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Ladies Working Dog Group Welcome Pack

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Contents 04 07 Get To Know Us What To Expect More about who we are and how The Ladies Working Dog Group began Our general guidelines 09 10 Your Package The LWDG Services What s included in your tailored package Extra s Details of the other services we offer 25 26 Frequently Asked Questions Contact Us Answers to our most frequently asked questions How you can contact us directly

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WELCOME LWDG MEMBER I m so excited you ve decided to join us at The Ladies Working Dog Group we re really looking forward to getting started The information in this pack is designed to answer your most frequently asked questions along with providing a better understanding of who we are and what we offer Much Love Jo x Joanne Perrott FOUNDER www ladiesworkingdoggroup com

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Get To Know Us Jo Perrott started The Ladies Working Dog Group We are a unique TM in 2015 as she was desperate to find the help community of ladies and advice of other ladies training working dogs that provide a safe and fun service to female working dog As a new female handler Jo saw the need for a truly supportive community where women could join together and learn A place where women handlers across the didn t have to worry if a question was stupid or if UK and other she didn t know what something meant countries Today over 3500 women engage with one another to provide a fun and empowering community with The Ladies Working Dog Group is a place where female working dog hundreds of collective years of experience that allows us to offer knowledge and advice to best support other women ensuring you don t feel overwhelmed handlers connect support thrive We put great emphasis on community and support We believe that you knowing the next step in your journey will help you grow in confidence leading to long term success and experience

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GLOBAL FRIENDSHIPS FROM YOUR HOME Working dogs is a worldwide pastime and the LWDG has members from across the world Our community is mostly made up of lovely ladies from the UK and from Canada USA South Africa Norway Sweden New Zealand plus many other countries Our members range in age from 18 to 65 years plus and our inclusive welcoming atmosphere ensures every lady is encouraged to collaborate in the daily group conversations We are honoured and humbled to have a 100 retention rate of members and growing support across our social media platforms

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Where s The Off Member Testimonials Switch MASTERCLASS FEEDBACK This is my first masterclass and I loved it Clear and structured information in bite sized chunks Training a spaniel to relax is fundamental and something I have been struggling with when out and about I am going to follow this technique and start with a raised bed and It means I can get some chores done also Great masterclass and thanks for all you do xx Dog Communication MASTERCLASS FEEDBACK I found the theory really interesting and good to know that it corroborates with the other learning I have been doing recently on this topic Helen Gutteridge canine communication and building resilience books also the centre of excellence diploma on canine behaviour Also it s very encouraging that Bethany feels so comfortable inviting people to comment and debate with her on this topic cho s the whole ethos of this group of being able to say what you think and feel ask silly questions and it be okay Thank you Bethany Nicci Lucy Safe Space For Us All End Of Year Review TRAINING FEEDBACK Thank you so much for this masterclass I m quite new to the LWDG but loving everything about it I am very guilty of always having a negative view and dwelling on the things that have gone wrong but this class has made me stop and think actually I haven t done too badly with my dog this year We achieved the KC working gundog certificate on dummies entered our first ever working test are just about to complete our first season picking up I m actually quite proud Thank you for this Kelly EMAIL FEEDBACK Thanks for your email I thought I d reply as I tend to stalk the group more than take part in anything although I have had some great help when I ve asked for it I love the group because it s diverse kind supportive interesting and informative I love that no one snigger at the questions noone makes you feel silly for not knowing something and I love the positively I m new to dog training and you re right it s hard work But I adore the training learning and partnership I have with my dog Thank you for creating an amazing safe space for us all Jaime Using Rewards MASTERCLASS FEEDBACK Really helpful and encouraging thank you LWDG always enjoy learning from each master class Great to hear more about Rewards and how to use them effectively my 2 labs live for them Fay

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What To Expect OUR CORE VALUES 01 02 03 Communication Honesty Support Having people at hand to help you solve a problem is a huge factor to learning as a working dog handler Any time you ask a question in our online Facebook Groups you can be sure that someone will comment quickly with ideas to move you forward Also The LWDG office is open three days a week to answer any other queries you may have Our system is transparent so you can check and control your account at any time whether you have a free visitor pass or you are a fully fledged society member Our membership structure follows our core value of honesty We ll always honour the cost you paid at joining so if our membership rises your costs won t We are committed to keeping membership affordable and ensuring the free community can still receive the support of the group Society Members also benefit from regular interactive opportunites so that they can chat with us directly live with working dog trainers and with the other Society members Training a working dog never takes the expected course It s never a straight path and so we don t want you to struggle alone Post in our Facebook groups email a regional officer or call us Do whatever it takes to help you get past the overwhelm and move forward We will drop emails to you regularly and check that you re ok Regardless of the length of time you have been working a dog your contribution to the conversation is always welcome

