Our Beginners’ Obedience Course is a 6 week basic obedience course perfect for any dog new to our club who is 5 months or older and who does not have serious issues with other dogs. (Puppies 16 weeks and under, join our Puppy 1 Course).  Please note - this is not a positive reinforcement course, you will be training your dog using praise and correction. It's a bit like a boot camp where we give you the control you need to manage your dog on the lead. This course does not address behavioural issues like fear and aggression. For dogs who have an aggression problem, we suggest you consider our Behaviour Management Course. The beginners’ course consists of 6 weekly classes on Saturday afternoons. Before the first lesson, we will send you a link to an intro video. In the video, we cover how to take charge of your dog in a kind way; how to prevent and deal with problem behaviour; how your dog learns and what to expect at training.

During the course, we teach you how to get your dog to walk nicely on the lead without pulling, come when called, sit, down and stay. We also teach you how to get your dog under control so that you can manage your dog at home and around other dogs. Obedience training does not address behavioural problems specifically but through training, you will develop the skills to have better control of your dog's behaviour.  At the end of the course, your trainer will assess if you have succeeded in mastering the basics. 

We strongly recommend that your dog lives inside your home as part of the family. We also suggest early spaying and neutering.  We recommend that your dog wears a collar and tag at all times.

Beginner's Classes are held on Saturday afternoons at 1.30pm. The next Beginner's Course will start on 20 January 2024. Puppy owners please note: The Beginners’ Obedience Course is not for pups who have attended our puppy classes or for new puppies new to our club. Courses are fully booked many months in advance so to ensure you get a place, please complete the application form and make payment as soon as possible. Only applications accompanied by payment are secured. You need to put 6 consecutive weeks aside for the course as missed lessons cannot be made up afterwards. You also need to be prepared to practice what you learn on Saturdays for at least 15 minutes every day of the week. In the event of your dog showing aggression during the course, we may recommend that we move your dog to our Behaviour Management Course.
R600 (payable upfront to secure a place) - Senior Citizens pay R300. Note: Fees are not refundable.
Complete an online application and send your proof of payment to info@capeprovincedogclub.co.za Bookings only will be accepted, we do not allow walk-ins. Only once payment is received is the booking secured. For Beginners’ Course related queries, contact Denise on 0835361960 or agtog51@gmail.com
Cape Province Dog Club Nedbank 1073289117 123209 Please use your name as a reference - we will match your payment to your application.
Pinelands Primary School Clarendon Road Pinelands Cape Town
  • You will need a soft webbing lead (1.2m) plus a  webbing halter. (all available at our club shop). No harnesses, slip chains, flat collars or chain leads please. Get your dog used to wearing the halter as soon as possible rather than waiting for the course to start. Flat faced breeds like pugs and bulldogs will need a front clip harness or a half check collar. 
  • Poo bag to clean up after your dog.
  • Tasty pea size treats and/or favourite toy.
  • Water and a bowl
  • Comfortable clothes which do not fall off when you bend over
  • Skirts tend to get in the way when training - please wear pants.
  • A moon bag or pouch in which to keep your treats or toy.
  • Closed non-slip shoes
  • A weather-proof jacket on rainy days - we train whatever the weather.
  • Children who would like to handle a dog must be attending high school.
  • The same handler must bring the dog to class every week, you may not send a family member or friend.
  • Please do not bring your dog to class if he or she has Kennel Cough or if your bitch is on heat.