An Important message from our President


Dear Members,

As we near the Vic Covid Roadmap thresholds, we as a Club need to prepare to re-open in line with State, Local and Dogs Victoria requirements for our activities.

When our state reaches the 80% double vaccinate mark, training and events will return for the Club.

In order that we as a Club comply with the Government mandate, anyone who attends a GSDCV event, whether it is training, a meeting, show, trial or breed survey or just going to the Branch to catch up with other GSDCV members you haven’t seen in a long while, must either be double Covid-19 vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption. This applies to all of us, no exceptions.

Whether it is a member of the Club Executive, the Branch Committee,  the Instructors or the regular members we must all follow the same rules. Many of the local councils on whose grounds we train and even Dogs Victoria have also informed us that we will not be able to train or use the Club rooms or facilities unless the members have had their double Covid Vaccination or a medical exemption.  We must all prove our double dose Covid-19 vaccination status or have a valid medical exemption.

How do I show evidence of my vaccination?

We need to sight evidence of your vaccination status (or exemption) in the form of:

  • Your Immunisation history statement available from Medicare, your MyGov COVID-19 digital certificate, your My Health Record or via the Service Victoria app (if it is linked to your COVID-19 digital certificate)
  • Proof of a medical exemption evidenced by an authorised medical practitioner   (for example, a doctor’s certificate)

This may slow things down initially, but it will speed things up over the ensuing weeks.

We understand that some may feel that it is a private matter, and we do respect that. If you do not wish to show us your Covid-19 vaccination status, we understand, unfortunately we will not be able to let you attend and you will be asked to leave. Please understand that we must comply with the Government regulations.

If you have any questions, you can contact me on  or 0411462358 or your Branch Manager.


Vince Ebejer

President GSDCV






**Any Dogs Wearing the Yellow and Black “In Training GIVE ME SPACE!” Saddles or Bandanas-

Need a Little Space

These dogs may be shy, pregnant, nervous, not ready to say hello, old & fragile or simply young & easily knocked over. 

So, please be polite and ask if it’s alright to approach the dog.

If you would like a ‘In Training GIVE ME SPACE’ saddle or Bandana please see the Chief Instructor.

Remember polite socialising is done calmly and on a loose lead!




Please ensure that your membership is renewed for 2021.  This should be done on-line at
We are required to have updated vaccination details for all dogs in the new registration system.
Please provide a PHOTOCOPY of the certificate showing proof of current C3 (annual or triennial) plus annual Canine Cough KC and the due date of the next vaccination as soon as your dog is vaccinated



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!





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