Please keep an eye on this page as there can sometimes be last minute notices especially if we need to cancel a session at short notice, if we have had a lot of rain for instance. If the weather looks dodgy it is always worth checking this page before setting out.
With the 'final' lifting of Covid restrictions we are now able to resume normal training at Strawberry Fields, the last few months have been tricky but I think that most of you who have been patiently waiting have now had the chance to join us, if you are still waiting you will be contacted soon.
Lots of people have contacted us during the lockdown asking to join the club with their dogs, we have a list of these potential new members and will be inviting you all to join us on a first come first served bases. Please wait until we contact you and don't just turn up as we have a limited number of trainers and we try to control class sizes as much as we can to ensure you get the attention you need.
There are lots of things that you can do before your turn comes which will help you to get off to a flying start when you come to your first training class. Things like sit, stay and come can be achieved in the smallest space (even indoors if necessary) and, if you don't overdo it, it is never to soon to start your puppy on the basics. Just try simple commands two or three times, don't get cross if the dog fails, be consistent with your commands and give loads of praise or a small treat when they get it right. You will be surprised how quickly a young dog gets it.
This year, due to the earlier disruption, our annual assessment day is a little later in the year than normal and will be held on 26th September 2021. I guess a lot of you won't know about our Assessment Day but this is the one day a year when you have the chance to show just how well your dog has progressed in its training with us. The day is conducted as a series of simple tests based on the things you have been shown and practiced during your normal training. You will be marked by independent assessors so everyone has a fair chance and the tests will be graded to suit the level at which you have been working. There are trophies and rosettes to be awarded for the winners in all the different classes.
Everyone is welcome from puppies, who have only been with use for a couple of weeks, up to the more experienced dogs and you will have a fun day and a chance to have a chat with some of the other members who you may only see in passing on a normal training day.
This event lasts until after lunch so you will need to pack some sandwiches or use Tom's snack bar and a chair might be handy. Don't be put off by the title this is a fun day and everyone gets a chance to win a trophy and, you never know, your dog may surprise you.
We will also have a Raffle on the day to help offset some of the costs so will be grateful for any prizes.
Entry forms are available from the desk, we need to know who is coming so we can arrange the different classes, entry fee £5.00.
We have an Away Day arranged at Julie's Bog Farm which, for those of you who don't know, is just up the road from our training ground. Away days at Bog farm are always great fun with the opportunity of good cover and water! The day is arranged like a normal training day but with perhaps some slightly more testing exercises. Everyone is welcome no matter what your level and exercises will be tailored to suit all. Bring your lunch and a flask as they usually last until about 3pm. Date is 3rd October, entry forms are at the desk and the cost will be the usual £5.00.
Just to let you know in plenty of time, our last session of 2021 will be on December 5th, this will be like a normal training session but with a surprise or two and of course there will be the usual mulled wine and mince pies.
Another note for your diary, the AGM will be held at Bransgore Village Hall as normal on 25th February 2022, more details will follow.
We will start again after the Christmas Break on 9th Jan 2022
Check out the Reports page to see what Pam and Tally have achieved!!
More success for CDGC Member
Congratulations to Gordon Blyth and his Flatcoated Retriever Puppy INKA.
At the recent Flatcoated retriever society inter area trials Gordon and Inka won this handsome trophy as Best Puppy.
Broadlands Country Fair
Mandy Sayer and Millie had a good day at Broadlands recently. Here are some pictures of Millie competing in a scurry which they led for most of the day. The training at the club really does pay in the end if you practice hard. Well done to Mandy and Millie.
Access to MEMBERS page
We have members only pages on this site which are only available to club members.
If you wish to view these pages which contain info only of interest to members i.e Club
constitution, AGM minutes etc. Then the following procedure will give you access;
1. click on members page
2. in the box were it asks for user name enter your name as:- firstname.surname
3. click on green 'register'
4. an email will be sent to the email address you gave us when you joined the club
5. the email will contain a link, click on this and you will enter the members area
6. you will now be able to see the info we hold for you and you can enter a password which will give you private direct access in the future.
If this does not work contact me email@example.com with your name and email and I will check your entry.