Billingshurst Dog Training Club
Summer Newsletter 2018
Chair – Eunice Pearson
Secretary - Pat Reynolds
Treasurer – Trudy Nye
Club Website: www.billingshurst-dtc.org
'DOG ENDS' Editor - Neil Nye
Hi all BDTC members.
Don’t forget the clubs main events are
coming up soon!
Please find time to help!! We cannot run these Shows without help from the club members!
BDTC OBEDIENCE SHOW 23rd JUNE, HORSHAM RUGBY CLUB
BDTC AGILITY SHOW 8th JULY, CRANLEIGH SHOWGROUND
HELP URGENTLY NEEDED!!
BDTC are holding their annual Obedience and Agility shows and the club need as much help as we can get to make them the success they have been in previous years. Make sure you fill in the show help form and return it to your section rep.
22nd June BDTC Obedience Show setup. 23rd June BDTC Obedience Show
24th June taking down show
6th July BDTC Agility Show setup 7th July rings and barn setup
8th July BDTC Agility Show 8th July Afternoon taking down show
BDTC Open Obedience Show is being held back-to-back with South Eastern Dog Training Society.
On Friday, help will be needed to set up rings and camping, put up tents and distribute tables and chairs to the rings.
On Saturday, help will be needed manning the car park (from 7.00am), helping in the kitchen, distributing and refilling ring boxes, manning the tombola table and also Stay Stewards are required for the Stay Ring.
On Sunday afternoon, after 4.00pm, help will be needed to take down rings, tents, load the trailer and generally help tidy up.
Please contact Marion Clarke, Wendy Fisher or Eunice Pearson or Pat Reynolds if you can be of assistance.
BDTC Agility Show is being held back-to-back with Surrey Dog Training Society.
On Friday afternoon, help will be needed to set up rings and camping, put up tents, mark out parking and distribute tables and chairs to the rings.
On Saturday evening, help will be needed once the rings have finished, to set up our rings and the barn, for the next day.
On Sunday, help will be needed manning the car park (from 7.00am), ring partying, (this year we have lost the reciprocal help of Axtane Dog Club so we will be required to provide 2 ring parties), distributing and refilling ring boxes, tombola table, and, after 4.00pm, help will be needed to take down rings, tents, load the trailers and generally help tidy up.
Hello everyone – this is your Chairman speaking!
I hope you are all enjoying the sudden burst of warm weather. Maybe summer has come at last? Make sure you are looking after your dogs and protecting them from the heat – especially at shows if they have to stay in a vehicle. Most shows have someone on patrol making sure that there are no dogs suffering from heat or lack of water or shade. Rest assured you can be prosecuted if your dog is found to be in distress, and that doesn’t only apply to shows. Heat stroke can happen at home as well, or out on a walk in the heat of the day so just be careful and mindful of your dog’s needs.
I mentioned shows and don’t forget that Billingshurst DTC runs an open Obedience show in June and an open Agility show in July. (‘Open’ means that anyone can enter their dog – you don’t have to be members of the club.) We need plenty of help at both of these events so please be ready to offer your services. (There is further information about the shows elsewhere in this edition of Dog Ends.)
If you are about to go on holiday have a wonderful time. If your dogs are going with you it will be all the better. Enjoy the summer.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!
23rd June BDTC Obedience Show
8TH July BDTC Agility Show
30th November BDTC AGM
BDTC Section News
WORKING TRIALS SECTION
Working Trials Section Representatives: Stan Ford – 01306 712298; Valerie Harrison.
Some of the BDTC Working Trials sections members have achieved the following qualifications since the last ‘DOG ENDS’.
Lynne Watkins with Starshot Kaelen with Szikras HWH V(D) has achieved the following qualification:
WD Open (Walesby) 1st
Joyce Tibbetts with her GSD bitch Vonhaus Wolfe Urika (Lyra) has achieved the following Qualifications:
ASPADS Oxford 2/18 CD EX 1st
Surrey DTS 2/18 UD open 2nd
ASPADS Enfield 4/18 WD open 1st
Surrey DTS 4/18 UD EX 2nd
Obedience Section Representatives: Maureen Strange – Tel: 01293 851170; Les Cocks; Richard Crew; Wendy Fisher; Elaine Heath; Liz Hiles; Alison Poulton; Ann Reynolds: Duncan Reynolds: Graham Reynolds: Pat Reynolds; and Julia Wrathall.
Advanced Beginner Course: March to May 2018
Instructor: Elaine Heath
We started with a small – and select – group in the Advanced Beginner Course. And it got smaller still when Rebecca left to move home and Hannah left to have her baby!