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The Goods At The LWDG we offer two different membership options that you can choose from What s included in your membership Society Membership We only open the doors a few times each year to new society members As a Society Member you have access to our exclusive masterclass training library and receive new training masterclasses every month You can access a range of incredible additional downloads and resources Feel confident planning and carrying out the next stage of your dogs training as we hold monthly workshops online Know that your level of knowledge or your style of training will not be judged by other society members as you take part in our fortnightly Dog Duck Events Use The LWDG Society Member Lounge to get help with your problems from an exclusive community of like minded lovely women Take part in our monthly Handler In The Hot Seat event Access our daily calendar events and videos on our mobile app Purchase exclusive LWDG Society Clothing Free visitor pass As a Visitor Pass holder you can find out more about the LWDG We ll send you a sneak peek some goodies when you sign up There s no charge and we will send you our Magic Month Lite Dog Training Planner PDF free of charge too

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THE LWDG SERVICES The following pages describe in detail the services and special events The LWDG hold for members at both levels These pages will guide you through the array of support you can get from us

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The LWDG Success Framework Overview We want to help our members learn the skills they want in a way they love We have 6 main sections of learning Handler Success The Foundations The Novice Dog Intermediate Skills Advanced Handling Sport Specific What s Included Each part of the framework links to all the appropriate training content we offer so members can easily work through those that suit their level Training content will have the correct icons for the areas it covers Where it covers more than one level all relevant icons will appear

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Overview We began the LWDG Masterclass Library back in March 2019 It holds an incredible amount of training videos from some of the UK s best trainers Most of the videos are for Society Members access only however there are a few videos we have made available to Visitor Pass Holders Masterclass Library What s Included Every month we provide a brand new masterclass on a range of topics that are of interest to female working dog handlers Some months an additional bonus masterclass is added too so keep your eye out for these We want to help our members learn the skills they want in a way they love We have 6 main sections of learning You can access the masterclass library here or from the bottom page of any of our website pages

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Overview The Dog and Duck is our virtual happy hour event every second and fourth Wednesday of the month We created this Zoom event as a response to the Covid outbreak but we love it so much that it s now a permanent feature of our monthly Society Member Calendar Dog Duck Sessions What s Included At each session Society Members join together on Zoom to chat about any problems they are currently facing with their dog handling We then work together to think about possible solutions or ideas It s great fun and true friendships are formed as we get to know each other You can join using the link found on your monthly calendar HERE or from your mobile app or from your monthly What s Happening email

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Overview The Ladies Working Dog Group started in 2015 as a simple Facebook group We now have so much more going on but we have still maintained our wonderful free Facebook Community to help every lady we can What s Included There are now 5 Facebook Groups for ladies to join in with if appropriate Free Community The Ladies Working Dog Group Open to all ladies The LWDG Society Members Lounge Society Members Only LWDG Marketplace Open To All Ladies LWDG Trainer Directory Invite only after joining Trainers Directory LWDG Facebook Groups Hot Mess Handler LWDG 9 Week Basics Course Invite only

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Overview The Handler In The Hotseat event takes place on the third Wednesday of the month at 8pm it is streamed live into The Society Members Lounge on Facebook at 8pm and you can ask the Handler being interviewed any questions you wish about their life and background as a working dog handler What s Included You can join in by visiting the Members Lounge Facebook Group here or from your mobile app or from your monthly What s Happening email We also record and add to the Units Section inside the Members Lounge Facebook Group Handler In the Hot Seat Live Interviews

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Overview Regional Country Officers Across the UK we have a wonderful group of women who are Regional Officers Their role is to help you in your region We are also looking for Country Officers to support our community in other countries What s Included These lovely ladies can be contacted through our website hub form our regional page here After Covid restrictions are removed each area will have meet up events that will be advertised to Society Members

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group meet ups Overview 2020 was jam packed full of plans for meetup events however COVID changed our calendar We will definitely be reinstating these days once it is possible to do so What s Included High Tech doesn t stop us wanting to have high touch events Once safe to do so The LWDG will rearrange training days and meet up events where members can get together and say hello We are committed in the LWDG to supporting other rural businesses run by women and where possible we collaborate with other female business owners and trainers

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Overview Acess our Society Member Hub from your phone using the LWDG Mobile App To download visit in the Apple Store or Google Play and download an app called JUSTCOACH Once downloaded use the monthly link sent to your email to access What s Included Every month you will find on your mobile app the calendar for the month ahead This includes all links to events You will also find your videos for the months masterclass along with a general chat area for society members to communicate each month LWDG Mobile App

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Overview We have a permanent mentorship program available to our Society Membership You can build skills and share knowledge with another member of our working dog community What s Included You sign up in our exclusive Society Members Club on Facebook match yourself with a partner Each week you will get helpful conversation starters so you get to know each other better It s up to you how much time you want to spend together and what goals you want to work towards LWDG Mentorship Programme If you are already a society member please go to our Mentorship section in your Members Lounge to look for or offer support If you are not a full member of the Ladies Working Dog Group please visit our becoming a member page and join to gain access

