The objective of Foundation Class is to help handlers and dogs transition successfully and comfortably from our 6-week Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Course into Class 1 and to work towards passing promotion tests for our further training classes (Classes 2 to 4). As handlers graduate from the RDO program every 2 weeks, the Foundation Class is a 2-week repeating program.

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During the classes, the instructor aims to help handlers reinforce exercises learnt in the RDO Course and to assist handlers still having trouble achieving those exercises with their dogs. The instructor will also help handlers fade food lures. Additional enrichment exercises will be incorporated on a weekly basis, which will provide an activity suited to pet dog training. 

Exercises and activities covered in the Foundation Class

  • Heeling on loose lead at all paces
  • All turns
  • Automatic sits
  • Stand and Down on command
  • Stand for Examination by Instructor (movement permitted, focus is on handler’s dog accepting touch by instructor and showing no signs of fear or aggression)
  • Recall and Finish around handler
  • 20 second Sit Stay and 20 second Down Stay on lead
  • Enrichment exercise of the instructor’s choice 

Note: The Foundation Class is not designed to help handlers bypass Class 1, but rather help them progress successfully in Class 1 and to eventually be ready for the Class 1 to Class 2 Promotion Test.

The primary purpose of the Foundation Class is to be an option for handlers who may feel they need more time to help their dogs settle in an obedience class environment, rather than repeating weeks from the RDO Course.

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URGENT NOTICE — COVID-19

Club Members and Friends are advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club will be closed for training from Sunday 22nd March 2020 until Sunday 19th April 2020.

The situation regarding COVID-19 will be reviewed and further advice issued before 19th April 2020.

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