Billingshurst Dog Training Club
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'DOG ENDS' NEWSLETTER

BILLINGSHURST DOG TRAINING CLUB

 

 

‘DOG ENDS’

BDTC WINTER NEWSLETTER 2022

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

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BILLINGSHURST DOG TRAINING CLUB AGM    25th NOVEMBER 

 

All members and friends are welcome.

Please come along and contribute. The committee and trainers are all volunteers and we need the input and support of all the club members. They help run the club for the benefit of all its members and their dogs.

The club needs charities to choose for 2022/2023, so if you have any suggestions, please fill in the form at the end of ‘DOG ENDS’ and email or send it to Sue Salisbury (or give to your section rep!) by 7th October 2022.

You will be required to do a short write up of the charity and provide a website addressso people can look them up before the AGM. (see below in the Charity section).

 

Just a reminder. When voting at the AGM only single members, and one person from your family  can vote:

 

Please put your thinking caps on and send in your choices to the Charity Coordinator Sue Salisbury. More details can be found in the charity section below, with how to do this. 

Make sure you check out the report on the 2022 Obedience Show by our esteemed Chair Eunice, the flyball report from Graham, obedience reports from Elaine and Alison including some useful seasonal advice from the RSPCA, and some very useful training advice from Julia.

And finally, for all you avid agility section members, please also find time to have a look at some very wise words from one of our most senior trainers and successful agility competitors, Tracey Masters! I am sure all of you who know her will echo how passionate she is about dogs and especially agility.                                                                                                                                                                                        The Ed!

 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT – AUGUST 2022

Hello everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of ‘Dog Ends’. I hope you have been enjoying the summer with your dogs and taking good care of them and yourselves during the unaccustomed heatwave we have been experiencing. This seems to be on the way out now as I am writing this, listening to steady rain outside and the distant rumble of thunder. I can hear the collective sigh of relief as we no longer have to worry about watering the garden! Our dogs will find it much more comfortable too.

Sadly, we couldn’t run our Agility show this year for the first time in many years, as Pat can no longer manage without more help and this hasn’t been forthcoming. We still hope that someone will be brave enough to work with Pat to learn the ropes and be able to take over in the future. The Obedience show, on the other hand, did go ahead very successfully and you can read more about that later in this edition.

It won’t be long before we will be sending out notification for the Annual General Meeting which will be held on Friday 25th November at St Gabriel’s Church Hall, Billingshurst. This will be your opportunity to vote on the election of officers – or to put yourself forward to replace one of them! We will also be choosing the new charity for next year, so have your suggestions ready. This is your club and your chance to participate in its’ running. Enjoy the rest of the summer with your dogs.

                                                                                                        Eunice Pearson 16.08.22

 

 

VOLUNTEERS PLEASE

The club needs the assistance of a few people. One is to coordinate with the insurance company if needs arise, (only if we claim really) and we require a person from each section to collect and collate membership forms at the beginning of the year. If you could find time to help out, or want to know any more about it, please speak to your section rep.  Thanks.

 

 

BDTC CHARITIES

PETS AS THERAPY & BATTERSEA DOGS HOME

bdtccharity@billingshurst-dtc.org

So far, we have managed to raise £1066.60 for our current charities. Check out more details on these charities on the Charity page.                                                          

 ***BDTC CHARITY---FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER 2022***

This is the deadline for you to propose a charity for the club to support in the coming year.

All sections of our club have for many years raised a considerable, worthwhile amount of money to benefit dogs of many breeds, shapes and sizes.  Although charity fundraising is not the main aim of the club, we have always supported either one or two dog or dog related charities each year, some national, some local, some personal to ourselves.

This year so far, we have raised £1066.60 as of 1st September 2022, for Pets As Therapy & Battersea Dogs Home which is a very generous amount already. Please continue to support these worthwhile charities for the next couple of months. But, now we need to think which charities we want to support for the coming year 2022-2023.

Please use the charity form in this newsletter to nominate a charity in 2022-2023 that you feel deserves our support. The appropriate charities will be taken to the AGM for voting by members.

