NOTICE (updated) : 27 June 2020
PRO-K9 IS STILL OPEN FOR SERVICE
Our approach to training, which has always included purposely small group numbers, and the fact that we run our group training outdoors in a very spacious training field, has our local Federal MP confirming that we are good to go in terms of continuing to help Members and clients with their dogs' training. We respect the concerns surrounding the current Coronavirus 19 pandemic and are of course mindful of the cautions that we are all entertaining and complying with and we maintain the social distancing recommendation of at least 1.5 metres (often more) and we have a supply of hand sanitiser in the event that our group class members wish to use it.
These are tough times for everyone and I thank all our clients for respecting the measures which have become necessary to reduce the CV19 spread and impact, but for also considering their dogs' needs which very importantly includes mental stimulation and of course, good behaviour within the community. The conduct of our lessons comply with the recommendations thus far set down by the Prime Minister of Australia. We hope that it will not come to the point where restrictive measures are declared which cause us to have to send our services into hibernation, but we wish to reassure our Members that, in the event this does occur, any unused portion of group Membership fees from the date of such 'hibernation' WILL BE REFUNDED.
We are aware that Puppy Preschools have closed due to the impact of the CoVid19 pandemic. Our SMALL groups comply with social distancing and hygiene practices that have been recommended, and we are exercising our dogs in an outdoor, spacious area. The classes do not comprise of "Preschool" per se, however they are suitable for pups and dogs of any age and we are doing what we can to accomodate and assist those who require additional tuition on puppy topics such as toilet training and the typical puppy behaviours such as mouthing/biting, destructive chewing and so on. These topics do not form part of our standard group lessons but we may be able to structure additional annexed time for discussion as and when we are alerted to these needs. Please note the additional annexed time is separate to your Membership fees. For more information in this regard, or if you require additional time for this purpose, please contact Judi at Pro-K9.
Further Update 22 June 2020 : Please note that due to Victoria's re-tightening of CoVid19 group number restrictions, which we are keeping a close eye on, we respectfully ask that you DO NOT bring any additional people (eg children, other family members etc) to your Sunday morning classes, other than those who are signed up to participate in your dog's training via the Enrolment Form submitted to Pro-K9.
Any additional people outside of those who are considered as "Members" to Pro-K9's training groups who do attend will be asked to remain in the vehicle they travelled in.
We trust all our Members can appreciate the difficulties currently being faced as a result of the CoVid19 restrictions and respect our reasons for asking for your co-operation and understanding.
At present, and after consulting with the CoVid19 authorities, we do not believe we have any current difficulties with existing numbers. We are presently in the midst, however, of arranging for a new additional time-slot for our Foundation Level class so that we may accomodate the needs of people who still require the guidance to good dog training that a Membership with Pro-K9 can provide, whilst still observing the group size directives set down by Government. Choosing between the two Foundation time slots will NOT be an adhoc optional choice (we need to know what maximum numbers are coming to which group) but we may be able to accomodate a transfer from the existing 9.15am class time to the 11.30am class time for some, if this would suit them better, at least for the time being. Though we would not know how long it will be necessary for, the later class time slot is not intended to be a permanent fixture and eventually, with the hope that restrictions on group sizes will lift, we do intend to merge the two Foundation groups into the one for the start time of 9.15am.
More information regarding the above will follow in due course.
Pro-K9 is more than just a training club. At Pro-K9 you receive tuition from our professional, qualified and nationally accredited instructors. With a view to promoting dogs to enthusiastically learn, and to promoting handler education to best harness that enthusiasm, our Pro-K9 Instructor to client ratio attention is second to none. At our conveniently located grounds servicing the South Eastern and district suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Pro-K9's unique training formulas and content provide its clients with more than just one training strategy. Why do we think this is important? Because at Pro-K9 we regard your dog as an individual and what may well work best for one dog may not be the best training method for yours.
Membership is quarterly. Just like a gym membership, train at your own pace to match that of your own requirements and that of your dog. Subsequent membership renewals are owners' choice to reflect how far you wish to advance your dog's training.
Membership begins with two mandatory lessons ("Intro 1" and "Intro 2") comprising of comprehensive explanation of the exercises you will be coached and trained in when you subsequently join our "Foundation" training level, ensuring that you will not be left confused when working within the group. These two lessons (conducted over two training days) are conducted on Sunday mornings but have a variable start-time dependant upon the date you wish to commence and our Instructor availabilty. These times are allocated at the time you confirm your dog's Membership with Pro-K9.
Pro-K9 welcomes partnership participation during group training lessons (up to two adults per dog). Participation requires both partners to register their names and signatures on our Enrolment Form (available on request); both partners to have completed the minimum requirement of attending both Intro 1 and Intro 2 lessons; and for both to regularly attend the group training lessons throughout the dog's Membership period/s. It does mean that our Instructors are teaching TWO handlers as opposed to only one, which can slow the initial handler progress slightly, but the huge advantage is that both people involved in your dog's training on a day-to-day basis will be on the same page and your dog will find the training less confusing. There is no increased fee for this privelege.
Ever been to a class with too many numbers and feeling as though you're lost in a crowd and not receiving the help you need? It's not fun and can be quite frustrating, disheartening and disappointing. Pro-K9 is very aware of the importance of excellent tuition and we pride ourselves in the ability to be able to assist each handler work through any 'sticky' exercises they may be having difficulty with by offering top of the range attention to each of our class members during the course of their Membership. Our class numbers are capped at 15 dogs per Instructor. That's our guarantee. But what we find even better is that because dogs are frequently being passed up to higher levels as their training progresses, the numbers of dogs per class Instructor often averages out to a ratio of 6:1. In addition, when we can we place an additional Instructor on the grounds during class times for the benefit of assisting handlers one-on-one when and if the need arises.
Next available start dates :
- Sunday, 5 July 2020
Non-training dates 2020:
Sunday 29 March 2020
Sunday 12th April 2020 (Easter Sunday)
Sunday 7 June 2020
- Sunday 30 August 2020
- Sunday 29 November 2020
- Sunday 20 December 2020 to 31 January 2020 (both inclusive) (Christmas/New Year Break for 2020/21)
Membership periods transcending any Pro-K9 declared "non-training dates" are extended accordingly - your Membership is NOT compromised.
Dogs/pups of approximately 16 weeks* of age and older are suitable for beginning training in our Foundation Level Obedience Classes.
(*Exceptions applied on individual merit to the minimum age requirement.)
Minimum C3 vaccination cover. Evidence of immunity by way of Titre Test accepted.