Rose City Working Dog Association Visitor Agreement
To visit RCWDA please print and fill out the following agreement, and bring with you the first time you visit. Thank you!
Rose City WDA welcomes you to participate in our training in support of the sport of IPO/Schutz hund. As such, we base our training on teaching our dogs to be willing partners in tracking, obedience and protection. Our members have all kinds of breeds, we appreciate a good working dog regardless of the breed. If your dog is mentally and physically sound, has a confident and stable temperament, loves to retrieve and play tug, is not dog aggressive and you think you might be interested in learning about the sport of IPO, you’re welcome work with us and then decide if you wish to join the club.
What we are not: (1) Our club sessions are not training classes. We are here to work our own dogs and obtain input from other club members. You should watch, ask questions, and then be prepared to train on a regular basis on your own. We will help you but we will not train your dog. If you want more instruction and wish to progress more rapidly, we strongly encourage you to take classes especially if you do not have a background in classical and operant conditioning. (2) We do not do personal protection training. IPO is not about personal protection and a successful dog/handler team must be proficient in obedience, tracking and protection.
Expectations: Please keep our dog on leash and under control and ask if you should bring it onto the train ing field. Do not let your dog socialize with other dogs unless specifically told by the other handler that it is acceptable (this is rare – we are here to bond with our dogs, not let them bond with others). Be courteous of dogs and handlers who are working. Feel free to ask ques tions and talk with a club member about what someone is doing with their dog while they are training. And we expect you to enjoy yourself and learn!
Visitors will be charged $15 per session. You will be ex pected to participate in all three phases of training if you plan to be part of the club. After three sessions as a visitor, we will evaluate your dog and inform you if s/he thinks your dog is or is not suited to the sport of IPO. Some dogs are not suitable for protection work, and if this is the case, you will be expected to train in obedience and tracking if you wish to apply for membership.
Please read, understand, and sign the following:
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