Billingshurst Dog Training Club
Billingshurst Dog Training Club




Chair – Eunice Pearson

Secretary – Pat Reynolds

Treasurer – Trudy Nye

Club Website:

‘DOG ENDS’ Email:

‘DOG ENDS’ Editor- Neil Nye




It’s that time again! BDTC will be holding their annual Obedience and Agility shows in the very near future.  

Obedience Show Saturday June 22nd                          Agility Show Sunday July 14th

Please find time to come and help. We cannot run these events without help from its club members.            More details are on the next page.









BDTC are holding their annual Obedience and Agility shows and the club needs as much help as it can get to make them the success they have been in previous years. Make sure you fill in the show help forms attached and return it to your section rep or Graham Reynolds.

21st June BDTC Obedience Show setup.           22nd June BDTC Obedience Show

23rd June Afternoon taking down show

12th July BDTC Agility Show setup                        13th July rings and barn setup

14th July BDTC Agility Show               14th 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, Eunice Pearson or Graham 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, (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.

Please contact, Pat Reynolds or Graham Reynolds if you can be of assistance.


Obedience Section News


Congratulations to all those who were in the March/April Advanced Beginner Class. It was quite a small class this time.


It was a joy to take this class this time. Particularly impressive was the standard achieved when walking on a loose lead (HEEL).  On more than one occasion, everyone did off lead heelwork for two lengths of the hall, with about turns and a sit at the beginning and end.

Well done to:- Les Cocks & Luna, Anne Davies & Finn, Leah Bennet & Poppy and Penny Groome & Rosie.  


Not forgetting a big thank you to Alison for helping with the class this time.




Charity Coordinator Sue Salisbury. email:

Charities 2018: Blind Dog Rescue and Pet Blood Bank: Money raised £1900.

Money raised so far this year: £717.50

This year’s charity elected at the AGM was Garbo's GSDR. (more details below).

With the help of the Working Trials contributions, Obedience and Agility tombola/raffle, weave workshop, Good Citizens award and members’ donations, the amount raised for Blind Dog Rescue and Pet Blood Bank was £1900.

It was also decided at the AGM that the £800 raised in 2017 that Sussex Caring Pets could not accept due to the closure of the charity should be split between the other 2017 charity Medical Detection Dogs and this year’s charity Garbo’s.

Thank you and keep up the good work, and please support Garbo's over the coming year.


Garbo's German Shepherd Dog Rescue  Registered Charity 1142451   

Garbo's German Shepherd Dog Rescue is a non-profit Volunteer organisation dedicated to finding the right home for each dog in its care. They take in unwanted German Shepherd Dogs and provide shelter and care for them until they can find them a secure and loving home. They promote responsible dog ownership and provide an after care advice, support and guidance service for the new pet owner.  They need dedicated and caring owners to adopt their dogs which are sadly given into rescue for many diverse reasons e.g. owners become ill, divorce, go abroad, are evicted from their homes or can no longer afford such a large pet. Often the dog is very much loved and the owner is trying to do the "right thing" for the dog in difficult circumstances.



Over the year the committee have been looking at our charity work and trying to ensure a more consistent approach from year to year.

Consequently, we are now publishing the charity form earlier so members have more time to consider which charities they wish to propose  for next year's fund raising. (2019 -2020) The charities proposed will then be looked at by the committee to ensure they meet Charity Commission guide lines and BDTC criteria that it is a dog or dog related charity. The appropriate charities will then be taken to the AGM for voting by members.

 Date for the form to be returned is Sunday 29th September 2019.

NB if you nominate a charity you will need to attend the AGM to give a brief talk about your nomination and why you would like this charity to be considered.





Saturday 16th November 2019

3 Workshops

Workshop 1 9.30 – 11. 30

Workshop 2 12.00 – 14.00

Workshop 3 14.30 -16.30

After hosting a successful day with Craig in January, we have invited him back for another day.

Internationally renowned seminar leader and author Craig Ogilvie is a highly experienced Certified Canine Behaviourist and Trainer, Police Dog Training Instructor and Mondioring Decoy (Licensed in France). Craig will teach you how using Interactive Play helps to create a unique and special experience to share with your dog.

Craig works with each dog individually so he will help you from scratch or build on what you can already do together.

Please see full details at

Venue: Rudgwick Village Hall, Bucks Green RH12 3JN (on A281)

£45 per dog and one handler (6 dogs/handlers per workshop)
£15 per spectator (spectate one workshop)

To book please contact Alison at




This has been sent in by Eunice for addition to this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’ (Shared from Richard Lemon).

Your dog gets absolutely nothing out of being competitive for you. Not a darn thing. Of course, dogs are bred for specific jobs, or they’re bred to be athletic to a certain degree.

They have no idea how much money is added to the pot. They have no idea that this is a qualifier. They have no idea that this is the World.

And DESPITE us... DESPITE our nerves, our flaws, our incorrect cues, our huge emotions, they get the job done to their very best ability. Even when we fail them by letting our emotions get in the way, they come back and they try again. For US. Let that sink in. If only we could all be so understanding.

