Dog Training classes


Dog training

Classes for dogs over 5 month of age are currently full.  We hope to be able to open more spots soon.  We will announce as soon as we can re-open for new customers both here as well as on our Facebook page as soon as possible.

Please note there has been small changes to class times for 2022 (we are returning to our pre covid class times). Socialisation Class will again be a combined class. If you are attending any of our Basic, Intermediate or Advanced classes on Thursday evening please arrive by 7.30pm. To attend any of the same classes on Sunday mornings please arrive by 10.30am.

For those wanting to attend our classes for the first time below are the links to register your interest to attend an Introduction Dog Training Class.  All first-time customers must attend either an introduction class for dogs over 5 months of age or an introductory class for dogs under 5 months of age. Our Introduction Class provides a foundation and bridge to our Puppy Class or a Basic Obedience Class.

Introduction class spots are limited to manage capacity and to ensure we can run a professional training centre that supports the development and learning for all our customers and their puppies/dogs. We are currently very close to being at full capacity to run classes so we are limiting the number of first timer spots we can offer. We will be seeking to offer first timer spots each week as spots open.  Once you have registered your interest to attend an Introduction class you will receive an email confirming your registration. When capacity allows you will receive an email confirming your Introduction class date, you will have 48 hours to respond to either confirm your allocated class or reschedule.

We understand that this will mean that some people will need to wait a couple of weeks to gain a spot for the Introduction class, however, we feel it would be a greater disappointment if we took on more members and were unable to support them appropriately. We will continue to open as many spots as we can going forward.

Please note that due to high demand all our classes and waitlist is full at this time so we have stopped taking applications for the introductory classes.  We will announce when we will have more spots available asap. 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 (𝐃𝐨𝐠𝐬 𝟓 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫) This class is for people with a dog over 5 months of age that have not attended our classes previously. Please note we will need a copy of your dog’s vaccination records to attend this class.

𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝟏𝟓 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 to allow enough time to check in.  We also request that you have your client reference number ready (this will be advised in the confirmation booking email) to help speed up the check in process.

Behavioural Assessments.
From Sunday the 6th of February 2022 we are able to once again offer a limited number of behavioural assessments on Sundays once classes have finished. These sessions are only for dogs with more serious behavioural issues that need to be assessed to ascertain the best form of training moving forward.
Before you can attend one of these sessions you must have spoken to Mike about your dog’s behaviour so he can confirm if you would be best to attend one of these sessions.
To attend please click on the link here, fill out the form and we will contact you to advise the date of your assessment.
If you would like to discuss if these sessions are suitable for your dog please call us on (03) 9723 4387.

As we are sure everyone has noticed in recent times COVID numbers have increased largely meaning that businesses have often had to close at a moment’s notice.  Please always check either our Facebook Page or the Dog Training classes page on the website prior to attending classes each day in case we have had to close classes due to COVID requirements.

𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃𝟏𝟗 𝐕𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬: In line with Government restrictions all people that attend classes must be fully vaccinated.

You are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the purposes of attending a venue if: you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or if you have a valid medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination issued by an authorised medical practitioner.

If you can show evidence of any of the above, you can enter a venue as if you are fully vaccinated.

There are many ways to show your vaccination status, but the easiest way is by getting your COVID-19 Digital Certificate and linking it to your Service Victoria app.

When you check-in to a venue using the Service Victoria App, this will automatically verify your vaccination status if you have linked your COVID-19 Digital Certificate.

𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲 as we will need everyone to follow the rules to allow us to run the classes.

Our group dog training classes are held in Ringwood on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. A variety of classes are available to choose from at Eastern Companion Dog Training, with levels ranging from puppies through to advanced. Your first lesson will be free.

Here, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions concerning our dog training school classes. If you need more information, feel free to contact us anytime on (03) 9723 4387.

We also have a separate page that details our puppy classes

Our puppy and dog training classes in Melbourne are held on the premises of Norwood Secondary College, located on Byron St in Ringwood (Melways Reference 49 K4). The dog training courses are conducted in an area containing basketball courts with full lighting and undercover areas, allowing our dog training classes to run in rain, hail or shine. Our dog training school can be accessed from Byron St- you can’t miss us! You’ll see signs both on Byron St and after you enter the school so you’ll know where to go. We recommend arriving fifteen minutes before the class begins and bringing your dog, a lead, and your dog’s vaccination card.  Follow us on Facebook for all dog training classes updates.

