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.

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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.

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.