Beacon Agility Dog Training Club in Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Midlands
Beacon Agility Dog Training Club guidance notes for new and prospective members.
The Club : The Club is known as 'Beacon Agility Dog Training Club'. It was formed in October 1985 and became K.C. Registered in Nov. 86.
Aims & Objectives: By employing firm but kindly training methods, the Club will endeavour to train dogs to be obedient and take part in Agility competitions.Great emphasis is placed on the fun element of Agility training and the welfare of the dogs is our main consideration.
Venue: The Club meets at, and is part of, the Veseyan Sports and Social Club, Little Hardwick Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield. Tel.0121 353 5388 (pay phone in the bar).
Membership: It is a condition of membership to the B.A.D.T.C. that members also belong to the Veseyan Sports and Social Club. Annual subscriptions for both Clubs are paid at the same time and become due on October lst. Non members may attend training for up to three occasions, after which, they must decide whether they wish to become members. The Committee may limit membership according to equipment and training resources available.
Fees:(amended Sept 06) Membership is payable in advance annually. There are special rates for guests. Fees include membership of the Social Club, and competition entry fees for some team events.
Dogs Eligibility: Dogs must have attained an acceptable standard of obedience training before they can be accepted to the Club. Dogs under the age of twelve months will not be allowed to train on the equipment, owners of larger breeds are strongly advised to extend this period until the bones are properly set. Experienced competition handlers may train their own puppies from 6 months old providing they follow Beaconís written guidelines.Dogs need to be registered with the K.C.Breed, or Obedience and Working Trials register before they can be entered for Competition. Dogs do not need to be registered for training.
Training: Winter training from late September to mid-April is on Sunday mornings from 10.30am. to 12.30pm, and informal training on Wednesday evening. Summer training is Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6.45pm to 9:00pm. Special arrangements can be made for training at other times. There is no formal training of the handler, training in this context means the handler training the dog.
Insurance: The Club will maintain insurance against bodily injury to third parties or damage to their property at events held by the Club. Members are strongly advised to insure themselves and their dogs against injury, potential loss of earnings, and legal liability in respect of injury to third party or damage to their property.
Dog Control: Dogs must be kept on a lead when not being trained and should be tied if left unattended.
Exercising: Members are asked to exercise their dogs before they arrive at the venue; if necessary dogs may be exercised round the margins of the field off the pitches. Should any dog foul the cut grass areas or Car Park, then the handlers are responsible for clearing up - a shovel is provided for your convenience (and the dogs!).
Equipment: Members are asked to assist in setting up the equipment and putting it back into the store after use. Members unable to attend for the whole training session should make a special attempt to help in either the setting up or clearing away.All members take joint responsibility in highlighting any potential safety hazard and discouraging use of equipment which become unsafe.
Club Kit: Sweatshirts, and Tee-shirts can be ordered through the Secretary.
Trophies: The Presidents Trophy will be awarded at the Club A.G.M. to the member who best exemplifies the spirit of Agility, enthusiastic endeavour and friendly manner.
The Jafferson Lad Triers Trophy: is awarded at the Club A.G.M. to the member who has tried hardest, although not necessarily winning the most.
Beacon Dog of the Year: An award is made at the AGM to the handler of the dog scoring the most points for places and clear rounds during the year. The points system is similar to the Agility Voice Dog of the Year.
For more details visit Beacon Agility Dog Training Club website