Members and prospective members @ 8 July 2020

I wish to advise that following the State Government’s announcement that Melbourne will be moving to Stage 3 restrictions the Eastern Branch has been forced to cease all dog training activities immediately.
So it is with regret that I advise you that training this Sunday is cancelled and probably for at least the next six weeks.
The Branch will keep you informed of any changes via the Eastern Facebook page or by email.
Peter Wallbridge
Branch Manager.






Eastern Branch can now return to limited training.@ 14 June 2020

Please read below carefully

Hi Members & Prospective New Members,

The resumption of training is going to be on a restricted numbers basis and is expected to start on Sunday 14th June. We are only permitted to have two groups of up to 20 members training on the ground at any given time with at least 1.5 metres apart.

We are mindful of not wishing to compromise the health of our instructors and members of the Branch or the general community.

As a large number of our instructors are in the high-risk category it will not be possible to resume all class training until the Government lifts the restrictions further.


As a starting point we will be offering training from Sunday 14th June to Puppies up to 8 months of age and Class 1 dogs.

Members whose dogs are in this category must register their commitment to attend as this will assist planning class numbers.


The following classes will be offered:
10am to 10.45am – Baby Puppies and Big Puppies

11am to 11.45am – Baby Puppies and Big Puppies

12 Noon to 12.45pm – Class 1


Unfortunately, if you are not registered, you will not be permitted to train or stay on the ground.

***Please email back your name, mobile number, dog’s name and current age to

Please indicate your availability for 14th June, 21st June and 28th June.

Only 20 handlers and their dogs can be accepted in each period so please return email ASAP to ensure a place.

We will then send you further advice concerning your class times.
We would really appreciate your assistance in this difficult start-up period.

Andrea will be supplying life skills training information to our Class 2 to Class 4 members to work on during this transition period.

To aid the fight against Covid-19 the Branch supports the Covid Safe App and encourages members to get behind this initiative. It represents our best chance of getting back to training quicker.

Please call Peter on 0417 941 266 if you have any questions concerning the Return to Training Plan or call Andrea on 0417 348 032 if you have any training questions.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the Branch in due course.

Remember to bring:

$3.00 training fee (Please bring exact money)

Your membership badge

Soft treats for your dog

A soft toy for your dog to play with in breaks

Poo bags (just in case)

….and your dog.


So, you have a new puppy…..

Most of the world is currently experiencing some level of social distancing or isolation at the moment.. but have you just acquired a new puppy?

Puppies have a critical learning period up to 16 weeks of age and it’s important to start all their training during this time

Here are 7 areas of puppy raising that will be impacted but this may help your puppy settle in.

👉 SOCIALISATION/Exposure to new things and people– ‘Social distancing’ may actually work in your puppy’s favour. This allows you to take your puppy for walks, absorbing the world from a reasonable distance without them being overwhelmed, smothered by cuddles or going into a socially arousing flap at the sight of every many and his dog.
Isolation is a little more difficult:
• Anyone that comes to your home needs to meet your puppy; a friend, family member, delivery guy, postman. Even if they just fling a treat from a distance!
• Play dress ups! Don that Batman suit, wig, cowboy hat, trench coat, hi-vis shirt, walking stick and pram you have hiding away in the cupboard and allow your puppy to experience different characters. Get creative! Just go about each day dressed in a new outfit. Experiment with different accents and personalities if you feel compelled.

👉 BUILDING INDEPENDENCE– Puppies are highly social creatures and need to learn, through small successions, how to feel comfortable being left alone. Being in lock down, means you have a great opportunity to build their confidence through gradual increments of alone time. Set up a puppy pen or a crate and ensure they have periods throughout the day where they are experiencing being separate from you. Stay nearby to begin with and then work towards leaving the room. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you spend the next few weeks/months with your puppy attached to you every minute of the day, I can promise you now, your puppy will suffer severely when you do need to return to work/school.

👉 THE LEAD – It will be very easy to completely forget about putting your puppy on lead if you are never venturing outside. But this will produce a problem down the track when the isolation period lifts and you eventually do decide to go for a walk.
Practice all training on lead in the home. Sit, drop, stay etc. this will begin to form a positive association to the lead. Put your pup on lead occasionally and go for a walk around the back yard. Keep the lead loose and let them just explore. After you’ve gone for a walk, practice the ‘Cafe Dog’ exercise over a cuppa by tying your puppy’s lead to your chair the same way you would at a cafe. Allow them to experience settling and sleeping underneath you.

