These rules are applicable during all club events and training sessions, and are to be followed by everyone attending. This is for the safety of humans and dogs alike.
Safety first. Make sure that you are wearing appropriate shoes and clothing and that you have the correct gear for your dog (leash, collar or harness) so that you can manage your dog and avoid incidences between dogs.
All Dogs and puppies should be kept on a leash except under direct supervision of one of the trainers.
Always watch around you when handling your dog for other dogs and owners. Not every dog likes every other dog the same as not all people get along. Don’t be disappointed if your dog doesn’t get along with everyone else dogs. Socialization time is under supervision of the trainers that know the dogs and can handle the situation if the need arises.
During, and after protection work training all other dogs and puppies have to be put into trailers or vehicles. Puppies will also be allowed to be in the designated puppy camp at the training supervisor’s discretion. The dogs are very excited after the protection work, so make sure that they have a free path back to their vehicle.
We encourage you to walk your dogs at the outskirts of the fields so they can relieve themselves before training. Carry packets with you so you can pick up their waste.
Bitches in season have to be announced to the training supervisor before training starts and they have to train last after all other dogs have been worked. No bitches in season may enter the training field before all other dogs have worked.
All dogs and puppies have to be up to date on their vaccinations. Proof of vaccinations has to be presented to a club committee member at the first training session and whenever required by the committee. Puppies are only permitted to training after their 3rd vaccination, when the first rabies vaccination is administered. Please notify your veterinarian that you require the kennel cough vaccination because of frequent exposure to other dogs at training as it is not included in the standard vaccinations.
Please bring water, water bowl, treats and a toy, adequate collar and leash with you for training. If you are unsure which collar is suitable for your dog, please consult with one of the committee members.
You are welcome to bring guests and your children to the club, as we train in a family environment. Please teach your guests and children to not approach any of the other dogs without getting the permission of the owner in order to avoid accidents. Teach your children not to approach any of the dogs in the trailers or put their hands into the compartments. The trailers are a dog’s protected space and it cannot be predicted how they might react.
No alcohol consumption by dog handlers will be allowed during the training hours.
Treats and toys are very important for training as the training is reward based. Don’t expect your puppy to just work for you because it loves you. The bond between dog and owner develops during training.
Please communicate any ideas or improvements you would suggest to one of the committee members. Feedback on the good and the bad is the only way that we can give you the best service. Let us know if you would like to get more in.
Lastly, enjoy training your dog and the time you spend together. Reward and
praise your dog when he gets it right and don’t get frustrated if he doesn’t get it at first. Simply try again. Dog training is all about repetition and persistence.