Billingshurst Dog Training Club
Billingshurst Dog Training Club

'DOG ENDS' NEWSLETTER

‘DOG ENDS’

 SPRING NEWSLETTER 2019

BDTC NEWSLETTER

Chair – Eunice Pearson

Secretary – Pat Reynolds

Treasurer – Trudy Nye

Club Website: www.billingshurst-dtc.org

‘DOG ENDS’ Email: noticeboard@billingshurst-dtc.org

‘DOG ENDS’ Editor- Neil Nye

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!

13TH MAY FLYBALL TASTER EVENING 7-8.30PM

20TH MAY FLYBALL COURSE

22ND JUNE BDTC OBEDIENCE SHOW

14TH JULY BDTC AGILITY SHOW

16TH NOVEMBER CRAIG OGILVIE WORKSHOP

29TH NOVEMBER BDTC AGM

 

BDTC Section News

 

OBEDIENCE SECTION 
Obedience Section Representatives:  Maureen Strange – Tel: 01293 851170; Les Cocks; Richard Crew; Elaine Heath; Liz Hiles; Alison Poulton; Ann Reynolds; Duncan Reynolds; Graham Reynolds; Pat Reynolds; Julia Wrathall.

 

Beginner Classes – Course 1 2019

 

Oh my goodness, I cannot believe we are already at the end of February as I write this. Where did the Christmas and New Year celebrations go! Well, I have enjoyed another fabulous course, our last week is now upon us and we shall be celebrating everyone’s hard work and success. Everyone has had their own journey with ups and downs but it is important to remember that success is rarely a straight line but instead, a muddle of peaks, dips, and turns for us and also for our dogs. Here’s a great cartoon, well I think so. If we’d had a bad day, wouldn’t we hope someone was listening!

What a dog is capable of learning at a point in time will depend on how much new information is coming in at that moment… And how much ‘existing’ information is being recalled from his memory at the same time.

If there’s one key ‘take home’ message from the course I hope it is this……. “What we pay attention to is what we get more of” –  for example, if you heavily reward/reinforce your dog when (s)he recalls to you then you will get more recalls, and, if your dog is continuing to jump up then (s)he is also being rewarded/reinforced so stop and ask yourself…. “when am I paying attention to this?” Are you paying attention when all 4 paws are on the floor OR when your dog’s paws are up! Like an orchestra or an athlete, practice makes for a better performance.

Well done to everyone in class 1 and 2 of this first Beginner course of 2019. We wish you well and hope to see you continue your training at follow-on classes.

I shared with my classes a wonderful video of a dog called Jesse doing some housework and extra wonderful things. I hope you will view it too as it will surely bring a smile and show you what is possible. Go to www.youtube.com and search for Just Jesse197 or use this link below.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+dog+called+jesse+doing+housework&view=detail&mid=5F3328F3B0AA05E127265F3328F3B0AA05E12726&FORM=VIRE

Life is short… embrace each day and have fun with your dog.

By Alison Poulton, Pet Obedience Instructor

 

 

 

Intermediate Class Jan 2019

It has been a pleasure to take the first course of the year for the Intermediate class. Thank you all for the hard work and commitment. You have been fantastic class.

We usually have a test night on the last week however for this course we decided to hold a ‘mock test’ as there isn’t any space in the top class at the moment. After the next course anyone who does qualify to go up to the Top Class will then be

able to, as the class will be outside and can therefore accommodate a larger class.

Thank you so much to Julia and Liz for their help.

                                                                                                                       Wendy Adcock

 

BDTC hosted CRAIG OGILVIE

Saturday 26th January 2019

3 workshops 9.30am, 12noon, 2.30pm

 

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).

We had a fabulous day with Craig who taught us how to use Interactive Play to help create a unique and special experience to share with our dogs. A great way to reinforce our training in any discipline.

We received some lovely feedback which is wonderfully covered by this thank you….

“What a brilliant morning! Thank you all, for organising the workshop so beautifully and, as always, for the delicious cakes and warm welcome. We loved Craig’s way with both dogs and humans, what an inspiring and talented young man. His ability to spot issues and provide help/ solutions within minutes of meeting is impressive, he so obviously loves dogs and goodness don’t they love him back!  We are feeling inspired if a little exhausted!”  These sentiments were echoed by many.

 

We had people come from as far as London to participate. Dogs and their handlers all had a varied level of skills, and because Craig worked with dogs individually, the day was inclusive to all. It was an absolute pleasure to host and such a rewarding day. So much so that we are holding another one on 16th November 2019.

