Obedience Class Information
Metropolitan Dog Obedience Club welcomes all handlers from all ages and all areas of skill. It is our mission to teach you how to teach your dog to become a welcomed member of society. Our instructors are volunteers and each has a passion for dog behaviour and obedience, which we are willing to share with our prospective handlers.
New members must email for a class booking date. Confirmation emails must be presented when starting a class. Please see the staff at the counter for a membership form if you haven't downloaded one.
All dogs MUST be vaccinated. Please leave your dog at home and bring current vaccination certificates with you.
Each level lasts as long as required for both the handler and dog to learn the required skills to gain promotion. Remember practice makes perfect and you need to take time at home to practice to gain promotion. When you have been told by your instructor that you have been promoted it is necessary to notify one of the volunteers at The Metro Dog House front desk. This will ensure that upon promotion a certificate of promotion will be awarded to you.
Class 4 Obedience - Monday 7pm - 7.45pm
Class 1, 2 and 3 Obedience - Monday 8pm - 8.45pm
Rally Obedience - Wednesday 6.30pm (assessment must be done on a Monday night before commencement )
Dog Handling Guidelines
The following strategies are guidelines for Metropolitan Dog Obedience Club members regarding dog to dog confrontations; how to minimise them as well as how to deal with a conflict – should it arise.
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Dogs have personalities: some simply – do not like each other. If this is so, keep them away from each other. Dogs will also have the odd growl and minor tiff (usually mouth focussed). Please – do not panic!! Very seldom is any damage done in such a scuffle. There is a lot of noise, and then it is over.
Most classes are conducted while dogs are on lead although some exercises require dogs to be off lead. Always carry your lead with you. When you are working with your dog off lead (whilst under supervised in a class environment) - keep your lead close – (in your pocket, around your neck or waist will do). Do not carry it in your hand as this will give your dog confused signals. As soon as you have finished an exercise, clip your dog back on the lead.
Avoiding Conflict:- Early Warning Signs
Dogs rarely just lunge at one another. Please be aware of your own dogs warning signals
– e.g: stiff body, soft growls, or staring at another dog, ears back, hackles up, muttering quietly.
Aggression may be due to either fear or dominance.
Intervene if you notice any of these behaviours. Move your dog away and ask for a
behaviour to re-focus its attention. While you are standing around waiting for your class
to commence, or listening to announcements or to your class instructor, be sure to keep
your dog close by your side and be aware of what your dog is doing – has it wandered
to the end of its lead, started eye-balling or threatening another dog? It is an ideal time
to practice a little basic obedience while you are waiting for class to start – a perfect
opportunity to reinforce a stay, a drop, a sit etc with all of these distractions happening.
Conflict – How to Manage It
In the event of a minor scuffle between dogs, both dogs need to learn that such behaviour is unacceptable. Physically separate the dogs and totally ignore them for a few minutes, or give a gruff growl to indicate displeasure then ignore them. Then ask for a simple behaviour and reward your dog when it gives you that behaviour. Remember that you are rewarding the final good behaviour – not the scuffle (the scuffle is over and done within the dogs mind).
In the event of a more heated clash with one or more dogs off lead we would like to
implement the following:
As frightening as the clash may seem to you, DO NOT scream and shout. This can signal to your dog that it is doing the correct thing.
Keep other dogs away. If you choose to help other members whose dogs are having a dispute, hand your dog to someone else, before trying to aid in the conflict.
To separate the dogs – grab a back leg of the dog/s that is off lead, or it’s tail to unbalance the dog & lift off the ground….and keep moving backwards. The dog on lead MUST be moved away – backwards from the conflict as well.
Separated from its conceived threat, and in a new undignified position the dog/s should simmer down, and be able to be clipped on lead….or held by the collar.
Move right away from the conflict zone (you may give a gruff growl to indicate the behaviour is unacceptable) & face the dog away from others and ignore it. After a few minutes ask for a simple behaviour and reward. This applies to all the dogs involved, regardless of who starts the conflict!
Most importantly remember we are here to have fun with our dogs. Don’t ostracise the owner of the dog who may have had the odd scuffle. If we are all aware of, and implement the above strategies, our club should remain the friendly place it is, where like-minded people can gather and have some fun with their dogs.
There is an immense amount that can be learned on dog behaviour. Speak to the Instructors regarding any issues that you
may be having with your dog. YELLOW bandanas are available from the equipment officer for your dog to wear (a gold coin
donation – thank you). The colour YELLOW allows other dog handlers to be aware that your dog may have issues (don’t like
other dogs in their space, fear aggression or simply that you are working with your dog and need space or that your dog just
gets over excited when other dogs are around). Please be aware of any dogs wearing anything YELLOW and allow them
the space that they require. DO NOT approach any dog who is tethered – please allow them space and be aware of where
your own dog is and what it’s behaviour is at all times.
There is an immense amount that can be learned on dog behaviour. Speak to the Instructors regarding any issues that you may be having with your dog. YELLOW bandanas are available from the equipment officer for your dog to wear (a gold coin donation – thank you). The colour YELLOW allows other dog handlers to be aware that your dog may have issues (don’t like other dogs in their space, fear aggression or simply that you are working with your dog and need space or that your dog just gets over excited when other dogs are around). Please be aware of any dogs wearing anything YELLOW and allow them the space that they require. DO NOT approach any dog who is tethered – please allow them space and be aware of where your own dog is and what it’s behaviour is at all times.
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