Each year the club also assists two local Councils with their activities within the sphere of 'responsible ownership for dogs', 'Good Citizen Schemes'. We run training classes and fun events and have been doing this for some years now.
The club’s mission is to promote and encourage the sport, as determined by the SV and WUSV, of working dogs, encompassing tracking, obedience, agility and protection work. To foster the skill of dog handling and training in competitive contests and to ensure a greater understanding of canine matters especially as pertaining to the German Shepherd Dog.
The club meets on Sundays between 1-3pm at the training grounds at Craigantlet, between Holywood and Stormont, 5 minutes from Belfast City Airport. In the summer months evening sessions are arranged. Various seminars and training meetings may be arranged at other times during the year.
A weekly subscription of £3.00 is levied on all members attending sessions for the purpose of training their dogs. This fee is charged whether there is a trainer present or not - the fee is for the use of the club grounds at any time during any one week. There is a 50p charge for members without dogs. The fee is not payable if members are not using the grounds. GSA OG Templepatrick
The club is also delighted to announce it is to host the National Trials in Autumn 2009. Expert trainers give advice and guidance on agility, obedience, protection or search and rescue and help guide members towards their individual goals. "As President of OG Templepatrick, I am very pleased that our club is now affiliated to GSA Ireland," says club President, Gayle Boyce. "Despite being a relatively new club, we have a strong and committed membership of trainers, handlers and dogs of all ages and levels of experience, ranging from six-month old puppies to Schutzhund III adults. The club welcomes dogs of varying abilities and encourages the handler to follow the instinct of their animal whether that is via agility, obedience, protection or search and rescue training. This can then be developed further and the focus changed when needed. We are also very appreciative of our excellent social framework supported by family members and our youth team coordinated by the youth development officer. "This partnership with GSA Ireland will bring benefits for all our members by giving each a goal to aim for at each stage of their dog’s development. "We will continue to learn from each other as an organisation and will continue to look forward to the future development of the German Shepherd dog in Ireland. "We are also very pleased to announce that OG Templepatrick will be hosting the National Trials at our club grounds in Muckamore, County Antrim this autumn and we would welcome all dog sports enthusiasts to visit and see the dogs showing off their working abilities in tracking, obedience and protection." "On behalf of GSA Ireland it is my honour to welcome OG Templepatrick to the ranks of the GSA," says Fintan Lalor, president of GSA Ireland. "The expertise and experience of the OG Templepatrick members combined with their magnificent training facilities will enrich the GSD now and for many generations to come and at the same time raise the bar in all aspects of dog sport. "By embracing the International System of the WUSV OG Templepatrick will, I confidently predict, be challenging for major honours in many European Siegers and national and international Schutzhund Trials. "Once more I welcome and wish the group every success and happy training." Club training times: Sundays 11am to 3pm and Tuesdays 6.30pm to 8pm GSA OG High Park GSA OG Dunboyne
An active progressive training club, catering for all competitive dog sport disciplines, located off the Mallow to Killarney road just north of Millstreet. Training Director: Tommy Murphy, World & International Championships competitor. WHAT WE CAN OFFER THE KEEN DOG SPORT ENTHUSIAST GSA Ortsgruppe Duhallow offers advice, training and tuition for the following performance dog sport trials and tests – Schutzhund/VPG/IPO Degrees 1-3. Advanced Tracking Degrees FH1 & FH2. Utility Dog Degree 1-3. Obedience Dog Degree 1-3. Tracker Dog Degree 1-3. Companion Dog Degree (BH).Search & Rescue Dog Degree 1. And associated Agility Tests. GROUNDS, FACILITIES AND CLUB HOUSE Out training grounds comprises of a two acre (full competition trial size) level sports field which makes all kinds of training safe and enjoyable. The full compliment of first class regulation training equipment necessary for Schutzhund search blinds, jumps and A-frame scaling wall, plus the additional agility constructions make up the lot. We also have the added attraction of a new comfortable clubhouse where members and visitors can relax after training and enjoy a hot beverage. Safe off road parking is also a feature of our facilities. TRAINING CLASSES SCHEDULES
We hold regular training classes for new members on Monday and Thursday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30pm.
Members preparing for competitions travel to other clubs at the week-ends in order to vary the routines and to develop coping skills in their dogs. This option to travel is available to all our members who wish to avail of it. Other training schedules are by arrangement. Details will be posted in the club house on a monthly basis.
Members are requested to abide by the posted times and keep to the schedule. MEMBERSHIP AND TRAINING FEES OG Duhallow requires all members to be fully paid up members of the GSA with active membership status. The group also requires members to pay a regular training fee towards the upkeep of the facilities and equipment purchases