If you are interested, please do get in touch.

 

                                                                         

Alison Poulton, Pet Obedience Instructor

 

 

COMPETITION OBEDIENCE

A MATCH BETWEEN BILLINGSHUST DTC, SURREY DTS AND SOUTH EASTERN DTC

24th March 2019 at Rudgwick Village Hall.  8.30 a.m. all day event.

Billingshurst DTC are hosting the annual 3 way match on Sunday 24th March.  It is an all day event and the requirement from each club is 2 dogs from each of the following classes:

PRE BEGINNER

BEGINNER

NOVICE

‘A’

‘B’

‘C’

This is a really good club day and gives everyone the opportunity to come along and support their club.  There will be refreshments available all day and we will have a raffle.

We will have an assessment for dogs eligible to compete in the classes listed and the date for this will be provided in the near future.

We also need help on the day with parking, making of hot drinks, running the raffle, and generally helping all round. 

If you can help on the day, would like to know any more information, or if you would like to be assessed so you can represent the club please contact Anne Burge at anndaveburge@yahoo.co.uk

 

AGILITY SECTION
Section Representatives: Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002  Neil Nye – Tel: 01403 241578; Val Bolton; Roz Ingram; Tracey Masters; Jackie Reid; Pat Reynolds; Ann Riches; Kate Russell; Sue Salisbury; Chris Woodrow.

 

As we approach the start of another season of Kennel Club shows, Agility members will have to accommodate more changes in rules.  The lowering of jump and associated obstacles has been postponed for another year so the lower height option still applies.  The dog walk has been lowered from 1.6m to 1.2m and Neil adjusted the chains on the trestles to achieve the change.  We are all surprised to see how much lower the top plank looks.  The grades have been reduced from 7 to 6 and it has been made more difficult to progress through the grades by needing more agility wins.

The section had a good winter with fair weather in the main at the farm.  The section representatives have been concerned at the late finish for the top class on Tuesday for some time.  They decided that the drop in members attending gave us the opportunity to address this.  No more 10 o’clock finishes!

They decided that the beginners would start at 8.15 pm on Thursday and the class finishes at 9.30 pm.  The advanced beginners now remain on Thursday and their class starts at 7 pm and finishes at 8.15 pm.  When we take on our next group of Beginners in July the Advanced Beginners will remain on Thursday starting at 7 pm in the new novice class.  The early and advanced early classes now start at 7 pm and finish at 8.30 and the Intermediate and top classes now start at 8.30 pm and finish at 9.30.  We now have 4 classes on Tuesday and will have 3 on Thursday.  So far it is working ok.

Our courses are now 8 weeks on both Tuesday and Thursday.  Competition night is now on week 8 of all courses and what was week 9 is now a gap night for Workshops and fun nights with proceeds going to our charity.  This night is optional for members as there is an extra charge for attending.  Our first workshop was on 5th March and was well attended.  The workshop was with the Dog Walk, See-saw and Weaves.

On 20th October we had a special training day with Leslie Osborne at his venue near Chichester.  The weather was fine and the ground was very good.  Leslie took the less experienced group in the morning and it was particularly pleasing that many of our young handlers attended.  All did well and Leslie was impressed  with their progress.  We then had fish & chips before starting the afternoon . In the afternoon session, he broke down the course into smaller sequences after the initial run to help the group improve.  It was a very busy afternoon and members and dogs went home having worked really hard but were very appreciative of the challenge Leslie set them.

On 4th December we had our Christmas Party at Chephurst Farm.  Members faced the Tunnel Challenge, the Sausage & Spoon Relay and the Heads & Tails game.  It was one of the warmest Party Nights we have had and everyone enjoyed the evening.  The Sausage & Spoon Relay was particularly funny this year with some illegal holding the sausage on the spoon, and the clever dogs bypassing the jumps and going straight for the sausage.  Great evening with a Tombola raising money for our charity.

On 24th March we had our annual Match with the Rother Valley Club.  This year it was a very close competition.  Billingshurst lost the Nursery Class 12 points to 9 despite Emily Moores & Belle winning the class with a wonderful Clear Round in 39.444 seconds.  Belinda Welbourne & Ollie came 4th with 5 faults in 43.841. We won the Beginners Class 12 – 9 to even things up.  Roz Ingram won the class for us with Blue getting 5 faults in 47.357.  Neil Nye & Stanlee came 4th, Kim Nye and Mocha came 5th and Amber Moores & Lacey came 6th.  Everyone was aware how close it was when the Open Class started.  Angharad Moore and Jazz went round Clear in 42.475 seconds.  A very good round for 2nd place.  Trudy Nye and Lexi came 3rd going Clear in 44.601 and Tracey Masters & Freddy came 4th with 5 faults in the fastest time of 37.261 (missed the contact on the Dog Walk – just).  Kim Nye & Twix came 6th with 5 faults in 48.271 giving Billingshurst 13 points for the Class with Rother Valley scoring 8. 

