Watch this page for details of our return to training in November 2020

We will post a link here to our new registration page as soon as we have confirmed our commencement date.

A Message from our Branch Manager

Hi All,

We hope you are all well and enjoying your German Shepherds who are all getting very spoiled.
We thought we would bring you up to date with some of the plans that we intend to put in place for a safe return to training which will include the wearing of masks and social distancing being observed at all times. 
We are currently waiting on advice from the Club, Dogs Victoria and our local Council before we can announce an official start date and we still have the 25km travel radius limit in place which will restrict some members and instructors.
 
In the meantime we ask that you do two things.
1. Please ensure that your dog vaccinations are up to date because this will be a question that will be asked when you register for training.
2. Check your mobile phones to confirm that you can scan QR codes.
 
We intend to track attendance of all members and visitors with a Covid attendance tracer. When you arrive at the Branch everyone  will need to open their phone camera and point at the QR code. That will take you to the tracer website where you enter your name and phone number. We will have an attendance sheet for anyone who does not have a mobile phone.
For example: iphones you click on Settings then Camera then Scan QR Codes
For some Samsung phones you go to camera, click on settings and check that your QR code is on.
For other brands of phones you will need to check the phone settings.
Could you please prepare your mobile phones in advance of a restart of training. We will email members and post on Facebook and here as soon as we have a firm starting date.
Thank you & regards,
Peter

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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