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Training

2024 Term Dates

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Student Type Start Date End Date No Training Enrolment Opens
New* January 29th April 8th March 11th
April 1st
January 9th
Existing January 29th April 8th March 11th
April 1st
December 12th
Student Type Start Date End Date No Training Enrolment Opens
New* April 29th July 1st June 10th April 16th
Existing April 29th July 1st June 10th April 9th
Student Type Start Date End Date No Training Enrolment Opens
New* July 22nd September 16th - July 9th
Existing July 22nd September 16th - July 2nd
Student Type Start Date End Date No Training Enrolment Opens
New* October 14th December 9th - September 24th
Existing October 14th December 9th - September 17th

*New student enrolment includes a copy of the comprehensive Train at Home Guide.

Term 1
Start Date: January 29th
End Date: April 8th
No Training: March 13th, April 1st
Enrolment Opens:
New* - January 9th
Existing - December 12th

Term 2
Start Date: April 29th
End Date: July 1st
No Training: June 10th
Enrolment Opens:
New* - April 16th
Existing - April 9th

Term 3
Start Date: July 22nd
End Date: September 16th
No Training: -
Enrolment Opens:
New* - July 9th
Existing - July 2nd

Term 4
Start Date: October 14th
End Date: December 9th
No Training: -
Enrolment Opens:
New* - September 24th
Existing - September 17th

*New student enrolment includes a copy of the comprehensive Train at Home Guide.

Training Levels

Science Based Force Free Training

Force-free-training

Bronze

Science Based Force Free Training

highly educated instructors

Silver

Science Based Force Free Training

Central Metropolitan SA Location

Gold

Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA)

The Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) is a program for guardians to test their knowledge, skills and ability to manage their canine companion in real life settings.

Its aim is to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that guardians and their dogs undertake to make their shared lives enjoyable and recognises these efforts from a puppy’s very early training.

The program aims to encourage guardians to continue training and developing new skills, abilities, and knowledge. At CBS we currently offer PDA Level 2 & Level 3.

Puppy Pre-School

Canine Behavioural School does not teach puppy pre-school (for puppies 8-16 weeks of age). However, as this is the time in a dog’s life when they learn the most, we strongly recommend that all puppies attend a puppy pre-school with appropriately trained instructors.

Private Consultations

You may feel you need some private help with training in addition to, or instead of, group classes. Private sessions can address a broad range of training needs, but are particularly useful in resolving problems which, because of their nature or complexity, cannot be easily handled in a class situation.

Sometimes behaviour has a medical and/or neurological cause rather than a training or environmental cause. In these cases, our instructors may recommend that you see a behaviour veterinarian – one who has undertaken additional extensive study in the neuroscience of behaviour – instead of, or in addition to, a certified dog trainer.

Equipment

Choke/correction collars, prong collars and electric/shock collars (illegal in South Australia) are not permitted in any CBS class. Dogs should wear a flat collar and/or a harness.

Sarah Hawker

CBS student

“My rescue dog and I love training with CBS, the trainers have helped me understand and meet my dogs individual needs. I’m always learning new ways to set him up for success so he can live his best life.”

Questions?

What happens if it is very hot or very wet?

We have hot and cold weather policies which are outlined here.

Do I have to use food in class?

Food is the easiest reinforcer for us to use in a class situation. However, it is not the only thing you can use.  A toy can be used as positive reinforcement, so too can pats and attention.  However, in such a distracting environment, roast chicken does really well!  A bit like getting a $500 bonus rather than a slap on the back and told you are doing a great job.

How many dogs in each class?

Eight dogs with one instructor and at least one assistant

Can my child/children train the dog in class?

Children over 12 years of age may, under adult supervision, and with permission of the class instructor, train a dog in class if certain conditions are met. Please see our Junior Handler Policy.

What happens if my dog gets it wrong in class?

If your dog gets something wrong, we simply try again. If he still gets it wrong, we will lower our expectations slightly and then reinforce the attempt he is making, helping him build a behaviour with which he and you are comfortable.

What happens if my dog doesn't cope in class?

At CBS we have qualified dog behavioural trainers who will help you if your dog is struggling. If, within the first four weeks of term, and after discussion with you, it is determined that your dog is not suitable for class, there is the possibility of refunding in order to help you with private consultation costs.

Will there be homework?

We are a School so, yes there is homework. We can’t expect our dogs to become really great dogs at home, or in the street or out with the family if we don’t practice with them in all of those situations.

How do I graduate from Bronze to Silver and Silver to Gold?

Each training level has set criteria to be achieved before being able to graduate into the next level. These behaviours are marked off during the term with formal graduation on the last week of term.

Enrol Your Dog

Step by step instructions on how to use our enrolment portal are available for download here.