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    Saigon's Only Dog Obedience Group Classes
    41 years Australian government accredited dog trainer and dog behaviour specialist
    For dogs 5 months and older. All breeds.
    Thao Dien, District 2 Classes 
    Please scroll down this page to submit the form to register your place on the class
    The Boat Yard:  You can enter from 232 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, or 106 Đ. Quốc Hương, Thảo Điền, Quận 2.
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    Self paced training
    These classes are designed so that you and your dog can learn at your own pace. There is no expectation to try and keep up with a structured class. You can focus on whatever areas of training you'd like to with your dog, whether that be to help your dog work through issues around other dogs, to calm loose lead walking, to more advanced training such as stays and recalls around other dogs. This class is also great to help train your dog to behave calmly around other dogs and people, and to instruct you, in a controlled environment, on how to have better control of your dog when out in public. I also offer advice on behaviour problems you maybe having with your dog at home.
     
    Classes commence each Sunday at 6:30pm and finish by 7:50pm
    groupclass43 Class commences at 6:30pm and will finish at precisely 7:50pm. You stay and train your dog for as long as you like at each lesson, as these classes are self paced.
     
    Group Class Information
    Please also scroll down to read the questions and answers at the bottom of this page. Or click here
     
    Class fees
    4 Lesson Package: 2.000.000 đ
    You can attend classes for up to 4 lessons. However, they must be used within 2 months from the date of your first lesson. This package is usually best if you only want to learn how to teach your dog to walk on a loose lead around other dogs and people, and simple obedience, such as sit and stay.
     
    8 Lesson Package: 3.600.000 đ
    You can attend classes for up to 8 lessons. However, they must be used within 3 months from the date of your first lesson.
    If you are having issues such as your dog being reactive around other dogs or people (overly excited behaviour, fear or aggression issues), or you'd like to focus on having an overall better behaved dog, then I suggest my 3 month package for better value for continued training of your dog in a controlled environment, and assistance from me.
      
    Zalo Group Class Chat Support
    Please ensure you have Zalo on your phone. Whilst you attend of my classes, you are a member of my Zalo Group Class Chat. This allows me to keep members up-to-date on any class information. Also members can ask questions and discuss their dogs training, for ongoing support between classes.

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    Your dog

    • Please ensure your dog is on a leash, and that your dog cannot escape the leash. Please make sure that whatever your dog is wearing, collar or harness, that it is on tight enough so your dog cannot slip out of it. Make sure your leash is in good condition and will not break
    • Please do not have your dog on a retractable leash.
    • Bring bags to pick up after your dog if it toilets.
    • If your dog is food motivated, please bring your dogs favourite treats. The higher the value the treat for your dog the better.
    • Make sure you are wearing suitable footwear. Please don't wear thong (flip flop) type footwear that you can easily slip on. The area we train on is AstroTurf.
    • If your dog is aggressive towards people and is muzzle trained, please do bring your dogs muzzle.
    • When you arrive for your first class, please keep at least 3 to 4 metres away from the other dogs and their owners. I do not want any dogs to interact with other dogs when you first arrive. Please make sure you maintain a firm grip on your dogs leash.
    • When you arrive I will direct you to where I would like you to stand. You will see cones on the ground in the training area. I will direct you to one of these cones. I then ask you to stay in the vicinity of that cone until I suggest otherwise.
    • Please understand, some dogs that attend may not be social with other dogs or people. Respect the other dog owners personal space.
    • Don't forget to bring enough cash to pay for your package

    If its raining, and I decide to cancel a class your particular class package is not affected. For each week a class is cancelled by me due to bad weather, or for whatever reason, I add another week to your particular package. However, if a class is scheduled to run, and you choose not to attend, the classes you miss are not added onto your package. For the 4 lesson package, you have 2 months to use this package, which is on average 8 to 9 Sundays. The 3 month package fee is calculated on you attending 9 classes, however on average there are 12 to 14 Sundays. So for both packages you are able to miss some Sunday classes, and still receive your allocated number of classes.

