Billingshurst Dog Training Club
Billingshurst Dog Training Club




Billingshurst Dog Training Club


SPRING Newsletter 2018

Chair – Eunice Pearson

Secretary - Pat Reynolds

Treasurer – Trudy Nye

Club Website:

'DOG ENDS' Editor - Neil Nye




Hi All

I hope you enjoyed my first attempt as Editor of ‘DOG ENDS’.  Hopefully you found something of interest or just enjoyed the articles. I certainly learnt a few things about dogs I didn’t know before editing ‘DOG ENDS’.

I would like to start this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’ by saying a big well done to all the club members who managed to get to Crufts in their chosen section. (see chairman’s report.)

On the subject of shows, can I please remind you that help will be required at both club shows, so please volunteer. All the diary dates, times and details for the shows are below.

Help has been lacking over the past few years, so please find time to help out, even if for just a few hours. Do something to help and repay the club for the excellent training they provide.

On a completely different note, I try to keep the website updated regularly, so 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 on and I will be pleased to add it. Contributions for the next issue and website are always gratefully received.

Last but not least, thank you to everybody who contributed to this newsletter.




Chairman’s Message

I hope everyone has been enjoying(?) the recent cold snap and that no-one has suffered any casualties.  I’m sure our dogs all enjoy messing about in the snow but we need to take care of them as much as ourselves – things like washing the ice and salt out of their paws after a walk and not letting them run on frozen lakes and ponds.  Keeping them warm should also be a priority, especially for young puppies and elderly dogs.  Don’t begrudge them a space in front of the fire!


Hopefully spring is on its’ way and we can all look forward to a new season of training and shows and generally having fun with our dogs.


Well done to our club members who managed to compete at Crufts, including Katie Dalrymple with Wizz who achieved a 5th in YKC Agility Dog of the Year and 4th in under 18 Jumping.  Both lovely clear rounds, but were beaten on time.  Emily Moores (who is only 10 years old) handling in the YKC show ring achieved two 2nd’s for other owners... not even her own dog. How good is that! Carly Turner achieved a 3rd in the open class while showing her Shih-tzu Dennis in the show ring. Susan Tindall and Honey won the Lagotto Romagnolo Veterans Bitch Class.

A special well done should also go to 14 year old Lauren Ashby (who was diagnosed in January 2017 with Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 3), who had already won the Crufts Braveheart of the Year and went on to win the YKC Young Person of the Year Award 2018. Well done everyone.


Don’t forget we have two shows coming up in the summer.  Don’t be shy in volunteering to help.  You’ll enjoy it!!                                                                               

Eunice Pearson





14th May Flyball Taster Night (see below)

28th May Flyball Course

23rd June BDTC Obedience Show

8th July BDTC Agility Show




As you probably already know, BDTC run two very successful shows, but these shows would not be the successes they are without the support of its club members, so please put the following dates in your diary.

                                              22nd June BDTC Obedience Show setup                                               

23rd June BDTC Obedience Show

24th June taking down show

6th July BDTC Agility Show setup

8th July BDTC Agility Show

9th July taking down show






·        POSTCODE: RH13 6PJ

·        HELP REQUIRED: 22ND, 23RD, 24TH JUNE


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 if you can be of assistance. More details to follow.

It is not all hard work, but an ideal way to learn about dog obedience and socialise with other club members.








·        POSTCODE: GU6 7DW



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, 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 Natalie Dalrymple, Pat Reynolds or Graham Reynolds if you can be of assistance.

As with the Obedience show, it can be hard work, but it is an ideal way to learn about agility shows, and socialise with other club member


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.




At the time of going to print we have finally found a replacement clothing supplier for our BDTC clothing. Watch out for more info on the BDTC website, or in the next issue of ‘DOG ENDS’.                     The Ed.




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.

Agility Membership.

We currently have 49 dogs in training, 38 on Tuesday and 11 on Thursday.  Our Beginners on Thursday have 6 weeks to go before being promoted to our Tuesday classes.  We will be taking on a new group of Beginners in May.  Our Waiting List currently stands at 47.  If you want to do Agility, it is essential to get your name down as early as possible.  As you see from the Waiting List it is at least a year to wait.  No dogs can start until they are one year old, 15 months for large dogs.  Contact Graham on the number above or email for an Application Form.

