Ground Rules

Northern Beaches Dog Training Rules

Parking: Cars can be parked at 90° on the section of roadway leading to the Clubhouse. Please be aware that dogs may still be in the rear of these cars. No cars are to be parked parallel to the fence on this section of the roadway. Ample parking is available in the main section of the car park.

Arrival: Your dog must be on lead when you exit your car. Approach the Clubhouse via the roadway, keeping your dog away from dogs that are tied to the fence awaiting their turn on the Rally O course. Do not cut across the grass or through a roped off area where the advanced classes are in progress.

Restraint of Dogs: Deep Creek Reserve is NOT an “off leash” ground. Dogs are required to be on lead unless undertaking an off lead exercise during training. A whistle will indicate the start and finish of Club training sessions. Should you choose to let your dog off lead before of after Club training sessions you are not acting as part of the Club and can be fined by a ranger.

Bitches in Oestrum: No bitch in oestrum (on heat) may be brought onto the grounds during training.

Vaccination:  Proof of vaccination must be presented when you join and then yearly.

Leads and Collars: All dogs are to wear suitable training collars and leads. Please speak to the Ground Secretary for advice. Please note check chains, choker collars, prong collars and car harnesses are not permitted on the ground.

Disposal of Dog Waste: All handlers must clean up after their dog. There are three Council provided dog waste bins located around the ground. Waste bags are located
on either side of these bins and the waste should be put into these bins.

Name Tags: It is important that you always wear your name tag. This assists our instructors to quickly identify which class you are in (by means of the coloured dots/stars) but, more importantly, to address you and your dog by name.

Footwear: As required by Dogs NSW, for your own safety, appropriate footwear must be worn. Thongs, scuffs, high heels or bare feet are not permitted.

Treats: Do not offer another dog a treat without the owner’s permission. Like humans dogs can be allergic to certain foods.

Class Times: Please arrive at least ten minutes before your class to allow time for your dog to relieve itself and settle down. You may walk along the creek line with your dog on lead. Arriving late for class unsettles all the dogs who have already had their “meet and greet”. If you are attending an agility class everyone is expected to help setting up and packing away the equipment.

Yellow Neck Bands: Yellow neck bands are provided and are compulsory for dogs that for a variety of reasons require “space”. They may be a rescue dog, a dog that has been attacked by another dog, a nervous or reactive dog.

Please be aware of a dog wearing one of these bands and give them the space they require.
 
Control of Classes: The Chief Instructors control all training. All handlers are to train as a member of a class. Children under twelve are not permitted to train a dog in class. Children twelve years of age and up are permitted based on their ability to handle their dog, which will be assessed by the instructor. Please excuse yourself from the class if you do not wish to comply with the exercises being taught. Each instructor is fully in charge of and responsible for their class. Instructors are on a rotating roster.
 
Responsibility: Members are legally responsible for their dogs and must advise the instructor if their dog may bite either a human or another dog. A dog that is liable to bite must wear a muzzle.
The Club takes no responsibility whatsoever for any loss or damage to property or person or any member on the training grounds.

Physical reprimanding of dogs will not be tolerated.

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