Those who completed the course all made really good progress and I look forward to seeing them continue to enjoy their training, to go through the more advanced classes within the Obedience Section and maybe go on to enjoy other disciplines with their lovely dogs.
And a big thank you to Wendy for all her help in taking the class!
Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme
On 16th May 2018 we held our annual GCDS tests at Bronze Level at our training hall in Rudgwick.
We had only two candidates this time from the Obedience Section and Tracey Masters – who is an ‘A List KC approved judge’ - came along to judge for us. Tracey has been involved with the scheme for many years and has taken her own dogs through to Gold Level so she is adept at helping people to relax and at organizing the test in such a way that the exercises flow well.
We held a mock test the previous week as we usually do just to give the handlers a general idea of what to expect and I’m delighted to say that on the night - both passed.
The candidates were
· Sam Wells with Woody
· Tracey Masters (Judge)
· Jackie Allen with Themba
Thank you - as always - to Ann for helping and to Alison, Duncan, Graham, Julia, Keith and Sumiko for turning up to support the candidates.
I will be organizing a test at Silver and Gold level later in the year and so if you are interested – and up for a challenge – then please contact me.
Section Representatives: Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002 Neil Nye – Tel: 01403 241578 Katie Dalrymple, Natalie Dalrymple, Hayley Fry, Roz Ingram, Tracey Masters, Jackie Reid, Pat Reynolds, Ann Riches, Sue Salisbury, Chris Woodrow.
The season is now in full swing and our Members are doing very well at shows. BDTC were promoted to the Second Division at the end of last year and are currently in 5th place with 150 points. This has been increased thanks to Tracey Masters with Freddy, Katie Dalrymple with Wizz and Risk, Sophie Fry with Layla and our new rising star, Lauren Ashby with Percy who had a fantastic day at Paws In The Park Show with 2 wins and 2 seconds. Tracey & Katie are training the Young Kennel Club Group where Sophie and Lauren train on Thursday. Katie has qualified for Champ Finals, a major achievement and Tracey is competing at Champ level. Both are grade 7 handlers.
The Section has just taken on a new group of Beginners after an assessment night. Unfortunately we still have 38 on the waiting list.
Our Tillington Admiral and Donovan Reid Competition Nights have just completed the 3rd Competition Night and the Results so far have Yvie Thompson & Bella top in the Tillington Admiral Trophy Competition Nights for the Early group. Yvie & Bella have 21 points. Amber Moores & Dusty have 20 points, Ros Ingram & Blue have 18 points, Carly Turner & Dennis 4th have 17 points and Nicola Mendelsson & Luna 5th have 15 points.
In the Donovan Reid Competition Nights for Middle and Top group we have Tracey Masters & Freddy top with 29 points. Trudy Nye & Lexi second with 26 points and Sophie Fry & Layla third with 26 points. Tara Evans & Maisie are 4th with 22 points and Bea Noakes & Maddy are 5th with 19 points. There are still 2 more nights so others will also stand a chance of winning the trophies.
Cynthia has been doing agility for over 30 years. Sadly, due to a recent fall and a broken bone in her leg, she has been forced to retire. She has been a member of the Section since we reformed 18 years ago. She was a member of the Representatives organising group for many years with her husband Robin and was our tax collector, collecting course fees for many years. She has overcome many challenges over the years to continue with agility and has made a wonderful contribution to the Section in that time. She intends to continue with her obedience with Tarn when she fully recovers and we wish her well for the future.
BDTC Agility Show.
Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002. Email: graham.reynolds13 @sky.com
As mentioned in the previous issue of 'DOG ENDS', BDTC have found a new supplier for our club clothing, Surrey Embroidery.
Check out the items below on the Surrey Embroidery website: www.surreyembroidery.co.uk
(type the codes below into the search bar at the bottom of the catalogue list.)
Either phone them, contact them via the contact page, or email them with your order at the address below.
Sweatshirts – Navy: RX300: £20.40 RX 301: £18.60
Hoodies: 265M French Navy: £27.50
Rugby Shirts: FR100 Navy with white collar: £28.00
Polo Shirts: RX101 – Navy and white: £16.60
T shirts: 010M – French Navy and white: (high quality t-shirt): £19.00
GD95 – Navy and White: £13.60
RG211 – Navy: £25.15 RG105 – Navy: £34.20
PW171 – Navy: £29.60 RG125 – Navy: £39.95
Cap: RC050 Navy: £13.70 (embroidered logo will be smaller to fit cap)
Body Warmer: RS214 – Navy : £30.30
Prices include garment, embroidery, vat and p&p, i.e. everything included to receive an individual order.
