Obedience

The Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc has its obedience school at KCC park in Skye on the Dandenong – Hastings Road.

Training is on every Wednesday night at 7:30 and goes for approximately 1 hour. Arriving at the venue around 15 minutes early allows you time to sign in and for your dog/puppy to settle in and meet all his class mates.

On your first night you will need to bring a current vaccination card with you.

There are tea and coffee making facilities for you to use free of charge.

The instructors at RCV have over a decade of experience in teaching dog obedience, and have either a breeders or judging background and so they have the experience and knowledge on how to train your dog, whether it be a rottweiler or other breed of dog properly. Never think that a question is too silly, if you are not quite sure about something ask, as the RCV instructors are happy to answer any question you may have about training your dog.

As you and your dog gain more experience you may just find that obedience is addictive and at sometime in the future you will want to enter your dog into competitions. If you do not think that obedience is for you , which is the basis for all the other activities that you and your dog can enter,  take a look at the Activities page  to see what other events there are for you and your dog to participate in.

Grading is approximately every 5 weeks. This is the time you find out how well you have been able to train your dog. Don't forget that it is no great shame if you and your dog do not get promoted to the next class as each class has a higher degree of expertise and it is in yours as well as your dogs interest to have everything done correctly, for if you do want to enter into obedience competitions in the future remember the judges are looking for as many mistakes as they can as you go through your routine.

When you first take your puppy to obedience training you will notice there is a heavy focus on socialising and although you may think you are not teaching your puppy to do anything, you are instilling a very important behaviour in your puppy, which is so that he will not react aggressively towards other dogs or people.  Also during this period you will learn the basics of how to teach your puppy to sit, drop and heel.

This can take a while for not only your puppy, but also you the trainer to become confident in what you are trying to have your puppy do. Remember dogs like people have different learning skills and you need to take this into account and not compare your dog to the person's dog next to you. Just because it can sit when told to and you have to place your puppy into a sit , does not mean that your dog will never be able to do it, it just means that your dog in this instance may take a little longer to learn the basics. Remember dogs do not deliberately refuse to learn , patience, calmness and perserverance are  major requirements during the early stages of training. They actually like to keep their owners happy and when they do, do something right which you did not think they could do , it gives you a great sense of achievement. A big fuss never goes astray and usually that is reward enough though a treat is also good.

As you go from class to class you will come to understand why repetition is a common theme throughout the various classes and because of it you will notice that your puppy no longer needs that touch on the rump to get him to sit.

In each class you and your dog will learn new skills , so when your dog goes through a routine of sits, drops, left and right turns, about turns and sit and drop stays without you having to correct him once, you will appreciate the time and effort that you have spent training your dog.

Nothing makes you more thankful that you have taken the time and effort to have  your dog obedience trained so that he will  walk calmly beside you than when you see the owner of a dog being pulled down the street by their dog. And nothing gives you more pride in your dog  than when someone asks you is it alright if they can pat your dog and you know he or she will be only too willing to be fussed as it has been properly trained and socialised.

See the forms page to download either a full membership form or a limited membership form.

 

Obedience Training Rules

  • Bitches in season are not permitted on the ground.
  • All dogs must be on lead at all times unless in class under supervision.
  • Dogs must not be left unattended at any time.
  • Children are not permitted to be in charge of a Rottweiler.
  • Handlers are not permitted to smoke while training.
  • Handlers must present their membership cards on request.
  • Sick dogs are not to attend class.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the club rooms.
  • Dogs who have received training elsewhere in aggression to man are unable to participate in RCV Inc. training. Our aim is to produce well socialised dogs that are safe with the public.

 

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