Author: Bellarine Dog Activities Group (BDAG)

The Bellarine Dog Activities Group Inc. (BDAG) is a club formed in 1997 as a public service group. It is run out of Geelong, Australia. Our aim is to help owners produce a dog that they love to live with and their neighbours love to live beside.

Urgent message – class cancellations COVID 19

URGENT BDAG MESSAGE – COVID-19

CANCELLATION OF CLASSES  – TERM 1 & TERM 2

17 March 2020

BDAG committee met tonight to review the Club’s response to the COVID-19 situation.

Committee has decided to cancel all training for the remainder of Term 1 and all of Term 2, effective from 17 March 2020.  We know this will be disappointing, but our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our members, and we take this step to avoid the potential for the spread of coronavirus at dog training.

In coming to this decision, Committee considered available information and actions of other organisations, including the similar decision reached yesterday by Dogs Victoria.

Committee will be regularly monitoring the situation and will review the position for Term 3 in May.  Members will of course be advised.

Any training fees paid in advance for Term 2 will be fully refunded.

Just to reiterate, BDAG will not be offering dog training classes from today (17 March) through until at least 13 July 2020.

Thank you for your understanding in this difficult situation.

BDAG COVID-19 Response

As I am sure you are all aware, many organisations are making major changes to how they operate in order to reduce the spread of the corona virus.  For instance, people are working from home, sporting events are being cancelled and those with symptoms are being asked to self-isolate.

BDAG also needs to consider this and act.  We care about the health and wellbeing of all our members.  Our Committee is meeting this coming  Tuesday to develop our COVID-19 response.  In doing so, we are looking carefully at what is being recommended by authorities and specialists, and what other organisations are doing.  Please be aware that the response developed may well include cancellation and postponement of classes.

In the interim, we have instigated a set of protocols which are described below.

 

Interim Covid-19 protocols for BDAG:

  • All people with any symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend training.  Symptoms are described at  https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov.
  • People with existing respiratory problems or challenges should carefully consider whether to attend training.
  • Training classes will be arranged, where feasible – to achieve a 2 metre separation between people.
  • BDAG members are reminded that we share the toilet facilities with others, and care should be taken in touching surfaces that may be contaminated.  If possible, BDAG will provide hand sanitizer for use of members attending training, and you may like to bring your own.
  • BDAG members are requested to observe the hygiene protocols provided by DHS (link provided above), including:
    • wash your hands often with soap and water
    • use a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
    • avoid close contact with others, such as touching.
  • Please avoid gathering in close groups for a chat.
  • BDAG won’t be offering tea and coffee services during this time.

 

As the situation progresses, BDAG committee will revise these protocols.  It is possible that there may be significant impacts on our ability to deliver training in the last two weeks of Term 1 and in Term 2.  We will keep members informed via email and our website and Facebook page.

If you would like further information on potential COVID-19 impacts, here is a very informative technical article: https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca

Moving our gear back to the cattle pavilion…

We had to remove our training gear from the cattle pavilion over summer to accommodate a junior cattle-handlers course.   And, now we need to move it back.
The move will take place at 5:30 pm on Wednesday 5 February.  It will probably take less than 1 hour.  Many hands make light work – so we would love some help.
Please meet on-site at the cattle pavilion if you are able to help.

Training in 2020…

If you would like to continue training in 2020, there are two forms to fill out.  You will need to renew your annual membership, and register your dog in a class.
Here are the links:
Please note that while we will do our best to offer the class of your preference, we do fill classes on a first-registered-and-paid, first-in basis.

The new training year begins on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 February 2020 (depending on the class you are in).  Orientation night for new members in Term 1 is 30 January.

Training a new puppy or new dog this year?

If you want to train a new puppy or dog in 2020 – please give us as much notice as possible – at least 8 weeks, so we can reserve a place for your new companion in our introduction class – these classes fill fast.

Winding up 2019 at BDAG

As we come to the end of the 2019 year there are a few things to mention.

A big thanks to all our wonderful Instructors and assistants who bring their skills and expertise to class to help us train our dogs, and to the Committee members who manage the day to day club operations and longer term planning for BDAG.  And, of course a big thank you to you, our awesome members who collectively make this club such a wonderful ‘family’.

 

Our festive season break up

The last nights of actual training in 2019 are 11 and 12 December, and our final night is Wednesday 18 December which will be our break-up.

Bring your dog for some fun doggie games which put together all the things you have been learning over the year.  Don’t forget your dog treats.  Feel free to dress yourselves and your furry companions in festive cheer – we will have a competition for best dressed pup!

If you can find the where-with-all  – please bring a small plate to share (for people!).  We will also provide some refreshments.

 

The new year

We start the new training year on wed 5 /thurs 6 February.  Orientation night for new members is 30 Jan.

Membership renewal is due in January – please go our current members’ page to renew your membership and complete the Term Registration form for 2020 to register you dog(s) for classes.

 

CHANGES IN BDAG FEES

At the recent BDAG AGM, members unanimously supported a substantial fee increase starting Term 1, 2020 (i.e. February 2020). This will be the first fee increase in many years.

There will be a considerable ‘pension’ card holder discount (‘pension card’ includes Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card, Senior’s Card etc.).

New annual membership fees apply to all membership payments made from 1 September 2019, noting that membership for those who join in the last quarter of 2019 extends to 31 January 2021 (that is, five terms).

New term training fees come into effect for term one 2020.  Term training fees are paid each term, for each dog participating in training.

NEW BDAG FEES:

Joining Fee (once-off unless membership lapses)

                Standard: $25

                Pension card holder: $25

 

Annual Membership Fee (paid yearly, and due in January)

                Standard single: $45

                Standard family: $60

                Pension card holder: $20

 

Term Training Fee (paid per term, per dog in training. A term is 8 weeks long)

                Standard: $80

                Pension card holder: $30