Training Team.

We have 7 Instructors and 1 Shadow.

Pat Reynolds takes Beginners assisted by Katie Dalrymple, Graham Reynolds with Sophie Fry Shadowing.  Graham Reynolds and Neil Nye take the two early groups.  Sophie Fry shadows Neil’s group.  The two middle groups are taken by Tracey Masters and Roz Ingram and the top group is taken by Ann Riches, Katie Dalrymple and Tracey Masters.

 Katie Dalrymple has moved up to take the top group with Ann Riches to offer advanced training with Ann’s many years of experience added to by Katie’s Grade 7 knowledge of the many new moves which are changing the competition side of the sport.  The Section Representatives are confident that this pairing will continue to raise abilities to a higher competitive level.

The Club is very proud of its Young Kennel Club class run by Tracey Masters and Katie Dalrymple.  We have a team trying to qualify for Crufts next year.  The team members are Sophie Fry & Layla, Bea Noakes & Maddy/Freddy, Yvie Thompson & Bella,  Angharad Moore & Jazz, and Charlie Osborne,

Sadly, the Section has lost the services of Cheryl Harwood after 10 years.  Cheryl lost her Mum suddenly before Christmas and has then had a period of ill health.  She felt a need to cut down on her activities and after much thought, felt she could no longer continue to train our members.  Cheryl is probably one of the most highly qualified people in the Club on dog behaviour issues and has helped many members over the years.  She will be missed and we wish her well for the future.

Competition News.

The Club has Katie Dalrymple & Wizz and Tracey Masters & Freddy competing in Champ events at Grade 7.  Sophie Fry & Layla have now gone up to Grade 5.  She has just had her first appearance in Grade 5 classes and got a 2nd and 3rd.   

The Club is putting forward a Medium Team for the Crufts Team Qualifier to be held at Ardingly early this year.  Our team came 8th of 33 last year and our hopes are high to go even higher this year.  Our Team will be Katie Dalrymple & Wizz, Bea Noakes & Murphy/Freddy, Tracey Masters & Murphy/Freddy, Yvie Thompson & Bella and Lauren Ashby & Percy.

The Club has now been promoted to Division 2 of the Agility Club Agility League Table after scoring over 1000 points last year.

Lauren Ashby has won the YKC Braveheart of the Year Award and has also won the YKC Young Person of the Year Award which was presented at Crufts.

The Match with Rother Valley.

The Annual Match with Rother Valley for the Karen Chandler Memorial Trophy took place on 11th February at Chephurst Farm.  Daniel Slinkert judged again this year and set very fair and challenging courses for the Nursery, Beginners and Open classes.

Each  Club had 6 dogs in each class and points were awarded, 6 for first, 5 for second, 4 for third etc.  In the Nursery class, Roz Ingram went first for Billingshurst and went Clear with a beautiful round in 37.263 seconds. This proved a winning run and she came first in the class.  Kate Russell & Fife went round Clear but got 1.714 time faults with a time of 51.714. An excellent run for a very new member.  She came 4th.  Sophie Fergusson & Hector had an excellent run, Clear in 66.158 seconds.  She got 16.158 time faults but claimed 6th place.

Carly Turner & Dennis, a real character in class and very talented, did the 10th obstacle, a tunnel, clear, when he saw Pat Reynolds scriming on a chair inside the ring.  He decided to visit Pat, jumping on to her lap and then took off to complete the course and come 7th

Points scored Billingshurst 10   Rother Valley 11

In the Beginners class, Neil Nye & Stolli went Clear in 47.636 to claim second place.  A great run.  Chris Woodrow & Bella did a quick round with 5 faults in 42.908 to claim 4th place and Richard Crew & Robbie went round in 73.925 with 15 faults to claim 6th place.

Points score Billingshurst 9  Rother Valley 12.

