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)
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)
Pension card holder: $30
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)
Begin Thurs 25 July 2019 at 7pm and 8pm for 8 weeks.
Conclude 12 September.
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. Controlled. Centered 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.
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.
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.
There will be no Wednesday training tomorrow (7 Nov 2018).
Instead BDAG members are invited to attend a talk by an interstate trainer on canine communication and stress. No cost to BDAG members for the talk.
We hope you will all attend.
When: Wednesday 7 November 2018, 7pm.
Where: Baby Change room, Geelong Showgrounds.
New members: Due to a double booking by the showgrounds, orientation for BDAG Block 4 has been moved to Tuesday 30 October.
When: Tuesday 30th October, 7pm.
Venue: Babies Change Room, Geelong Showgrounds.
No dogs that night. Existing BDAG members also welcome to attend.
Babies’ Change Rooms at Geelong Showgrounds.
Enter via Gate 2 on Breakwater Road.
After entering Gate 2, take the first or second left (either is OK) and drive down about 200m then park on the grass. The Baby Change is opposite the Lifestyle Pavilion.
See image below and Google map: