Dover Dog Club

 Puppy Class
  -  Obedience class times   -  Graduation  -  Public Holidays   -  Hot Weather Policy      
                              ** all outdoor classes are subject to our Hot Weather policy 
                 Puppy Kindy is not subject to the Weather policy as it's conducted indoors.  
post Covid:   
    Members are required to register for contact tracing purposes when attending the club,
        either by signing in manually or by QR code, and to maintain appropriate social distancing
        and hand sanitising practices.

 Sunday morning training times:
  10.15 - 11.00 a.m. ~ Grades 1 & 2,   & Puppy Class (4 - 6 months)

          11.15 - 12 noon   ~  Grades 3, 4 & 5 (non-trialing )

      CCD, Novice, Open, Utility & UDX ring-work from 08.30 a.m.

9.00 - 10.00   ~   Rally Obedience : all classes
          Flyball  ~  from 09.30 a.m. ( see Flyball page for more details )
Tuesday evening:  7.00 - 8.00 p.m.   
Puppy Kindergarten only ( pups 8 - 16 weeks of age)

Wednesday evening:
 7.30 - 8.15 p.m. ~ all classes
      Members are welcome to attend either/both Wednesday and Sunday classes.
 Hot weather policy :  Sunday training will be cancelled if the
  forecast temperature at 6 p.m. the preceding day, is 34 C. or higher.

  see :
temperature readings & forecasts  
 This doesn't affect Puppy Kindy on Tuesday evenings, as it's are held indoors.... even so,
            we urge you to exercise common sense when transporting your puppy by car in hot weather. 

       Sunday training is not held on long weekends, nor on the two dates each year when the club hosts
       Obedience trials, which in 2019 are scheduled for the Sundays of May 19th. & October 13th.   

       All members are more than welcome to attend these events to learn how trials are run, and
       what's expected of competitors.

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N.B:  During all club training sessions:

The person handling the dog is responsible for the dog's actions
~   Dogs must never be tied up and left unattended  ~
        Do not approach or allow your dog to approach another dog without the handler's consent
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Puppy Kindy
Puppy Pre-school for pups aged 8 - 16 weeks, who have received their first vaccinations
(bring your pup's vaccination certificate with you) are conducted inside the clubrooms on our 
washable floor surface, on Tuesday evenings throughout the year.
All family members are encouraged to attend classes which offer pups and their owners supervised socialisation
   with other dogs, as well as teaching basic commands such as to to Sit, Stand, Stay, Drop, Come, Fetch,
         to walk on a lead, and provide support and advice for those who may be experiencing difficulties
with puppy behaviour, or such 'life-skills' as house-training.

Dover's training methods are positive and gentle, encouraging a combination of motivational techniques
that utilise voice and rewards (treats or toy) with the correct use of a collar and lead.

 Puppies graduate to the outdoor classes at 16 weeks of age, and remain in Puppy company
until they reach 6 months, when they join either Grade 1 or 2 depending on their progress.  
Puppy Kindy is free with standard club membership.

Puppy class:divided into groups depending on experience
 Graduation (see also Graduation Criteria )
Assessment for graduation to the next class is held on the last Sunday of
       each month, unless this clashes with a Dover Obedience Trial (see 'Diary')
       or long weekend, in which case graduation occurs the week before.

          You are assessed during class by instructors who are not your regular weekly instructor.

       Please remember to wear your badge so youir graduation can be recorded on it,
              and a class graduation ribbon can be collected from the Club Office.

              Don't be discouraged by others graduating around you if you aren't making the      
              same progress. There are many reasons why dogs will learn at different rates:

  • Some breeds mature more quickly than others, and some breeds have been developed for the purpose
    of working as part of the handler's team, for example herding breeds.

  • Some of your class-mates may be training their second or third dog, so they know what they're doing,
    and will probably have trained their new pup from very young.

    They may be planning to compete in Obedience events, and can often be fast-tracked through the early classes;
    while others are just trying to ensure their dog is well socialised and obedient in a more 'everyday' sense .  
  • If you have taken on a mature or rescue dog, they may have experiences in their past life which inhibit their
     learning initially, but these can be overcome with patience.

  • Some breeds are more independent and not as receptive to training as others.
  • We understand that some owners have more commitments and calls on their time than others, but we would
    emphasise that a small amount of time devoted regularly to training
    will pay dividends not only in skills/behaviour,
    but in the dog's confidence, and in your relationship with them.
    N.B: A prolonged or intensive training session the day before graduation cannot make up for those many missed
    short sessions, and may stress both dog and handler.
  • This is not a race so much as the development of a partnership with your dog, primarily as a companion, and
    should be enjoyable for both of you. If it also becomes a successful
    working team, and then a hobby or even
    an obsession(!) that's a bonus, but even the most competitive teams have disappointments, and frequently
    have to go 'back to basics' with new exercises.
    Don't put pressure on yourself or your dog to graduate every month. You have plenty of time, and instructors
     are there to help you: many of them have struggled themselves with 'difficult' dogs, and fully understand that
    it doesn't always 'fall into place' easily; but a dog that starts off slowly may still be the more reliable performer
    in the long term than the one that seems to be headed for stardom from puppyhood.  Dog-stars burn out too.

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Graduation Criteria


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