BILLINGSHURST DOG TRAINING CLUB
BDTC AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2020
Chair – Eunice Pearson
Secretary – Pat Reynolds
Treasurer – Trudy Nye
Club Website: www.billingshurst-dtc.org
‘DOG ENDS’ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘DOG ENDS’ Editor- Neil Nye
Obedience Section Representatives: Maureen Strange – Tel: 01293 851170; Les Cocks; Richard Crew; Elaine Heath; Alison Poulton; Ann Reynolds: Duncan Reynolds: Graham Reynolds: Pat Reynolds; and Julia Wrathall.
Several of our trainers are unable to take classes at the moment due to shielding, work commitments or personal reasons.
We tried to organise a beginner class outside during the summer. Valerie kindly offered for us to use the sand school at Dedisham but for various reasons we were not able to get the class up and running.
Sadly, we are losing two members of our training team: Ann Reynolds has stepped down as a valued helper due to mobility issues and Judy Kelly, a trainer, as she is moving out of the area.
Alison worked tirelessly with the new Facilities Officer at Rudgwick Parish Council (RPC) in order to help get classes restarted, and we are extremely grateful for her efforts. By liaising with the RPC, Alison submitted the required risk assessment and produced our COVID-19 Protocols for the Obedience Section. Rudgwick Village Hall is a ‘COVID-19 secure venue’ so our classes are exempt from some of the government changes.
Elaine is taking the beginner classes and Marion the advanced beginner class and they have written the following: -.
Classes started back on 30th September. It is lovely to be back at club, trying to resume some form of normality! Jane is helping me which is great – although we do miss the support and camaraderie of our other instructors.
Due to the current situation we have taken the decision to run smaller classes. In the first class we have six and in the second we have five dogs. We have a lovely mixture of dogs and people and although one or two are more sensitive, all are improving. Unfortunately, due to regulations, we have lost some of the additional time we previously had for the two classes (an additional 15 minutes for both classes – a real necessity at that beginner level) but hopefully this will be resolved in the future.
A big thank you to Alison for all the hard work she has put in to get the Beginner and Advance Beginner classes started.
I have 6 very nice handlers and dogs in the advance class, all are improving and working well together as a group. Julia is assisting me and has kindly allowed me to use her excellent and informative help sheets.
The competition class has also started back which is great.
Section Representatives: Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002, Neil Nye – Tel: 07769814194, Roz Ingram, Tracey Masters, Jackie Reid, Pat Reynolds, Ann Riches, Kate Russell, Sue Salisbury, Chris Woodrow.
On 3rd March we ran our first agility competition to go towards the sections awards.
Following are the results so far after the first round of competitions.
Donovan Reid Trophy
1st Chris Woodrow & Bella
2nd Kate Russell & Fife
3rd Rosie Verdon & Taz
4th Neil Nye & Stanlee
5th Danjiel David & Kobie
6th Jill Moore & Jazz
Tillington Admiral Award for advanced beginners
1st Fiona Hughes & Alfie
2nd Ellie Watts & Max
3rd Helen Wood and Rosie
4th Denise Jamieson & Rosie
5th Lauren Blair-Rains & Ava
6th Jess Gander & Milo
Dudley Trophy for beginners
1st Dani Borror & Gus
2nd Suzy Lion & Rafa
3rd Ellise Dingle & Frankie
4th Chris Langer & Kira
5th Claire/Rob Kershaw & Bonnie
6th Sylvia Coley & Luna
RESTART OF AGILITY CLASSES
We are pleased to let you know that we have restarted Agility classes, and so far they have been very popular. Everyone has supported us by following the guidelines laid out by the section. We will continue to operate for 16 weeks before Christmas so everyone will get an 8 week course attending every other week.
If you have any queries give Graham Reynolds a ring on 01403 784002.
Guidelines for Re-start of Agility.
Please wait in your car to be called if in later group.
Training will be every other week for your class until further notice.
Please put on mask when leaving car. Please sign in on the register on arrival and collect protective gloves from box. There will be 3 sizes. Do not bring your own gloves from home. Gloves must be worn for all session and taken home for disposal. Masks can be removed for class.
When setting up or putting away a mask must be worn.
AT NO TIME MUST MORE THAN 6 PEOPLE BE IN THE RIDING SCHOOL.
At no time must there be more than 2 masked members in the store.
6 chairs socially distanced will be placed in position 2 metres apart. They are your work station which must be used for all belongings and seat. There are 6 chairs specifically for each group, early and late. These chairs need to be sprayed after the 2nd class on Tuesdays and placed in store separated. There is no need to spray chairs on Thursday as virus only lasts for 72 hours. There will be no fencing either at entrance or half way. The class will have the entire riding school to train in.
