Frequently Asked Questions


My puppy has one more vaccination remaining - can I start training now?

We will accept puppies into our classes that have just one vaccination remaining. However, as we train outdoors we cannot guarantee a sterile training environment we recommend you seek advice from your veterinarian before registering.


What about Titer Test Results Instead?

If your veterinarian can provide a written assessment with titre test results of the duration of protection remaining this may be accepted in lieu of a current vaccination.


Without a validity period, a titer test cannot be accepted as replacement for vaccination.


Excepting above, all dogs of 6 months + must be fully vaccinated to be able to attend classes and enter club grounds.


My dog can already sit, down, stay, come when called and walk nicely on a lead - can I start at a higher grade?

If your dog has not attended formal training above puppy grade, the correct class to start in is grade 1. While a dog may perform beautifully at home with little or no distraction it is usually quite different in a group environment.

I see you have a course that has already started - can I join part way through?

It is disruptive to other dogs in a class to introduce new dogs part way through the course. Late starts are limited to week 2 (by trainer approval) and are subject to maximum class size.


How Many Classes do I need to attend to pass a course?

We do not require you to attend all classes in the course however the more regularly you can attend (and of course maintain practice at home) the better chance you will have of passing grade assessment at the end of the course. Only puppy grade has an automatic pass at the end of the course. For grade 1 plus you will need to meet the grade standard to be eligible to advance to the next grade.


What times and days of the week are training classes held?

Currently we are limited by the terms of our Council lease to training on Sundays mornings and Wednesday evening only. Keep an eye on our class information page for training times. The times may vary by course due to the number of registrations received and availability of instructors who are all volunteers.


What is a typical class size?

Our maximum class size is 10 dogs per instructor and we operate up to 4 classes at a time. Where there few registrations at a grade level we may merge grade levels together - eg. 3 & 4, 1 & 2. In this case we will provide appropriate exercises for each grade to prepare for grading assessment.


Can my partner and I both participate in training?

Only 1  handler is permitted in the training arena with each dog however additional family members can watch from immediately outside the arena.


Is individual training available?

As we are limited by both our operating hours and number of trainers who are all volunteers we are not able to offer individual training.


What grade pass is recognised by the Council for their Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO)?

Wellington City Council recognises a pass at our grade 2 level for their Responsible Dog Ownership program. Applications for RDO must be received by Wellington City Council by 30 April ahead of annual registration period of 1 July to 30 June.

As first time dog owners, the Wellington Canine Obedience Club has been a superb discovery for us. The classes are run by experienced trainers and dog owners who provide excellent lessons and practical advice. As well as obedience, our springer spaniel pup has learnt to socialise well with other dogs of all shapes and sizes. The club is centrally located with good facilities such as a clubroom, agility equipment and fully fenced yards. There's free tea and coffee as well. What more could you want?

Luke & Heidi


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