The Dog Training Club of Bermuda has provided dog-training classes to the public for nearly 50 years.

Our classes are taught by an all volunteer team of instructors. All of our trainers share a passion for teaching people to train their dogs using current and humane methods of training.

The Dog Training Club of Bermuda is pleased to have two Certified Professional Dog Trainers and many other well qualified trainers in Bermuda on its team:

 

Ronnie Baptiste

Cathy Gosling

Eileen Thorne CPDT-KA

Mara Zanfagna CPDT-KA

The club currently offers the following Life Skills and Obedience classes:

LIFE SKILLS 1:

DTC Life Skills courses advocate the use of reward-based training to teach real-life practical skills, such as walking nicely on a leash, settling down, jumping up, paying attention and coming when called.

This class will give you a foundation in the core skills necessary to start the training process. You will gradually develop in training your dog to adapt to many daily life situations.

This class is for dogs that have had little or no previous training. This is a seven-week class and is typically offered three times each year, during the fall, winter and spring sessions. Class size is limited.

Dogs must be friendly to people and other dogs.

 

Topics covered include:

  • Crate or mat games
  • Loose leash walking
  • Impulse control
  • Setting reinforcement (food and toy drive)
  • Sit, down and stand
  • Recall-come
  • Intro to shaping behaviours
  • Clicker skills

The goal of this class is to help you understand how to influence your dog’s behavior using positive reinforcement. Come to class with treats, toys, a sense of humor and a positive attitude.

See the DTC Calendar for our course schedule, registration and pricing information for upcoming classes.

 

LIFE SKILLS 2:

This class is for dogs who have graduated from Life Skills 1. In this class we will expand on the exercises taught in our Life Skills 1 classes by increasing duration, distance and distractions.

This is not an appropriate class for dogs with aggression issues, either to people or other dogs.

This five-week class is typically offered three times each year, during the fall, winter and spring sessions.

See the DTC Calendar for our course schedule, registration and pricing information for upcoming classes.

 

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC) PREP

This class is for dogs that have graduated from Life Skills 2. In this class we will expand on the exercises taught in our Life Skills 2 class by increasing duration, distance and distractions. The main focus of this class is preparation for the Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC).

The American Kennel Club (AKC) created the Canine Good Citizen certification programme to reward responsible ownership and to help create a dog who is a pleasure to take places and is not a bother to other people or animals. Our CGC Prep class works specifically on teaching you and your dog how to have a wonderful relationship and how to present yourselves well in the community.

Approximately once a year the club provides students the opportunity to take the Canine Good Citizen test with a judge from the US or Canada. There is a nominal fee for the optional test. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test qualify to receive a certificate from the Club. In addition, achieving the CGC certificate can help start you on the path to doing therapy dog work in health facilities and schools.

The six-week CGC Prep class is held approximately once per year prior to the CGC test.

Each week owner/dog teams will work on the following exercises:

  1. Accepts a friendly stranger
  2. Sits Politely for Petting
  3. Appearance and grooming
  4. Out For Walk
  5. Walking Through a Crowd
  6. Sit and Down
  7. Come when Called
  8. Reaction to Another Dog
  9. Reaction To Distractions
  10. Supervised Separation

Prerequisites for Taking the CGC Prep Class:

Dogs must have completed Life Skills 2 classes and have certain skills in place, such as:

  • Walk on a loose leash
  • Stay in place from a distance (10-15 feet)
  • Allow strangers to touch him
  • Sit, down and come on command (on leash).

This is not an appropriate class for dogs with aggression issues, either to people or other dogs.

See the DTC Calendar for our course schedule, registration and pricing information for upcoming classes.


COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCE

This is a drop-in class held once a week for dogs that have graduated from Life Skills 2 and wish to begin preparation to compete in Obedience. The skills taught in Life Skills 2 are expanded on to teach the exercises described in the Bermuda Kennel Club Obedience Rules.

Obedience Rules 2017

See the DTC Calendar for our course schedule, registration and pricing information for upcoming classes.

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