Gippsland Obedience Dog Club (GODC) 


Important Notice

All puppies must wait two weeks after the final vaccination before attending. A copy of your dog's vaccination certificate is required when joining.

Hype and Spike at Hopkins Falls, Warrnambool.

Obedience Classes

These are held on Saturday mornings at 10.30am. Refer to Club Calendar for dates.

All new members will be put through the 'Newbies' class on their first day. This shows them basic training methods and teaches them the rules of the club. Depending on the age of your puppy/dog, they will then move onto either the Puppies Class (for puppies under 6 months of age) or the Beginners Class (for puppies/dogs 6 months and over).

We have four classes beyond the Beginners class, each being more advanced than the next. If you are just wanting to teach you dogs some basic obedience or you want to continue on to trial in competitive obedience, we can cater to your needs.

You will need to bring your dog, on a lead and some small treats for training if you wish.

You can train your dog on which ever sort of collar you prefer, or a check chain. The club has an assortment of these, as well as leads for sale in the clubrooms.

Graduation Days

The club holds four Graduation Days during the year, which are held in a trial-like situation. These give you the opportunity to pass up into the next class. Refer to Club Calendar for Graduation Dates.

Sprocket begging.

Agility & Jumping Classes

Classes are run on Saturday mornings at 8.30am.

You must first join as a member before attending joining in any classes. To join, come down to normal Obedience Classes before an Intake Day at around 10am. Although it is not mandatory, it is recommended that you partake in the Obedience first-timer's class. Once you are a financial member, you can come along to an intake Day. Refer to Club Calendar for Intake Days.

Note that dogs must be at least nine months of age before they can jump.

There are two distinct programs happening:

  1. For people who are already trialling and want to hone their skills by practice a handling skill, running a course, etc.
  2. For new-comers or people who have been out of the game for a while

For new-comers we will work through a course (usually 6 weeks) which explains how to master each piece of equipment safely. Learning the correct techniques early in how to get your contact (learn targeting), sending your dog on ahead (toys are ideal for this) and having a steady start are the keys to success. For people who don't want to trial and just want to have fun with their dogs, we will tailor the sessions to suit your needs.

There are a few things you and your dog will need to be able to do to really enjoy the lessons and get the most out of them. You need to leave your dog in the stay position and be able to confidently let them work off the lead. If you can't do these two things successfully, work on them before you give agility a go. You can still come and learn all the pieces of equipment but it wont be as enjoyable for you or your dog.

The only other thing you need to bring are the rewards that you will be using in training such as food, toys, a clicker or a combination of these, a happy disposition and a fixed collar (for safety reasons not a check chain).

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