Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enrol into group classes?

Great question. Our enrolments are processed online at the following link: https://RoleyDogsEnrolments.as.me/

I got a dog to teach my child responsibility. Can you help?

Yes. Roley Dogs offers Junior Handlers group classes. These are designed specifically for students who are aged between 8 and 17 years of age.

When do your group classes run?

All of our currently available group class times are available at the following links: https://RoleyDogsEnrolments.as.me/

I want to learn Canine Hoopers with my dog. How old do they have to be?

Dogs of any age can learn Canine Hoopers. It is a low impact sport. just remember to keep training sessions short.

I want to learn Canine Agility with my dog. How old do they have to be?

All dogs can work on the foundation skills of Canine Agility. At Roley Dogs we do restrict dogs under the age of 12 months from jumping or working on full sized contact equipment. This is to minimise any risks to the health of the dogs as they are still growing prior to this.

How can I book for an Individual Training Session?

Bookings can be made through the following link: https://RoleyDogsEnrolments.as.me

What class is best for my dog?

Most friendly and confident dogs will start in our Relationship Building group classes. This class will give a great foundation should they wish to move onto the dog sports classes in the future.

If your dog will be handled by someone younger than 18 years of age, the Junior Handlers group classes will be more appropriate.

Should your dog be anxious or reactive, it is recommended that you book an Individual Training Consultation first. This will give you some extra tools to make your future group classes much more enjoyable and successful.

Do you offer puppy classes?

All of our group classes are offered from Fancote Park, Kelmscott. This means that we do not offer group classes to puppies who have not been cleared by their vets to go out in public. This usually occurs after their vaccinations.

Should you still wish to use Roley Dogs for your puppy training, we can do Puppy Training Visits in your own home. These would be booked as Individual Training Consultations. Please be sure to let us know that it is for a puppy that has not yet completed it’s vaccinations as we will bring specific training equipment with us.

Where can I find a responsible breeder?

In Western Australia, there is a list of breeders on the Dogs West page: http://www.dogswest.com. Please be sure to still practice your due diligence before selecting your breeder.

My dog reacts to other dogs. Which class should I choose?

It would be worth booking an Individual Training Consultation so that your dog’s needs can be identified and an appropriate class chosen.

I just got a new dog. How can I help them to settle into my family?

Remember that while you understand that your new dog will be a part of your family, their whole world has been turned upside down and they may be feeling quite anxious. Make sure that they have a chance to slowly acclimatise to your family and home. Try to keep things nice and calm and give them plenty of chances to rest. While they may enjoy meeting all of your family and friends, it is usually best to do this over a long period of time rather than all at once.

Do you use shock or citronella collars?

No. At Roley Dogs we do not use shock or citronella collars. While they may have an immediate effect on the dog’s behaviour, the unintended long term effects can be terrible.

We prefer to teach our students how to get the behaviours that they want from their dogs, through positive reinforcement. We find that this way gives better long term results and is much nicer for both the dog and the owner.

I need to rehome my dog. Do you do this?

No. We are able to assist with training dogs and owners but find that the rescue organisations are better set up , skilled and resourced to assist with rehoming dogs.

I am going on holiday, what can I do with my dog?

There are many options available to you if you are going on holiday. These include:

  • Take your dog with you.
  • Have your dog stay with a trusted family member or friend.
  • Book your dog in with a house and pet minder.
  • Book your dog into a kennel.
  • Some veterinary services and breeders will also offer kennelling options for their clients.

My dog isn’t feeling well, can they still come to classes?

We find that dogs that are not feeling well do not learn well in class. We also like to minimise the spread of any illnesses between all of our clients. So, if you or your dog are unwell, please look after yourself and stay home. You are always welcome to come to class without your dog if you don’t want to miss out.

Do you train my dog or do I?

Unless you are booked into our enrichment visits, we will teach you how to train your dog. This means that you will have the skills to practice with your dog at home. You will also be able to use those skills on any future dogs that you may have.

I heard that you offer enrichment visits. Can you tell me about this?

Enrichment visits are a premium service that we offer to very specific clients. There is generally a waitlist for this service. We visit your home during the day and play with and train your dog. The activities will vary depending on the weather, area available to play with your dog and what your dog enjoys. Some examples of things we do would include sniffing games, canine hoopers, playing in tunnels and tricks training.

Do you offer board and train?

At present we do not offer board and train services. We find that our clients have more success be learning with their dogs.

Do you offer dog walking?

At present this is not a service that we offer.

It is raining, will our classes still run?

Yes, our classes will run in the rain as it is important for dogs and handlers to be able to work in a range of weather scenarios.

It is hot, will our classes still run?

Yes, our classes will still run but will be in the shade and will be very slow and calm. It is imperative that you bring adequate water to all training sessions but even more so when it is hot.

Please also be very carful not to allow your dogs to walk or run on any paving or similar surfaces that could burn their paws. If it is too hot for you to stand on, it is too hot for them.

Help, my dog has bitten someone. Who is the best person to take them to?

If your dog has bitten someone, a veterinary behaviourist is usually the best professional to take them to for assistance.

What is the difference to a Veterinary Behaviourist and a Dog Trainer?

While there can be a lot of overlap, I like to think of a Dog Trainer as similar to a General Practitioner and a Veterinary Behaviourist as more like a specialist.

A Dog Trainer will teach you how to train your dog. They can help to teach things such as tricks, dog sports, general obedience and life skills.

A Veterinary Behaviourist will teach you how to change the behaviour of your dog. They may also prescribe medication to support your dog in making those changes. They can help with dogs that display symptoms of things such as bad separation anxiety or aggressive behaviours.

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