There were a few long faces in the Billingshurst camp and Rother Valley were looking confident as they had a good team of fast Spaniels in the Open class.

Our Open team put in some outstanding runs on a course with subtle traps.  Trudy Nye & Lexi did a fantastic round, going Clear in 40.564 to win the Class.  Tracey Masters & Freddy stormed round in 41.122 after running Murphy who came 3rd with 5 faults in 46.940.  Angharad Moore and Jazz came 4th with 5 faults in 47.432 and Susan Tindall & Honey came 6th in 66.667 with 5 faults plus time faults.  Billingshurst took 5 of 6 placings in the Open class

Points score Billingshurst 19 Rother Valley 2

Match score Billingshurst 38 Rother Valley 25.  A very good win!  Well done Team.                                                                                     Graham Reynolds.

Christmas Party.

The Section had a very enjoyable Christmas Party at Chephurst Farm13th December.  The games played were the Tunnel Challenge and the Sausage and Spoon Relay.  The Tunnel Challenge went on so long this year that it finished with 5 winners.  The 5 survivors could not be beaten as they all stayed out of the tunnels which were in very difficult positions.  The Sausage and Spoon relay was very competitive and some sausages were dropped and eaten, to much amusement.  We then had some wonderful food and drinks, made awards to our Trainers and raised £45 for our charities from the Tombola before closing for Christmas.

Forthcoming Events.

1st April                                              Easter Celebration Show Ring Party at Ardingly

And Finally

The Agility Section is very fortunate to have a group of members who are prepared to help run the section.  This year we had a few gaps, but we are very pleased to welcome Hayley Fry, Katie Dalrymple, Sue Salisbury and Chris Woodrow to the Agility Section Representative group.               Graham Reynolds



Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002.  Email:

The Flyball class 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. Flyball is open to all sizes and breeds but numbers are very limited (existing members only). Your dog must be at least 1 year old, fit and sociable) All Flyball subscriptions go directly to this year’s chosen charities, Blind Dogs Rescue UK and Pet Blood Bank.

Ever thought of having a go?

The Club is running a 10 week Course starting Monday, 28th May for £30.  All profits go to our charities for the year.  Flyball is fun and the dogs usually learn it quickly.  We have competitions during the Course which is run at Dedisham Manor Farm in an enclosed outdoor Riding School.  A perfect venue.  We usually run for about an hour each evening and run a Top Dog Competition on the last night for the Robin Roffey Cup  which is presented at the AGM..This year we are running a Flyball taster evening at 7 pm on Monday 14th May at the venue.  If you are interested, please contact Graham to book your place.



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.



I have enjoyed a lovely group for the first Advanced Beginner course of 2018. Dedicated handlers who, after the Christmas and New Year festivities, committed to the class despite the cold dark evenings, which have also turned out to be particularly wet! They even arrived early to practice in the corridor while waiting for their class. It can sometimes be hard to maintain enthusiasm and motivation at this time of year, but they have all done a splendid job and made it through the course. We can often forget that the path to success is rarely an easy straight path but is instead full of dips and turns and pot holes! Well done to them all. I am thankful for being a part of their journey. Thank you also to Dawn for sharing in class a fun photo of her lovely Jaffa doing her homework; it brightened a very wintery evening.                   Alison Poulton.



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

There is nothing to report in the working trials section, but I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the clubs new Working Trials section representative, Stan Ford.

Stan is Chairman, President and a life member of the Working Trials Section of the Surrey Dog Training Society.  He currently manages three of the four working trials held annually by the society. The three remaining working trials for 2018 are based at Oakwood Hill Village Hall which is a mere stone’s throw from Dedisham where the BDTC working trials section meets weekly with the kind permission of Peter and Valerie Harrison.

He lives nearby at Ockley, with his partner Tess.

Stan has been a member of the Kennel Club Board for eighteen years and he is currently Chairman of the Kennel Club House Committee (someone has to test the wine!!) He is also Vice Chairman of the Activities Committee, having previously been Chairman for over twenty years.  This committee regulates agility, obedience, working and bloodhound trials, heelwork to music, rally, Canicross, almost all dog activities excepting Field Trials. 