    This really depends on your dog, however, you will not be able to train your dog to stop pulling on the lead, or have good control of your dog using a harness. Harnesses trigger what we call "opposition reflex response" in your dog (I will discuss this and demonstrate during your first lesson). This is the natural instinct to fight or pull away from resistance.  For most dogs I recommend either a flat collar or slip lead to help settle your dog down to stop pulling on the lead, and have better overall control of your dog. If your dog is highly food motivated, we will use food as positive reinforcement for your dog. If your dog is not food motivated, then we use praise. My training methods focus mainly on using a combination of negative and positive reinforcement. That means rewarding your dog for positive behaviour responses. You can read more about these principles here

    I will guarantee, that if you are committed to training your dog, you will achieve excellent results with your dog, and very quickly. However, I cannot guarantee to what level you will achieve with your dogs training, that all depends on how motivated you are. This class is to teach you to train your dog, I am not training your dog for you. However, yes, I will at times when I see you having issues, or to demonstrate a particular method, will do some training with your dog. However, how well your dog does is entirely up to you. The more you put into your dogs training, the better the results you will achieve. Having a well-behaved dog is achieved by maintaining a regular training schedule with your dog, and being consistent, not only in class, but at home, and wherever you are with your dog. If you are only going to train your dog in class, then sure, you may achieve good results in class, but not necessarily at home, or when out walking your dog. What you learn in class are life skills you take with your dog, no matter where you and your dog are. If you are joining the class expecting me to train your dog for you, then this is not the class for you. If you are dedicated to having a well-behaved dog, and willing to put the work in, then yes you will have a dog that is respectful and obedient to you, develop a stronger bond with you, and a dog you will be proud to own. Your dog is learning from you, every single moment you are together.

    It is essential you try and attend as often as possible to get the best results for your dog. If you cannot attend every week, its not usually a major issue. However, if you signed up for the 4 class package, please ensure you use your 4 lessons within 2 months from the date of your first class. However your dog learns better with a consistent and regular training routine.

    Please note, classes are not open on public holiday long weekends, or if raining too much to hold classes.

    These classes are not for dogs to run around playing with each other. They are to help you train your dog, and work through behaviour issues you are having. These classes are designed to teach you how to maintain control of your dog under any type of distraction, and teach your dog to be responsive for you. However, we do introduce controlled socialisation.

    Yes your dog can. One of the major issues we work through during these classes, is antisocial behaviour.  I help you work your dog through these issues. If however, you have a dog that will redirect its aggression onto you, and try to bite you when it sees other dogs, please let me know in the form (above) you submit to request to join the class. 

    I do not follow one particular method or training ideology. My training methods are adjusted to suit the particular dog and issues we are dealing with. If you'd like to understand my philosophy on dog training and methods, you can read them by clicking here

    I will not allow or tolerate any abusive treatment towards dogs on my class. Anybody that is seen getting angry at their dog and/or being physically abusive, will immediately be warned, and if it continues, that member will be asked to leave the class, and not return.

    No... Any and all breeds are welcome.

    All dogs attending must be 5 months or older, and be up-to-date with their vaccinations

    Yes they can. However, I prefer if they stay outside the training area. There are seats outside the training area for visitors and family members to sit, where they can observe the class, and you can keep an eye on your children.

    For safety reasons, when we are trying to train dogs in the class, especially dogs with social issues such as aggression, I prefer children not be allowed in the training area. Also, it can be confusing for the dog if family members are both with the dog and unintentionally giving different cues to the dog, whilst it's trying to learn.

    You can of course share the training of your dog with other members of the family or partners, so you can change over and share the training during the class if you desire. If your child is 13 or over, they can also be involved with your dogs training, under your direct supervision. However, if they are not directly involved in the training, they must stay outside the training area.

    Unfortunately, I am sorry to say, my Vietnamese is extremely limited, so it is preferred if you have a fairly good understanding of the English language.

    If you have a friend that speaks English and can translate for you, they are welcome join the class with you.

    The reason I chose Zalo over WhatsApp, is that it appears to be the most popular of the 2 in Vietnam. I prefer all group class members to be in the same group chat, as it makes it easier for me to communicate with all members directly, without the need to keep repeating myself. Also members can discuss their dogs training with the entire group, and also ask me questions about their dogs training that may also benefit other members of the class.

    So, please do install Zalo. If you choose not too, that is of course your choice. However, you may miss out on a lot of important information, by not being a member of that chat group.