They will send an invoice with the garment.
Please note, Surrey Embroidery do not accept Card Payments so people can pay by BACS, Cheque or Cash.
The Surrey Embroidery Co Ltd,
The Old Coach House,
1 Fengates Road,
Tel: 01737 761666, Fax: 01737 780666.
The staff at Arun Veterinary Group have kindly managed to find time in their busy schedules to provide some of their usual sound advice for dog owners.
Does my dog need pain relief?
There are undoubtedly many companion animals out there that require pain relief to improve their day to day activities, but how can we know they’re in pain when they can’t tell us?
Dogs are remarkably stoic creatures, in that they do tend to get on with life, even when they are inconvenienced in some way or another. Any Spaniel owner will agree when their hound tears through a bramble bush in pursuit of a rabbit, that the cuts and bruises that ensue certainly don’t slow them down, or indeed result in them giving up on the chase!
Equally speaking, we frequently see dog owners in consult on a Monday morning with a cut pad or belly which are often days old, caused from “that” walk in the woods at the weekend. They tend to be coincidental findings when petting their dogs later on, and are often followed with the tag line “He never even let me know!”
With this in mind, the same can be said of our elderly companion animals, who we know probably suffer from some kind of arthritic pain simply due to the wear and tear of age. It is in these patients that we can perhaps do the most good.
That elderly Labrador which has been active for his entire life, and still does an hour walk every day without complaining. Or that middle aged Jack Russell that runs everywhere he goes, and barely has time to get all four feet on the ground.
Or even that 7 year old German Shepherd, who has never understood stairs since he was a puppy, and bunny-hops up every time. At first glance these dogs are getting on with life, and probably loving every minute spent with their respective humans.
However, consider that the Labrador sleeps the rest of the day, is noticeably stiff when he stands up, and takes a while to get going in the mornings, all typical symptoms of Osteoarthritic pain.
So does my dog need pain relief?
Even the German Shepherd, with the charming characteristic of hopping up stairs, whilst adorable to post on social media, actually proves a necessity due to ill fitting hip joints. All of the above could benefit from some form of pain relief.
As pet owners we can all perhaps recognise when our pet is having a bad day, but these can actually tend to just be “spikes” in an otherwise potentially chronic pain situation. By treating the “background pain” as well, we can see dramatic behavioural changes.
That Labrador plays with his toys and plods about when he would otherwise be sleeping, rises more easily and even goes as far as waking his owner up in the morning for a walk.
That Jack Russell spends more time walking on all four feet, gets less puffed as a result and manages an extra 30 mins of playtime before turning for home.
And even that German Shepherd, whose gait completely changes, manages stairs in a more even manner, and now pulls toward hills that he would have otherwise avoided.
Here at Arun Veterinary Group, we can Mobility & Pain score your pet to assess what level of pain they may well be stoically dealing with, and advise on particular pain relief pathways, whether that be medications, laser therapy, physiotherapy or a combination of all.
Similarly, if your pet is on a pain relieving medication but you still feel they could do with some extra help, contact us to book an appointment. 01903 254799.
Another question the team at Arun regularly get asked is,
How much should I exercise my dog?
Our team are asked this very question on a daily basis. The answer however is not as straight forward as one might think, with our canine counterparts varying so much in lifestyle and personality; we need to be able to assess them on a more individual basis.
For example, your average healthy middle aged dog should be able to manage between 30-40 minutes twice daily without issue. This would be the same regardless of breed size, thus dispelling the common myth that smaller breeds don’t require as much exercise.
Some individuals may comfortably manage up to an hour twice daily if conditioned to this level of activity, but more than this shouldn’t be maintained unless our dogs are used to it, and trained appropriately to avoid premature wear and tear.
We routinely find that companion dogs are walked considerably longer and further at the weekends, when perhaps the family unit has more time available to spend together. If we consider this in terms of our own level of fitness as a human being, being used to 10 minutes here and there during the course of the week will not prepare our body for the exertion of hours of exercise at the weekend.
Unfortunately this does mean we often see a higher incidence of injury in these animals, we wouldn’t expect ourselves to manage a marathon without training after all!
With that being said of course, an older animal or perhaps one that has orthopaedic or arthritic considerations, may be much more comfortable on a “little and often” routine of exercise.
Walking more regularly but importantly for shorter periods at a time, keeps the joints strong and flexible, as well as limiting the damage and pressure placed on the musculoskeltal system.
