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    Default Looking for dog training classes in Melbourne for a few weeks only.

    I have a woman, walks her 2 toy poodles daily past my place. Occasionally, her husband will be walking them off leash, playing fetch the stick, in and around mine playing fetch the ball. All 4 dogs get on fine when he is walking them.

    When she is walking them, different story. Yesterday, she sees my dogs are off leash and grabs a tiny fluff ball into her arms, but cant catch the other that is now barking AT me and my dogs. The one in her arms is biting at her face and hands to get down and making contact! (and she's cool with that, coz she thinks my rottie lookin pohm is going to tear them limb from limb).

    I explain the dogs know each other, and are very friendly with each other, and the one you are holding is top dog. They have it sorted, my dogs wont hurt you/yours, please put your dog down. She's almost crying poor thing, she's terrirfied of pohm who is sat, waiting to go play with her mate. Bernie is led at my feet, oblivious to woman/dogs just waiting for the ball to reappear when ive finished gassing. Her loose toy poodle is biting at Bernies long hair, barking, play bowing, taking cheaky nips at him. All ignored by bernie as this is our pups behaviour.

    I leashed my 2 dogs and left woman and her 2 breast fed babies alone in paddock.

    My dogs are not getting enough dog to dog contact in our new area. Ive decided to do a return stint to dog training classes for access to lots of dogs of different sizes. GSD club is a slightly unsuitable place for this, as they either have puppy licence, or are same size.
    Any suggestions of not breed specific classes in Melbourne anyone? Im in midwest area. I only want to go for a few weeks though. So large annual fee's up front are not for me. I just want exposure opportunity without freaked out scared of dogs humans.
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    GSD club at KCC park is one of the saddest training groups I've ever seen. The class closest to where we were doing our classes (reward based training with two UK based agility instructors) - not one dog got rewarded - patted or praised let alone a treat - for doing anything right. All the dogs got punished - yanked around and/or scolded if they did anything "wrong". Including the GSD class instructor's dog - who wasn't real keen on a sit stay in ear shot of 20 barking border collies (and other varieties of excited agility dogs) and really wasn't keen on recall either (can't think why). All the GS dogs walked with their heads and tails down and their ears flat. Really really miserable.

    Bernie - I'd have a quiet word with Hubby next time you see him. See if he can come with his wife sometime.

    As for classes with people I have some respect for...
    I think Nekhbet (Julie) runs classes , and Villain and Flirrt - works with Erny who runs classes.
    you could send them pms or look up their websites.
    Group Classes - InLine K9

    I know Erny and V&F have a website but I can't remember the address and I haven't book marked it anywhere sensible.

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    Ta, Hyac, for remembering us!

    ProK9's website is prok9.com.au - Home though I'm thinking we might not suit as we are in South Eastern suburbs, and generally work on a 3 month/ 12 week program. That said, Bernie, we cater to all breeds and have variety in our memberships. Downside is our biggest group is our beginners class.

    Give Jude a call, though, and possibly she may even have some suggestions. Can't think of her mobile number off the top of my head, but it's on the website.

    You're not keen on Trish from 4Paws, if I recall correctly? I think they might be the biggest club close to you....

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    Tah V&F

    I don't know how you know when to pop in but I'm glad you do. Surely between one on the West and one on the East - should be able to find one to suit. I found once I got around the corner over the westgate, it felt like it took 10 minutes to get to the Geelong turn off... Was certainly a quicker way to get to the SA border (near Penola) than via Ballarat. Ballarat feels like an outer Melbourne Suburb now.

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    Thanks Guys.
    Hy: "GSD club at KCC park is one of the saddest training groups I've ever seen"
    Ditto from me: i took bernie there as a pup for 6 weeks and left. Twas awful, 20 dogs walking in a square, no rewards, all head down. Known as cadaver obedience i believe? As in, the only way you know the dogs are alive, is that they are walking.

    But as we are re doing dog reactivity, i think a group of mixed breeds and sizes would suit more so.

    Villain n Flirt are a little too far to travel. Though looks great, except, that we would have same dogs arriving every day. I want a mix of new arrival dogs at each session. ie more new greetings captured. And being in beginners class is fine. I only want him around stranger dogs. You get those in all classes.

    Trish from 4paws made a mistake once with one of my dogs. Since then, ive made hundreds myself. So feeling less judgmental these days.
    4 paws should meet all my requirements. Local, mixed dog breeds n sizes and ages.

    thanks guys for info.

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    On a good note the Vic GSD Club is holding a Viclkie Austin Seminar this weekend at KCC Park...maybe they will learn more and better methods
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    try this place out i go there me self and it rilly good every one is rilly friendy so are the dogs its 25 a year and 2$ a lesson heres the web site Frankston Dog Obedience Club Inc.

    with the kcc park is full of up tigth stubby f*** heads who are fully up them selfs on ofonce every one my mum dont like going there
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    Well, having found 2 clubs, left my details with both. so far, we've been playing phone tag, leaving messages on answer machines, which they dont respond to so i have to call again.
    Busy people, with busy lives.

    Meanwhile. This morning, woman with 2 poodles in paddock, as we come back from our walk. Aggro yapping poodle comes right at us. But this time, bernie is off lead. Ha ha. So it came charging at him, barking, i had the trusty cheese cubes in my hand, and began feeding bernie in front of him. Immediate sit n beg of poodle. This made his owner laugh, and both dogs were sittin pretty in front of each other, no barking, no biting. I then threw 3 balls and my 2, plus other poodle fetched. And then we walked around the paddock, with all 4 dogs off leash, it went really well.

    My dogs have made 2 new friends, with the right introductions completed, and i now have a new dog walker to say hi to in mornings.

    Frankston is really too far for me to travel. Yet the nearby one meets at 2.30pm on a saturday. As summer is coming, i reckon most days will be too hot to train at that time of day?

    I will go to the dog club, if they ever get to answer my calls. I have to attend 2 x 1hr session training, without my dog. This seems a tad odd. But its a requirement for joining so i presume it to teach commands, basics to handlers, before the dog arrives with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    She's almost crying poor thing, she's terrirfied of pohm who is sat, waiting to go play with her mate. Bernie is led at my feet, oblivious to woman/dogs just waiting for the ball to reappear when ive finished gassing. Her loose toy poodle is biting at Bernies long hair, barking, play bowing, taking cheaky nips at him. All ignored by bernie as this is our pups behaviour.

    I leashed my 2 dogs and left woman and her 2 breast fed babies alone in paddock.
    Ugh I can't stand people like this. Owns 2 dogs but doesn't know the first thing about canine behaviour or body language, works self up into a hysteria because of imagined aggression from a dog that actually looks like a dog. So annoying.

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