We train on Monday nights during school terms on the back oval of Trinity Gardens Primary School, corner Portrush Road and Devitt Avenue Trinity Gardens, South Australia. Please enter from Devitt Avenue towards the rear of the school.
We run Bronze level classes at 7.00pm and all other training level classes at 8.00pm. All classes run for 45 minutes. Our venue is outdoors under lights, with the exception of the dog-free information session in week 1 of Bronze level, which is held in a classroom indoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
Care for your dog during extreme weather
Some breeds of dog struggle in the heat.
Brachycephalic dogs (those with pushed in faces for example French Bulldogs, Brussels Griffons, British Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekinese, even Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and others) are particularly vulnerable in hot weather. Be very careful to ensure that your dog is breathing normally in the heat. Any sign of heavy breathing, with raspy sounds could mean your brachycephalic dog is struggling in the heat. If this is the case when you are in class, please let your instructor know that you need to leave class and cool down your dog. It is best to “put (your dog) into a cool shady area, wetted down with cool (not icy) water and fanned…offer cool (not cold) drinking water, but don’t allow it to gulp large amounts.” http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/dog-health/heat-and-pets
Heatstroke is another problem of which you need to be aware. Signs of heatstroke can be rapid panting, listlessness, drooling, weakness, muscle tremors and then collapse. If your dog shows even the mildest of these symptoms, whether in class or at home, you should follow the same advice as above but also “Contact the nearest vet immediately but don’t transport animals in a hot car.” http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/dog-health/heat-and-pets
Dogs being cold is also an animal welfare issue. If you are cold, it is quite likely that your dog will also feel cold. Dogs with thick, double coats will be better able to stand the cold than those with really short coats like a Staffy or a Hungarian Vizsla. Please remember to bring your dog’s coat with you in cold weather.