NOVICE Nosework – The Test

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Next Trial Date
Saturday 12 January  2019
Commences 8.30am
Venue: Western Suburbs Rugby Football Clubrooms, Ian Galloway Park, Curtis Street, Wilton.
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Cost $30 per dog
A.C.E. Dog Training Novice Nosework Trials will require entrant teams (dog and handler) to find our key training odour (oil of clove bud) in four different scenarios – Container, Interior, Exterior and Vehicle. Each is within a specific time frame. Note that each dog requires a separate handler.  A ballot will be drawn if entries exceed capacity for the judging schedule
Entries close 7 January 2019.

Nosework New to Next Steps

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Next Available Courses

New To Next Steps  – Next start  8pm Friday 23 November 2018

Three weeks held at our weekend training venue: Unit 4, 60 Kingsford-Smith Street View Map
Cost:$90
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Continue developing your dog’s unique sense of smell and their skills at identifying and alerting on a special odour where-ever it might be placed. Further develop your teamwork and handling skills in this new sport. This course will be specifically for dogs who have already completed a nosework introductory course and understand the basic principles. Dogs with “issues,” or physical disabilities are welcome as each dog works with the handler alone and need not be comfortable in group situations. Nosework-Next Steps  is a three week class ( 90 minutes sessions) and builds the odour recognition work begun in earlier Nosework classes.

Puppy Primer

Puppy Primer
Next Available Courses:
Sunday 13 January 2019,  3pm then 2pm thereafter.
Sunday 13 January 2019,  3pm then 3.30pm thereafter.
Weekend training venue at 4/60 Kingsford-Smith Street
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Cost: Full price $160 with 10% discount ($144) for students registering within 1 month of completing our Puppy Preschool
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A five-week group class for the older puppy offering age-specific training, positive socialisation experiences and qualified development advice. Introduces loose lead walking, recalls, wait and stay, basic commands and includes off-lead interaction for your rapidly growing puppy.  Class size limited for more individual attention and suitable for puppies under 20 weeks of age at class start. Family involvement encouraged.

Advanced Companion

Advanced Companion
Next Available Course
Sunday 18 November 2018 9am
Sunday 13 January 2019 9am
Weekend training venue at Unit 4, 60 Kingsford-Smith Street
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Cost: $144 for continuing students who have completed either Teen or Adult.
$180 for students new to A.C.E. Dog Training – including short home visit make-up session.
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The next step in training with your dog. Strengthens control under distraction, adds more complex handling techniques and builds recall and stay reliability. Graduates receive the certificate recognised by Wellington City Council Animal Control Services for RDO registration discount applications. A five week course limited in size for maximum value and individualised attention from our qualified experienced instructors.

Adult ABC’s

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Next Available Course
Sunday 24 February 2019, 10.30am
Weekend training venue at 4/60 Kingsford-Smith Street
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Cost: $160 with 10% discount for SPCA adoptees (with voucher) and 20% for our repeating Teen students.
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A basic training starter course for dogs around 12 months and over – who may not have previously attended group training. Also ideal for recently adopted dogs adjusting to a new home environment or those with special needs in a group situation. Covers all the basic pet dog skills like loose lead walking, recalls, close control skills, and stay with more age-appropriate activities for the adult dog. Class size is limited to four dogs for even more individualised attention over a five week period. Price includes weekly handouts and certificate of completion.

Teen Training

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Next Available Course
Sunday 13 January 12.30-2pm then 10.30am thereafter.
 Sunday 13 January 12.30-2pm then 12-1pm thereafter.
Weekend training venue at Unit 4/60 Kingsford-Smith Street, Rongotai.
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Cost: Full price $160, with 10% discount ($144) for students registering within 1 month of completing Puppy Primer.
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The best choice for young adolescent dogs aged 6-9 months ready to start learning about focus and control. An activity focused class builds on-lead skills, close control, good meeting and greeting manners and building handling confidence as well as the  “selective deafness” which teenage dogs often develop. Class size is limited to 6 dogs for individual attention over a five-week course. Price includes weekly handouts and certificate of completion.

