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.

Term 3 Classes

Hi BDAG members who are training in Term 3.

Please see the email from us on Mon, 1 Jul 2019 with the Subject: ‘BDAG – Term 3 (block 3) Training’ for information about your class.

Some upcoming key dates to remember are:

New member Orientation (all welcome):
18 July 2019, 7:00 pm, Cobbin Farm Homestead, Grovedale (TBC)

Club AGM (all welcome):          
Wednesday 24 July, 7:30 pm Cobbin Farm Homestead (TBC)

Classes:
Begin Thurs 25 July 2019 at 7pm and 8pm for 8 weeks.
Conclude 12 September.

 

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Term dates – Block 3 and 4 2019

Term/Block 3 2019 (winter) – Thursday nights only

Thurs 18 July, 7:30pm Orientation for new members at Cobbin Farm Homestead, 231 Grove Rd, Grovedale VIC.
Thurs 25 July Training begins (8 week duration).
Thurs 12 September Last night of Term 3 training.

Please note we have a longer break between Terms 3 and 4 because during October the showgrounds is in use for the Royal Geelong Show.

 

Term/Block 4 2019 – Wednesday and Thursday nights

Thurs 24 October, 7:30pm Orientation for new members at Cobbin Farm Homestead, 231 Grove Rd, Grovedale VIC.
Wed 30th or Thurs 31 October Training begins (8 week duration).
Wed 18 December Last night of Term 4 training.

 

Alexis Davison of Scholars in Collars: 30-31 March 2019

Bellarine Dog Activities Group is excited to announce that we will again be hosting Alexis Davison of Scholars in Collars to deliver dog training workshops in the Geelong region, over the weekend of 30 and 31 March 2019.

Alexis will deliver two different workshops, targeted to addressing some of the big challenges that many of us face when training our dogs:

Walk this Way.
Teach your dog to walk on a loose lead, 3hrs:
Saturday 30 March 2pm to 5pm, or Sunday 31 March 9:30 am to 12:30.
View the Walk This Way flyer as a PDF.
Register for Walk This Way

Calm. Controlled. Centered.
Teach your excitable dog some self-control, 3hrs:
Saturday 30 March 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
View the Calm. ControlledCentered flyer as a PDF.
Register for Calm, Controlled Centred.

Dog numbers are limited, so apply early if you are interested.
Both workshops have positions for handlers with dogs, and for observers.

Further information is available on our Workshops and Trials page.

16-17 March: Nina Bondarenko event

An informative weekend with NINA BONDARENKO:
Sat 16th – Sun 17th March 2019

Geelong Showgrounds, Victoria (79 Breakwater Rd, Geelong East VIC 3219)

Bellarine Dog Activities Group Inc. is proud to host Nina Bondarenko for a weekend of: 
CANINE BEHAVIOUR, COMMUNICATION AND TRAINING

Nina Bondarenko has been training and working with dogs and many other species for over 30 years. She is a Behavioural Consultant and Lecturer as well as being the author & illustrator of “Hearts, Minds and Paws” and co-author of “Partners for Life”. Nina delivers speaking and training engagements in many countries and is sought after for her knowledge and skills in the behaviour and training of assistance and detection dogs.

SATURDAY 16th March 2019:
SMARTer Seminar
 (See, Mark & Reward Training)
Saturday is a seminar format – no dogs. 50 places available. Cost $50 per person.

SUNDAY 17th March 2019:
Practical one on one sessions with handlers and dogs on training and communication challenges.

A limit of 15 dogs;  however 35 all day observer positions are also available. Cost $50 per observer, or $100 with a dog.
Prospective handlers for this workshop will need to submit an application form, which provides a profile of their dog with their case history and a description of the training or behavioural challenges they are encountering. Nina will select dogs appropriate for the Workshop from the profiles and applicants will be advised.

Download a PDF about the Nina Bondarenko BDAG workshop 16-17 March 2019 
or see further details on our Workshops and trials page.

BDAG 2019 dates, New In Memoriam page, and upcoming workshops

We have a new page on our website: In Memoriam. Helen Stevens has written a lovely piece with her memories of club member Geoff Kempton.

 

In other news:

Places for new members in 2019 are almost full. If you know someone who is considering joining, remind them to check our Joining BDAG (membership) webpage.

Training dates for 2019 are now set (see our new calendar on the Current Members page):
Block 1, 30 January to 28 March
Block 2, 25 April to 21 June
Block 3, 18 July to 19 September
Block 4, 30 October to 12 December.
Two upcoming workshops (further details to come):

1) Alexis Davies ‘Scholars in Collars‘ will return to Victoria in March 2019, Alex will be doing a workshop for BDAG.

2) Ingrid Irwin‘s ‘Reactivity’ workshop planned for a weekend in May 2019. Bookings taken for 8 dogs at $110, observers $75. Participants will be asked to complete some background info and a goals list prior to the training. Ingrid recently ran an excellent information session for BDAG members about reactive dogs.