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Dog Training Seminars

Information for Dog Training Seminars

By purchasing a seminar from EquiCanine™ you agree that you have read the Information for Dog Training Seminars and that you will abide by the rules herein provided to support your experience and learning at seminars hosted by EquiCanine™.

Observing others

  • Handlers and auditors are always requested to respect fellow handlers and their dogs’ abilities and learning journey and be supportive  to others.
  • Watch the handlers before and after you as presenters often spend half the sessions repeating the same thing for every student because they are common mistakes and if you don’t watch the other participants then you will just make the same mistake too. By watching and listening you can see the handling in action, and you can pick what went wrong or right yourself which enhances your learning.

Dog’s welfare when working

  • If you have a lower drive or unfit dog and you understand and correctly achieve the exercise within half of your allocated time, the presenter will not push you to continue until your time is up nor will they push a dog beyond its mental or physical limits just to make sure everyone has equal time. Focus will be quality of time rather than the quantity.
  • You know your dog best so if you think your dog has had enough mentally or physically during their working session be sure to speak up and say so and use the remainder of your time to ask questions to gain a deeper understanding.

Helper

  • Seminars are not the place to train startline stays (unless that is a specific activity the instructor is teaching). If your dog does not have a reliable stay, organise a dog holder for your turn as needed, so you don’t spend half of your working turn waiting for a correct stay from your dog or blowing your criteria.

Rules

  • No harsh handling, yelling at dogs or mistreatment of dogs will be tolerated
  • ALL dogs must be contained in locked crates unless working with the instructor or walking with the handler on lead
  • All handlers must keep barking or whining dogs to an absolute minimum
  • ALL dogs must be kept on a lead at all times unless working
  • Handlers must attend to their dogs if they continually bark in their crates to prevent noise disturbances
  • Adequate shade, ventilation and warmth must be provided to your dog/s at all times
  • Handlers that leave their dog/s in a car do so at their own risk and shall not hold EquiCanine™ liable for any injury, illness or death
  • If your dog is aggressive to other dogs or humans; continually barks; is not contained in a closed crate; or, is not walked on lead, you will be requested to leave the premises
  • Dogs are to be toileted away from the working area
  • Handlers MUST pick up all faeces and dispose of it in bins
  • Handlers must bring their own dogs toilet bags and drinking water
  • Dogs are to be crated or penned and must not be tethered at any time
  • Handlers and auditors are required to wear closed footwear
  • Participants are expected to assist with setting up and packing up equipment

Auditors

  • Each group will be completing different courses in their session so there is ample opportunity to learn by auditing

Arrival time

  • Plan to arrive at the venue a minimum of 30 minutes prior to commencement of your session
  • Set up your crates and chairs
  • Toilet and settle your dogs and yourself
  • Be ready 10 minutes before your session start time to familiarise yourself with the course

Course walking

  • Working spot handlers will be prioritised for course walking and discussion on handling and you are asked to give them space and time and to not take up the presenters’ attention or monopolise them during the sessions
  • At the commencement of your group session you will be given a short talk then as a group you will commence the course walking and discussion

Working spot

  • Working spot handlers and their dogs will alternate sessions so that the dogs and handlers have adequate time to recover and absorb the information and learning opportunities being offered
  • This also provides opportunity for both groups of working handlers to watch and learn for the entire day
  • Each working spot will be strictly timed so that each hander and dog receive equal time on course with the presenter

Working spot readiness and participation

  • There will be 7 or 8 dogs and handlers working in each session
  • Each working spot will be timed with a stopwatch to ensure that each dog and handler receives an equal amount of time
  • The timing will be advised by the presenter at the commencement of your session. For example, each team may be allocated 8 minutes each turn that they have through the rotation of the dogs Usually there are 3 or 4 rotations; however, this is dependent on you as a group being prepared and ready

It is your responsibility to:

  • Have your dog and yourself toileted and warmed up and standing at the first jump ready and waiting as the previous dog and handler finish and leave the course so that the presenter can turn and immediately focus on you
  • Use your working time optimally so that you and your dog practice and apply all that the presenter imparts

Videoing & photography

  • Flash is not permitted when dogs are working
  • No videoing is permitted when the presenter is speaking or instructing
  • You are not permitted to video others, only your own working spot
  • Recording of multiple dogs on the same recording device is not permitted
  • It is also highly recommended that you ask a friend to video your working spot
  • Teach that person how to use your device
  • Remove or write down any passwords required for the device
  • Have the device ready prior to preparing for your working spot

What to bring for yourself:

  • Chair
  • Pen & paper to record your notes
  • Lunch & refreshments
  • Hat & sun protection
  • Repellent

Glass

  • Do not bring any glass objects or containers to the venue
  • If there was an unfortunate incident of glass breakage it would leave dogs, horses and humans that use the venue at risk of injury

Mug

  • To enjoy a refreshing cuppa be sure to pack your hard plastic or metal mug each day as mugs will not be provided, this also contributes positively to the environment

Refreshments

  • Tea, coffee, milk & sugar will be provided

Water

  • Participants are advised to bring water for their dogs and themselves to drink

Pick up poops

  • As responsible canine people we are all expected to do the right thing and pick up poops so be sure to pack bags and pop them in the bins around the grounds

Treats

  • Bring soft easily chewable treats in a treat pouch; however, be considerate of others by not bringing crumbly treats to reward on course, as dropped crumbs may impact on your dog or another's dog’s attention, especially the dogs with noses closer to the ground

Toys

  • Squeaky toys may only be used for your dog when working
  • It is preferable to use toys/tugs that you hold rather than toys you throw away from you

This serves two purposes:

  1. You holding the toy/tug makes 'you' the "most fun thing to be with" for your dog
  2. Prevents your dog getting a mouth full of sand every time you throw the toy on the ground

Leads & collars

  • Working spot dogs are to run without a collar when on course
  • To move your dog between the arena and crate/car a standard lead that clips onto the dog’s flat collar or that slips over the dogs’ head will be fine
  • Not permitted – e-collars, check/choke or pinch collars

Alcohol

  • No alcohol permitted on the premises during the seminar times

Smoking

  • No smoking is permitted on the grounds except in a designated smoking area

Pegging down (applicable to Caboolture venue only)

  • Under NO circumstances is ANYTHING to be driven or pushed into the floor of the arena The arena has a water membrane under the surface and any object driven or pushed into it will damage the membrane Note that the water membrane is one piece and covers the entire floor of the arena Any costs incurred because the water membrane is damaged will be the responsibility of the person responsible for causing the damage

Personal items

  • Your personal equipment and items are your own responsibility Do not bring anything of value (except your dogs) and do not leave anything over night

Parking

  • All cars are to be parked in the car park area at the venue

Weather

If the weather looks like it will be warm you may like to consider:

  • Wading pool
  • Battery charged fans for your dogs
  • Cooling coats and mats will be beneficial to keep your dogs comfortable
  • Extra towels so your dog can have a swim in the dam and be towelled of before getting in their crates or cars
  • Electrolytes if your dog is accustomed to consuming these
  • Esky & ice pack to keep their treats cool and fresh
  • Wire crate for air flow
  • Wet towels to lie on in their crate
  • A sturdy ice pack or frozen water bottle wrapped in a wet towel for your dog to lean against so it can to regulate its own body temperature
  • Fresh water from home
  • Accustom your dog to being hosed down and to swim in a wading pool
  • Sunscreen for pink noses
  • Frozen chicken or beef broth in ice cubes
  • Check their body weight is on the lighter side
  • Brush out their coats
  • Non-fat treats
  • Light and small portioned meals

 

 


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