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About Us

Fred's Pass Positive Dog Training Club Inc (Fred's Pass) was founded in the 1980's and is affiliated with the North Australian Canine Association Inc (Dogs NT), which is the Local Controlling Body member of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC).

Our club is focussed on promoting responsible dog ownership through education and training, and the instruction you will receive here will help you train your dog, using all positive methods, to be a great companion, a well behaved pet, and an enjoyable addition to your household. Show more information about us.
Training at Fred's Pass Positive Dog Training Club involves enthusiastic instructors employing positive training techniques. We believe that a positive, supportive and encouraging environment helps you and your dog to live and learn in harmony. Our positive, rewards-based training has no harsh methods, punishment or check-chains, as all dogs are trained on flat collars using toys, treats, and praise only.
Our Club will offer you a program and Instructors who:
  • Are friendly, encourage discussion, and show courtesy to dogs and to human members;
  • Demonstrate each behaviour the members will teach their dogs, using positive tools and methods;
  • Give clear instructions & explain each lesson;
  • Allow sufficient time in class to begin practicing lessons; and
  • Assist individuals with proper implementation of techniques.
Fred's Pass encourages our members to stay informed about innovations in dog training techniques & tools, and to have fun training and learning more about your pet as you go along.

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  • President:     Ms Sarah Baker - 04 1777 3095
  • Vice President:     Ms Chavonne Carrol
  • Treasurer:     Ms Tanya Reichstein
  • Secretary:     Mrs Sue Dwyer
  • Committee Members:     Mr Reg Dwyer and Ms Simone Veen

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Our club is focussed on promoting responsible dog ownership through education and training, and the instruction you will receive here will help you train your dog, using all positive methods, to be a great companion, a well behaved pet, and an enjoyable addition to your household.

We train you to train your dog and conduct pet dog manners and obedience training on Tuesday nights and agility training on Thursday nights from February through to October.

In recent years our club has progressed to adopt the all-positive reward based training methods, and this is advocated in all our classes, from beginners right through to competition level. What this means is that we are focussed on teaching and rewarding a dog for correct or desirable behaviours and ignoring the wrong or undesirable behaviour. By focusing on what your dog is doing right and helping him to know what that is, you get your dog's cooperation and teach him to want to please you. We have found that this approach builds trust and a much stronger bond than correction based methods.

The tools required for positive training are a plain flat collar or harness, regular flat webbing lead, lots of treats, lots of praise, lots of enthusiasm and a sense of humour!

We are affiliated with the North Australian Canine Association Inc (Dogs NT), which is the Local Controlling Body member of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC). What this means, in a nutshell, is that our Club is able to hold sanctioned events, such as obedience trials and agility & jumping trials, where competitors can gain qualifications towards ANKC recognised titles for your dog. The instruction you receive at our Club will help you on your way to successfully compete at these events, so if this is what you'd like to do, talk to your instructor about what you need to do to register yourself and your dog with the Dogs NT. Freds Pass hosts several obedience and agility trials throughout the year, see our Schedules page for a full listing of dates and results.

For your information - here is a a copy of our Constitution.

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We train at the Noonamah Horse and Pony Club grounds at Fred's Pass, Northern Territory, Australia.

Assuming you are travelling south from Darwin along the Stuart Highway:
  • After you pass Coolalinga continue south for approximately 2.6 km;
  • Then turn right onto Bees Creek Road;
  • The Reserve is on the right hand side of Bees Creek Road so go about 200 metres then turn right and go through the gates of the Reserve;
  • We are on the oval on the left side of the Reserve access road - about 50 metres along the access road - just look for a bunch of happy dogs and people.
    Map

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Please adhere to these local rules for the safety of you and your own dog as well as others:
  • Please ensure your dog is restrained and under effective control at all time.
  • Please leave your dog in your car while you check-in and pay your training fees; this makes the check-in process a lot faster and relieves unnecessary congestion at the check-in table.
  • Please obey the "One-Dog Only" and "Dog Free" zones.
  • Please ask other owners if your dog may greet theirs, it's only common courtesy.
  • Dogs wearing yellow bandanas need some extra space. Please respect the owners wishes by giving these dogs a wide berth.
  • Any dog that is displaying signs of sickness or lameness will be asked to leave the grounds.
  • Bitches in season are not permitted in classes or on club grounds so please leave them at home.
  • Please clean up after your dog using poo-bags and place them in the bins provided.
  • Children under the age of 12 may not handle dogs in classes and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Our club grounds are non-smoking areas.

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