Term 4 Assessment Day was 10th December.  Well done everyone.

We are now taking enrolments for next term (1/2018), starting Sunday 4th February with Assessment Day on 15th April. Please use the online enrolments link on the membership page.

To bring your dog to the club for training, you need to be a member of the club (for insurance purposes) and enrol your dog in a class (so we can arrange for enough instructors for the term). Your dog needs to be vaccinated to the C5 level (which includes kennel cough).  New members to the Club must provide evidence of “C3” and “Kennel cough or C5” vaccination. Renewing members must provide evidence of “triennial C3 plus yearly kennel cough or C5” vaccination.

Please read the following FAQs, and if you want to join, then  complete the enrolment form via the link on the left.  Please also read the included club rules. (And see below.  How do I join?)  

FAQs

Where are the grounds?  
When is training held?  
What is the duration of the training courses?  
How are classes conducted?  
What is my first class called?  
Who trains my dog?  
Who are the Club’s Instructors?  
Does my dog need to be vaccinated to attend classes?  
Are there any other health conditions?  
How much does it cost?  
Who can join?  
How can I join?  
What happens on my first day?  
Do you sell training equipment?  

Where are the grounds?

Our training grounds are located on the Council Reserve on Hoover Road, which is off Lanyon Drive. Although the Reserve is usually locked, it is open during the scheduled training times of our Club.

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When is training held?

Sunday mornings between 9am to 11am. Whenever possible, the Club tries not to schedule training during school or public holidays.

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What is the duration of the training courses?

All dog obedience training classes conducted at the Club are taught for one hour a week over an eight weekly period. On completion of each course an assessment is made to determine whether your dog should progress to the next higher level of training or remain at the same level. The overall duration of your training is therefore totally dependent upon what level you personally want to achieve.

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How are classes conducted?

Each course of training is based on an eight weekly training syllabus and each class is supervised by a qualified Club Instructor for the entire period. Wherever possible, a class only consists of up to ten (10) dogs and handlers.

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What is my first class called?

When you start training, your first course is referred to as Beginners class. This class is sub-divided based on the dogs’ age (ie. older or younger than 6 months). This segregation enables younger dogs to be gradually socialised with other dogs nearer their own age before progressing onto the higher levels of training. Successive training courses are referred to as Intermediate, Advanced and Novice classes.

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Who trains my dog?

You do! Your class instructor’s primary role is to teach you (the handler), how to train your dog. What you learn in class each week is then practiced at home. These weekly hourly classes also teach you how to socialise your dog with a variety of other breeds of dogs (both small and large).

Although all members of your family are quite welcome during training sessions, there should only be one person actually handling the dog in the class environment, otherwise confusion may occur. However, other family members should listen and learn because they will also need to understand the training methods being taught to your dog.

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Who are the Club’s Instructors?

They are members of the Club who volunteer their time and expertise freely. Just like you, they commenced training their own dog and after a period of time they decided to undertake specially conducted dog obedience Instructor training courses to be able to pass on their new found experience and expertise to other members of the Club.

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Does my dog need to be vaccinated to attend classes?

Yes! This rule is primarily to try and retain a healthy training environment on our grounds for all dogs and handlers. Therefore, before any dog is permitted to participate in classes, each handler must produce an up to date Veterinarian vaccination certificate declaring their dog is immunized up to C5 level.

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Are there any other health conditions?

Yes! Bitches in season are not permitted on the grounds at any time. However, their handlers are always encouraged to come along (without their dog) to class lessons to learn what they can practise at home during this period of confinement. For obvious reasons, never take your dog (or yourself) to training classes if either of you are unwell or suffering from any type of contagious disease.

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How much does it cost?

PLEASE NOTE: These are annual fees and once you have joined, your fees cover you and your dog(s) until the next training year starts in July. You do not need to pay extra each term, unless you want to bring another dog or add another training type (like RallyO)

All membership and training fees are due for renewal on the 1st July each year. The fees are as follows:

• Family membership fees $40.00 pa July-June
• Single membership fees $30.00 pa July-June
• Training fees (for 1 dog) $70.00 pa July-June
• Training fees (for each additional dog) $30.00 pa July-June
• Rally O (for each dog) $30.00 Terms 2, 3 and 4 only

 

If you join after 31 December, the fees are halved for for both membership and training for the remainder of the training year.

Payment of these fees can be made by cheque, money order, cash or on-line. When you apply for membership, you will be contacted to arrange payment.

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Who can join?

Any person aged 12 years or over is eligible to train a dog at the Club. However, should the handler be under 16 years of age there is a provison that they must be accompanied by an adult during all training sessions on the Club’s grounds.

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How can I join?

Complete and submit the enrolment form via the link on the left. Please also read the included club rules. 

Your receipt for membership will be attached to your dog’s Attendance Card, which can be picked up on your first day of training. The Secretary will only contact you if some sort of clarification of membership is required.

Special Note: Following the above ‘How-to-Join’ procedure ensures that you will be included in a training class for the next intake. Please remember that no guarantee can be given that you will be able to join a training class if you simply turn up on the first day of training (with this information and all appropriate attachments in hand), and ask to enter a class. The reason for this reservation is that the Club only has a limited amount of volunteer instructors to call upon to teach these classes and it is not fair to the other handlers to have excessive numbers of dogs (ie. over our recommended 10:1 ratio) in their class.

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What happens on my first day?

All new members and their family are given a brief induction lecture (approx 1/2 hour) about the Club, its aims, rules, objectives and teaching methods. The opportunity is also taken to finalise any last minute intake enrolment details and to also let you watch some dogs training. It is therefore recommended that you do not bring your dog along with you on this Induction day.

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Do you sell training equipment?

Yes, the Club does stock a small range of various dog training equipment and material. This includes leads, collars, halti, gentle leaders, harnesses, doggy treats and titbits. Either your Instructor or our Shop Manager will assist you in correctly fitting collars. We also have tea, coffee, soup (during winter) and soft drinks available for sale.

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