Ideal Dogs of Australia

Teach your dog to be a well-behaved and respectable member of the community, and learn about responsible dog ownership.

Course details

The IDA course is structured in four parts:

  1. Pre-IDA - Participants must attend at least two pre-IDA sessions. Saturdays 10:30 to 11:15am, Kintala Training Ground
  2. Information evening (without your dog) - on a Thursday 7:30 to 9:00pm , Kintala Club Room
  3. Four practical training sessions and socialisation - Saturdays 10:30 - 11:15am, Kintala Training Grounds
  4. Assessment - Held 10:30 - 11:15am on a Saturday, Kintala Training Grounds

The lessons take place in groups with a maximum of five handlers to one instructor. Socialisation with other dogs is an important component of the course.

Participation in an IDA course is the gateway to membership of the Kintala Club.

Course requirements

Handlers and dogs who have satisfactorily completed Kintala’s puppy school may be invited to join the Ideal Dogs of Australia Course. If your dog has not completed Kintala puppy school, please contact us to discuss how to enrol. Dogs must be comfortable around other dogs and people.

Ideal Dogs of Australia Course Enquiries

  • Dogs graduating from Kintala Puppy School: phone Amanda on 0418 371 060. Please leave a message if we are unable to take your call.
  • Other dogs: email Please include your phone number and suburb or location.

Course Components

  • Coming when called
  • Walking on a lead in a controlled manner and doing sit, stand and drop
  • Greeting another dog appropriately
  • Learning meal time manners
  • Being handled without showing fear or aggression
  • Staying in one position for a short time
  • Being briefly separated from the handler and remaining calm
  • Responding to the handler when distractions are present e.g. cyclists
  • Moving through a "crowd" on lead
  • Behaving well at the vet clinic

Dogs who pass this accredited course may be eligible for a reduced council registration fee.