Dover Dog Club

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  ** all outdoor classes are subject to our Hot Weather policy 
          Puppy Kindy is not subject to the Weather policy as it's conducted indoors.  

                  SUMMER BREAK TRAINING DATES  2017-18

    2017 Sunday training                          finishes November 26th

    2017 Tuesday - Puppy Kindy              finishes December 5th

    2017 Wednesday training                  finishes December 6th                
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 2018 Registration Sunday January 21st  (9.30 to 11.00 am)

                    2018 TRAINING COMMENCES  :

   Tuesday -Puppy Kindy                             starts January 23rd

   Wednesday Night                                     starts January 24th

    Sunday Morning                                       starts February 4th  


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 2016 are scheduled for the Sundays of
May 18th. & October 12th.   
 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 the 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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