
  • Formal recall long distance
  • Heel work- should include all turns, halts and positions on the move
  • Social exercises, sitting and remaining calm whilst meeting other dogs
  • Out of sight stays
  • Off leash work
  • Variable reinforcement and using different types of rewards
  • Focus and eye contact under distraction
  • Use of strictly verbal commands or hand signals
  • Introduction to scent training
  • Introduction to Rally-O and competition obedience
  • Trick training