House-Training The Older Dog

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When it comes to house-training an older dog many of the same concepts apply as with a puppy. The difference is often you are trying to undo a more rehearsed behaviour, rather than establishing a new one and so it may take a more regimented approach – especially at first.

It also pays to eliminate any medical issues – not only bladder infections that might result in incontinence but also your dog being on prescriptions with a side effect being excessive urination or sudden bowel movements.

You need to be consistent about meeting the dog’s physical needs and have a good set of plans in place to cover the general situations that arise day to day.

We can housetrain dogs because they instinctually don’t soil a den. An untrained adult doesn’t understand that where our den is. So we teach them our whole house is a den and set them up to go in the right place on cue by:

  1. Limiting access to small areas of the house – one room or one part of a room.
  2. Anticipating needs – times that they will want to go and take them there yourself.
  3. Making the act of going in front of you a rewarded one – both treats and freedom.
  4. Keeping a simple diary/chart of the times they go out – so family predict needs better.

PLAN ONE – For while the dog is the focus of attention—say in the lounge with you (but not when you have attention focused on something else).

Anticipate the times they will need to relieve themselves—just like babies—after waking, after meals, after intense activity, after long drinks. And take them out to the place you want to use. Sorry but you must go too—not place them out and shut the door. Keep them on a lead at first so there is a focus on the task, not a play time in the yard. Be a tree as much as possible so they are attracted to sniff and get on the task.

Have a cue ready to say quietly as they are actually going at first. After a few days try saying it as you get outside in anticipation of action. I recommend 3 treats for success—after all it makes me three times happier! Now they have earned freedom and can be let off lead too.

If there was no action within 5 minutes (even when on lead) then take the dog back inside and confine them as per plan two for 10-15 minutes before you repeat the process.

PLAN TWO –  This is when you will be distracted and for short term confinement. A crate is seen by many dogs as a kind of indoor den and should be placed in a “people place” so they are not isolated. Other options are a tether attached to the skirting by a bed, baby-gating an alcove, an Ex-pen with bedding laid down or attaching a lead to your belt as you move around.

PLAN THREE – For when you go out or longer periods alone. This is about being realistic and is best if different from the short term option—move and then open the crate door and put paper down in a small easy-clean room or create an outside pen and kennel and leave them there.

PLAN FOUR - For when you find an “accident” in action – interrupt the dog with a sharp noise/spray and propel them outside – put on lead. If you didn’t see it, then you are too late! Be grumpy at the cleaning, not the dog. Growling now or rubbing their nose is cruel and most likely teaches the dog to seek better privacy—in the next room or behind the sofa.

I recommend clean-up with lots of water, then mild detergent and vinegar rinse. Do not use NOT Ammonia-based products like HandyAndy. These attract the dog to mark again over top. Some citronella deterrents can be sprayed to discourage remarking or a liberal dose of white pepper on a carpet spot discourages the dog from returning to one place at least.

Trick Training

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Next Available Course:
Three sessions 1, 8 and 15 December, at 10am.
At our weekend training venue Unit 4, 60 Kingsford-Smith Street Rongotai
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Cost: $120
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Introducing a wide range of tricks from the very simple to the quite complex, with an emphasis on fun and learning techniques suitable for handlers of all ages. Surprise your family and wow your friends with all the cool things your dog can now do. A special three week intensive class covering up to a dozen different tricks and trick ideas in each 90 minute session. Note – student dogs should be socially reliable as many of the tricks are taught off-lead.

Recall Redux

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Next Available Course:
Saturday 1 December 2018, 2.30pm
First two sessions held at our weekend training venue: Unit 4, 66 Kingsford-Smith Street then a third session at a local park.
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Cost: $90
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An specialist class for any age of dog over 3 intensive sessions. Build a more reliable recall or “come quickly when called” off-lead –  for in the park or on the beach. Includes an off-site practice session at a local park. Dogs attending must be both people friendly and socially comfortable around other dogs, as this class involves considerable off-lead activities.