Final score Billingshurst 34 – Rother Valley 29.  A very good win.  We also raised  £50 for our charity on our Tombola.  A very good Club day.

 

Could everyone please put 14th July in their dairies this year.  It is the date of our Agility Show and this year we will need all the help members can give.  Pat has taken the show back as Show Secretary despite her health issues and her organising skills will get it set up to its usual standard but she will need plenty of help on the Friday before the Show to set up, on the Saturday when we do a ring party for Surrey and set up our rings for our show on Sunday.  We will need maximum help on the Sunday to run the show with parking, ring parties and the other bits and pieces.  Last year we raised £1500 from the Show which helps run the Club and keep Course fees down.  Please support the Club.  We can’t do it without you.

Our Section Representatives welcomed new members Val Bolton and Kate Russell to their ranks at their last meeting.  The Section is fortunate to have members who are prepared to help run things.  If you have any problems please speak to us.  We always try to look after our members.

LATEST NEWS.We have just heard that Ros Jefferson had retired  Zyppa after 10 years with us.  He has been a stalwart of the club and both Zyppa and Ros will be greatly missed.  It is funny that originally Ros’s son was to run Zyppa but rugby took over and Ros decided to give it a go. She did for 10 years!!         

                                                                                                                        Graham

WORKING TRIALS SECTION

Working Trials Section Representatives:  Stan Ford – 01306 712298; Valerie Harrison.

 

 

FLYBALL SECTION

Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002.  Email: graham.reynolds13 @sky.com

 

BDTC are holding their very popular Flyball course again this year. The course will run from 20th May for a ten week course. The cost is £30 per person/dog, and all the money goes to this year’s charity Garbo’s. Flyball is open to all sizes and breeds but numbers are very limited. Your dog will need to be sociable with other dogs, fit, and, most importantly, ball orientated.

The flyball course is fun and non competitive (well only in a fun way), aimed at motivating you and your dog to work as a team and learn a new sport.

To participate in flyball, you will need to be a club member (£10 for individual membership and £12.50 for family membership).

We will be holding a taster evening on 13th May at 7pm to 8.30pm, so if you are interested in joining in this excellent pastime, please contact Graham Reynolds on 01403 784002.

There will be a nominal charge of £1 for the taster evening to cover insurance.

Flyball takes place at Dedisham Manor near Slinfold. RH13 0RA, with the kind permission of Valerie and Peter Harrison.

By the time the course starts the club should hopefully have a new set of jumps. Graham would also like to hear from anybody willing to help out with running the flyball course.                                                      

 

 

BDTC CHARITY

Charity Coordinator Sue Salisbury. email: charity@billingshurst-dtc.org

Charities 2015: Kit Wilson Aged Dog Accommodation and WADARS: Money raised £3000.
Charities 2016: War Dogs Remembered and Animal Health Trust: Money raised £2100.

Charities 2017: Sussex Caring Pets and Medical Detection Dogs: Money raised £1600.

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

Money raised so far: £677.50

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 organization 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 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. www.garbosgsdrescue.co.uk

 

ANIMAL WELFARE BOOSTED BY NEW LAW COMING INTO FORCE

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

New regulations came into force on 1 October 2018 to strengthen animal welfare, particularly around puppy sales, in England.

These will:

  • Ensure that breeders must show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made.
  • Tighten regulations so that puppy sales are completed in the presence of the new owner – preventing online sales where prospective buyers have not seen the animal first.
  • Ban licensed sellers from dealing in puppies and kittens under the age of eight weeks.
  • Regulate adverts, including on the internet, by ensuring licensed sellers of all pets include the seller’s licence number, country of origin and country of residence of the pet in any advert for sale.
  • Introduce a new “star rating” for dog breeders, pet shops and others to help people rate them on their animal welfare standards.

These regulations, which are strongly supported by animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA who’ve campaigned for a number of years, complement the government’s commitment to introduce a ban on third party sales of puppy and kitten sales which has recently been consulted on.

Animal Welfare Minister, David Rutley, said:

These regulations will end mistreatment and malpractice of puppies and crack down on unscrupulous breeders so pet owners will have no doubt their new dogs have had the right start in life.

