The club was founded in 1960 to: - a. Provide training for the handlers or owners of any dogs whose inoculations are complete
b. Support obedience shows and associated activities
c. Meet on matters of common concern and for social purposes
d. Further the interest of charities concerned with dogs
The Club is managed by a committee, elected by the members, which normally meets three times a year. The members are all active Club members and are always available to give advice to members.
Club activities are always posted in advance on the notice board. A broad outline of Club activities is as follows:
These are held on Tuesdays from 7.15pm and Fridays from 6.45 pm in the St Ippolyts Village Hall and the inoculation certificate and microchip certificate must be produced prior to the dog being brought into the hall, and at annual renewal of membership.
Puppies should come as soon as their inoculations have taken effect and the aim of their classes is to socialise them, introduce them to the hall environment and provide initial basic training.
To join the club and enjoy its benefits you must first complete the appropriate form and pay the membership fee.
The classes run for 8 weeks and all require payment in advance.
All sessions are completed by a simple test to decide which dogs are promoted to the next standard.
The committee usually chooses the trainers from experienced Club members.
The trainers in conjunction with the committee, reserve the right to enforce the muzzling of any dog deemed to be out of control, after consultation with the handler.
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
This is held in February for the purpose of electing a Chairman, Officers and Committee for the following year. The Annual cups are presented. The meeting is normally followed by a talk, discussion or film show.
A Christmas party is held at the hall, with dogs and handlers taking part in the games.
CLUB GRADINGS AND COMPETITIONS
The club has a rule that at least half of the current training session must be attended before an award can be won at any
upgrading or competition although upgrading may still be achieved.
It is very important that each Club member co-operate in observing the following common courtesies:
a. Exercise dogs before attending the hall, and be prepared to clean up any faeces left by their dog from the car park or inside the hall
b. Park well clear of the bungalows and their hedges
c. Return tea cups to the serving hatch when empty
This is your Club, your suggestions for improvement and your assistance when needed will enable it to run smoothly and successfully in the future.
Finally the Committee wish you success with your dog training.