Stan was heavily involved in Discover Dogs at this year’s Crufts 2018, commentating on Working Trials in the display ring and the Arena.  

When not attending meetings, Stan is a keen working trialist, having competed in that dog sport for over fifty years.  He is the owner of two German Shepherds and is currently training his bitch Tarka, whom he intends to compete with in July this year when she has attained eighteen months of age.  He has always worked GSD’s, having been a police dog handler in Suffolk and Surrey. 

I am sure Stan will be welcomed as a valued member of the main committee, and look forward to his input at forthcoming meetings.                                   The Ed.



Charities 2018: Pet Blood Bank and Blind Dog Rescue: Money raised so far £284.00
As you probably know by now, the charities chosen for 2018 at the AGM are 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.

Thanks to Sue Salisbury for taking over as Charity Coordinator from Eunice Pearson, after many years in this role. Thanks must also go to Eunice for all her hard work. I am sure Sue will do a valiant job as her replacement.



Following a busy grand opening on Saturday 24th February, Arun Veterinary Group is delighted to start welcoming new and existing clients to their newly refurbished, state of the art veterinary hospital in Storrington. 

With an ethos of delivering continuity and excellence in veterinary care, the opening of the premises at the Mill Stream Medical Centre coincides with the launch of South Downs Emergency Vets – an independent emergency and critical service which will enable the team to provide seamless veterinary care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Facilities include a high dependency ward, a sterile operating theatre, radiography, laboratory, dispensary and multiple consulting rooms, including a dedicated ‘triage room’ for admitting emergency patients.  Spacious, air conditioned kennels are available to suit all breeds and the practice is easy to find with ample parking. 

The same trusted and familiar faces will be on hand to deliver a personal service for clients and their pets, and would proudly welcome the chance to offer you a tour of the new hospital.  


Mill Stream Medical Centre,

North Street Car Park,


RH20 4DA.


You probably know that dogs have an excellent hearing range. They are the first to notice a small noise or distant doorbell. But can some dogs hear better than others? And how much better can they hear than us?

1.     While some humans do have the unique ability to wiggle their ears, human ears generally don’t move independently and don’t get a lot of motion. Dogs, however, have over a dozen muscles in their ears specifically for movement allowing them to tilt, turn, raise, and lower their ears.

2.     Dogs move their ears to hear better, but also to express emotions. The posture/position of a dog’s ears at any given time tells the story of how they’re feeling.

3.     Working breeds such as the Collie or GSD were developed to watch for trouble. It’s not likely their hearing differs much from other breeds, but these breeds certainly may choose to listen more carefully than other breeds. For a Collie protecting a flock from predators, his hearing is his first line of defence.

4.     A dog’s ear is essential for balance. In fact, inner ear infections are a frequent cause of our dogs losing balance. Head to the vet if your dog looks wobbly.

5.     Dogs can hear at higher frequencies than our range. Some dog whistles take advantage of this range by creating a sound only dogs can hear.

6.     While dogs can hear things we can’t, scientists say dogs only discriminate resolutions of about one third of an octave. We humans can discriminate resolutions as fine as one twelfth of an octave.

7.     Scientists generally contend that dogs hear about four times better than we do. Cocking their heads may help dogs hone in a distant sounds – it also may just be cute.

8.     Puppies are born deaf, but can generally hear within a few weeks. While this seems dangerous out in the wild, there may be advantages to a shorter gestation period for dogs; perhaps giving birth early allowed mother dogs to get back to hunting sooner.

9.     Some breeds such as Dalmatians are prone to hearing issues. Older dogs may also develop hearing loss.

10. Dogs are able to filter out certain sounds and tune in to others. For example, a dog may sleep through loud conversation but wake up instantly when he hears his food dish filled.





Golly, hasn’t it been wet!  I found these cards and thought I’d share the humour

Anyone else have a dog who loves puddles? And what about shaking inside instead of outside?

Life’s too short so I now dance in the puddles too and put out extra towels; and laugh. What about you?

