The controlling body for all the following dog-related activities is Dogs NSW
Address – The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs
Luddenham Rd, Orchard Hills.
PO Box 632, St Marys 2760
(02) 9834 3022 or 1800 451375

The dog world is full of activities for you & your dog to enjoy

The following are taught at Northern Suburbs Dog Training Club
All dogs are taught the basic obedience skills such as walking calmly on lead, sitting, dropping, standing, staying & coming when called.
We also offer instruction in all other levels of obedience.
Talk to an instructor if you are interested in obedience trialling & they will give you more information.
Dogs can be entered in Obedience trials once they reach the required standard of obedience training.
Rally is an interactive & motivational sport for handlers & dogs.
Handlers are encouraged to use verbal praise & patting at all times during training & trialling.
Basic Rally exercises are taught in all classes at NSDTC.
Once members reach 3rd Class, we offer Monday night Rally training sessions for those interested in competing in trials or just wishing to enjoy the experience of furthering their dog’s training.
In Agility, dogs negotiate a set of obstacles, such as jumps, tunnels, dog-walk, weaving poles, etc. with the handler encouraging them from one obstacle to the next.
Dogs must be at least 12 months old & have reached fourth-class level in obedience at the club before starting introductory agility training.
Northern Suburbs Dog Training Club holds agility training on Saturday mornings & Monday nights.
Monday night sessions are for advanced level dogs only.
Dances with Dogs (DWD)
Dances with Dogs provides handlers & their dogs with an opportunity to demonstrate a skillful, enjoyable choreographed routine, performed to music.
It encompasses two separate divisions: Free Style & Heelwork to Music.
Classes are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Dogs start by learning the basic moves then progress to incorporating them into a choreographed routine. Dogs of all ages can take part.
Gundog Retrieving
The dogs are trained in basic obedience & retrieval of game & dummies from field, bush & water. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings for NSDTC dogs from first class upwards.

Scent Work

The dogs are trained in basic detection skills and trained to find and indicate 4 odours.


Handler’s and dogs are taught ANKC trick classes from Starter to Advanced. Providing the team’s knowledge and ability to compete in competitions.

Other ANKC activities
These are not taught at Northern Suburbs Dog Training Club
The ANKC Herding Program is designed to preserve the traditional working styles & herding instinct in all breeds with herding origin.
Sheepdog trials
A dog will work with their handler to put sheep through a set course, negotiating obstacles until the sheep are penned.
Endurance test
The Endurance Test demonstrates the dog’s ability to work whilst being subjected to a certain degree of physical strain without showing signs of undue stress or lack of constitution. Each dog runs a 20km course split into three legs of 8, 6 & 6km. The handler can jog or cycle beside their dog.
Vet checks are done before, during & after the test to ensure the welfare of the dogs.
Lure coursing
Mainly for Sighthounds. The dogs work in pairs of two compatible dogs chasing a lure (plastic bag) dragged by a pulley & battery system around a course at speed.
Earthdog test
This is for terriers & other breeds bred to go to ground. The dogs are expected to find hidden quarry in tunnels underground.
The idea of tracking is to encourage dogs to make use of their strongest faculty by emulating, as closely as possible, the seeking & finding of a missing person.
A relay race between two competing teams of 4 dogs.
Each dog must race in its own lane, side by side with the other competing team’s dog. Each dog must go over four hurdles, trigger a flyball box, retrieve the tennis ball that the box has released & return over the four hurdles to the finish line where the next dog takes over.
Canine Nosework
K9 Nosework is a new activity for pet dogs, based on canine detection work. It harnesses the incredible power of the canine nose in fulfilling the desire to hunt. Suitable for dogs of all ages & personalities, it builds confidence, mental & physical fitness & is exciting.
The ANKC Drafting tests are for dog breeds that traditionally pulled small farm carts. The dog has to negotiate a set of obstacles whilst pulling a cart
Breed shows
In Breed shows, pure bred, registered dogs compete against each other to see which dog comes closest to the breed standard.
Breed group categories are: Toy, Utility, Working Dog, Gundog, Hounds, Terriers & Non Sporting.