The licensing systems for businesses that work with animals have not been reformed for almost fifty years. The changes in place from today simplify these into one system for local authorities, help consumers to make better informed decisions and will further improve animal welfare.

These changes form part of our efforts to ensure we have the highest animal welfare standards in the world. This includes making CCTV cameras mandatory in all slaughterhouses as well as our plans to increase prison sentences from six months to five years for animal abusers.

The myriad of licensing systems that local authorities use to regulate businesses which deal with animals, or animal activities, have been in place for over 50 years. This has led to outdated regulations meaning some businesses require several licences and others, such as home boarding and dog day care businesses, were not always covered.

These regulations introduce a new system for local authorities to use for the different areas of activity (detailed below), simplifying the licences needed by businesses, ensuring all businesses working with animals are covered and driving up animal welfare standards.

A key part of these new licences will be a new “star rating” (out of five) for dog breeders, pet shops and other licensed activities involving animals. This rates these businesses, on welfare and other grounds, and helps buyers use the best breeders as well as local authorities to more heavily regulate the poorer rated (such as through more welfare inspections, increased costs and shorter licences).

This announcement follows a public consultation which ran from 20 December 2015 to 12 March 2016.

The five areas of licensed activities with animals by businesses are:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats of dogs
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs and
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

DID YOU KNOW…..?

Why Science Matters in Dog Training

We all want our dogs to live happy and fulfilling lives and, of course, to have a wonderful relationship with us. But we can’t achieve this if we don’t know what they need, or take the trouble to understand how to interpret their behaviour and how we should interact with them.

The mere mention of ‘science’ can be off-putting, leaving many wondering how it is relevant to everyday life with our dogs.  Happily, things have changed in recent years, and science is now becoming increasingly accessible, partly thanks to people like TV science ‘geek’ Professor Brian Cox who has even made it quite ‘cool’ to be a scientist! This is really positive for many reasons, not least because there are so many ways in which we can improve dog welfare and our relationship with our beloved canines through applying animal science (to help us understand our dogs) - and social science (to help us to analyse/understand our own thought processes and behaviour when interacting with our dogs).

In order to help our dogs be happy, we need to understand their needs and how they think . Sharing latest ‘science’ and knowledge on dog behaviour and how they learn best, as well as communicating this clearly so it can be put it into practice in everyday life, should be one of the roles of dog obedience/training classes. It is certainly something that we try very hard to achieve when helping people to train their companions in our obedience classes at Billingshurst DTC. Science really does matter when it comes to training dogs. Because dog training is unlicensed, anyone can set themselves up as a ‘trainer’ without any specific requirements regarding education, knowledge or experience. This partly explains why some ‘dog trainers’ still advocate use of outdated, unscientific training methods based on the an old-fashioned view that dogs are trying to take over the world! Many will remember a time, not so long ago, when we were all told that dogs were inherently ‘dominant’, always looking for opportunities to take over our households and wanting to be ‘leader of the pack’.  If a dog got on the sofa, it was because he wanted to be the ‘leader’ - rather than because the sofa is rather comfortable when you’re looking for a place to have a snooze. We were told that the way to stop this was to be ‘dominant’ ourselves, which involved unpleasant things like rolling dogs on their backs and pinning them to the floor (the ‘alpha roll’) and completely controlling their every move.

This approach is not so much based on science but on a kind of folk lore of how wolf packs are believed to be, but which does not bear much relation to reality. It also assumes that our modern domesticated dogs are wolves. Of course, our pet dogs are not wolves. Humans have spent thousands of years selectively breeding them to be our companions and a big part of that has been selection for an inherent desire to be collaborative with us. If we give them the chance, and use modern dog behaviour science to inform us of how to interact with and motivate them, dogs will in turn do their best to go along with what we want. 

