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 has been bought to my notice that the club has some memberships that are still outstanding. Don’t forget, if you haven’t paid, you are not insured to participate, and to be honest it’s just not fair on everybody else who has paid. Also course fees are required before or at the start of your next course.  Payment details can be found further in the Newsletter.                The Ed!



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.


Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme                   

On 24th November 2019 we held GCDS tests at Silver Level in Horsham Park.

Tracey judged for us as she often does – thank you Tracey! – and we were very lucky with the weather.  Horsham Park is certainly a busy environment but we like to test there as the park has a realistic level of distraction.  Although that proved a tad too much for some.

Jaqui Wilson and Gracie did very well and passed but unfortunately others were deemed to be not quite ready.  I’m sure that will be rectified for next time!

The candidates and judge were:

Jaqui Wilson + Grace,  Joanna Nieuwenjuijs-Erlich + Lucy, Tracey Masters (Judge)

Steve O’Dowd + Jaffa, Suzy Lion + Rafa


Congratulations to everyone for having a go.  Although we’d hoped for a better result it was a most enjoyable morning and of course we headed to the coffee shop afterwards for refreshments. 

 Elaine Heath                                                                                                                       


Also a massive congratulations to Lorna Hilton and her beautiful boy, Lenny.  Lorna and Lenny came 6th in the Crufts dog obedience championship on Sunday 8th march at the NEC in Birmingham.  Such an amazing result.  Well done from us all at Billingshurst DTC.

Pat Reynolds


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.


At present, the section has 40 dogs in training and a waiting list of 39.

In January the agility section took delivery of a new set of jumps with the new regulation heights. The introduction of new heights was partly in the interest of safety, and the dogs can only benefit positively from this change.

On 23rd February the section held its annual friendly (well friendlyish) match with Rother Valley. It was a great morning as usual, but BDTC got slaughtered by Rother Valley, 16 to 47. Although this seems a bad result, we have to lose sometimes and we have won many times with big scores in the past.

Most of our Nursery and Beginners teams were really thrown in at the deep end responding to our need to get a full team, despite losing many of our usual competitors for various reasons. There were many very creditable performances, giving great encouragement from these groups who were against far more experienced competitors.  Our senior group smashed the six from Rother Valley 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, Battersea and Pets As Therapy.


Over the last few months, the section has, unfortunately, struggled with continuity of the Trainers, due to various personal issues. So, we had decided to put forward two of our senior handlers to the Agility Trainers course in October. This was to alleviate any training issues we may have. We had hoped to put Chris Woodrow and Trudy Nye on to the future course, but this will have to be put on hold due to the dreaded Covid 19. 


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                                                                       



One of the clubs long standing members, Grade 7 Agility handler and a stalwart of the club in both Obedience and Agility, (whom I am sure you all know), Tracey Masters, has offered some timely advice and an insight into the world of Agility.



To enter a Kennel Club agility show, you must be registered with the Kennel Club. Most pure breeds are, but if you have a crossbreed, you can register them on the KC activities register on line.

Your dog cannot enter a show unless the dog is 18 months old and it has to have been officially measured.

Your dog must not have a disc name tag or anything hanging down from its’ collar.

You must enter the correct height and class for your dog.

When you line up at the ringside, you must report in to the caller who will have a clipboard and you give them your running order which can be found on your ring card. Then, just before it's your turn, you will be asked for your running order again.

Take off a bum bag if you are wearing one and don't carry treats on you.

When you approach the start line you must WAIT for the scrimer to say " go when you are ready"

It all sounds very confusing, but it's not really, and remember always ask someone if you are not sure. Agility people are very friendly and will always help.

Don’t forget, it's always nice to thank the judge even if you have had a bad run.



It breaks my heart to see dogs competing at agility shows that are clearly overweight. What people don't realise is that the dog lands on one front foot closely followed by the other and all their weight goes through that foot to the joints and if a dog is overweight it puts a lot of stress on them.

When I treat my dog, I can break a cocktail sausage into about twenty pieces. It won't matter to my dog as he thinks he is getting a treat no matter what the size. So, please think carefully about how much you treat your dog. It will only help improve and prolong your dog’s life in the end.                                           


AND FINALLY.....................NEVER GIVE UP!

When I got to grade 7 with Freddy, it meant I could enter Championship classes. My goal for the first year was to get a clear round, which we got after four classes. So, my goal for the next year was to get two clear rounds because everyone told me if you get two clear you usually make the final. We got our double clear, again at our last champ class of the year and we were twenty forth, they place the first twenty in the final!!

