Four decades of sit and stay

PAWFECTLY TRAINED: Secretary of the Ballarat Dog Obedience Club Pat Fuhrmeister with her shetland sheepdogs Polly and Tori. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.
PAWFECTLY TRAINED: Secretary of the Ballarat Dog Obedience Club Pat Fuhrmeister with her shetland sheepdogs Polly and Tori. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

The Ballarat Dog Obedience Club has been teaching pooches to sit, stay, jump, fetch and so much more for forty years.

The club was formed in 1977 by secretary Pat Fuhrmeister who struggled to find a suitable training ground in the beginning. 

“In desperation I wrote a letter to the Federal Member of Parliament Mr James Short M.P (retired) and he was very helpful,” Ms Fuhrmeister said.

Now located at Victoria Park, the club has gone from strength to strength and has up to 600 active members a year. 

The club is run  by volunteers and Ms Fuhrmeister said she couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work alongside. 

“Thank you to all of the people who have volunteered over the years.”

The club will be celebrating on Sunday, October 29, with a community day showcasing displays of each of the disciplines of obedience, rally O, flyball, agility and tricks as well as an anniversary cake and a barbecue on offer.

OBEDIENCE: John Ditchburn illustrates the difference between training dogs and attempting to train cats.

OBEDIENCE: John Ditchburn illustrates the difference between training dogs and attempting to train cats.