The obvious problem with the old-fashioned approach is that being unpleasant to your dog, especially when they don’t understand things from our unique, human perspective, is fundamentally not humane. Numerous studies[1] show a correlation between the use of aversive training techniques and anxiety, stress and other behaviour problems in dogs. Training like this also affects our relationship with our dog. A dog’s owner should be the person they can most trust in the world. It must be especially confusing - and distressing - if ‘your’ human’ is unpleasant to you, especially if you don’t understand why.  It will do nothing but erode that trust. Happily for all, there are better ways to train that involve a pleasurable experience for those at each end of the lead and which again, the science has shown are every bit as effective as aversive approaches but without any of the risks to the dog’s wellbeing. For example, individual research projects have shown that dogs trained using negative reinforcement (for example, teaching them how to sit by pulling the leash and pushing the dog’s bottom down, only stopping when the dog sits) choose to gaze less at their owners and are more likely to show signs of stress. Dogs taught recall using aversive methods (e.g. electronic shock collars) show obvious signs of stress and don’t perform any better than those taught with positive reinforcement. A higher frequency of punishment has been shown to correlate with higher aggression and excitability. For dogs with behavior problems, studies show that the use of aversive techniques can sometimes lead to aggression, while reward-based training has a positive effect. And very importantly from a ‘real world’ dog training perspective, people who use positive reinforcement (and avoid aversive methods) report better trained dogs. Just as importantly, dogs do, of course, like to work for rewards so reward-based methods are inherently good for their overall welfare.

Understanding each other well is the key to any relationship. A growing body of research shows just how amazingly good dogs are at ‘reading’ us and sensing our moods and emotions. But they don’t have the benefit of access to human behaviour science to help them to understand our rather inconsistent, contrary and often illogical ways of thinking. The onus is on us to use our knowledge of dog behaviour science to understand how their minds are working, and how best we can use this knowledge to make learning together, and living together, as positive and pleasurable as possible - for dogs and humans alike.

Julia Wrathall, Pet Obedience instructor

 

MYOTHERAPY – WHAT THERAPY??

Jo Macleod introduces Luisa Greig

Lola started limping and although she probably has some underlying arthritis, I was recommended by several people to contact Galen Therapy Centre and undergo Myotherapy treatment for Lola. I had no idea what this was. However, the lovely Luisa came to visit and within 3 sessions Lola was bouncing around like a puppy (completely different to recent times). Regular sessions combined with pain relief, small but effective lifestyle modifications recommended by Luisa and some weight loss, and she is so much happier in herself. So, I thought you all may want to know what Myotherapy is….

Canine Myotherapy treatment uses specialised, targeted massage, soft tissue and joint mobilisation techniques. It improves muscle function by treating tight, shortened muscles, corrects postural compensatory issues, reduces pain perception, and improves mobility and performance; much like a human sports massage therapist does for us!

Muscle pain goes unnoticed in most dogs, yet it has profound and hugely detrimental effects on their mental and physical wellbeing. Dogs are very good at disguising pain, particularly chronic pain, with signs often being insidious in nature. Many will still want to run around on their walks, for example, so we don’t realise they're suffering. During a treatment, you are taught how to recognise the signs of pain or muscular issues unique to your dog, and given practical advice about changes you can make yourselves, which can dramatically improve your dog’s quality of life. You will also be provided with several techniques you can use at home, including warm up and down techniques, and individualised functional exercises where appropriate.

Any musculoskeletal condition will cause a dog to alter their posture and movement, causing compensatory muscle pain and reduced mobility. Left untreated this pain and loss of mobility worsens over time; rest will not resolve it. Galen Myotherapy is therefore highly effective as part of a dog’s management plan for osteoarthritis, OCD, hip/elbow dysplasia, spondylosis, cruciate injury, patella luxation, and post surgery. It can also be very helpful in treating lameness that has not successfully resolved with rest, and where veterinary treatment has not provided a resolution. 

Preventative maintenance treatment is also important to spot and treat minor muscle problems early, helps to optimise performance, reduce the risk of injury, and prolong your dog’s working life.

Throughout each treatment, your dog is treated with utmost respect, empathy and sensitivity, without restraint. You are given aftercare advice, and continued support to help you keep your dogs as comfortable, injury free and happy as possible. 

 

About Luisa

Luisa has worked with dogs for over ten years, in various veterinary, canine hydrotherapy, and therapeutic/rehab capacities. She is both a qualified and fully insured Galen Canine Myotherapist, and McTimoney Animal Therapist (McTimoney treatment is similar to chiropractic). Based in Horsham, she covers Sussex, Surrey, and parts of Kent and Berkshire. She also treats and teaches internationally.

She is experienced in working with sporting dogs across a variety of disciplines, including agility, flyball, competitive obedience, gun dog work, field trials, police and assistance dogs, and harness sports such as mushing, bikejor and canicross, and commonly sees dogs for treatment of sporting injuries, performance related issues/poor performance, sports maintenance, and injury prevention. Her more high profile clients include World Sleddog Association medal winning team Infury Sleddogs, Epic Agility, Brighton Flyball, and Click-to-Heel competitive obedience trainers.

If you are interested in a treatment for your dog please contact Luisa directly:  

Tel: 07592 310016       Email: luisa@caninetherapy.co.uk or via Facebook (Luisa Greig).

