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By koalathebear 30 April 2010 25

We have a very energetic kelpie/border collie cross puppy who is definitely going to need to have obedience training in a few months when he’s old enough.

The Belconnen Dog Obedience Class only has phone inquiries on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings but from the sounds of it – their classes are booked up until the end of the year and they’re taking enrolments for January 2011 – which is way too late for our rambunctious puppy.

Googling hasn’t been very successful thus far.  Does anyone have any recommendations for other dog obedience classes in Canberra? 

We don’t want to the private dog obedience classes – aside from the issue of cost, we think it’s important to get our dog socialiased with other dogs so “private tuition” just wouldn’t be suitable.  Thanks heaps in advance!


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Mumbucks 12:44 am 31 Dec 11

Gungahlin Al said :

There’s a place in Mitchell just off Flemington Rd opposite Sandford Rd intersection.

+ 1 Belconnen obedience .excellent training.

Middle Jayne 7:37 pm 09 May 10

http://www.dogtech.com.au/

Dave does training in the Queanbeyan/ACT area.

He does a puppy pre-school and then an adolescent class.

The classes are great, good for socialisation

We loved training our pup with him.

koalathebear 5:11 pm 02 May 10

CHW – weirdly enough, I just joined that forum yesterday. It’s awesome and the advice is far more practical and less judgemental than a lost of the US dog fora!

CHW 1:56 pm 01 May 10

For really valuable advice on general dog training, check out the Dogz Online forums – everything from help my puppy is …, to health problems, training formal and informal, local meet-ups, – really good value!!

koalathebear 11:24 am 01 May 10

iceu: Thanks – I’m guessing that the voicemail must be an old prerecorded message. I was panicking because I didn’t like the idea of waiting longer than we have to to get obedience training for our naughty pup

iceu 9:36 pm 30 Apr 10

Oops, also thought I’d add that you can enrol him from 12 weeks old. No such thing as too young for training, especially for a working breed! They’ll put him in a class with other puppies if he’s under 6 months 🙂

iceu 9:33 pm 30 Apr 10

I’m not sure where you got your information about Belconnen Dog Obedience Club but they are NOT booked out until the end of the year. I am currently there with my puppy, and as far as I know, there are still some free spots for the next session starting in mid-June. If not, you’d get into the August sessions (I don’t even know if they’ve started taking enrolments for that session yet so it’s pretty impossible to be booked out!).

I also took our older rescue dog through the levels at Belconnen with no issues.

Just give them a call or pop in when they’re open, it’s not that hard 🙂

taninaus 9:12 pm 30 Apr 10

Koala – I really doubt that Belconnen have closed off their books – all clubs have classes starting in June. Beginners is a constant stream of new puppies so it wouldn’t attract 50-60 new recruits every session till the end of the year. If they have an email address send them a message.

Belconnen is a great club and if it is convenient for you it is going to be the closest – otherwise you are looking at Narrabundah or Tuggeranong both would be a fair drive if you are northside – although people do travel to both those clubs.

club contact details are also on http://dogsact.org.au/Club_lists.htm#Obedience

Eby 9:08 pm 30 Apr 10

koalathebear said :

Oops the above link didn’t work. These are the photos of Elbie: http://www.dailypuppy.com/dog/elbie_44603

Perhaps dog experts will be able to tell me whether his ears are going to be up/down or one up and one down 🙂

He is so cute!! I love picture number 8, although they’re all very adorable.

deezagood 8:56 pm 30 Apr 10

Hey Koala, our girl is a kelpie, border collie and blue heeler cross (mainly kelpie, a touch of collie, but with blue heeler feet and as a puppy, an annoying habit of nipping my heels!) and she has been the most fantastic dog. She is really, really smart, affectionate, energetic and very obedient … I couldn’t believe how quickly she learned her basic obedience. Everyone said we were crazy to have a working dog in our backyard, but I think the really important thing is that you give them heaps of exercise; a good 40 – 60 minute run/walk at least five times a week, lots of stimulation toys (Kongs are great), lots of playing games and rough and tumble etc… The other thing that works well is having an older, very calm, well behaved dog as the dominant member of the pack; our grumpy old whippet keeps the kelpie in her place when we aren’t around. The other thing that I suggest is to get her obedience to the point where you can trust her off lead (you need instant recall before you can do this); then you can go for really long walks in the bush and she can run around like a crazy sheep dog and go crazy – my kelpie just loves being off lead in the bush – she has a ball. Your little girl is just gorgeous – and chances are her ears will stand up at some point soon – since she seems to be mostly kelpie.

threepaws 7:49 pm 30 Apr 10

ddesire said :

For socialising I highly recommend the belconnen dog park. I take my dog several times a week and she loves it. There is always a good mix of breeds so your dog will learn how to get along with all sizes and temperaments.

I agree that the dog parks are great, I frequent my local park and usually leave as happy as the dogs! They are usually so exhausted from running and playing and have had so much mental stimulation that they will retire for the rest of the day. I can’t possibly walk them enough to give them that kind of workout and experience.

