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.

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No training 7 Nov. Free talk by interstate trainer

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 Induction: Now 30 Oct

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.

 
Directions:

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:
https://goo.gl/maps/yg22uzVjV1P2

showgrounds

Important dates

Event: Equipment shift for Geelong Show
When: October 6 2018
9:00am to 10:30am
Equipment shift  from showgrounds to Storage King on Bellarine highway.
Helpers needed. 9am start.  Finish 10.30am.

Event: Talk: First Aid for dogs by Vet Lauren Bugeja
When: October 10 2018, 7pm.

Cost: Members: $10, non-members: $15 (paid on night).
Venue: Babies Change Room, Geelong Showgrounds  (building behind admin buildings at showgrounds)

Event: Induction for new members (compulsory). No dogs.
When: October 24 2018.
Venue: Babies Change Room, Geelong Showgrounds  (building behind admin buildings at showgrounds).
No dogs that night. All welcome to attend  in case you do not understand our training methods yet, or need reminding.

Event: Shift equipment back to showgrounds.
When: October 27 2018, 9:00am to 10:30am. 

Helpers needed. 9am start.  Finish 10.30am.

Event: Block 4 training starts
When: October 31 (Wednesday classes) or November 1 (Thursday classes).
See email from Helen Read on 16/09/2018 for the class allocations.

Event: Talk: Motivation and stress in dogs and understanding your dog better.
When: Wednesday November 7, 7pm.
Free for all members. No training this night.
Venue: Babies Change Room, Geelong Showgrounds  (building behind admin buildings at showgrounds)

Un-chase workshop in the Geelong region

Bellarine Dog Activities Group is very pleased to host Alexis Davison of ‘Scholars in Collars’ to deliver her positive reinforcement Un-chase workshops in the Geelong region.

These one day workshops are suitable for dogs of all ages and abilities with a current vaccination. However, due to the course format, dogs must be people and dog friendly.

To ensure individual attention, each workshop is limited to 8 dogs, and observer positions (without dogs) are also available. BDAG members will be given first option to enroll.
Costs are $110 for positions with dogs and $25 for observers per day.

Un-Chase Workshop – 18 JUNE 2018 (Monday), 10am-4pm
Un-Chase Snakes! Workshop – 19 JUNE 2018 (Tuesday), 10am-4pm.

See the new Workshops and Trials page for additional information and registration details.

 

Odour Recognition Trial, 5 May 2018: Save the date and register

BDAG is planning an Odour Recognition trial on May 5th 2018 in Geelong (Moolap) with the assistance of Australian Canine Scent Work (ACSW)

Further information and to register for the NW1 trial: 
http://acsw.com.au/events/nw1-5may18/

Register to be a volunteer on the day: 
http://acsw.com.au/events/5may18-v/

Save the date - ORT scent trials on 5 May 2018

 

Note the following:-

  • Once the trial closes, the ACSW will check that all memberships are current, dogs are registered and will confirm the birch ORT has been passed.
  • ACSW will – if needed – perform a ballot and will inform all successful competitors via email that they need to pay by 6 April (via CHQ/EFT).
  • ACSW will inform unsuccessful competitors that they are on a waiting list (pending payments by successful competitors).
  • ACSW will email all successful trial competitors between 20-25 April confirming all details for the day of the trial including the address.