So the next year, I didn't enter any champ classes as it was pretty clear Freddy was just not quick enough and I concentrated on our warrant points and gaining points for the club league.

We had a training day with Leslie Osborne in the September and I said I was giving up on champ classes. He told me to try again at a show he was judging (not sure if that's inside information or not) but I thought why not, give it one more go.

We did the agility class and Freddy had five faults for a mishap at the tunnel and seven time faults, my sensible side of me is saying “ that's it, no point in doing the jumping as we have far too many faults already”, but I had paid for it, so we did it. This time he went clear with just two time faults. So we have fourteen faults in total. No chance I thought. 

I was packing the car away and they said over the loud speaker the finalists in the medium champ class were......... The first name to be called out was mine, well for once I was speechless. It meant I was last to qualify so I had to go first in the final. Let me say that all the best handlers go in for these classes from all over the country. One hundred and nineteen altogether.

I figured that there wouldn't be twenty clear rounds so I did play safe and go for a clear round. Freddy was amazing, I didn't see half of what he did, he could have missed out ten jumps, I would never have known, I gave him his commands and left him to get on with it.

Well dog after dog went wrong and in the end we came 7th, I can honestly say it was the best feeling ever, I was so proud of him. Would I enter another one, maybe, but I doubt I could ever beat that.                                                                                                                            Tracey Masters


Thank you so much Tracey for all the articles. (The Ed!)





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


Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002.  Email: graham.reynolds13

Graham was organising the Flyball sessions for later on this year, however this has now been put on hold till next year.


Charity Coordinator Sue Salisbury. email:

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.

Charity 2019: Garbo's GSDR: Money raised £2600

Money raised so far in 2020 : £629.60


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.




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 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:

  • Enhance lives in our communities by providing companionship and friendship and helps to tackle loneliness.
  • Improve the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as Autism, Dementia and Stroke by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.
  • Improve literacy in children by developing their confidence, interest and enjoyment in reading through our read2dogs scheme.







Why was the dentist happy with the dog groomer?                 

Because he cleaned his canines every day!!



“Life is like a dogsled team.

If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes!!”

Lewis Grizzard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

A friend of mine has a dog that goes and sits

in the corner every time the doorbell rings......

His dog is a Boxer!!                                                                                                        




I just watched my dog chase his tail for 5 minutes and I thought “dogs are easily entertained”, then I realised...”I have just been watching my dog chase his tail for 5 minutes!





Travelling safely with your dogs

We are a nation of animal lovers and many of us consider our pets to be a part of our family. As a result, travelling by car with dogs has become extremely common, whether that is taking your pets with you on holiday, taking the dog to the vets, a day trip to the beach or simply taking your pet with you so they are not left in the house alone all day. However, unfortunately, it is common place to see cars on the motorway with unrestrained dogs leaning out of the window appearing as though they may jump out at any moment. So, what is the law on driving with dogs?

Rule 58 of the Highway Code deals with travelling with pets and states:

“When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”

Potential Offences

Whilst breaching the Highway Code is not necessarily an offence in itself, there are a number of offences that could potentially arise as a result of driving with an unrestrained pet. A motorist could be considered to be driving ‘without due care and attention’ if it was felt that their standard of driving fell below that expected of a competent driver or that they did not show “reasonable” consideration for other road users. There is no definitive list of actions that can amount to careless driving. However, a distracting unrestrained dog jumping about in a vehicle could definitely be considered to be sufficient.

More concerning is the potential for an accident and if that were to arise, the more serious offence of dangerous driving could be applicable. The penalty for dangerous driving is far more severe as the offence attracts not only a custodial sentence but also a mandatory disqualification of at least twelve months.

Potential for Injury

Perhaps more significant to a dog lover than the potential for prosecution is the risk of injury to your dog from travelling unrestrained. Not only can a loose dog easily distract the driver but unrestrained dogs can also block or move the steering wheel, gear stick and foot pedals. A loose dog could be injured or killed by an airbag and when hanging its head out of a car window, debris from the road could injure a dog’s eyes, nose and mouth.

Types of suitable restraints

There are a number of suitable restraints on the market ranging from pet seatbelts to harnesses and crates that can be secured in the boot of a vehicle. We would always advise visiting a pet shop to consider all options as different restraints may be more suitable than others depending on the size of your dog and/or your type of vehicle.

For more info check out



The best way to pay your course fees and membership subscriptions is online. It is the quickest and easiest way 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 for more 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.

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.




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 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 ever, a very big thankyou to all of you who contributed to this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’

                                                                                                        The Ed.




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