An ideal schedule for an arthritic animal should be up to 15 minutes at a time, 3-4 times daily. It should be noted that we consider a dog “geriatric” when they are older than 7 years of age. In these instances our dogs may have a considerable portion of their lifespan left to enjoy, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to monitor them closely and limit their walking/playing as required.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, puppies are slightly more complicated. During skeletal development, the fusion of growth plates, joints and indeed bone growth aren’t completed until maturity is reached, meaning that any period of over-exertion can cause long-term damage.
Severe injuries at this point in development can limit growth, and lead to life-long conditions requiring similarly life-long treatment. With “over-exercise” in mind, a general rule of thumb is to apply 5 minutes, low-impact lead walking to current exercise routines per month of age. As a starting point, this would mean at 8 weeks a pup shouldn’t be walking for longer than 5 minutes at a time, twice daily, whereas a 6 month old may be used to 30 minutes without issue, twice daily.
To throw a spanner in the works, different breeds mature at different rates. Smaller breed pups can reach full development in as little as 6-8 months, whereas medium sized breeds are often “done and dusted” just in time for their first birthday.
Large and indeed Giant breeds often don’t reach maturity until 18 months – 2 years. When it comes to age of maturity, a puppy shouldn’t be running for prolonged periods before they reach this critical age, growing body systems are fragile and, much like human toddlers, we should try and reign them in for their own good where we can.
In summary, a difficult question can be answered with good sense and a fixed routine. If your dog is comfortable within a stable, consistent exercise routine, and displays no signs of stiffness or lameness, the likelihood is that you are doing well. Otherwise, if you are in any doubt or have a younger dog to consider, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of our nurses for more advice.
We would also like to let you all know that Arun Veterinary Group spay using laparoscopy methods routinely now. Laparoscopy involves the operation being done with the aid of a camera with a few small cuts in the abdomen. There are a number of advantages to the dog with laparoscopic surgery versus an open procedure. These include reduced pain due to smaller incisions, less haemorrhaging, and a shorter recovery time, which is much more comfortable for your dog. Arun Veterinary Group
Arun Veterinary Group
Mill Stream Medical Centre,
North Street Car Park,
Don’t forget that the quickest and easiest way to pay your course fees and membership subscriptions is online.
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Charities 2018: Pet Blood Bank and Blind Dog Rescue:
Money raised so far £410.50
Thank-you for supporting the current BDTC charities Pet Blood Bank and Blind Dog Rescue. (You can find more details on the BDTC website). The fundraising is going well, but please continue with your fundraising efforts.
Unfortunately one of last year’s chosen charities; Sussex Caring Pets is ceasing to operate shortly. Due to work commitments and illness amongst its volunteers, there is no longer anybody to run the charity. Therefore the Chair Lesley Wade feels they cannot accept the money raised last year. At the next AGM a decision will be made about what happens to the outstanding amount.
The cheque for £800 for the last years other charity, Medical Detection Dogs will be presented at the BDTC Agility Show on 8th July.
DID YOU KNOW?? HISTORICAL DOG FACTS!!
· All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.
· The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.
· During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armour and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans.
· Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days.
· Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries.
· After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs travelling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.
· The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kublai Khan.
· In Iran, it is against the law to own a dog as a pet. However, if an owner can prove the dog is a guard or hunting dog, this restriction doesn’t apply. Muslim reticence concerning dogs is perhaps due to the fact that rabies has always been endemic in the Middle East.
Homes needed for 2 elderly Pyrenean Shepherd Dogs
I hope you found something of interest, or just amusing and maybe just struck a chord between you and your dog, in the Summer edition of ‘DOG ENDS’.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our club shows, either competing or helping. Or both...............hopefully! Good luck if you are competing!
Please put the show dates in your diaries.
It needs the help from the whole club not just a few. Even if it is for half the day or just a few hours, we can always find you a job! You will be welcome to help at either show, even if it is not your chosen dog activity.
Look out for the show help forms that will be given out at your club evenings, and be sure to return them to your section rep!
If you need to find anything out about Billingshurst Dog Training Club, the best place is to check out the website www.billingshurst-dtc.org which I try to keep updated regularly.
If you have anything you would like added (or put in ‘DOG ENDS’) e.g. results, articles, notices, something doggy to sell/wanted etc, or maybe a picture of you and/or your dog in action in your doggy discipline, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be pleased to add it.
Contributions for the next issue and website are always gratefully received.
Thanks to all of you who contributed to this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’