Our next term starts on Monday, 23rd July, 2018
Enrolment on Monday 9th July, with online enrolment for returning handlers open from 25th June to 6th July
Club Mission Statement
To assist and advise all members in matters concerning obedience training.
To do all in its power to protect and advance an interest in obedience training.
To promote the training of dogs for obedience trials and tests.
To promote the health and care of dogs in the Club's zone of influence.
Titahi Bay Canine Obedience Club have been helping people train their dogs for over 45 years.
The club offers help for those that have their first puppy, house hold pets or those that wish to compete in obedience shows. We have a range of classes and instructors that can help you.
Contact us to talk about your dog's training needs today.
Class Coordinator Jan 021 499 336 ; or Sue 027 444 8470
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BEST DOMESTIC DOG TRAINING CLUB FOR 2017
We were honored to receive this award at the inaugural NZ Domestic Dog Training Conference held in Wellington July 2017h
We like to think that we not only benefit those people who come to us to get a well mannered dog but also the community by making better dog citizens.
Way back in 1969/70, two people were thinking it was time a dog obedience club was formed in the Porirua area, Mr Cohn O'Daly who lived in Titahi Bay and Mrs Jean Mime (Brenda Wright's mum) who lived in Plimmerton. They heard about one another and combined their efforts,
Janet Ritchie was enormous help during the early stages with her knowledge, especially on the administration side, such as who to contact (NZKC) and borrowing a club constitution to be a guideline to our own (Wellington Canine's). Fortunately Dick Lemaire, a dog trainer moved from Invercargill heard about the club's formation and volunteered to be our first instructor, with Arty Knapp and the late Andy Dickson making the odd visit to assist, the club was formed.
Porirua City Council gave us our first grounds at Titahi Bay, not because we had chosen a particular area, but because the NZKC said that, apart from that area, the rest of Porirua was covered by Wellington Clubs and Kapi Mana Association! Our first training ground was the Owhiti Street Reserve - a tiny plot of land just below the radio masts and partially covered in gorse with no amenities whatsoever. (Cohn didn't have a car in those, days so he didn't mind)
Needless to say we didn't stay there very long. Once the club was up and running, we gained approval from other clubs and moved to Meehan Place - small grounds but big enough to start holding Ribbon Trials etc. after we had run a 'Fun Day' with ribbons and invited other clubs, to prove to the NZKC we could organise an 'event'. Very importantly, the grounds at Meehan Place (which we shared with the local Archery Club) had facilities like loos and a kitchen. In November 1971 we became a recognised obedience club. We held our first Ribbon Trial in 1973 and first Championship Tests in March 1974.
Then in 1975, due to proposed motorway development, we had to move again. We approached the council for land and were shown some horrific sites - mountain goats we weren't!! In the end we were offered a small part of Ngatitoa Domain - where the play area and Kindergarten now are. Facilities were practically non-existent apart from loos - for years we used tents as offices, and for food sales at our tests. After being there for some time the Kindergarten was to be built and we moved to our present grounds in 1979.
Lack of approval from the PCC to allow building of a clubhouse caused us to think seriously about moving to Tawa, as this council was quite happy to provide land, shared with a pony club. Fortunately Brian Punnett (a member of the committee) decided to approach the Porirua City Council one more time to try and change their mind, and permission was finally granted for us to build our clubrooms, which were officially opened in 1986. The extension followed a few years later, then loos and veranda and now there is a big storage shed on site.
Our dealings with Porirua City Council have been great and we thank them for all the assistance they have given us since, including extending our present grounds for training. The club has gone from strength to strength over the years, and we have been extremely lucky with our committee workers, in the early years especially, who worked so hard to make whichever area we had the best we could for our members, by fund raising, attending meetings and working bees.
The club has always been a friendly place for committee, members, and friends, and a lot of laughter has been the order of the day - long may it remain so.