Water Training - 2016
This summer we are expanding our training to both Saturdays and Sundays through the summer helping each other to attain our training goals.
(Donations are accepted to defray the cost of renting the facilities)
Remember, you must bring the following safety equipment for each person that will be going into the water with their dog. If you don't have training equipment, bring your dog and some type of shoe to wear in the water and we will show you what you need and you should be able to borrow a life vest for the day.
Spectators are welcome. Children are not allowed in the water unless training a dog and must be over the age of 10 and supervised by an adult. If more than one person is in the water with the dog, each must have safety equipment:
- Personal flotation device - a life jacket that is properly sized to the individual.
- Appropriate footwear - we cannot guarantee what will be on the beach or in the water as the training area is also a popular fishing site. Flipflops are not acceptable.
- Leash and collar for the dog - we recommend that you get an inexpensive leash that you don't mind getting wet.
Other items that might prove useful.
- Water for your dog and family. Even if the weather is cool, your dog will need lots of clean water to drink. Although your dog may drink from the lake, if they have fresh water, they will probably spend less time drinking lake water.
- Training equipment and dog treats or toys that you will use during training
- Towels to dry both you and your dog before you get back in the car
- Lunch or snacks if you plan on spending the day or just need some additional nurishment
PONC will be instituting some new procedures to better manage the days of training. We reserve the right to change these rules at any time. We will attempt to update these procedures on the website as promptly as possible.
1. The training day will begin at 9:00 AM and continue until 3:30-4:00 or until all participants have completed their
training goals for the day. There will be two sessions managed by a common sign-in list.
2. There will be an open shared beach from around 11:00 AM till 12:30. These times may vary based on the number of
people that show up.
3. The open beach time will not be managed by the sign-in sheet and will require sharing the beach with others. It is
primarily for getting new dogs and/or handlers used to being in the water and learning the basics of swimming and
working with your dog. Experienced handlers that want to do one or two activitities with their dogs are also welcome
but there may or may not be assistance with the boat, kayak or to act as drowning victims.
4. Trainers in each session will be taken in sequence according to the sign-in sheet. They will have the option to share
or not share the beach while they are training.
5. We will NOT organize training sessions by test levels or by exercises unless requested and agreed to by two or
more people in sequence on the sign in sheet.
Just a NOTE: If you get a chance to voice your opinion regarding the facilities and operation of the Pennsylvania or Ohio Lake Pymatuning State Parks to your state representatives, please put in a good word. A lot of states are making significant cuts in the budgets of the Departments responsible for operation of the state park system. We have heard multiple stories of dog events being denied access because of these limited budgets. Arizona outsourced their park operation to organizations that did not understand the requirements and that have since gone bankrupt, causing the parks to be closed. Please support our ability to hold these training sessions and events by being vocal with your state legislators.