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Training is held on Wednesday nights 6:30-7:30pm for Puppies from 3 months, Beginners & Class 1

Puppy Play Group (8 to 12 weeks old) is held on Wednesdays at 10am - Contact Denise to book your place: 0415 773 753

Classes 2 to 5 are on Sunday mornings 9:30-10:30am (8:30-9:30am Term 1)



We work in school term blocks and the first night of term is an introductory talk for new members so please do not bring your dogs.  Dogs from 3 months of age onwards are welcome.  We need to see your dog’s vaccination certificate on enrolment night.   We now have eftpos but we also accept cash or a cheque.  If you are paying in cash, please make it as close to the correct amount as possible as we do not keep much change on the premises.

Where we train: How to find the training ground at Finn Street - Map

What to bring to training:

Food - not food you would normally feed for the dog's tea.   Soft treats (eg cooked sausage, devon, cheese) which are a special treat are suitable.  Avoid plastic bag to store food.  It's way too hard to access when you need to feed the dog.

No - choke chains, chain leads, short leads, shock collars, prong collars, harnesses

Flat collars - eg leather, webbing collars.  Halties are also permissable.

Lead - longer than a metre if possible as short leads will interfere with the dog's training.

Please do not come to training if you are going to be more than 15 minutes late.   Late arrivals disrupt the other dogs in the class.



Fees cover membership, insurance and all training costs for the term (school term dates). No other fees for general training are required.

Please note that specifically structured courses such as Agility etc may incur an additional fee to attend. 

The club endeavours to keep costs at a minimum for members.

Fees go toward upkeep of the clubhouse and equipment; rental of the grounds; judges fees, trophies, catering and other costs associated with running competitions.

All committee, instructors and helpers are volunteers and receive no monetary remuneration.

       New Membership                                          Membership Renewal

           (per term)                                                             (per term)

Junior                          $40                              Junior                           $25

Adult                           $70                               Adult                            $50

Family                         $95                              Family                          $70

We now have EFTPOS facilities.  If however you are paying in cash, please make it as close to the correct amount as possible as we do not keep much change on the premises.

Training is conducted in blocks which coincide with school terms.

Puppies from 3 months old, Beginners and Class 1 are held weekly on Wednesdays at 6.30 pm.

Classes 2, 3, 4,and 5 begin at 9.30 am on Sunday mornings (8.30 am in Term 1).

All dogs to provide proof of vaccination when joining or renewing their membership.

Something to remember

The instructors do not receive any monetary benefit. They donate their time to instructing classes, attending meetings, keeping the club functioning on training days and assisting with club fundraising activities. They do this because they love their dogs and want to share the benefit of their experience to improve the relationship between other dogs and their handlers.



Mebership form can be printed and brought with you to registration night.

New members are accepted in the first Wdnesday of each term. The first night is an introductory talk, so no dogs are to be brought this night. Please get there between 5:45 and 6:00 pm to fill in paperwork and join up.  NO DOGS but bring their vaccination certificate.

Please refer to the club general rules page for information on what types of leads, collars and training equipment you may find useful for training. This page contains information that will be of assistance to you prior to attending the club for the first time.



Classes commence the first night back each term, re enrolments are accepted the following Wednesday to keep you financial.  Don’t forget your dog’s vaccination certificate if it has been up dated.

Returning members please re-enrol on the second night of term.


If on a Tuesday, the weather forecast for Wednesday, is for 35 C or over practical training is cancelled, no matter what actually happens on Wednesday. Members are invited to come for a DVD or an information session but NO DOGS. However, there will be NO TRAINING OF ANY KIND ON DAYS OF EXTREME OR CODE RED FIRE DANGER RATINGS. If 4 or more training sessions are cancelled during the term due to the weather, then memberships will be carried through for the next term.





Term 1

New enrollments/members Wednesday 23rd January. Please refer to New Member information above.

Wednesday 30th January - Wednesday 3rd April.

Training 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Term 2

New enrollments/members Wednesday 24th April. Please refer to New Member information above.

Wednesday 24th April - Wednesday 26th June.

Training 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Term 3

New enrollments/members Wednesday 17th July. Please refer to New Member information above.

Wednesday 17th July - Wednesday 18th September.

Training 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Term 4

New enrollments/members Wednesday 9th October. Please refer to New Member information above.