👉 TIME – Something you may have a lot more of if you are self isolating. And boy oh boy does a new puppy do better if you have the time to invest in them in the early days! Time to enrich, time to play, time to train, time to practise rest and crate time! Use this time wisely to prepare for when you don’t have a lot of time down the track!

👉 CONFIDENCE BUILDING – Sit down with your family tonight, brainstorm and write down everything you would like your puppy to be familiar with and relaxed around as an adult; balls, bikes, skateboards, postman, water, cars etc.
Now get creative again! 🤔 Think of ways you can bring all these things into your home so your puppy can experience them during the isolation period. If you are struggling to bring a car into your living room, And it’s safe to do so, go and sit on your nature strip, walk up and down your street or venture to an empty park.

👉 SOUNDS – Down load the Sound Proof Puppy Training App and start desensitising your pup to all the weird and wacky noises our world has to offer.

👉 PUPPY SCHOOL – A must! Unfortunately we are unable to run our puppy classes at the moment.  We will advise you here when we are able to commence our classes again.



Crona Virus (Covid19) Update at  Wednesday 25 March 2020


With the ever changing and evolving situation with Covid-19 and the latest directive of Government that all outdoor group activities are to cease, the Eastern Branch will be suspending all dog training activities immediately. This decision has been taken in the interests of safety to both members and instructors.
The Government and the health authorities are impressing on all of us to take more stringent measures when it comes to social distancing and people meeting in groups.

The Eastern Branch will not be open for training this Sunday 29th March and will remain closed until further notice.

Our Chief Instructor Andrea and other members of our instructor group will be preparing fact sheets and advice which will be emailed to all members and will detail exercises and life skills to work on at home with your dog. Please take the opportunity to read this information as it is really important that we look after the health and stimulus of our dogs especially those members who have puppies and young dogs.


We are making ROYAL CANIN dog food available for members to purchase at the Branch this
Sunday 29th March between the hours of 10am to 11am. Two of our Committee members will be at the branch during that hour to allow you to buy dog food. We would prefer that you pay with either Mastercard or Visa Card. The bags of Adult food and Puppy food will be sold at the usual price and other treats and pigs ears will also be available to purchase.
If you can’t make it to the branch this Sunday you can email me with your order to and I will arrange an alternative time for pickup.
It is important that if you feed your dog Royal Canin dog food you continue to do so for the dietary stability of your dog.

If you have any questions regarding this advice, please feel free to email me.

If you have any training questions or advice, please email me and I will pass on your request to our instructors for their follow-up.

We are here to help our members in any way possible during this period of uncertainty and within the means available to us.

We are sorry that this decision to close the Eastern Branch has become necessary, but it is extremely important that we keep you safe and we look forward to seeing you all back at training again soon.



Peter Wallbridge
Eastern Branch Manager



The Eastern Branch is one of eleven German Shepherd Dog Club of Victoria Inc (GSDCV) Branches throughout Victoria.

‘Training People to Train their Dogs’
Our club is dedicated to the improvement, promotion and protection of the German Shepherd Dog.Our aim is to educate members to be responsible owners and have a well behaved and socially acceptable Pet. At Eastern we participate in a wide variety of training activities in a supportive, encouraging atmosphere. Whether your interest is in competition obedience or just gaining better control and having fun with your dog, our experienced, knowledgable instructors can help.
Above all, we believe training should be fun for you and your Pet!

Eastern training is held at J.W. Manson Reserve at the end of Selkirk Ave, Wantirna (Melways 63 J3) on Sunday mornings.
ALL training classes begin at 10.00am. Please arrive early, by 9.30am, thanks.

What Can You Do and Learn?

Training is fun, and your dog is rewarded throughout the training session.
Rewards can be food, a favourite toy or object or verbal praise. Make sure you bring any or all of them each week.
Training your dog involves learning all of the following then you will have a well behaved dog.
• Socialising with other dogs
• Focus and Watch Me
• Sit, Drop and Stand
• Recall (come back when called!)
• Walking calmly and Heeling
• Praise and Play
• Leave
• Problem Solving
• Meet other like minded GSD owners and their dogs and puppies