Pro-K9 is more than just a training club. At Pro-K9 you receive tuition from our professional, qualified and nationally accredited instructors. With a view to promoting dogs to enthusiastically learn, and to promoting handler education to best harness that enthusiasm, our Pro-K9 Instructor to client ratio attention is second to none. At our conveniently located grounds servicing the South Eastern and district suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Pro-K9's unique training formulas and content provide its clients with more than just one training strategy. Why do we think this is important? Because at Pro-K9 we regard your dog as an individual and what may well work best for one dog may not be the best training method for yours.
Membership is quarterly. Just like a gym membership, train at your own pace to match that of your own requirements and that of your dog. Subsequent membership renewals are owners' choice to reflect how far you wish to advance your dog's training.
Membership begins with two mandatory lessons ("Intro 1" and "Intro 2") comprising of comprehensive explanation of the exercises you will be coached and trained in when you subsequently join our "Foundation" training level, ensuring that you will not be left confused when working within the group. These two lessons (conducted over two training days) are conducted on Sunday mornings but have a variable start-time dependant upon the date you wish to commence and our Instructor availabilty. These times are allocated at the time you confirm your dog's Membership with Pro-K9.
Pro-K9 welcomes partnership participation during group training lessons (up to two adults per dog). Participation requires both partners to register their names and signatures on our Enrolment Form (available on request); both partners to have completed the minimum requirement of attending both Intro 1 and Intro 2 lessons; and for both to regularly attend the group training lessons throughout the dog's Membership period/s. It does mean that our Instructors are teaching TWO handlers as opposed to only one, which can slow the initial handler progress slightly, but the huge advantage is that both people involved in your dog's training on a day-to-day basis will be on the same page and your dog will find the training less confusing. There is no increased fee for this privelege.
Ever been to a class with too many numbers and feeling as though you're lost in a crowd and not receiving the help you need? It's not fun and can be quite frustrating, disheartening and disappointing. Pro-K9 is very aware of the importance of excellent tuition and we pride ourselves in the ability to be able to assist each handler work through any 'sticky' exercises they may be having difficulty with by offering top of the range attention to each of our class members during the course of their Membership. Our class numbers are capped at 15 dogs per Instructor. That's our guarantee. But what we find even better is that because dogs are frequently being passed up to higher levels as their training progresses, the numbers of dogs per class Instructor often averages out to a ratio of 6:1. In addition, when we can we place an additional Instructor on the grounds during class times for the benefit of assisting handlers one-on-one when and if the need arises.
Additional Foundation Level Group (10.30am) - Due to one of our Instructor's pending holiday break, we are currently unable to offer this additional Foundation Level Training Group as we have done over the past year. Foundation Level Training Group that commences at 9.15am will continue to run, however new-Member numbers will be limited until vacancies are available.
Next available start date :
- 18 March 2018 - prior bookings essential.
- Due to Easter Sunday landing on 1 April and Pro-K9's involvement at the City of Greater Dandenong's Autumn Fest on Sunday 8 April, we are unable to arrange New Membership intake for those dates. Consequently, the next earliest start date after 18 March will be 15 April 2018.
To cater for the increased popularity of our classes, we are pleased to advise that we are and have currently sourced new Instructors who are now learning the skills of training at Pro-K9 and will be joining our Instructor Team. This will ensure the continuation of the fantastic service and attention our Members have always received and with more bodies on the ground will provide even greater flexibility in that respect. We appreciate your patience whilst these new changes are being put into place. Stay tuned for our new Instructor profiles.
Non-training dates :
Sunday 24 December 2017 to 28 January 2018 (both inclusive) (Christmas/New Year Break for 2017/18)
- Sunday 1 April 2018 (Easter Sunday)
- Sunday 29 April 2018
- Sunday 29 July 2018
- Sunday 30 September 2018
- Sunday 23 December 2018 to 27 January 2018 (both inclusive) (Christmas/New Year Break for 2018/19)
Membership periods transcending any Pro-K9 declared "non-training dates" are extended accordingly - your Membership is NOT compromised.
Dogs/pups of approximately 16 weeks* of age and older are suitable for beginning training in our Foundation Level Obedience Classes.
(*Exceptions applied on individual merit to the minimum age requirement.)
Minimum C3 vaccination cover. Evidence of immunity by way of Titre Test accepted.