 

ARUN VETERINARY GROUP

When the time comes

The team at Arun Veterinary Group understand that saying goodbye to your beloved pet is one of the hardest decisions you will have to make. Our compassionate team are trained to support you throughout this difficult time. Sadly, pets do not live as long as us. Thinking about euthanasia is something that no owner likes to dwell on, but it is a decision that many of us eventually have to face. Taking responsibility for a pain-free, peaceful death is the kindest act we can do for a much-loved pet. 

Deciding when the time is right

We encourage you to talk to us in advance of taking such action.  Our nurses offer a complimentary appointment to discuss the process and help you make the hard decision.  We also encourage you to discuss your decision with your family and friends.

You and your family know your pet better than anyone else, so try to make a reasoned judgment on his or her quality of life. We will help you with your decision and will often make a recommendation based on clinical signs and quality of life.  Persistent and incurable inability to eat, vomiting, signs of pain, distress or discomfort, or difficulty in breathing are all indications that euthanasia should be considered.

If you are hoping for an improvement in your pet’s condition, setting a time limit may be a sensible option and keeping a diary of how they are day to day. Sadly, not all pets die peacefully in their sleep at home. Most reach a point when their quality of life is unsatisfactory, and a decision for euthanasia has to be made.

What actually happens during euthanasia?

To help you, please explain your situation to the receptionist when you make the appointment as we can often choose a quiet time for your visit to the surgery. It may be a good idea for a friend or family member to come with you for support. We are able to make a house visit if this is your preferred option.

The following is a detailed description of the process. Some of the events described may be distressing, but remember that your pet will rapidly lose consciousness and cannot feel pain from that point onwards.

You will need to sign a consent form and we encourage payment to be made prior to the event to enable you to concentrate on your pet and not have to deal with it afterwards.

If your pet is agitated or restless, then the vet may give a sedative first.  Your pet will be held by one of our nurse, and a small patch of fur is shaved on the front leg.  We often will insert a cannula into the vein and secure in place.  This then allows you to hold your pet as you wish. 

We then inject an overdose of anaesthetic into the vein in the front leg, but sometimes the injection may be given in other areas of the body.

Occasionally, your pet may give a small cry as the injection is given – as with all anaesthetics, there is a brief feeling of dizziness as the drug takes effect. Unconsciousness follows within seconds, often before the injection is finished.

In the few minutes after your pet has passed away you may see reflex muscle movement, or involuntary gasps. These are not signs of life, in fact, they are reflexes denoting that death has occurred. The eyes usually stay open and the bladder sometimes empties.

The vast majority of euthanasia proceed smoothly and quickly with little distress to the animal. Even if there are difficulties, it is still a quick procedure that can save your pet many days or weeks of suffering.

Should you stay with your pet during euthanasia?

This is entirely your choice. It may be a comfort to you to see that euthanasia is a quick and gentle process, but try not to feel guilty if you feel unable to stay.  Our vets and nurses choose their profession because they want to help animals. You can rely on us to treat your pet sympathetically even in your absence. At the end we will offer you the opportunity to be alone with your pet for a few minutes.

What happens after euthanasia?

Most people opt for cremation arranged by us. This may be communal cremation but we can also arrange for your pets individual ashes to be returned there is a large choice of caskets but the most popular is a scatter box.  Do not be embarrassed to ask if you wish to keep a lock of hair, or perform a ceremony such as saying a prayer – we are quite used to such requests and will be sympathetic.

It is entirely natural to feel upset when your pet dies. After all, your pet is a beloved family member. Do not be embarrassed about showing your emotions – we expect you to be upset. It takes time to get over the loss of a loved one and, although reactions differ, very often a mixture of feelings – sadness, loneliness and anger – can follow.

Try not to feel guilty or blame yourself – the decision for euthanasia is taken with your pet’s interests at heart to avoid suffering. Some people find themselves questioning whether they did the right thing. It is normal to feel some doubt, though this will ease in time.

Be prepared for the house to feel empty on your return. Try to treasure your memories and talk to family, and friends. If you have questions about your pet's condition, then please call us.

For children it can be especially upsetting, as it may be their first experience of death. Children need support even if they are not outwardly upset. Talk to them honestly about what is happening and, as far as possible, involve them in decision-making. Rituals such as funerals, making a memorial or assembling a scrapbook with memories of the pet may help.

