Training & Classes

We hope that your training session with us is informative, exciting and overall, FUN!  To make the whole experience great for both you, and your class mates, these are a few general guidelines that we need to follow to ensure that we a everyone can get the best out of classes while we are here.                                                                                                                                                                    Treats, praise and toys are the primary motivators for dog training.  Some dogs will pass up 10 treats for that special toy, So don’t forget to bring treats, tuggies or clickers to class. If you have a food motivated dog, preferably bring them to class with an empty tummy. Having food rewards is so much more effective if they are hungry.

Please run your dog before you come to class, excitable dogs that haven’t had a good run can be disruptive, and as a handler you can get very easily frustrated with a bouncy dog that you are trying to teach but don’t forget that bounce is what we like, it makes training fun just have it dialled down to a controllable level.

At the grounds, we have a working area and a toileting area. PLEASE make sure your dog has been to the toilet outside the wooden fence before you come to class. An active dog club is an exciting place for your dog, full of dogs, and lots of neat stuff  to do, So your dog will inevitably need a trip to potty. Always carry a  poo bag. Deposits can be made in the black wheelie bins between the 2  club houses. Watch for your dog’s signals and respond accordingly. There  is a $300 fine for dog owners who do not pick up!  We encourage you to get into the habit of carrying a bag on you in case of the inevitable!


  • at all times when you are not running your dog. Some handlers will keep the dog on-leash whilst some handlers keep there dog in a crate, some  leave their dogs in a well ventilated vehicle till they are ready to work.
  • Be mindful of each dog’s space. Some dogs do not like other dogs in ‘their  face’. Allow a buffer zone between dogs. If you own a younger dog that  loves everybody including other dogs, their desire to socialize with  every dog they see may result in them invading the space of a dog that  does not welcome such exuberant advances.
  • At TDTC, we have a yellow ribbon policy… basically any dog wearing a yellow ribbon just requires a little space, for a variety of reasons. lt doesn’t mean that a dog is aggressive, some dogs don’t like being jumped on, some like to jump on others etc… When you see a dog wearing a ribbon, be respectful of its personal space, and make sure your canine companion is too. if you think your dog needs a yellow ribbon, just ask your instructor.
  • Playtime is O.K outside the wooden fence, but inside it is working time.
  • BE respectful of other classes and other people, We also cannot allow dogs to be left tied up anywhere at the club where they are not supervised, mainly for safety reasons. An absolute no-no is tying dogs in the car park.. we don’t want any unfortunate incidents!
  • A barking, whining or howling dog at the sidelines can be a huge distraction for a class, make the effort to calm your dog by distracting them with a toy or treats or taking them for a quick walk around the grounds.
  • Not at any time is a bitch in season allowed on our grounds. lf your bitch is due for a season, if you think she may be or if she is possibly still smelling sexy from her last one,  DO NOT bring her to the grounds!! A bitch in season’s scent is incredibly distracting, and lingers for a long time… please keep her away but make sure you still come to class yourself so you can keep your training up at home.
  • While classes are on, please keep your children sitting on the fence or quietly on the deck. We encourage kids to learn and participate in particular tasks, but if they are not the handler they need to be occupied until we ask for them.
  •  As instructors, we will start our classes on time and endeavour to finish on time! Please come to class on time and be respectful of the other classes running. We have a lot to cover in the course and need to make the most of all the time we have. lf you have anything you need to work on, feel free to see any instructor or your coordinator after class. We are here to help so please use us!

We hope that you enjoy your time with us and please sponge off us all that you can in the way of information, we love to share it.

Remember, dog training is addictive, have fun!



Firstly welcome to Taupo Dog Training Club and secondly remember that we are training YOU to train YOUR dog. Below please find a Code of Conduct that applies to all classes on all training nights.

1. Please respect your instructor and your class mates and if you are going to be late or are not able to come at all please call or text your instructor to let them know.

2. Try and arrive to class 10 or so minutes early so you can give your dog a chance to go to the toilet and familiarise themselves with the area. The toileting area is outside the wooden fenced training area.

3. Please make sure you bring all that is required for a training class, i.e. collar/halti, leather or cloth lead (not a chain one), toys and/or treats and ALWAYS carry with you a poo bag and your dog’s registration tag.

4. After you have arrived and toileted your dog please remain in the outer fenced area until your class commences. DO NOT come wandering across the training grounds as there are other classes training in this area and they do not need the distraction.

5. If you have other family members with you on the night please make sure theyremain sitting quietly on the side-lines and DO NOT interfere with the class in any way. This is to ensure that your dog’s training goes smoothly and that you and they are able to take in all the instruction you are receiving without distraction.

6. PLAY – this is an important element in your training. Playing with your dog in between exercises helps to focus YOUR dog on YOU and makes training easier. If your dog is rewarded for doing what you are asking them to do then they are more likely to want to do more with you.

7. In regard to the above PLAY means playing with you NOT the other dogs in class. Please do your socialising (with the exception of Puppy Class) before or after your class, NOT during it.

8. Questions – do not be afraid to ask your instructor questions during your training time. Even if it seems obvious ask it as someone else in your class may well be wondering about the answer to the same obvious question. Your instructors are there to help you in any way they can.

9. If you have a problem in your class that you and your instructor are unable to solve please come and see either the Obedience Co-Ordinator, the Competition Instructor or the Club President. Between us all we should be able to solve any problem thrown at us.

If you abide by the above Code then training will be an interesting and informative place to come and please above all ENJOY your dog and take pleasure from being able to be with them and other like-minded people in a place where you and your dog are always welcome.