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THE LWDG EXTRA S In addition we also provide a variety of additional support and services to further grow your handling skills To add any of the specific extras to your membership please follow the links attached or email us for further help Please note some of these links will only work if you have the correct membership level

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Overview We have a huge amount of support and training available for members However we wanted a course that a new person could complete to help them set the foundations of their understanding What s Included The Hot Mess Handler 9 week course launched on the 1st of October 2020 Already over 150 women are engaged in this amazing foundation level course Topics being covered Hot Mess Handler 9 week Basic Handler Course Steadiness Stop Cue Sit and Wait Self Control Retrieving Recall Lost Whistle Heelwork There are 9 weeks of weekly training on the questions around each topic plus a section each week for Q and A course handbook bonus booklets and more

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The LWDG Working Dog Certificate Overview Many of us would like to have the opportunity to have our working dogs skills evaluated by experienced trainers The LWDG Working Dog Certificate allows this What s Included The LWDG Working Dog Certificate will be available to enter after December 2020 There will be 4 different levels Puppy Novice Intermediate and Advanced To enter you will need to first watch the criteria videos After watching film your dog completing the same skill challenges and then send the videos to our trainers for group assessment There will be no fail you will either receive a pass certificate or be asked to resubmit once you have improved your skill on the required topic areas Topics being covered Steadiness Stop Cue Sit and Wait Self Control Retrieving Recall Lost Whistle Heelwork Access to The LWDG Working Dog Certificate Section of our website will be available to Society Members From December onwards

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LWDG Merchandise Overview The Ladies Working Dog Group has a wide range of practical clothing that s embroidered for us at Tylers We have been working with them for over a year and the service has been fantastic As a membership group our products are embroidered to order and therefore delivery dates are a few weeks This also gives you the opportunity to add your own personalisation should you wish What s Included The LWDG offers a range of hard wearing products including sweatshirts tshirts jackets headwear plus lots more The general range is available to all and there is also an exclusive Society Member range The standard range can be accessed here The Society Member range link can be sent to you via email or through the link in the Society Members Lounge Facebook Group Please note you need to be logged in at www ladiesworkingdoggroup com to access Society Member Only pages

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Overview The Magic Month Planner The Definitive Dog Training Journal is your place to plan do and review all your amazing training Use the planner to record what you do with your dog to keep you from feeling confused and stuck and instead help you to develop a focused plan that will help you to achieve the results you have been looking for All Members receive a free LITE Version and you can purchase the hardcopy online here What s Included The LWDG Magic Month Planner Set goals for each month Achieve goals and improve time management Track your daily training activity Review each month to improve your performance Reflect on every year to see what you have achieved Keep Shoots Dates and other important details close to hand Limited Stock availability Turnaround currently 1 week UK and 3 weeks abroad Beautiful Keepsake of you and your dog s journey over 460 pages Hard Backed Gloss Cover that s wipeable to protect your journal Wire Bound to make it simple to write in Dedicated areas to keep details of important contacts worming vaccinations and more Purchase online HERE in the LWDG Shop

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FAQ s How much does it cost to become a Can I cancel at any time Society Member Yes but we hope you won t You can cancel really easily from inside your membership dashboard Please note if you cancel and the membership cost has increased you cannot come back as a member at the old price It s currently only 35 to join and try our membership out for the first 30 days then pay only 11 99 per month to be a LWDG Society member Membership payments can be made via debit credit card or via Paypal All transactions are secure at no time do we as a club have access to your payment details All payments are secured by 256encryption as we take your data protection as seriously as you do Why do you limit enrolment periods We are absolutely dedicated to making sure each and every one of our members receives the royal treatment when she joins We limit enrolment to a few times a year so we can create an experience where new members are warmly received supported and guided to all that the Members Club has to offer By holding dedicated enrolment periods we can dedicate time and resources to welcoming each new class of members Can I pay annually We no longer offer this option Can I get a refund We stand behind our promises That means once you join us you have 30 days to claim a refund if you feel like the Society Membership isn t for you After the 30 days we do not offer refunds There are no refunds on LWDG clothing or the Magic Month planner due to the nature of the products Do I need to have a working dog to join No not necessarily We welcome passionate newcomers What are Masterclasses We partner with brilliant experts to create content we know our members want and need Each month the skill being taught will be a skill that our members are looking to master in the areas of dog control dog obedience dog temperament hunting and retrieving Masterclasses are included free of charge within your society membership cost

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Thank you we are really looking forward to working with you Stay connected with us on our Facebook Page The Ladies Working Dog Group Instagram Page ladiesworkingdogs Tel 07850 025076 Jo Perrott s direct number Office Email joanne ladiesworkingdoggroup com

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