We now have access to the toilet in the stable block which is less used. Cleaning materials will be available in our box. Bleach down toilet after use please and use spray to wipe over seat. Sanitising spray available for hands.
THIS YEAR SO FAR!!
Blimey, What a year! Once I had started, I realised I had more than I thought I would have to report on this extraordinary year.
At present, we have 32 dogs in training and the waiting list has increased to 45. The numbers of handlers have reduced, as a few handlers decided that they could not participate as they had health problems and/or were still shielding.
Sadly, we have been let down by a few handlers, who had said they wanted to train, but have now pulled out without attending any classes. This has had the effect of reduced class numbers, making it hard work to get out and put away the equipment. With this in mind, the section has decided on condensing the existing classes, still keeping to safe numbers, and introducing another class for beginners. This will take effect in January 2021, and reduce the waiting list by 8.
With regards training, Chris Woodrow is now shadowing with a view to taking the Agility instructors course when they are reintroduced, but Trudy has decided against shadowing and training as an instructor, because she has retired Lexi and is no longer training. An alternative to Trudy would be Kate Russell once she has a bit more experience.
In August we started training again, with a maximum of 5 handlers and 1 trainer. Graham worked hard to work out the system to keep the groups Covid friendly, and I must say the evenings have been a great success, with all handlers enjoying the smaller classes, and we have benefitted from Ann Riches’ experience with some very simple but rewarding courses.
Back before lockdown, the section held its annual friendly match with Rother Valley. Sadly, BDTC got slaughtered by Rother, 47 to 16. Although this seems a bad result, we have to let them win sometimes, and over the last number of years we have won many times with very big scores. Most of our Nursery and Beginners teams were thrown in the deep end, responding to our need to get a full team, due to losing many of our usual competitors for various reasons. There were many very creditable performances, giving great encouragement to these groups who were against far more experienced competitors. Our senior group smashed the 6 from Rother taking 5 of the 6 places. Despite the beating we had, everybody supported each other and really enjoyed the match. We also had the benefit of raising £77.50 for the clubs chosen charities.
On the subject of competitions, all the ring parties, demonstrations, and scheduled shows were sadly obviously cancelled, including our own show at Cranleigh. It could have been a lot worse, but fortunately our only loss was the cancellation fee for the agility equipment hire.
Fed up with firing around emails, last week we decided to give Zoom a go, and had a really successful Zoom Agility Meeting, much to Grahams amazement, (in the words of Victor Meldrew “I don’t believe it”) and are hoping to have another when in the very near future. It really is the way forward in these very trying times!
I told you there was more to report than I thought there would be!!
WORKING TRIALS SECTION
Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002. Email: graham.reynolds13 @sky.com
Charity Coordinator Sue Salisbury. email: email@example.com
Charities 2015: Kit Wilson Aged Dog Accommodation and WADARS: Money raised
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.
Charity 2019: Garbo's GSDR: Money raised £2600
Money raised and donated to Battersea and Pets As Therapy in 2020 : £660.00
Each year a different charity/charities is chosen by Billingshurst Dog Training Club for which we raise funds through various events and personal donations, and for 2020, we have chosen Pets as Therapy and Battersea Dogs Home.
Please help BDTC to raise funds for these worthwhile charities.
NOTE: DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID 19 SITUATIONS BDTC HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FUNDRAISE AS IN OTHER YEARS AND THE MAIN COMMITTEE HAVEDECIDED TO CARRY OVER THE CHARITIES TO NEXT YEAR. THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO DECIDED TO SEND THE MONEY RAISED TO THE CHARITY AS THESE CHARITIES NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET IN THESE UNCERTIAN TIMES!
BATTERSEA DOGS HOME
Established in 1860, they are one of just a few animal rescue centres that run a non-selective intake policy. This means they accept any breed of animal, at any age, including dogs or cats with serious medical and behavioural problems.
Their expert team of dog trainers and veterinary staff give the animals in their care the best possible chance of a fresh start in a happy new home.
They work hard to educate the public about responsible pet ownership including microchipping, neutering and training. This includes educational talks and visits to schools and organisations, events, and publications.
PETS AS THERAPY
Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983 by Lesley Scott-Ordish.
They enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.
Their therapeutic visits:
COURSE FEES AND MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION PAYMENTS
The best way to pay your course fees and membership subscriptions is online. It is the quickest and easiest way to pay the club.
Contact Trudy at firstname.lastname@example.org for the bank details.
However, the treasurer has reminded me that if you wish to pay a cheque, please can your write out the clubs full name BILLINGSHURST DOG TRAINING CLUB as the banks are getting a bit strict on how the name is written.
I hope you all enjoyed this copy of ‘DOG ENDS’ and have found something of interest.
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.
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Contributions for the next issue and website are always gratefully received.
As ever, a very big thankyou to all of you who contributed to this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’