To think of an animal that is forgiving and flexible enough to put up with the repetition of practice, the intense nerves of the handler, the stress of hauling and they will still meet you at the end of their lead ready to go is MIND BLOWING.

 If you haven’t done so lately, Thank your dog.

If you’re successful, thank the dogs that put you there and made you. Thank the dogs that gave everything they had for you, simply because you ASKED them to.

If you’re still on the journey to success, thank the dogs that made you fall in love with your sport and who have helped give you the confidence to want to learn more and be better.

We can never stop learning as dog men and dog women, and by continuing our education, Every dog in our future will be better off.

Next time you head to the club, leave your ego at the door and thank your dog.



Don’t forget that the quickest and easiest way to pay your course fees and membership subscriptions is online.

Sort code: 30 94 41 

Account number: 01678041.

Contact Trudy at for more details.

Your forms will still need to be returned to the relevant people, i.e. Treasurer/Membership Secretary in respect of Membership Forms; Pat Reynolds in respect of Application Forms for Obedience – both pet obedience and competition obedience; Graham Reynolds for Agility.


DID YOU KNOW?               Why do dogs sniff butts?

Dogs are, of course, renowned for having a superior sense of smell, so it is understandable that it is confusing for dog owners that their dogs often like to greet other dogs by sniffing their bottoms, often getting very up close and personal to do so! As this is something that would be considered to be at best unusual and at worst very rude within the human world, it can be hard for us as people to get our heads around it! In this article, we will look in more depth at why dogs are so keen to sniff the back ends of other dogs, plus what it means when they do this.

The anal glands

On either side of the dog’s anus are two small openings that are called the anal glands, which produce a strong and distinctive odour that is unique to each dog.

While we as humans fortunately cannot generally detect the scent of our dog’s anal glands, to other dogs with their superior senses of smell, the scent from the anal glands of other dogs are very distinctive, and provide information to your dog about the other dog or dogs in question.

When a dog gets up close to another dog and sniffs right up against their back end, this can be considered almost as the canine version of leaning into another person to hear them more clearly, and decoding the things that they are saying with greater clarity.

Greetings and exchange of information

When two dogs first meet, be they strangers or friends, often the first thing that they will do is circle each other to pick up each other’s scent, and get their noses up under the tail to pick up information about the other dog. In dog terms, this is comparable to how children might communicate verbally when they first meet; opening straight away with questions such as “who are you?” “Where are you from?” These communications form the basis of the dog’s understanding of each other, their familiarity with each other, and the start of their relationship, however short-lived.

Dogs can also find out from this butt-sniffing greeting information such as what the other dog has eaten, the sex of the dog, if they are spayed or neutered, if the other dog is healthy, and if they are friendly!

Calming and decoding smells

As well as having an amazing sense of smell, dogs have a fantastic scent memory, and will be able to recall and identify the scent of another dog, even if they have not seen them for a long time.

Sniffing the secretions of another dog will tell your dog instantly if they have met this dog before, which will tell your dog if they got on with each other previously, who was dominant, and if this dog is safe and friendly. Even when two dogs live together as part of the same “pack,” when one dog has been away from the other and returns, they will often go through the whole sniffing process, just as they would with a stranger. This tells the dogs where the other dog has been, what they have done, and if anything has changed since they saw each other last!


Butt-sniffing is also a way that dogs can establish who is going to be the dominant dog out of the pair; how they interact with each other while sniffing will start to form the foundations of their ongoing relationship. One dog will usually call a halt to the sniffing before the other, either by retreating or warning the other dog off. Which dog “calls it” and whether or not the other dog respects it, will go a long way towards determining the pecking order between the two dogs.


Because the anal glands give off such a wide range of information about the dog, in some situations, it is in the best interests of the dog to play their cards close to their chests as it were, and limit the amount of information that is available to strangers. This can be witnessed when one dog is sniffing enthusiastically at another dog, and the other dog is keeping their tail firmly clamped down to mask their scent as much as possible, and trying to retreat from the sniffer.


While it might seem that there is very little etiquette involved in something as primal as sniffing another dog’s bottom, there are in fact a lot of social cues and behaviours involved in the process. Some dogs are more enthusiastic sniffers than others, while other dogs are more reticent or speculative, and will not take kindly to another dog getting up close and personal with them. It is important that dogs are able to read each other’s cues where bottom sniffing is concerned, and know when to retreat and allow the other dog their space, lest they might be snapped at for bad manners!

This is something that often takes puppies and younger dogs a while to learn and that can only be learnt through trial and error, which is why it is so important to adequately socialise puppies with other dogs while they are still young and likely to be forgiven for any rookie mistakes or breaches in etiquette.



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, your husband, wife or children  will be welcome to help at either show, even if it is not your chosen dog activity.

Fill out the show help forms, and be sure to return them to Graham!

Also don’t forget to fill in your charity nomination form at the end of this issue of ‘DOG ENDS’ and send it off to Sue!

If you need to find anything out about Billingshurst Dog Training Club goings on, the best place is to check out the website 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, and I will be pleased to add it.


Contributions for the next issue and website are always gratefully received.  

As always, a big thanks to all of you who contributed to this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’                                                                                                               The Ed

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