Spot’s Pet Dog Training Course: Level 1

For puppies 12 -16 weeks (fully vaccinated) & older puppies. Maximum 6 dogs per class.

Spot’s Pet Dog Training Course: Level 1 is an innovative and comprehensive course that is designed to provide you with the information and training to assist your dog to become a social and productive member of your family and the community.

The training methods used are gentle, positive and reward based. These methods help you to develop a strong relationship with your dog.

The skills and knowledge you acquire from this course will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge to assist you in addressing your dog’s needs throughout all stages of its life.


The first session of the course is a two hour Owner Education Session (without dogs). In this session we will discuss:

  • How Dogs Learn
  • Introduction to Positive Reinforcement Training
  • Pack Structure: the real story!
  • Leadership Program
  • Dealing with Spot at home
  • What’s a Clicker
  • Using your Clicker or Bridge word
  • Homework

In this session we check how your homework is progressing, how your dog is responding and we polish your skills.

We also look at the main problem areas you have with your dog and give you advice.

One of the main areas people struggle with is lead walking. At this session we can look at your equipment and maybe suggest a change to make your training easier.


Finally you and your dog advance to a group class situation. This allows you to begin working with the distraction of other dogs and people and to continue with your dog’s social education.

Notes and homework sheets will be provided each week, please keep these in your Folders.

Skills covered in class include:

  • Attention on Owner
  • Sit
  • Drop
  • Stand
  • Recalls
  • Loose Lead Walking
  • Stay / Mat training
  • Polite Interactions with Dogs & People
  • Calming your Dog
  • Leave it
  • Doorway Manners

Owner Education covered in class:

  • Dog Body Language
  • Appropriate Socialization
  • Environmental Enrichment
  • Problem Behaviour Prevention
  • Further Training

Cost: $300 – includes your training kit: iclicker, treat bag, folder and notes (RRP $36)

Classes available Saturdays and Sundays – call for the next available class.