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TERM 1 ENROLMENT INFORMATION – Please read it carefully.

Wednesday January 27 to Wednesday March 31.

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited

Wednesday night training for dogs 12 weeks and over will resume on Wednesday January 27 with an enrolment and information session to be held outside due to number restrictions – NO DOGS for this session.  Depending on numbers this may have to be held as 2 groups (6pm and 7 pm) however you will be notified what time you should attend.   Training with your dogs will start on Wednesday 3rd February.    


Email by Tuesday 19th January - [email protected] with your name, your dog's name, age and breed, your email address & phone number.  We will email you (after that date)  to let you know if we can accommodate you in class, and all the relevant information re enrolment forms, vaccination certificates, payment details will be in the email.  

Cost is $70 for a single membership for the term.  Classes will be 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm and 7:00pm – 7:30 pm.  Your dog’s age will decide which time slot you are in.  Those who attended Puppy Class or Beginner’s Class on a Wednesday evening in Term 4 2020 and graduated to Advanced Beginners will also be training on Wednesday evening and we ask that you attend the enrolment/information session.  If you are returning to training, please email me as above.


Denise will once again be running puppy classes on a Wednesday morning commencing on February 3 for puppies 8 weeks and over.  Please watch for Denise’s post re her classes.  If you enrol with her you will also be required to attend the enrolment/information evening on January 27. 

If you intend enrolling, please be prepared to commit to attending for the term to be fair to those who may miss out.

As with last year all training will be dependent on Covid-19 rules and regulations as per the Government and the Council.  Masks are not required outside but if this changes they will have to be worn.  Also, numbers inside are still limited so there will be no classes indoors. 


Sunday February 7 to Sunday March 28.

Sunday morning training for the advanced classes will commence on Sunday February 7.  Anyone who was in puppies or beginners and graduated to Class 1 also those who were class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 in Term 4 and who wants to return must email me with the information asked above.    Training times will be 8:30 am to 9:00 am for Classes 1, 2, 3 and 9:30 to 10:00 am for Classes 4 & 5. PLEASE EMAIL ME BY TUESDAY JANUARY 19 IF YOU INTEND RETURNING TO TRAINING. We will email all the relevant information re costs etc as soon as classes are finalised. 

As with last year all training will be dependent on Covid-19 rules and regulations as per the Government and the Council.  Masks are not required outside but if this changes they will have to be worn.  Also, numbers inside are still limited so there will be no classes indoors. 


NOTE: Due to Covid restrictions, numbers are limited. Bookings are ESSENTIAL for new and returning members. Contact Heather: [email protected]



New members please do not bring your dogs on Enrolment / New Members Introductory Talk night




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 prefer eftpos or Direct Deposit payments but we also accept cash.  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 prefer EFTPOS or Direct Deposit  payments,  however 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.

Training is conducted in blocks which coincide with school terms.

Baby puppy classes (8 weeks - 12 weeks old) are held by special arrangement on Wednesday morning.  Please see the Club FB page for details.

Puppies from 3 months old, Beginners and Advanced Beginners are held weekly on Wednesdays at 6.00 - 6.30 pm and 7.00 - 7.30 pm.

Classes 1, 2, 3 are at 9.00 - 9.30 am on Sunday mornings (8.30 - 9.00 am in Term 1), and Classes 4 & 5 are at 10.00 - 10.30 am (9.30 - 10.00 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.



Please see the information above and on the FB page re how to enrol at the start of the term.  The secretary will email all the relevant information on what time to attend etc.

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

The first night is an introductory talk, so no dogs are to be brought this night. You will be emailed after you apply to join and given the time to attend for the talk and enrolment.   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.



Returning Wednesday night members please re-enrol on the on the information night.   All training will commence the Wednesday after the Introductory night.  Don’t forget your dog’s vaccination certificate if it has been up dated.

Sunday returning members please re-enrol on the FIRST Sunday training day 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 1Wednesday January 27 to Wednesday March 31.

Term 2 – TBC

Term 3 – TBC

Term 4 – TBC




Term 1Sunday February 7 to Sunday March 28.


Term 2 – TBC

Term 3 – TBC

Term 4 – TBC





Puppy, Beginner and Advanced Beginner Training

The club offers training for puppies from 3 months of age, new beginners and Advanced Beginners on Wednesday nights from 6.00 pm - 6:30 pm and 7.00 - 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 1 - 5

General training for classes 1 to 5 is conducted on Sunday mornings from 9.00 - 9.30 am for classes 1 - 3 and 10.00 - 10.30 am for classes 4 & 5 (8.30 - 9.00 and 9.30 - 10.00 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.