Frequently Asked Questions 

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Which class should I enrol in?

This depends on what you have done so far and your interests. Our Quick Reference Chart will give you all the answers.

How old does my puppy need to be to join your puppy classes?

If your dog is between 12 wks-6 months and it has been 2 or more weeks since their 2nd vaccination, Puppy Class is the one for you. Click here to find out more. 

I have done a puppy class somewhere else, do I still have to do one with TBCOC?

If your puppy is still under 6 months old we recommend you join our Puppy Class. If not, start with Domestic 1 or Introduction to Competition Obedience.

I have done Obedience training with another club or trainer, can I start in Dom 2? Or CGC? Or Rally-O?

You will need a good standard of basic Obedience. Please contact us to discuss which class you should be in:

How much are your classes?

 Our classes are $60 per term. You must be a member to enrol and membership is currently $40 per 12 months.

Where are your classes?

During terms 1 and 4 we train outside at our club grounds in Ngatioa Domain, Mana. During terms 2 and 3 some of our classes are held in a covered venue. You will be advised of the training location when you enrol for your class.

See our Contact page for details of our venues.

How do I enrol?

Sign up to be a member with our club. 

Wait until enrolments are open: see dates here.

Login to our website and visit the enrolment section of our Train With Us page.

How can I waitlist for a class?

If a class has sold out, you can waitlist for a place:

  • Once you become a member, login and go to the page for the class you wish to waitlist for.
  • Choose the class day and time from the dropdown menu.
  • You will see a box pop up - if your details are correct, click Join Waitlist.
Can I have two dogs in one class?

You can have two (or more) dogs from a household in the same class, but each dog must have its own handler, and each handler must be a registered club member.

    I follow the link to the enrolment page, but can't see any classes. How do I enrol?

    There are two reasons why you may not see classes appear:

      • Enrolments may be closed: classes will only be visible on the enrolment page when our enrolments are OPEN (for 1-2 weeks before term starts - see our Important Dates page for enrolment dates).
      • Classes are only available for enrolment once you have paid your membership.
    What shall I bring to class?

    See our list of What To Bring. Your instructor will tell you if you need to bring anything additional.

    My dog has behavioural issues, can I come to your classes?

    At TBCOC we specialise in Obedience Training and our trainers are not qualified behaviour specialists. If your dog needs behavioural support before they can safely be around other dogs or humans, we recommend consulting a professional dog trainer such as Ace Dog Training, AGrade Animals, or your nearest vet behaviourist.

    Can I attend your classes if I don't live in Porirua?

    Yes. We currently accept any students who are happy to travel to our training grounds.

    Can I bring friends or family members to class?

    Yes! Other members of your 'pack' are welcome to come to your classes, but we do ask that only one of you is training your dog at a time (you can swap during class if you like) so that your dog doesn't get confused.

    It is very important that everyone in your household is training your dog in the same way, so make sure that all the family know about what you are learning in class.

    My bitch is on heat - what should I expect?

    There is plenty of information on the internet as to what to expect while your bitch is on heat, for example this article from Hills.

    Unfortunately, you won't be able to bring your dog to training while they're in heat as their change in hormones can cause an aggressive reaction from male dogs.

    In terms of classes, we will support you to continue your training while your dog is unable to attend - we can give you homework and provide phone and email support, and of course you can continue to come to class without your dog.

    How do I get a refund?

    Have a look at our Refund Policy.

    I have booked the wrong class, how do I change it?

    Contact our class coordinator: