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Visit to the Blacktown Kennel and Training Club

November 15, 2011

We have been attempting to train our dogs some discipline and basic commandments. It so happened that recently we met someone at a dog park who recommended some dog classes at a location near us. Apparently they were held all year round and took place every Tuesday night from 7:30pm

The name of the club/place is ‘Blacktown Kennel and Training Club’

And is held at:

Blacktown City Canine Centre
Lot 1 & 2 Owen St

We were interested in the suggestion and decided to go without the dogs tonight to check it out. First impressions were positive. There were lots of dogs of all sizes, I would estimate 100+. They ranged from the small scruffy mutts to a proud and graceful weimaraner and all in between. The volunteer trainers (have more to say on this later) appeared friendly and willing to assist.

Unfortunately for us next sessions start from January 2012.

What is most amazing about this training club is the cost. At just over $100 dollars for both dogs for the full year, it’s a bargain. It seems the trainers are doing it for the passion of the dogs and not for the money, as its volunteer based. This is what makes the training so cheap.

The grading for the dogs reminded me of when I did Karate as a kid. All the different colours for the different ability levels were there. As dogs master the beginners classes they graduate from the white cone area on the next and so on.

I took some photos with my crappy little camera:



3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen permalink
    October 9, 2012 11:21 pm

    Hi I’m interested to know how your experience with this kennel club went? We actually attended our first class tonight but I’m now having reservations considering the use if check/choke chains amongst other things.

    • October 10, 2012 12:31 pm

      Hi Jen. We have stopped going there after our half a year membership ran out. My understanding was that choke chains were not allowed. People with bigger dogs appeared to use check chains.

      We own two small dogs, so we just used a regular collar and leash.

      Overall the experience was not too bad. For the amount of money we paid its actually good way to do some obidience.

      It did get a bit repetitive. We remained in the Orange class (one up from beginer) the whole time and nearly every week did the same few exercises. I guess its good to reenforce it.
      You don’t get the same trainer each week so sometimes a trainer could be very helpful, othertimes it felt like someone dragged them here and they are not very engaging.
      we had a problem with one of our dogs lashing out at other dogs. We were hoping the classes wouuld help us out in that area. There did appear to be some improvement while the class was running, but didn’t help outside when we went to dog parks.
      A lady named Jan was strict but helpful when we first started, she is good to go to for advise. Hope you enjoy it.

  2. Jen permalink
    October 10, 2012 10:16 pm

    Thank you for your reply. We’re having the same problem with our dog lashing at other dogs as he tends to get over excited. We came across another training option for him which we’re going to stick with now and will focus on getting him more exposed/socialised to various dogs. Nonetheless as difficult as it gets we have so far enjoyed training not just our pup but also ourselves as owners ;-p.

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