WKODC

Club Philosophy

The Wangaratta Kennel & Obedience Dog Club was formed in 1947 and is a non profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible pet ownership, training owners to train their dogs to a level of obedience so as to be an acceptable member living within the community, being well socialized and living a happy healthy life with their human family.

This also includes education on the care of dogs from the puppy to old age, strategies on reducing anti social, and unwanted behaviours and helping owners to understand dog behaviour and averting potential dangers around children, other animals and the environment in which they live.

All Instructors give their time and talent on a volunteer basis and are dedicated to training members in basic obedience and those who are interested in competition obedience etc. Club members and a small team of volunteers also run Trials and Shows under the regulations of the Victorian Canine Association. This is also seen as a community service where the public are welcome to come and view dogs working during an official Trial or Show. Most competitors are more than happy to give advice or information on the event or breed the visitor is interested in. Education workshops are occasionally available in Agility, Tracking and Show class training pending the amount of interest in these disciplines.

The method of training and philosophy of the club is based on the respect the dog has for his leader (the handler) and the ability the two have to work as a team. This comes about when the handler is trained to give clear instructions to the dog so as to set him up for success, through being consistent, patient and kind and learning to use praise and reward to enhance success. This partnership becomes evident when the dog and handler work as a team without confusion and signals are clear and concise. We are currently reviewing our training techniques and working towards introducing positive reinforcement training. More information on this will become available over the coming weeks and months.

The committee of the club are dedicated to helping all members whose goal is to train their dogs to be well mannered, well socialised and help introduce strategies to try and reduce behavioural problems. This supports the Wangaratta council’s regulations on responsible pet ownership.

We also have a small group of members who volunteer their time with Pet Therapy Dogs who regularly visit Nursing Homes around the Wangaratta district. 

The club is always looking for volunteers who also believe in the philosophy and training methods of the club. These individuals are most welcome to join our small hard working team.

Our Instructors have had many years experience, training people and their dogs within the community, as well as training their own dogs and achieving many titles in disciplines such as competition Obedience, Tracking, Agility, Endurance and Conformation Shows.   

 

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