5 day Lockdown is over
We return to training on Sunday 21 February and Wednesday 24 February.
  We hope to see everyone on Sunday 21 February at 9.30 for a 10.00 am start.
Remember our Annual General Meeting will be held following training on Sunday. 
We hope to see you there
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2021 Return to training

Hi All,

Training for all classes (Puppy A Puppy B up to Trial Class) resumes this Sunday 7th February at 10am sharp
 
Please arrive early to allow time to register for your class so you and your dog can relax before hand and we can begin training promptly at 10am.
Please wear your membership badge (if you have received one) as we will be scanning your membership card.
If you have not received your 2021 badge, please wear your 2020 badge.
You do not have to register for training,just attend if you are available.
Please ensure that your membership is renewed for 2021.  This should be done on-line at GSDCV.org.au.
Would all members please adhere to the following Covid-19 requirements.
– Do not attend training if you are feeling unwell or more importantly showing signs of  fever, cough, sore throat, loss of taste and smell.
– Do not attend training if you have received a positive test result, are currently in isolation or waiting on a test result.
– Continue to practice good hygiene at all times. 
– Hand sanitiser will be available for use at the branch.
– Please continue to social distance 1.5 metres from other members.
– Whilst masks are not compulsory to wear outside whilst training we would encourage members to carry a mask at all times should you not be able to social distance.
– The canteen is shut for the moment whilst we clarify  operational procedures so please bring your own bottle of water. Water will be supplied for the dogs.
– Most importantly you must not approach another member’s dog unless you ask permission first and please keep an eye on your dog’s body language.
Finally, we are required to have updated vaccination details for all dogs in the new registration system. We ask that you bring a copy of your dog’s current vaccination certificate showing proof of current C3 (annual or triennial) plus annual Canine Cough KC and the due date of the next vaccination. We would appreciate your assistance in supplying this information on your return to training in February. If you cannot attend the Branch you can email the certificate to easternmanager@gsdcv.org.au 
The Committee and Instructors look forward to welcoming you back to the branch and hopefully a year of regular training.
Regards
Peter

 

 

So, you have 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.

• 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.  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 – 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. 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!

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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