IMPORTANT BDAG MESSAGE
Please note that we have a back-log of new members waiting to join our introduction classes.
We encourage people to register as soon as possible so as to join the waitlist. At this time our waitlist is out to Term 2 2024. Please see the new members section for details on how to register.
Thank you for your understanding whilst we catch up on the waitlist.
Becoming a BDAG member and enrolling in dog training classes
We have four intakes for New Members each year, which align with the start of school terms. Introduction classes fill quickly and there is often a wait to begin training. All new members complete one term of classes at the introduction level, and can then move into the Foundation class stream.
Please note: our introduction classes are now full until Term 2 2024
To train with BDAG, you must be a member of the club, and be allocated to a class.
To become a member you will need to:
- submit a membership application form via trybooking for consideration of the Committee, and
- pay your first year membership fee via trybooking
The Club has the right to refuse membership application. In this case the fee paid will be refunded in full.
To be allocated to a class, you will need to:
- be an approved and financial member, and
- have paid the term fee for each dog you want to train, and
- have provided us with proof of current vaccination of the dog(s)
- before your first class, have attended a compulsory Orientation Night – these are conducted on the first Thursday night of each term, the week before the start of each training term. Orientation Night must be attended before you can begin training with BDAG.
There is almost always a wait list for new members to be placed in a class, as both the availability of instructors and the size of the venue dictate the number of classes we can offer. Those who have submitted a membership application and have fully paid all fees via trybooking are placed in a queue in order of the date of payment of fees. Those who have not completed the trybooking registration and payment process are not yet in the queue.
In the event you pay your fees but cannot be placed in a class for some time (due to the size of the waitlist) we will refund your fees in full on request.
In some cases, we may wish to discuss the suitability of group training classes for your dog, and this will sometimes be accompanied by an instructor meeting you and your dog to make an assessment. If the instructor determines that group classes are not in your dog’s best interests, we will suggest more suitable options for training.
To complete the membership application and fee payment process go to the bottom of this page and choose the relevant membership category.
If you want to have another person from your household attend training with you or instead of you, you must have a Family Membership. Pensioner Membership is available for people on a recognised government pension (such as age, disability, veteran).
BDAG New Member fees:
Fees have been updated in 2020.
There are two fees which apply to all new memberships, and all fees must be paid in advance:
- First year annual membership fee* (which includes: annual membership, joining fee and a training pouch)
- Term training fee – due for each dog trained, each term
*membership of those who join or begin training in the last quarter of a year extends through to December of the following year.
New Member BDAG fees
First year membership fee (standard annual membership fees apply after the first year, unless membership lapses, and are due in January each year)
- New Member Single: $95
- New Member Family**: $110
- New Member Pension card holder Single^: $70
- New Member Pension card holder Family: $85
The first year membership fees include a training treat pouch. If you already have a pouch which meet standards approved by the head trainer, a $25 discount may apply (and no pouch will be provided).
Term training fee (paid per term for each dog; each term is generally 8 weeks of training)
- Standard: $85
- Pension card holder^: $50
^ we will need to view your pension card – a photo emailed to email@example.com when you complete the trybooking registration process will be fine, or bring your card to Orientation Night.
** a family is defined as people living at the same address. Family membership is often used when multiple people from the same family will be training the dog or training more than one dog.
You can attend as many terms in a year as you wish (up to the maximum of 4 terms).
Club members are emailed information about classes and fees before each new training block. You then have the choice as to whether you want to attend for that term or not.