Our main year round activities are the Obedience classes, run by club member volunteeers. The classes offered are Obedience Levels 1, 2 and 3, although there are also dogs and owners working at a more advanced level.
Obedience training is the foundation for any other activities you undertake with your dog. It can also be undertaken as a competitive ‘dog sport’, and there a members engaged in this who can advise you if you’re interested.
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There is currently a waiting list for Level 1, so get in quick to get on the list as soon as possible.
Even if you have (or are about to get) a new young puppy, book in ahead for Level 1 so you’re not waiting too long once you and the pup are ready. Meanwhile, when getting vaccinations, ask your vet about puppy preschool for early socialisation, training basics and opportunity to develop the best possible relationship with your pup.
Activities like Conformation and Working Dogs; or dog sports like Agility, Tracking and Track & Search, Endurance and Rally O involve the extension of Obedience training into highly specialised skills.
A couple of instructors, very experienced in Agility trials, run a 6 week Agility Foundation Class each year in the off-season during January and February.
Many club members are experienced in various activities. If you wish to get involved, just ask around at the clubhouse. There are also quite a few less well known dog activities and sports which may be worth considering.
As well as the physical exercise involved, dogs love the mental stimulation of learning new things and the closer bond they develop with their handlers.
Nosework Beginners at Darnum 2018
Starting in June 2018, the Club began trialling beginner level Nosework for dogs and handlers used to obedience training off-lead and using a harness with long lead.
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