Be prepared for questions about death and its finality. For adolescents, the loss of a pet can be particularly difficult, as your pet may be the family member to whom they feel closest. For young people who have other difficulties in their lives, the loss of a pet can be devastating, and it may be sensible to seek professional advice.

Other pets may notice the loss and respond to it. They may be unsettled and lose their appetite for one or two days. It may help if they see the body of the deceased pet. Giving them extra attention may provide some comfort.  Remember you are their family too so they are not wholly alone.

Another pet?

Sooner or later you may start to think about getting another pet. No two pets are the same and, although another may have characteristics in common with your previous pet, he or she will have a different personality. Your relationship will not be a “replacement” but it can still be very rewarding.

Everyone is different, and when you feel that you want another pet, you will probably find that the new pet is a worthy successor. The knowledge you have gained from caring for your pet could be put to good use caring for one of the many pets currently in shelters for want of an experienced owner.

Arun Veterinary Group

Mill Stream Medical Centre, North Street Car Park, Storrington, RH20 4DA

 

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Thanks to all of you who pay your course fees and membership subscriptions online. It is the quickest and easiest ways to pay the club.

For anybody who wants to take advantage of this payment system here are the bank details.

Sort code: 30 94 41 Account number: 01678041.

Contact Trudy at treasurer@billingshurst-dtc.org for more details.

 

CRUFTS DOG SHOW 2019

At Crufts this year BDTC had three club members who did very well.

In the YKC Handling, Working & Pastoral 6-11 Years, Emily Moores came 1st and Rachel Langer came 4th. Emily also came 2nd in Grooming. It was Emily’s third time at Crufts and Rachel’s first. Surely forces to be reckoned with in the world of Crufts. 

Lauren Ashby achieved a 2nd in the Graduate Agility, a 2nd in the Medium Crossbreed and a 5th in the ABC class.             Well done to all of you.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE DOG SHOW

With the passing of this year’s Crufts, here is an article about the history of dog shows.

160 years have passed since the first show took place in the form that we know.

The first modern dog show, on 28–29 June 1859 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne town hall, was an added attraction to the annual cattle show. Its country character was clear, as only setters and pointers – sporting breeds – were shown and the prizes were guns. It was a low key start to what would be, by the end of the century, a hugely popular pastime, with dog owning fashionable among all classes of society, and which had huge implications for canine breeding.

The first show to include non‑sporting breeds was held in Birmingham later in 1859 and was such a success that a year later, the Birmingham Dog Show Society ran the first National Dog Show, for which there were 267 entries, with 30 breeds, judged in 42 classes. By the end of the 1860s, the National Dog Show was attracting over 700 dogs and 20,000 paying visitors.

The first organised Field Trial took place at Southill in 1865 and this sport also gained a large following. Whilst Field Trials were very much for the country gent, Dog Shows were an urban activity, accessible to people of all classes and popular both with exhibitors and spectators. 

The provincial phenomenon came to London in 1862 with the first show at the Agricultural Hall in Islington. In 1863 there was a week long extravaganza at Cremorne Gardens in Chelsea. The new respectable ‘Dog Fancy’ came of age with this event. There were 100,000 visitors, including the Prince of Wales, and it was the occasion of the season. The number and size of dog shows then grew rapidly.

Across the country, shows were established by local enthusiasts, often with particular characteristics. For example, at Belle Vue zoological gardens in Manchester, dogs shared the limelight with poultry for many years.

Events were of variable quality and more importantly repute, and such was the unease among elite dog fanciers, that, under the leadership of Sewallis Evelyn Shirley, MP, along with 12 other gentlemen, the Kennel Club was founded in London on 4th April 1873 to regularise shows.

The first show organised by the Kennel Club was at Crystal Palace in 1873, which became their favoured venue, along with a second London show at the Alexandra Palace. By this time, the best shows had become grand affairs, requiring professional organisation to ensure good order, fairness and a profit.

The very first sport recognised by the Kennel Club was the sport of Field Trials which tests the skills of working gundogs. Other working dogs also got to show off their skills and be rewarded at competition with the development of the disciplines of Working Trials (1920s), Obedience (1950s) and Agility (1970s) all of which are governed by the Kennel Club. Since the 1990s, both Flyball and Heelwork to Music have become hugely popular with the British public and the new disciplines of Cani-Cross and Rally are gaining a dedicated following. 

https://www.historyextra.com/period/victorian/the-surprising-history-of-victorian-dog-shows/ and https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/about-the-kennel-club/history-of-the-kennel-club/

 

BRITAINS FAVOURITE DOG BREED

Despite the winner of Crufts being Dylan, the Papillon, you will probably be surprised by the nations favourite pooch!

