Lifestyle Courses

Bringing out the Scholar in your best friend

Scholars in Collars classes are different in quite a few ways...

Our unique approach to group dog training means both you and your dog are set up with skills for life.
Absolutely tiny class sizes
Our lifestyle courses are definitely intimate in size – our ratio is one qualified instructor for every two dogs, and our courses are capped at four dogs with two instructors. This allows us to personalise our training to meet your individual needs; it’s as good as private training, just with a little extra company!
Field trips for every course
Sure, good behaviour in the classroom is nice, but great behaviour in the real world is even better. All of our lifestyle courses are built around real-world scenarios, and each lifestyle course has its very own field trip in the Adelaide Hills.
A focus on your lifestyle
We all have different lifestyles and therefore different needs for our dogs; you won't find generic bland training when you train with us! Only register for the courses that interest you, allowing you to create your desired Scholar by attending the courses that best suit your lifestyle. No time wasted when you're focusing on your needs.
You won't get lost in the crowd
Because there isn't one! With one qualified instructor for every two dogs in class, you'll never feel left behind. Large groups with one trainer? No thanks! We prefer quality over quantity.
Highly qualified instructors
All Scholars in Collars instructors are highly credentialed professional dog trainers, with the added bonus of many years of experience and knowledge. You should never substitute qualifications for experience when seeking the best for your dog. We share a dedication to continued professional education, positive training results, and positive training experiences – for you and your dog!
All positive training
Advances in canine behavioural science has given us modern, force-free training methods that are effective, fun and stress free for dogs and humans alike – given we know better, we do better! We treat man’s best friend just as you'd expect; with kindness and compassion and don't rely on intimidating tactics to get results (what kind of best friend does that?)

Please note: Your dog must be friendly around unknown people and dogs to attend our highly interactive classes. If you are unsure, or your dog is uncomfortable, stressed or over excited around unknown dogs or people we can organise a private training session together prior to enrolment to help you with the skills needed to join group training.

Create your desired Scholar in a Collar from our range of Lifestyle Courses

The Family Scholar

Want your dog to have the skills to fit into family life, with a happening household full of people, and visitors coming and going? We can help with that! Teach your dog skills to be calm around children, well-mannered with visitors and relaxed when there is a lot happening around them (including the housework!). Learn to leave the toys that are not theirs, wait before rushing through an open door and relax when it’s time to watch a good ol’ classic movie on the telly with the family - Lassie anybody?
For:
Dogs of all ages who are dog and people friendly who are current with vaccinations
Where:

Balhannah - and a field trip in the surrounding Adelaide Hills

When:

Most Saturday mornings

Tuition:

3 x 45 minute classes over 3 weeks at $265 incl GST

Includes:

Treat pouch, clicker, a copy of The Family Scholar e-book

Class size:

One qualified instructor for every two dogs and their people - maximum four dogs with two qualified instructors

Does this sound too good to be true?

It’s not! Practice makes progress and we’re ready to help create your Family Scholar. Register now!

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The Adventure Scholar

Visiting the local park, hiking in the forest, jaunting along the beach or travelling the country caravanning, camping and exploring all this great country has to offer; if this is your idea of fun, and you want to enjoy it with your canine companion we can help create your Adventure Scholar! Learn skills such as coming when called after enjoying the freedom of the big wide world, watching people and dogs pass by without a fuss and remain calm at the campsite or park bench while taking a break.

For:

Dogs of all ages who are dog and people friendly who are current with vaccinations

Where:

Balhannah - and a field trip in the surrounding Adelaide Hills

When:

Most Saturday mornings

Tuition:

3 x 45 minute classes over 3 weeks at $265 incl GST

Includes:

Treat pouch, clicker, a copy of The Adventure Scholar e-book

Class size:

One qualified instructor for every two dogs and their people - maximum four dogs with two qualified instructors

Happy dog, happy life – right?

Your Adventure Scholar is just waiting to shine.
Register today!

