Have you ever wanted to try your hand at dog training? Does your puppy or even a slightly older adult dog need a bit of a helping hand when it comes to recall or walking nicely on a lead? Now may be a chance for you and your pooch to learn some new skills, and you can do so while supporting Dogtown SA, a well-established sanctuary for dogs situated in the mountains near the Hennops River, in Gauteng.


The dedicated team of behaviourists and caregivers at Dogtown SA provide care for dogs who have lost their families or been rescued from dire situations. The dogs are given individual care and attention whilst they wait for their forever homes. There are many wonderful dogs at Dogtown who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves homeless and often in need of care and rehabilitation.


Dogtown SA will be hosting a series of training workshops in August and September which will be presented by Steve Mann, founder and chairman of The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers the leading provider for dog trainers and behaviourists.


Steve Mann, who has presented dog training courses worldwide, will be presenting the following courses at Dogtown SA, with an emphasis on positive and ethical training techniques. He will share his experience dealing with all dog training problems, behaviour issues and owner challenges.


Recallers 25 August
Loose Leaders 26 August
Intro to Scent Work 28 August
Intro to Tracking 29 August
Next Level Tracking 30 and 31 August
Career as a Dog Trainer 1 and 2 September


The price per person per day is R550 for a spectator and R950 for a handler with their dog. These spaces are limited to 10 only and lunch is included.


Steve Mann


Steve Mann can be seen on ITV’s Lorraine, BBC’s Breakfast Show and Channels 4’s ‘Paul O’Grady Show’. When asked to put a few tips together to help when choosing a dog trainer for your puppy, Steve Mann had this to say:


  1. Forget about your dog, would you want this person training you?
  2. It’s not about the trainer taking your dog and doing the handling themselves, it’s about them training you to train your dog.
  3. Make sure they always explain the why behind every exercise. An average trainer explains the what and how; a good trainer explains why.
  4. If their instructions don’t make sense, don’t do it. You need to be on board 100% to ensure compliance and consistency.


So if you’d like to try your hand at dog training, this could be a fun outing for the day for you and your canine best friend. Spring is on its way and what could be nicer than spending a day at Dogtown SA, enjoying yourself and at the same time, learning some new skills?


To book one of these workshops, contact Dogtown SA by email, visit their website or follow Dogtown SA on Facebook.


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