For more details, please check out the location page

Eastern Companion Dog Training offers two membership levels to choose from, enabling us to cater to the varying needs of our customers.

For both of our membership levels, we provide your first lesson free of charge to allow you to see what our group dog training classes entail. Through participating in this initial class, you can take a look at our training centre, observe the techniques we use, meet our training staff, and gauge the overall atmosphere. This class will be completely free with no obligations – you won’t pay anything unless you choose to continue with our group dog training course.

After your free trial lesson, you can choose to join us with either a Silver or Gold Membership:

  • Our Bronze Membership has no upfront membership fee and you can attend as many classes as you choose for the small fee of $60.00 per class.Our Silver membership is ideal for those wanting to attain a basic level of control and obedience. This membership level has a annual membership fee of $450.00 and then you only pay a $10 fee for each class you and your puppy attend.  If due to Government Covid restrictions the classes are such down at any stage the membership period will be extended for the period classes are shut down.Our Gold membership is designed for those wanting to train their puppy to a higher obedience level. The cost is a once-off membership fee of $1100.00, after this you will incur no training fees regardless of how often you attend classes. You can also train from puppy class right through to advanced obedience levels at no further cost.  This membership stays valid until the 31st of December 2023.
  • We do offer reduced rates for second dogs and are all memberships are non refundable.  You can also upgrade at any time.

To ensure our clients are provided with convenient dog training, we offer a variety of flexible Dog training classestimes that can be attended at any time. There’s no requirement to attend the same dog training school class every week – simply go to the one that is most convenient for you. We’ve also designed our class structure so that you can feel free to come and go as you please, as we understand that you may only need to train your dog up to a certain level.

Thursday Evening Times:

If you’re attending your first class, please come to either the 10.00am Sunday morning or 7.00pm Thursday evening dog training class.

First Timers: 7.00pm
Puppies (under 5 months of age): 7.00pm
Socialisation: 7.30pm
Basic Dog Training Class: 7.55pm
Intermediate Class: 7.55pm
Advanced Class: 7.55pm

Sunday Morning Times:

First Timers: 10.00am
Puppies (under 5 months of age): 10.00am
Socialisation: 10.30am
Basic Class: 10.55am
Intermediate Class: 10.55am
Advanced Class: 10.55am

Our clients can feel confident knowing that all classes are run by fully qualified instructors who have:

  • Undertaken a minimum 12 month specialist dog training course
  • Trained at least 100 dogs of different breeds, ages and genders
  • Attended 12 lectures on psychology and learning principles
  • Completed a minimum of 100 hours of on-the-job training at Eastern Companion Dog Training
  • Attended seminars given by some of the leading dog trainers in the world
  • Continued their learning further to become qualified Canine Behaviourists and Psychologists.

We assign multiple instructors to each class to ensure our clients receive plenty of guidance. We also provide time in between our dog training school classes for clients to obtain one-on-one help from instructors if necessary.

Through allocating many instructors to each class, we provide one of the best instructor-to-student ratios in Melbourne’s dog training industry. On average, our classes are attended by one instructor to every six students, providing clients with plenty of assistance.

We believe that socialising dogs is of the utmost important. That’s why all of our dog school classes in Melbourne feature a separate socialisation section where we introduce a range of everyday objects that are known to make dogs feel uncomfortable or anxious. We expose each object to dogs in a way that teaches them that there’s nothing to fear, ensuring both them and their owners are prepared for the unexpected. These objects often change from class to class but can include items like lawn mowers, whipper snippers, motorbikes, and even other animals such as horses and cats. We also encourage dog-to-dog socialisation to ensure there’s no anxiety or aggression. This socialisation section is included in each dog training class.

We are often asked if we can train a client’s dog to ‘their’ individual requirements rather than the requirements of other class members. Fortunately, our training process is very flexible, allowing us to tailor our dog training course classes to each client’s preference. Within the class environment, we can also help you rectify many behavioural problems, including jumping up, barking, and aggression.

If you’ve tried other dog training schools in Melbourne without seeing results, attend a class at Eastern Companion Dog Training to discover how we can help you and your four legged friend. If you have any further questions regarding our group dog training classes, feel free to contact us on (03) 9723 4387.

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