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Mutts with Manners

Mutts with Manners class Image ©
Mutts with Manners class Image ©

Mutts with manners is a fun and informal class for all the family. We focus on teaching a selection of training exercises that are practical and useful in giving you better control both at home and in public. We keep classes small so you get individual attention and to cater for different levels of experience.

This course includes 5 x classes and is for all family dogs. It is ideal as a follow-on class from puppy school but suitable for adult dogs who need to refresh or start late with their training. It is a fun obedience style class...teach your dog important skills like sit, down, stay, come when called, walk nicely on the lead and much more!

When & Where: Mondays, 5.30pm @ Birch Hall, A&P Showgrounds, Lower Queen St, Richmond

Fee: $115 for 5 x classes (incl. GST) ($10 discount for dogs adopted from a shelter)

Class capacity: 6-8

Class Instructor: Michele Craven

Class Assist: Lynn Cameron

2018 Start Dates:

Monday, 15 January 2018, 5.30 to 6.30pm
Thursday, 1 February, 2018, 7.00 to 8.00pm (New Venue: Tasman Sports Hall, Richmond)
Monday, 26 February 2018, 5.30 to 6.30pm
Monday, 16 April 2018, 5.30 to 6.30pm
Monday, 21 May 2018, 5.30 to 6.30pm

"I loved bringing my dog Oscar to Mutts with Manners class. It helped his confidence around other dogs enormously " N. Kehoe





Sniffer Dog Class is a fun activity for dogs and their owners. Sniffer dog training is not just for customs or police dogs, it can also be a really stimulating and entertaining exercise for your family pet.

Any dog with a nose can take part in Sniffer Dog class. All breeds and ages are welcome in this class. This class is suitable for senior dogs or dogs with mobility issues and also for reactive dogs because we will work one dog at a time in the search area. This means your dog will need to be comfortable waiting in the car (just outside the door) until it is his/her turn in the search area. This class will also be a great confidence builder for shy or fearful dogs.

We are currently offering three Sniffer Dog Courses (1) Beginners Sniffer Dog, (2) Follow your Sniffer Dog, (3) Super Sniffer. All courses include 3 x classes and cost $80 (incl. GST). Sunday workshops are $60 (incl. GST). Michele Craven teaches most of our Beginners Sniffer Dog Classes and Sue Walsh teaches our Follow your Sniffer Dog and Super Sniffers classes.

Classes take place in Richmond, at either the A&P Showgrounds or Tasman Sports Hall depending on the class.


(1) Beginners Sniffer Dog:
Monday, 3 x classes on 15, 22 Jan & 5 Feb 2018 from 7pm
Monday, 3 x classes on 12, 19 & 26 Feb 2018 from 7pm
Monday, 3 x classes on 21, 28 May & 11 June 2018 from 7pm

(2) Follow Your Sniffer Dog:
Thursday, 3 x classes on 8, 15 & 22 March 2018 from 7pm

(3) Super Sniffers:
Sunday, 1 x Sunday class on 11 Feb from 9am
Monday, 3 x classes on 12, 19 & 26 March 2018 from 7pm
Sunday,1 x Sunday class on 8 April from 9am
Thursday, 3 x classes on 17, 24 May & 7 June 2018 from 7pm

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Enquire about Sniffer Dog Classes




Life Skills 4 Dogs Class is a follow-on class from Mutts with Manners Class (see above). If you have completed a beginners obedience course somewhere else you are also welcome to join this class. Your dog needs to know the basics of three exercises to join this class: sit, down and wait. Get in touch if you are unsure about whether you should join this class.

Life Skills 4 Dogs is a chance for you to refresh and revise the training your learned at Mutts with Manners and to also learn some new skills. New exercises are "Got to bed", "Leave it" and "Stay." The focus of the course is getting responsiveness from your dog around distractions, teaching your dog to have more patience in real life situations and having some fun with tricks training too :)

Venue: A&P Showgrounds, Lower Queen Street, Richmond.

Instructor: Michele Craven or Sue Walsh

2018 Start Date:

Monday, 16 April 2018, 6.45pm to 7.45pm
Monday, 2 July 2018, 6.45pm to 7.45pm

Cost: 5 x classes for $115 (incl, GST) and your dog comes to all 5 classes.

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"My dog absolutely loved Life Skills 4 Dogs Class. I brought the children along and we all learned heaps. It gave us some great ideas for activities to do with Harry at home" T. Patterson




Does your dog get over-excited, anxious or aggressive on seeing another dog while out for a walk on the lead? If so, Reactive Rover classes can help. At Dog Almighty we understand that this can be a stressful, frustrating and embarrassing issue for owners. Reactive Rover classes are a safe and supportive environment for owners with reactive dogs. Owners practice training techniques that will help them better manage their 'reactive' dogs while out for a walk. All family members are encouraged to attend.

Class Instructor: Sue Walsh

When & Where: Thursdays 7.15 p.m. to 8.30 p.m - Tasman Sports Hall, Cambridge Street, Richmond

Course Fee: $199 (incl. GST) for 5 classes

Next start date(s):

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 7.15 to 8.30pm
Thursday, 14 June 2018, 7.15 to 8.30pm

Course prerequisites: For safety purposes pre-screening is necessary before acceptance to this class. In order to help us determine whether you and your canine companion will benefit from this class please download and complete a Reactive Rover Questionnaire and send it back to us.

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Examples of training we can help with:

  • Sit, down, stand
  • Stay and wait
  • Coming when called
  • Walking nicely on the lead
  • Leave it (i.e. don't eat that!!)
  • Targeting and placement cues (go to mat!)
  • Fetch
  • Tricks

A well trained dog

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