SCDOC Inc Club Rules

The Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club INC. is affiliated with Dogs Queensland (Canine Control Council QLD).

All training sessions and competitions are conducted in accordance with the rules of that association - available on request or online.

The Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club INC accepts no responsibility for injury to members, their dogs, their property or spectators, however caused.

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When attending classes there are certain rules, etiquette and conduct everyone needs to follow to ensure the safety of everyone.




  • Ample parking is available outside the grounds fence as well as inside. If you do park inside the grounds you must park on the LEFT side. The right side is reserved exclusively for the instructors, volunteers and judges only. 



  • All members and visitors to the club must adhere to the guidelines set by the Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club and/or the Queensland Government. The SCDOC are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and are updating our rules and requirements regularly.

  • Members and visitors must check in via the Check-In Qld app. QR code posters are displayed in public areas.

  • Physical distance where possible

  • If physical distancing is not possible, masks must be worn.

  • Hand sanitiser has been made available in several locations around the clubhouse, please help yourself.

  • Members and visitors must follow all reasonable directions given by SCDOC volunteers.


Handler Rules

  • Dogs must wear a safe, reliable collar and be on a lead at all times.

  • No dogs are allowed in the clubhouse.

  • If your dog toilets, you must clean it up. We ask handlers to always bring dog bags with them to classes but we do have a roll of bags available hanging in the walkway as you enter the grounds.

  • Do not allow dogs to mark on poles or equipment. If this does happen, the handler must immediately clean it up with a bucket of water and vinegar.

  • Before class, take your dog for a walk around the carpark or area outside the grounds to allow your dog to relieve themselves.

  • Handlers must wear enclosed shoes. No sandals or thongs.

  • Handlers must wear appropriate clothing, think pants and a t-shirt. No skirts, flowy dresses or scarves - these can be distracting to dogs.

  • Children are more than welcome, however, they must not be allowed to go running around the fields and disturbing classes. They are not allowed to pat other peoples dogs without asking. Not all dogs are used to (or like) children and could frighten them. The dogs are here to learn not to play.

  • Ensure you arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and allow time for your dog to settle and adjust to the new environment.

  • Should you arrive late, wait beside the class, greet the instructor and wait to be welcomed in. This is for etiquette and safety.

  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times. If you're having a chat, ensure your dog remains under your active control and isn't at the end of the leash staring off at another dog, potentially causing a nuisance of himself.

  • We strongly recommend that, to get the most out of the classes, that you work with your dog for at least 10 - 15 mins per day practising what you learn in class. When you do the homework, the results are evident.


Dog Rules

  • Do not allow your dog to approach other dogs - the dogs are here to learn, not play. You also do not know the temperament of the other dog/s and they could be aggressive or nervous. They may be in training and their handler requires their focus. It is "good dog owner etiquette" to always ask prior to allowing dogs to greet.

  • Do not take your dogs near the tied-up dogs or the ones in the crates. Dogs can get protective of their crates (it's their safe space) and be defensive of approaching dogs, so keep clear.

  • If your dog shows signs of aggression or nervousness or anxiety, please let your instructor know so they can help you.

  • Dogs that do not show improvements in their aggressive behaviour after a few classes will be asked to wear a muzzle for the safety of everyone.

  • Bitches who are in season will not be allowed on club grounds for four weeks from the start of her heat. This is because the hormones are still high for this length of time, and dogs can sense this and it is a huge distraction for the entire dogs.

  • Dogs are not permitted to be off-leash unless otherwise instructed. Even if you have prior experience, you are not permitted to drop the lead or go off-leash unless your instructor has approved it.

Member Conduct

Members must:

  • Treat other members, fairly, equally and with respect and courtesy.

  • Show consideration towards the needs of others.

  • Refrain from disorderly or disruptive behaviours.

  • Not physically or verbally harass others.

  • Handle property belonging to the Club with care and diligence.

  • Only publish media that will uphold the integrity and dignity of the Club.

  • Behave and conduct themselves in a manner which will not injure or embarrass the reputation of the Club or its members.

  • Refrain from acting on behalf of the club unless authorised to do so by the Management Committee.

  • Comply with the Club rules and uphold the conduct expected of members in the Constitution of Affiliates 2010.

The inappropriate behaviour of any members will be investigated, discussed and an appropriate course of action will be taken by the Management Committee, which may be subject to a reprimand, suspension, or termination of membership.