It needs:

  • To fit BDTC criteria that it is a dog or dog related charity
  • To meet Charity Commission guidelines and have a Charity Commission registration number and have accounts that are up to date. 
  • To tell us the aims and activities of the charity
  • To be proposed and seconded
  • The proposer, seconder or both need to be in attendance at the AGM to answer any questions about the charity if necessary.

Forms please by email, via your section rep or by post (address is on the Charity Selection form at the end of the newsletter). All nominations will be checked by the committee for approval. Once approved, the proposed charities (with links to the website) will be posted on the BDTC website.

                                                **DEADLINE-------FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER!**

Thank you for taking the time to do this.  If you have any problems or need assistance please ask and I will try and help in any way I can.

Sue Salisbury                bdtccharity@billingshurst-dtc.org

 

 

AGILITY

 

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 24th. 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 and 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.

 

If  you feel you want to emulate Tracey and decide competing is for you, here are some useful tips she has passed on. The Ed!

 

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

Your dog cannot enter a show unless it is 18 months old and it has to have been officially measured, (twice) and you must enter the correct height, grade and class for your dog.

Your dog must have a flat collar but must not have a disc name tag or anything hanging down from it. An embroidered collar with the owner’s phone numbers is often a good idea!

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

Take off your bum bag, if you are wearing one, and don't carry treats with you.

When you approach the start line, you must WAIT for the scrimer to say " go, when you are ready" When you are ready, just start your dog running and the timer and Judge will do the rest. Don’t forget that it's always nice to thank the judge, even if you have had a bad run.

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.

 

 

A TREAT TOO FAR   

It breaks my heart to see a dog competing at agility shows that is 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. If a dog is overweight, it puts a lot of stress on their joints.

When I treat my dog, I can break/cut 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.

Being sparing with the size of the treat will only help improve and prolong your dog’s life in the end.

                                                                                                                                                        Tracey Masters

 

OBEDIENCE

 

BILLINGSHURST OBEDIENCE OPEN SHOW 2022

Saturday 25th June 2022. Somehow this year, it was the day that I seriously thought would never happen as so many things had gone wrong along the way. It all began when I emailed the Rugby Club to book the venue for our weekend and found that, despite the fact that we have been holding our show there every year since 2004, there was another booking already in place. It was an afternoon charity ‘Tea Party’ in aid of Cancer Research, in memory of a Rugby Club member’s wife. Also, there were two evening events running on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

The second major problem was the catering. When speaking to the Rugby Club after last year’s show, they intimated that, with new catering facilities up and running, they would be able to cope with all our requirements, ie. breakfasts and lunches for the judging teams and helpers, together with all day catering for competitors. On that basis, I had not booked our usual mobile van or the ladies who have always done our lunches. But lo! Because of the other events which were already in place, the Rugby Club couldn’t also cover the dog show. These other events also meant that we would not have access to the club house to prepare the ringside refreshments or end of judging teas for the judging teams.

Needless to say, our previous caterers were both already busy elsewhere, and trawling facebook and other social media sites met with the same results. So, in order to have a show of some sort, we met with the charity tea organisers and agreed how much ground they would need so that we could both go ahead. I then approached my neighbour, who runs a burger van in Horsham during the week, and persuaded her to cater for us at the weekend to do the judging teams’ breakfasts and competitors catering all day. That just left the judges’ lunches, and I decided we could do it ourselves. Tracey Masters, an agility member, ordered some of what we needed from M&S and Graham picked it up on Saturday morning. I did a ‘Tesco Supermarket Sweep’ for the remainder after I left the field on Friday. Marion and I had already been to Bookers to get the goods for the ringside refreshments. That just left the serving of the lunches and, happily, two of my friends from church agreed to come and sort that out.

Finally the day dawned and everything happened just perfectly! Somehow, it had all fallen into place and we had nothing but compliments all day, especially about the breakfasts! We had all been invited to visit the Tea Party – without dogs of course, and we have been told their event raised in the region of £9000. We have already had a meeting with the charity organisers about next year to discuss another joint venture and, yes, I have already booked the venue! Next year’s date will be Saturday 24th June. We are a very small show committee, but we do need as much help as possible to make it , so do come and join us - in return for a free breakfast and lunch and a day out supporting your club.

