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    Good luck with the rest of the training.


    Wow 19 in a class. If that was my club they would do everything they could to allocate another instructor to the class but we always should remember that instructors at obedience clubs volunteer their time and that it's not always possible.

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    Eek J&B

    34 dogs and handlers in grade 1. Wow!!!

    Of course on nights when the weather is dodgy - it's much better.

    I don't know how they recruit new instructors. I think they wait for people to volunteer or something. I'm not sure what qualifications they expect either but some of the instructors are so old and wobbly they ought to be sounding out every person who stays past grade 5.

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    hahahahah! :-D

    Yeah it was pretty insane the older lady who got stuck with us didnt seem to happy about it either
    They said at the end that they were hoping/trying to get another instructor by next week so we will see what happens.
    As we have paid membership already we will stick around to see how it goes... If were are finding it hard though not getting enough one on one if we need it then might look at another smaller club.
    My only gripe is that maybe they should warn people or not take any new memberships for grade 1 or something until the same number of people move up to grade 2 you know. just something to even it out so they dont end up with 30 add people they only have 2 trainers for. but i dont know never been in a dog club before haha

    but yeah dont get me wrong- i understand they are volunteers so am very thankful and greatful for any at all
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    Yeah we have some old and wobbly ones in our club, they are slowly getting moved to the enrollment table and equipment table and such. But we are every so careful not to upset them they are still valuable members.

    At my club you have to have obtained at least your CD title in obedience yourself and then can only teach up to that level (or the high levels if you achieved that CDX, UD and so on). Our club is very lucky in so far as we have people highly experienced in tracking, agility, fly-ball, gun dog trialing etc & the regular stuff as well. We also have qualified obedience judges.

    We are then put thru the club instructors training course so that you are equipped to pass on that information as not everyone that is good at training their own has the ability or rather patience to pass that knowledge on. Some people are very good one on one but get stage fright in front of a group.

    We hold lectures (from local professional trainers to visiting overseas lecturers) at our club house for instructors and also attend other club lectures and are reimbursed costs.
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    Hi J&B

    It's really random who shows up from week to week. You may find next week is really quiet either because it might or might not rain, or it's horribly cold, or a whole bunch of people were put off by the crowds this week and decide not to come.

    I find my class sizes vary from 15 to 4 up and down every week and I can't predict why sometimes people show up and sometimes they don't. I find it all works out in the end. Crowds are good for "distraction proofing" ie teaching you and your dog to cope with crowds. So there's always something good. You do find a lot show up at the end of the month for "graduation" so that's exciting.

    I've "cheated" - ie shown up for morning and evening graduation if the morning one hasn't gone so well and I know others have done same. Ie you get two shots at it that way, so if for some reason you and the dog have an off morning - you get another go in the evening. And no you don't get in trouble for it. You can go to both classes every week or which ever one you're available for if you can. I know dogs that have gotten "most improved" in both the morning and evening classes - well done.

    Of course it's a bit hard if you work but if you have flexible hours, it might be worth flexing them on the last Tuesday of the month (good weather) or first one of the next month (bad weather prev Tuesday).

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    yeah... i figure it will be like that and it seems banjo definitely needs to used to that enviroment so Im sure it will all work out fine...
    I think at grad days I will definitely try and get the day off so I can have 2 attemps! thats great that you can

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