For us, shaking outside is a work in progress, but I get why my dog finds it hard to understand why she needs to do this when it is still raining outside but isn’t raining inside!             Happy walks everyone.                                                                                                                                            Alison P.




Special relationship: how dogs know what we’re feeling

If you’re someone who prefers to keep your emotional state secret from everyone, then steer clear of your dog! A growing body of scientific evidence shows that dogs are just too skilled at sensing and/or interpreting how we are

feeling to be duped. Let’s consider the evidence.

In recent times, research has shown that:

·        Dogs can recognize emotions in people’s facial expressions.  They are able to distinguish emotional facial expressions from neutral expressions, and they can tell happy faces from angry ones.

●       Dogs can sniff out human emotions by smell alone. Researchers collected sweat samples from human volunteers who had watched videos designed to cause them fear or happiness, and then presented the samples to the dogs to sniff (lucky them!). They then monitored the dogs’ behaviours and heart rates and found that dogs exposed to human fear smells showed more signs of stress than those exposed to happy or neutral smells. The ‘fear sweat’ sniffers also had higher heart rates, sought more reassurance from their owners and made less social contact with strangers.

●       Dogs can distinguish different emotions in human voices alone. They even ‘process’ the voices differently in their brains, depending on whether they involve positive or negative emotions. Previous studies have shown that generally speaking, non-verbal human voices associated with positive emotions are processed in the left side of the dog’s brain while voices with negative emotions are processed in the right side of the brain.  It’s nothing to do with the words used, just the sound of the voice - so the dogs in the study weren’t picking up on learnt negative or positive words. Interestingly, there was a clearer difference in brain processing when the negative emotion in the voice was fear or sadness - rather than anger - or when the positive emotion was happiness.

●       Another study also suggests that a dog's brain breaks up speech into two parts: the emotional cues and the meaning of the words and again, processes these two components on opposite sides of the brain: emotional cues on the right, meaning of words on the left. That's a bit similar to how we humans process speech. We also break up speech into several parts, such as the meaning of the words, clues about the speaker and emotional cues. This has implications for dog training, showing that it’s not just which words you use that will have an impact on how your dog respond, it’s also how you’re feeling when you say them.  

And there’s more.  Our canine friends are also very good at knowing when they have our attention, and using it to best effect to influence our emotions. Research has found that dogs’ faces are most expressive when they know people are looking at them. Although it’s not yet clear exactly how dogs visually signal us and how we respond, there is certainly evidence that we are susceptible to these signals. One study found that when dogs were being watched, they often raised their eyebrows in a particular way. This eyebrow raise is known to give dogs in rescue centres a better chance of being re-homed. It may make the dogs’ eyes look ‘sad’ or infant-like, creating an empathetic response from us.  It is not clear what role, if any, the domestication of dogs played in the development of these behaviours but we could speculate that it helped them get what they wanted/needed! There’s even some evidence to suggest that dogs may actually mimic human facial expressions. Studies have already shown what many owners of sociable dogs will have observed i.e. that dogs will mimic each others’ body language (e.g. play bowing), especially if they are closely bonded.  Some researchers now believe that the same behaviour can happen between a dog and their owner, with the dog effectively ‘smiling’ when the owner grins, for example. This mimicry between animals tends to be seen as one of the factors that indicate the existence of empathy, so if our dogs really do copy our facial expressions, it may indicate that they are feeling something akin to empathy for our feelings.

So, the next time you are laughing or crying, smiling or frowning, or just feeling happy or afraid, remember that the sounds, facial expressions and even the smells (!) you produce are meaningful to your dogs, and that their brains react accordingly.  They may, therefore, quite literally be ‘sharing’ our emotions so we really need to think about what impact that can have on them and how it can affect their behaviour.  And we also need to remember that they can make it happen the other way round. As all dog owners know, those ‘puppy dog eyes’ and raised eyebrows can be very effective!  The human/canine relationship really is a very special one.                                                           Julia Wrathall


Last but not least, thank you to everybody who contributed to this newsletter.       The Ed

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