                                                                               Eunice Pearson, Open Show Secretary

 

 

OBEDIENCE CLASSES – JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2022

By Alison Poulton, Instructor

Oh my goodness, I cannot believe we are already in September. Where did the summer go! We all continue to enjoy being back to ’normal’ with our classes on Wednesday evenings. Classes are running well with lovely feedback from the handlers.  As instructors, we take great pleasure in watching the handlers and their dogs grow in confidence as they succeed in the exercises they are learning.  We have dogs of all sizes come through the classes – currently in Beginners we have a wee working cocker spaniel puppy up to a somewhat bigger young Hovawart, and a Rottweiler puppy who isn’t so small either!  We wish to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment, especially over the summer months which can be particularly busy for families. We also thank our fabulous assistants who help ensure everyone has as much support as possible.

 

Sadly as I write this, there’s only 2 weeks left on the current courses, so we will soon 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 for our dogs.  This is a great cartoon, don’t you think.  If we’ve had a bad day wouldn’t we hope someone would listen!

 

We do need to pay attention to our dogs because how (s)he feels can impact on how (s)he responds to things in the environment and the success of a training session.  We would not dream of starting to learn to drive on the M25, we’d wait until we had suitable skills for it to be a successful (and danger free!) experience. The same when planning our training sessions with our dogs.

 

 

There is a wonderful video of a dog called Jesse doing some housework and extra wonderful things. Individual behaviours (tasks) each built in small steps. It will surely bring a smile and shows what is possible. Search for Just Jesse197 at www.youtube.com

 

Well done to everyone. Keep up the great work.

 

Life is short… spread kindness, embrace each day and have fun with your dog

 

FIREWORKS

I know I know! That time already? Surely not!!! Well nearly. It may seem a bit early to bring this up but no, it’s never too early to prepare so you can help your dog through what can be very difficult ‘celebrations’ for them. By helping them we help ourselves have a better time too.  The RSPCA offers firework guidance at www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks and, dare I say it, Christmas guidance www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/christmas/petsafe.

 

 

TOP CLASS – RALLY OBEDIENCE

Elaine Heath, Obedience Instructor

Rally is back!  We are so lucky during the summer months to be able to run the Top Class outside on the playing fields at Rudgwick.

For this current Top Class, we’ve run a Rally Obedience course – just for fun.

We have a fairly small group, with the majority being new to the sport.  Working outside can be challenging for the dogs – most especially the first time they’re expected to train outside, given the distractions we have at that venue.  Although distractions are what we have to deal with in real life, of course.

We have a really good mix, with some handlers being more experienced overall.  However, as is often the case with the Top Class, they’ve been extremely supportive of one another.

We’ve covered a lot of the Level 1 exercises and I’m planning a little competition for our final week.  Which I’ve not actually mentioned yet, so ….!

A huge thank you to Liz for helping me.  It’s just lovely to be back, especially with such a great group!

 

 

TRAINING MATTERS: JUST SAY 'NO' TO SAYING 'NO'!

Have you ever stopped to think how often you say “no” to your dog? It’s the natural reaction of most of us to use the word ‘no’ when we want something we don’t like to stop, or we want to prevent something from happening. We use the word all the time when speaking with other humans, and of course, as humans, we understand very well what it means.

But if we think about what it might - or might not - mean to our dogs, it’s a different story.

This really useful and thought-provoking article www.barksmagazin/article/e.comjust-say-no explains why avoiding use of the word when training our dogs can be a positive thing to do. When you think about it, the word isn’t actually giving the dog any information about what we do want them to do instead of the thing we want them to stop doing!  The other words we teach our dogs, like SIT or COME, are letting them know what action we’d like them to take next. If we can always do this instead of just saying ‘no’, it gives our dogs an alternative action to take. It can be very hard for a dog just to stop what they’re doing and do nothing at all. This is, in effect, what we are asking them to do when we just say ‘no’! It’s especially hard to do nothing if they are excited/aroused at the time (personally, I find it hard to do ‘nothing’ when I’m excited!), so giving them something else to do - and rewarding them for that - can be a much more successful and positive approach.

