New member FAQs

What training methods are used?
BDAG focuses solely on reward based training and a “Yes! That’s right” using a marker signal. Rewards are any thing that the considers rewarding.

Is food used as a training aid?
Yes, definitely! Once something has been learned, rewards are used on a random basis. Being unpredictable when rewarding known behaviors will keep the dog trying, just like the fisherman keeps fishing in the hope of a fish.

What equipment on the dog is acceptable?
Fixed collar, Head Halters, Harnesses, Coats, Premier collar.
Lead – double ended preferred (able to be used as a long lead or shorter or around the waist or around a post without having to take the lead off the dog) These are all acceptable pieces of equipment.

What are the qualifications of the instructors?
All of our instructors have completed a formal instructor’s course in house over 12 months. Most of our trainers have a Certificate IV in Behavioural Dog Training – this certificate is the highest qualification available for dog trainers and is government recognised.
Our instructors participate in various dog activities and sports, have extensive practical experience. They are well-read and keep their knowledge & skills up-to-date via discussion groups, hands-on workshops, conferences and seminars.

How are classes conducted?
Each class level has a syllabus, lesson plans, at-home training exercises that are taught. Each week, we want you to be putting into practice the skills we teach you. As well as addressing problems and learning new skills.

How many dogs are in each class?
We have small classes, maximum of 10 dogs per instructor. Booking is necessary for all blocks because of class sizes.

What is included in the price?
A Certificate of achievement, telephone and e-mail support.

When is payment due?
Payment needs to be made prior to commencement of training. Each year membership needs to be renewed and block fees need to be paid prior to commencement of the block.

How long do the classes go for?
Each class runs for 45 min minutes approx.

Where and when are the classes held?
At the Geelong Showgrounds, Cattle Pavilion every Thursday of school terms, except for the 4th term, when the Geelong Show requires a later start to the term. Enter via Breakwater Rd gate (Mel Ref 452 E10). A map is available on the About Us page.

Do you have a guarantee?
There is no such meaningful thing as ‘guaranteed behaviour’ for a dog, or a dog’s owner! However, we guarantee to show you the most effective, efficient, easy and enjoyable training method for your dog.

Can I observe a lesson first?
Yes. We have ample space both inside and outside and welcome anyone who makes arrangements to watch. Please do not bring your dog when just observing.

How do I join?
Please view the information on our Membership page.


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