Wednesday 9th October - Wednesday 27th November.

Training 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



Term 1

Sunday 3rd February – Sunday 31st March  8:30 - 9:30am

Term 2

Sunday 28th April - Sunday 30th June 9:30 - 10:30am

Term 3

Sunday 21st July - Sunday 22nd September

Term 4

Sunday 6th October - Sunday 1st December

All classes are invited to the Christmas break up on Sunday 1st December 8:30 – 10:30 am




Puppy, Beginner and Class 1 Training

The club offers training for puppies from 3 months of age, new beginners and Class 1 on Wednesday nights from 6.30 pm - 7:30 pm.   The basis of the classes are to offer positive socialisation and training to provide a strong foundation for a well balanced obedient dog.

We do not condone and will not tolerate any form of punishment eg prong collars, physically harsh corrections or smacking.   Training methods recommended vary from dog to dog, with some responding well to food, whilst others need guidance by other positive methods.

General obedience classes will cover the following topics:

lead exercises - sit, stand, drop and heeling work. Recall on and off lead. Free walking - fixing the 'pulling on the lead' problem. Instructors can provide alternative methods for teaching each exercise as we understand that dogs differ in their response to training techniques.   Instructors will explain how to break the exercise down in order to communicate more easily with the dog and obtain positive results.

Understanding socializing - handlers will learn how to read their dog's behaviour, both on and off lead. The puppy pens will be utilized to demonstrate social skills and "loose pack" behaviour.  

Handler skills - understand and apply alpha behaviour. Using voice, lead and praise/food appropriately. If you understand how to be a good leader, your dog will respond accordingly. The information provided during lessons is applicable to how you treat your dog at home and at training. Our exercises are sometimes a little unorthodox, but these are priming handler and dog for real life situations eg taking them to a cafe or to a noisy public area.

Instructors welcome questions from handlers and will endeavour to assist where possible. None of the instructors know it all, but they do have a wealth of knowledge and other instructors to draw from. BODC instructors have many years of experience, some with difficult dogs that have had unique problems. They endeavour to continue to learn through attendance at workshops, seminars and training sessions.

The majority of dogs and handlers graduate at the end of term if they are ready.  Graduation is judged on the overall progress made throughout the term and the handler's ability to utilise the training methods.  No actual graduation test is required.  Those dogs not ready to go into the next class level at the end of the term may move up at the end of the next term.  This works well, with less stress on handlers.  


General Classes level 2 - 5

General training for classes 2 to 5 is conducted on Sunday mornings from 9.30 am (8.30 am in first term).

These dogs can be at varying levels within a class and are encouraged to progress to the next training step when they are ready. We firmly believe in a 'baby steps' attitude to training, with dogs needing to have a solid understanding of the exercise before they move on to the next step. However, the dogs in the higher classes are at a standard where both handlers and dogs can be given more challenges and we are constantly looking for ways to keep the dogs interested and to make the training both fun and educational.

Training dogs is a journey of discovery and understanding for the handler and dog. Instructors seek input from handlers to understand why their dog fails, not just to know that the dog has failed an exercise. Without understanding, the handler may never be able to solve the problem.

The club encourages all handlers to seek further knowledge and offer a number of learning tools in our library of books and DVD's. Every year, the club conducts workshops on a number of topics, tracking, agility, flyball, obedience etc with a view to enhancing the knowledge base of instructors and handlers alike.

Graduation Assessments will be conducted each term.  

Graduation testing will take place during normal class time.  Handlers and dogs will be run through all they have been learning and will be assessed on this.

Graduation requirements - Class 2 (no off lead work in Class 2)

  • Ability to heel on loose lead and have dog's attention
  • demonstrate good levels of praise/reward
  • Stays - ability to positively manage any breaks in the stays
  • Stand - with handler by dog's side
  • recall - on lead

Graduation requirements - Class 3 (no off lead work in Class 3)

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Graduation requirements - Class 4 (off lead stays, recalls)

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Contact Details

Bendigo Obedience Dog Club Inc

Training Ground:

Finn Street Recreation Reserve, Bendigo  Vic  3550

Postal Address:

PO Box 2396, Bendigo Mail Centre, Bendigo 3554

For enquiries please contact: Heather - 0497 242 667

Alternatively you can email your enquiry.