Standing Training Rules

Cleaning up after your dog is the number one concern,
as Northrop Grumman will revoke our privilege to have practices at this site.


 

GENERAL

  1. Agility/Flyball/Disc Dog/Obedience practice sessions are open only to members and proposed members. Each member or proposed member is responsible to run their dog(s) in a proficient and safe manner. Club equipment proficiency guidelines are listed below.
  2. All handlers involved with practice sessions must assist with equipment set-up or takedown or both.
  3. All dogs not on the agility, disc dogs, flyball or obedience courses during a practice session must be under the control of a handler, either on leash or otherwise confined.  The only exception to this rule would be when handlers warm up or exercise in the far corners of the practice site, away from the practice area.  It is the responsibility of all club members to be aware of the working “flow” of all practice sessions and to respect these areas and to take care not to create undue distraction to working teams.
  4. Use of the Northrop Grumman site is a privilege that has been graciously extended to WVDS.  Northrop Grumman employees also use the facilities, especially the baseball diamond.  It is the responsibility of every club member to be courteous, keep their dogs or children under control at all times while at the Northrop Grumman facility.  WVDS members whose children or dogs create unnecessary disturbances or repeatedly engage in unsafe or disruptive behavior will be asked to leave.
  5. There are feral cats at this facility.  Northrop Grumman has built houses to feed and shelter these cats.  WVDS members are to keep their dogs under control, away from the food, the houses and the cats if they should be around.
  6. Training collars, such as choke chain, pinch or similar collars commonly used in training shall not be permitted in the practice rings, warm-up areas or other spectator areas.  Spectator areas include Show’N’Go’s, sanctioned trials, tournaments and matches, Fun Days, demonstrations or any public club event.  Collars similar to the above shall be evaluated as “training collars” based upon their intended function and appearance.  Shock collars or similar devices not deemed to be in the best interest of dog sports shall not be permitted on the practice grounds or at any club function
  7. CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG!! If you become aware that a dog is defecating and the dog’s handler seems to be unaware, please inform them to clean up after their dog.  If you should find dog droppings left by someone else, please clean this up.

EQUIPMENT PROFICIENCY

  1. All members must use club equipment in a proficient and safe manner during agility, flyball, disc dogs, and obedience practice. General guidelines for practice on equipment are listed below:
  • Dogs must exercise off lead control while performing obstacles.
  • Dogs must be able to interact with other dogs or people.
  • Handlers must use proper etiquette during practice sessions.
  • Dogs must use all of the obstacles and flyball equipment in a safe manner.
  • Dogs must be able to perform weave poles and contact obstacles on or off lead.


AGILITY PRACTICE PLANS AND HANDLER RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. The focus of practice sessions will be exercises and practice needs for intermediate and advanced handlers.  When there is sufficient need, available equipment and personnel, a separate exercise area may be set up for puppies and less experienced dogs still working on lead.  If this area has not been set up, please be considerate when working inexperienced dogs within the regular practice area.  Please check with the agility practice coordinator and request permission to set up a small area to work your dog.  This area would be your responsibility to bring out the equipment and to put it away. 
  2. These sessions are for individual practice and are not to be equated with class instruction.  Each handler is present to train his or her own dog. 
  3. Before using equipment, note the exercise patterns designated by the agility practice coordinator.
  4. Take turns on the use of designated sequences.  Be careful not to interrupt the flow of others working on the designated exercises.

FLYBALL PRACTICE PLANS AND HANDLER RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. The focus of practice sessions will be exercises and practice needs for the Rock’N’Rovers flyball team.  When there is sufficient need, available equipment and personnel, a separate exercise area may be set up for non-team members.  If this area has been set up, please be considerate when working inexperienced dogs within the regular practice area.  Please check with the flyball practice coordinator and request permission to set up a small area to work your dog.  This area would be your responsibility to bring out the equipment and to put it away
  2. These sessions are for team practice and are not to be equated with class instruction.  Each handler is present to train his or her own dog with the team.
  3. Before using equipment, note the exercise patterns designated by the flyball practice coordinator.

WVDS reserves the right to excuse from practice any dogs
or handlers who violate the above guidelines.

 Being a good sport is essential to pleasant and worthwhile practices.