Membership and Fees
Membership is open to everyone.
All Members - New and Renewing:
The Club is bound by its Constitution and the Regulations of the South Australian
Membership Fees:Annual Subscriptions
Fees were reviewed at the Annual General Meeting on 25th November 2011, the
new fees are:
Pensioner discount is $10.00 for single or double membership.
There are currently no extra fees for an individual or family wishing to train more than one dog, but it should be realised that some clashes in class-times are likely to occur at various stages, and you may need to decide which dog needs the experience more, or alternate them in class.For these fees, you will receive:
A name badge (one for each member), which you are required to wear in class, and is not transferrable between family members or friends. The badge features a series of markings indicating the class-level you and your your dog have reached, this is assessed at the last training session of each month.
A bi-monthly newsletter, the "Chatter Sheet" in which Club news and events and articles of interest to dog owners are published, as well as names of new members, and those nominated each month as the "Most Improved" in their class, those graduating from Grade 5 with their Basic Obedience Certificate, and our members' results from Obedience and Agility competitions.Members' suggestions and contributions are always appreciated.
Each week, new members attending for the first time, have paperwork to complete, then join an Orientation class in which Club rules, class structure and expectations are outlined. A basic introduction to training is given, before being allocated to their class for the following week.
Dogs under six months of age automatically go into a Puppy class (see note re council rebate), while older (dog) beginners start in Grade 1, unless they have had previous training and need individual assessment that might put them in a higher class.
If you are thinking of joining SAODC from elsewhere, and are unsure of your appropriate level of achievement, as criteria vary between different training schools, we encourage you to contact us by phone or e-mail to discuss your circumstances, or any particular problems you think you might have with your dog and its training.
Our instructors are all volunteers, and have various commitments, but as far as possible, the Club aims that you will have the benefit of continuity of teaching for the whole of each month. You may have a new instructor each month, as they too are regularly allocated a new schedule to teach. This allows you to gain from the combined wisdom of their broad experience and various training 'tips'.
Please try to remember your instructor's name for those few weeks, in case we need to re-allocate classes at any time if your instructor is away.