A warning for newcomers to the dog park – be on guard. I can read my dogs body language pretty well, but it took me a while, and I am still never 100% certain. I now know that they will herd dogs that look remotely like sheep (and these owners know that B&W dogs will herd their dogs), and my dogs do not take kindly to dogs with ‘little man syndrome’ who insist on yapping in their face or jumping up and biting their nether regions.

The most disappointing thing for me is that some dogs clearly do not play well with others, but their owners insist on bringing them to the park in an attempt to ‘socialise’ them. Off lead areas can increase dogs’ social skills, but they can’t create them.

When your dog has had enough, or is driving other dogs crazy, just get out. The possible consequences aren’t worth that type of ‘socialisation’.

koalathebear 7:22 pm 30 Apr 10

Oops the above link didn’t work. These are the photos of Elbie: http://www.dailypuppy.com/dog/elbie_44603

Perhaps dog experts will be able to tell me whether his ears are going to be up/down or one up and one down 🙂

ddesire 7:07 pm 30 Apr 10

I have a very energetic border collie and she went through the ACT companion dog club with no issues. The class sizes are pretty small and the instructors are helpful.

For socialising I highly recommend the belconnen dog park. I take my dog several times a week and she loves it. There is always a good mix of breeds so your dog will learn how to get along with all sizes and temperaments.

threepaws 5:24 pm 30 Apr 10

I took my border collie/kelpie to the classes at RSPCA and they were great. Their classes are designed so that you can start with a dog of any age and experience.

The classes are less focused on the formal obedience such as heeling to within an inch of you or sitting and staying in the same position for 10 minutes, but more focused on having good manners all of the time, having a strong bond with you as their owner, and making walk time and play time a pleasurable and fun experience for both of you.

They won’t let you undertake classes with your dog wearing a check chain, and here are their reasons why http://www.youtube.com/user/Pinklink1#p/u/8/r-bKMsFKyik

The classes are relatively cheap, the training manual produced by the RSPCA in Canberra is one of the texts recommended for people doing the Delta dog training course, and I found the classes quite fun.

Good luck with the training! And as for the ears, mine has one up and one down – permanantly

preacher 5:00 pm 30 Apr 10

koalathebear said :

preacher: thanks for all the info! Also, it’s great to know that the kelpie/border collie mix is a good one. So many people have warned me that it’s an almost dangerous mix because both breeds are so energetic and easily bored!

Your friends may be right. I used to take my girl to the local oval, train her for 15 minutes on check chain, let her run for 30 minutes off-chain, later go for a jog with her, then at home sit on a lounge, and throw a ball and get her to fetch it until she was tired (about 20 minutes). But if I wanted her to sit and rest, she would also do so.
Lots of energy, and possibly destructively bored if that energy is not released.
Also, the best companion, highly intelligent, easy to train, and few (if any) health problems. This is also a typical Kelpie.
Exercise and train him well, and you will have a fantasic dog.
My 3/4 kelpie 1/4 border collie cross (same as yours) stayed energetic until she was about 8-10, and lived to 16.5 years, and only got ill at the last few months.

My next dog will hopefully be this mix again.

grunge_hippy 4:53 pm 30 Apr 10

We took our kelpie/scotch collie cross to the RSPCA training and it was great.

jennybel75 4:24 pm 30 Apr 10

ACT Companion Dog Club is the one in Narrabundah: http://www.actcdc.org.au/

I can wholeheartedly recommend it after the ex and I took our very intelligent and “do what she wanted” Staffy/ boxer cross puppy there. The classes and instructors were great, very helpful. We also did the initial puppy school at the RSPCA which is where we got her from.

koalathebear 4:04 pm 30 Apr 10

preacher: thanks for all the info! Also, it’s great to know that the kelpie/border collie mix is a good one. So many people have warned me that it’s an almost dangerous mix because both breeds are so energetic and easily bored!

Elbie (our puppy) is 3/4 kelpie and 1/4 border collie. This is how he looks right now: http://www.dailypuppy.com/profile/album/52583 We have no idea how he’ll look when he’s grown up and how lively he will be. At this point, we don’t even know if his ears are going to stand up or be floppy – right now they can’t seem to decide.

koalathebear 3:50 pm 30 Apr 10

We’re attending the Puppy Classes at Brudine Veterinary Clinic now so would be wanting to start with obedience classes. I realise that he could probably be trainable up to 1 year old but he’s very energetic and smart – already knows how to sit, wait for his food, drop etc and he is pretty much toilet-trained now at 11 weeks so we think he would love obedience classes. We also think it would help to avert destructive behaviours – although right now he’s already very bitey and jumpey …. yes we have tried ignoring him/time out/yelping and all that sort of stuff.

The dog club at Mitchell is Belconnen Dog Obedience Club and they look pretty busy but we’ll try contacting them in person – it’s possible that the voice mail message on their answering machine is old and hasn’t been updated in a while.

Rangi 3:40 pm 30 Apr 10

I also had a dog that i took for lessons at Narrabundah (some years ago now), the beginner class was excellent, most classes ended with the dogs being let loose together in paddock which was great (and funny at times).

The next level of classes the instructor was more interested in showing us how good his dog was, and it was on a Thursday night in winter, so I quickly lost interest.

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