Believe it or not, the much-maligned Staffordshire Bull Terrier has shaken off a bad reputation to become Britain’s favourite dog breed. They topped the list of the nation’s favourite dogs despite years of accusations they are an overly aggressive breed.

The Labrador and the Springer Spaniel were pushed aside as a poll of 10,000 people voting for ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Dogs TV show who decided Staffies should have top spot. In the programme it saw the country’s 217 recognised dog breeds whittled down to a top 100, where last year’s winner, the Labrador, fell into third place behind the Cockapoo.

Despite their mixed reputation, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Staffies are officially Britain’s favourite dog this year.

In at two, the Cockapoo. These particular pooches are up five places from number seven last year.

The UK’s favourite dog last year, but still hugely popular is the Labrador, at number three on the 2019 list.

Up five places from number nine on last year’s list is the Springer Spaniel at four. The Cocker Spaniel climbs one spot to fifth place.

In at six, is the club secretary’s favourite, the Boxer dog.

The clever and highly reliable Border Collie comes in at seven. They are down two places from number five last year.

Holding their eighth place this year, is the German Shepherd.

Known for their gorgeous coats and their love of water, the ninth favourite is the Golden Retriever. They are up from number 16 last year.

While not strictly a breed, the tenth place is the mixed breed category, which scored highly in this year’s list, with more than 400,000 across the UK alone and 150million worldwide.

TOP 100 DOGS. Is your favourite here?

100 The Otterhound 99 The Afghan Hound 98 Australian Shepherd 97 Leonberger 96 Sproodle 95 Chinese crested 94 Irish wolfhound 93 Sussex Spaniel 92 Borzoi 91 Hungarian Viszla 90 Boston Terrier 89 Schipperke 88 Chow Chow 87 Cairn Terrier 86 Bull Mastif 85 Wire Fox Terrier 84 Samoyed 83 Welsh Springer spaniel 82 Gordon Setter 81 Airedale Terrier 80 Pomeranian 79 Maltese Terrier 78 Japenese Akita 77 Scottish Terrier 76 Bernese Mountain dogs 75 Norfolk Terrier 74 Saint Bernards 73 Saluki 72 Parson Russell Terrier 71 Alaskan Malamute 70 Irish Setter 69 Puggle 68 Sealyham Terrier 67 Bearded Collie 66 English Pointer 65 Rough Collie 64 Bichon Frise 63 Lhasa Apso 62 Nova Scotia retriever 61 Bloodhound 60 Basset Hound 59 British Bulldog 58 Irish Terrier 57 Siberian Husky 56 Olde English Bulldogge 55 Newfoundland 54 Yorkshire terrier 53 Welsh Corgi 52 Bedlington Terrier 51 Chihuahua 50 Hungarian Viszla 49 Old English Sheepdog 48 Rhodesian Ridgeback 47 Pug 46 Manchester Terrier 45 Poodle 44 Schnauzer 43 German short haired pointer 42 French Bulldog 41 Shitzu 40 Greyhound 39 Whippet 38 Rottweiler 37 Lurcher 36 Shetland Sheepdog 35 West Highland Terrier 34 Irish Water Spaniel 33 Tibetan Terrier 32 English Bull Terrier 31 The Beagle 30 English Setter 29 Great Dane 28 Pembroke Corgi 27 Border Terrier 26 Springador 25 Dalmation 24 Lakeland Terrier 23 Sprollie 22 King Charles Spaniel 21 Cavapoo 20 Jack Russell 19 Doberman Pinscher 18 Daschund 16 Welsh Terrier 17 Weimaraner 15 Cavachon 14 Dandie Dinmont terrier 13 Labradoodle 12 Miniature Schnauzer 11 Flat Coated Retriever.

 

Just For Fun

? A Boxer, a Border Collie and a Sheltie died and are standing in front of God at the entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven.

God asks all three of them what they believe in.

The Sheltie says: "I believe in love and care from my owner as well as peace in the world."

"Good," says God, "take a seat on my right side." ?

"Border, what do you believe in?" asked God.

The Border Collie answers: "I believe in discipline, training and loyalty to my owner." "Ah," God said, "You can take a seat to my left side." ?

Then he looked at the Boxer:

“And what do you believe in?"

The Boxer stood there, looked at him and answered:

"I believe you're in my seat!" ?

Does it remind you of anybody’s dog?                               The Ed!   

 

 

 

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 noticeboard@billingshurst-dtc.org, 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

 

[1] Links to references available on request

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