Anyway, the article is well worth a read if you’d like to find out more.  Might be worth trying this approach when speaking with other humans too! Can you avoid using the word ‘no’ for a day? A week?! Even during the school holidays….?!

 

Julia

BDTC Pet training instructor

 

FLYBALL

 

We completed our Flyball course on Monday 29th August. We did 9 sessions with a 5 week run on for cancelations due to weather concerns .and small numbers.

It looked like a good group could be got together, as we had 4 completed Application Forms in addition to others we knew were keen to do it.   In the end 7 turned up with 2 sadly stopping half way through the course. 

With holidays, dogs in season and being spayed plus an operation for one of the handlers it was difficult to manage and we cancelled 2 sessions because we only had 1 or 2 dogs available.  The hot weather was also an issue and caused 2 cancelled evenings plus 1 rained off at the last minute.

Those attending were high quality dogs and handlers who picked up going to the box quickly and 4 of the final 5 could do a run to the box and back without fencing.  We had a Handicap competition, a pairs competition and the annual Robin Roffey Top Dog competition for the fastest dog. This year it was won by Susan Tindall with her amazing Kara, a Lagotto Romano.  Kara was running to the box and back with the ball the very first week.  This is unheard of before.  The evenings were great fun and the group worked well together getting the equipment up.

Valerie and Peter Harrison made us feel at home and every week got the equipment out on their golf buggy and took it to the field which was a tremendous help.  Their family joined us and added to the evening running Wellie who remembered how to do it with good runs.  He got a Special Rosette.

Pat did the driving every week, and recorded the times as well as helping with the training.  She did Flyball with me for many years when Robin packed up.  I have always found her a great help, and she added to the evenings with her humour, often at my expense.

We raised £210 for the charities and are looking forward to doing it again next year which we intend to do if we can get reasonable numbers to make it worthwhile.

If we get enough interest we are hoping to run the Flyball evenings next year

Graham Reynolds                                                                                                            1st August 2022

 

ONLINE PAYMENT

Thanks to all of you who pay your course fees and membership subscriptions 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 treasurer@billingshurst-dtc.org 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.

 

 

CLUB CLOTHING

Surrey Embroidery is the suppliers of BDTC clothing.

Check out the items below on the Surrey Embroidery website:        www.surreyembroidery.co.uk 

(type the codes below into the search bar at the bottom of the catalogue list.)

Either phone them, contact them via the contact page, or email them with your order at the address. info@surreyembroidery.co.uk

 

Sweatshirts – Navy:     RX300: £20.40            RX 301: £18.60 

Hoodies:     265M French Navy:  £27.50

Rugby Shirts:   FR100 Navy with white collar: £28.00

Polo Shirts RX101 – Navy and white: £16.60 

T shirts GD95 – Navy and White: £13.60 

Jackets PW171 – Navy: £29.60       RG125 – Navy: £39.95 

Cap:  RC050 Navy: £13.70 (embroidered logo will be smaller to fit cap)

Body Warmer RS214 – Navy : £30.30

 

Prices include garment, embroidery, vat and p&p, i.e. everything included to receive an individual order. They will send an invoice with the garment.

Please note, Surrey Embroidery do not accept Card Payments so people can pay by BACS, Cheque or Cash. 

The Surrey Embroidery Co Ltd,

The Old Coach House,

1 Fengates Road,

Redhill,

Surrey,  

RH1 6AG.

Tel: 01737 761666,

Fax: 01737 780666. 

BACS payments:

The Surrey Embroidery co. Ltd, NatWest Plc,

Sort: 60-04-35, Account No.: 52236269

 

 

TAIL NOTE!

I hope you all enjoyed this copy of ‘DOG ENDS’ and have found something of interest.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO NOMINATE YOUR CHARITY FOR NEXT YEAR!!

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

                                                                                                                                                   The Ed!

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