Advanced Skills

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Advanced Skills class incorporates different types of classes into one. Assistance Dog Training, Treiball, Doggy Dancing, Trick Dog Training and Scent Detection Training. We can help you to train one of these areas or multiple.

Advanced/ Assistance Dog Skills 

Thursday night 8.30pm weekly

ASSISTANCE DOG TRAINING

You may require your dog to help you with your day to day life, especially if you have limitations of your physical abilities. Or you may have a spouse or child that could benefit with the help from your dog.

We can train many different Advance Skills, for example opening the door or fridge door, remove your shoes and/or socks, alerting you to a sound or sight, picking up items.

TREIBALL

Treibball (pronounced try-ball) is an awesome new dog sport and is a fun game for dogs of any size or breed. Dogs learn to run around 8 large exercise balls, pushing the balls one at a time with their nose or shoulder straight into the goal as quickly as possible.

Treibball promotes better teamwork and communication between dog and handler as they develop skills in distance work and impulse control.

During this class your dog will learn how to play the game, which involves:

  • Out runs
  • Orientation
  • Distance work
  • Nose targets & ball push
  • Impulse control
  • Increase speed
  • Goal scoring

DOGGY DANCING

Doggy Dancing provides handlers and their dogs with an opportunity to demonstrate a skilful, choreographed routine, performed to music.  While having its foundation in obedience heelwork, Doggy Dancing enables the handler to include innovative and creative moves and movement in time to music, giving the illusion of dance.   In Heelwork to Music (HTM), another division of DoggyDancing, which is more closely aligned to obedience heelwork, the dog performs in one or more of the prescribed heelwork positions for at  least 60% of the routine.

Doggy Dancing is suitable for handlers of all ages and dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages.  There are no compulsory moves in Doggy Dancing Freestyle and the handler develops the routine to showcase the individual dog’s strengths and can omit moves which the dog finds difficult or which are not yet perfected.

In Doggy Dancing, handlers and their dogs develop a terrific rapport and, most of all, have fun doing it!  Spectators also thoroughly enjoy watching the sport and seeing the enjoyment of the dogs and marvelling at their achievements.

TRICK DOG TRAINING

Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert and Champion levels

Trick Training is a great way to develop a closer bond with your dog as you work towards goals and enjoy the fun. It helps to improve communication and understanding with your dog and can also increase your dog’s confidence, strength, balance and focus.

Throughout the class you will be assessed by Amy Van Dyk to gain points to achieve your NTD (Novice Trick Dog Title), ITD (Intermediate Trick Dog Title), ATD (Advanced Trick Dog Title), ETD (Expert Trick Dog Title) and eventually even Champion Trick Dog Title through ‘Do More With Your Dogs USA’ (the official sanctioning and organising body for the sport of Dog Tricks).

SCENT DETECTION TRAINING

The objective is to teach the dogs to discriminate one scent and indicate it.

We begin by improving the relationship/communication between dog and owner so it works for our goal of scent detection. Then, we teach the dog the indication behavior that we want it to show us when it detects the target scent. The next step consists of getting the dog acquainted with the target scent (and to indicate it). Finally, we move to discrimination where the dog has to identify the target scent from among others.

Finally, we move to blind detection where the target scent is hidden in a location unknown to both dog and owner.

 

Price

$30 per lesson on a casual basis
Thursday 8.30pm weekly

Other details

Before commencing Advanced Skills Training, your dog needs some basic skills, so completion of Advance Behavioural Training's Level 1 obedience or equivalent is recommended
Classes are held at 8.30pm on Thursday evenings