The first session of Obedience Training for Dogs was held at night on Monday 8th October, 1973 (Penrith Plaza Carpark).
Training ceased over the Christmas period and in March, 1974 it was proposed that Sunday be the Club’s training day.
Approval was given for the Club to use Regatta Reserve for Sunday training and this commenced in April, 1974.
A Parade and Obedience Trial was held on the 18th January, 1976 and approval was given by the R.A.S.K.C. for the Club to hold a
Championship Show on 16th January, 1977. (Weir Reserve was the venue for the Parade/Obedience Trial and for the first Championship Show).
In 1975 it was decided to purchase leads, check chains, etc, for sale at Sunday Training and this practice has continued. Obedience Classes were initially colour-coded, however in September, 1979, a numbering system took the place of the colour-coding system.
Awards have been given to Club Members for Titles gained since 1979. Obedience Training and Club Meetings transferred to the Old Upper Castlereagh School in November, 1979.
In August, 1980 Dr. J. Slezacek (an Honorary Member of this Club), recommended that vaccination certificates be sighted at the time of joining the Club and at Renewal Times.
A second Championship Show is conducted by this Club and the first July Show was held on the 3rd July, 1982. In addition, approval was given the Club to hold Obedience Trials and the first of these was held on Saturday 12th July, 1980. In 1981 this was changed and July Obedience Trial is now held on a Sunday.
In March, 1983, the Club moved to a new venue, “Victoria Street Community Cottage”, for meetings and to used the grounds adjacent to the Cottage for Sunday training. In 1984, permission was given to conduct “Supplementary Register” classes at our Obedience Trial in July.
At the present time our Obedience Trial is held on the second Sunday of July each year and understandably there is no training held on that day. In 1994 we were granted permission to hold a second Obedience Trial on the last Saturday in January or the first Saturday in February.
We do not hold training on Easter Sunday and the Club has a break over the Christmas/New Year period starting from the beginning of December and recommencing training in Febuary. Classes are also held on a Wednesday night at the Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs.
The training classes conducted on a Sunday and Wednesday do provide a service to the Community and many people who join the Club initially to train the family pet to an acceptable level of behaviour.We have a number of members become quite interested in the more advanced aspects of training and will go on to enter Obedience Trials or in some cases become interested in the Championship Show scene where they can show their pure-bred/registered dog or bitch and work towards attaining a Championship Title.
Those who enter the Obedience Trial Ring work towards attaining the Titles of C.C.D. (Community Companion Dog), C.D. (Companion Dog), C.D.X. (Companion Dog Excellent), U.D. (Utility Dog), and U.D.X. (Utility Dog Excellent) or enter in Rally Obedience and achieve titles such as RN (Rally Novice), RA (Rally Adavnced), RE (Rally Excellent) and RAE (Rally Advanced Excellent)