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The Social Scholar

At times, being social is not as easy as it sounds, and if your furry best friend needs some skills to practice calmness or confidence in the presence of unknown dogs, we’ve created the Social Scholar just for them! Whether your dog has boundless energy always anticipating making new friends or may feel stressed when other dogs charge on in and ignore the social cues, this course will help with teaching your dog to be able to better focus on you and relax around others; without needing to drag you over to, or run away from (or bark at) the other dogs you encounter.

For:

Dogs of all ages who may be over-excited or stressed in the presence of unknown dogs, who are current with vaccinations. This course is NOT for dogs who are showing aggressive behaviours. If you’re unsure, reach out to us to have a chat before enrolling

Where:

Balhannah - and a field trip in the surrounding Adelaide Hills

When:

Most Saturday mornings

Tuition:

3 x 45minute classes over 3 weeks at $265 incl GST

Includes:

Treat pouch, clicker, a copy of The Social Scholar e-book

Class size:

One qualified instructor for every two dogs and their people - maximum four dogs with two qualified instructors

Ready for a relaxed, happy, stand-out Social Scholar?

Register today!

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The Out & About Scholar

Going for brunch, visiting kids sports, relaxing at a winery, or simply want to visit public spaces, and confidently walk down the main street knowing your dog has the skills necessary to do it like a true Scholar? This course was designed with you in mind. Walking politely is one of the toughest skills to master, let alone trying that amongst the hustle and bustle of the big wide world. Not to mention being able to relax in such environments and not chase the football or running children, jump on the waitress or steal some food from your plate.

For:

Dogs of all ages who are dog and people friendly who are current with vaccinations.

Where:

Balhannah - and a field trip in the surrounding Adelaide Hills

When:

Most Saturday mornings

Tuition:

4 x 45minute classes over 4 weeks at $345 incl GST

Includes:

Treat pouch, clicker, a copy of The Out & About Scholar e-book

Class size:

One qualified instructor for every two dogs and their people - maximum four dogs with two qualified instructors

Ready For A Relaxed, Happy, Out & About Scholar

If your lifestyle has you out and about visiting all the local hubs, we can help build the skills required for your Out and About Scholar. Register now!

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The Esteemed Scholar - Coming April 2024

Now you have completed a few courses, and your dog is a Scholar in a Collar (and becoming the talk of the town) – congratulations! So, where to now?

Our Esteemed Scholar outings are for the dog who wants to continue to practice all their skills in a number of environments with varying distractions. Designed for dogs and their humans who may still appreciate some guidance from our qualified instructors, and who want to continue to attend field trips with like-minded dog owners to different locations in and around the Adelaide Hills.

Pre-requisite:

Your dog must have completed at least two previous courses with Scholars in Collars

For:

Dogs of all ages who are dog and people friendly who are current with vaccinations.

Where:

The Adelaide Hills SA

When:

Saturday mornings throughout the year

Tuition:

1 x 30minute class at $45 incl GST

Includes:

TLike-minded company (the best if you ask us!), personalised support and guidance from our qualified professional trainers and the related Esteemed Scholar e-infographic.

Class size:

One qualified instructor for every two dogs and their people - maximum four dogs with two qualified instructors

If you’re aiming for the coolest of cool dogs, or wanting to grow skills with grace, join us on continued outings and we will get you and your Esteemed Collar to Honours.

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Group training like ours doesn't exist anywhere else.

Absolutely tiny class sizes. Highly qualified instructors. Real-world field trips. Only positive methods. Lifestyle based.
Ready to bring out the scholar
in your best friend?
We'll see you in class!
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Our Service Area

Group puppy training, dog training classes and specialised workshops are held in Balhannah and Mount Barker, in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

If you are located in the Copper Coast Council area, Yorke Peninsula Council, Mid Murray Council area, Southern Barossa Council or Murray Bridge Council area, we travel to these locations monthly. Please contact us to find out when we will next be in your area.

Private dog training is available in Adelaide's North East, East and Adelaide Hills areas:
Adelaide Hills Council (including Balhannah, Lobethal, and Stirling)
Burnside Council (including Burnside, Kensington Gardens, and Norwood)
Campbelltown City Council (including Magill and Rostrevor)
City of Tea Tree Gully (including Modbury, Redwood Park and Tea Tree Gully)

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