Billingshurst Dog Training Club
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'DOG ENDS' NEWSLETTER

BILLINGSHURST DOG TRAINING CLUB

 

 

‘DOG ENDS’

BDTC SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2021

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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BACK AT LAST............Yippee!!!

Lockdown 3 has finally been lifted and I am sure everybody is pleased to get back to their chosen doggy activity, and with the prospects of jabs for all, surely life can only improve for both dogs and their handlers. (Providing we all are sensible about it). It will still be trying with the current restrictions that will need to be in place, but we can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel! Phew!!

Lockdown has probably not been kind to us (and our dogs) in the fitness department, so now we are finally allowed to start Agility/Obedience/Flyball/Working Trials again, please ensure that you...and your dogs are fully fit.

PLEASE TAKE CARE!

 

As you are probably aware ‘DOG ENDS’ has been a little sparse over the last year, but I am trying to keep members up to date of what is happening at BDTC. We have continued to hold meetings within all sections (via ZOOM) and I must say they are becoming slicker every time we have one. And strangely enough we tend to have a full contingency of committee members partaking. (Maybe they have nothing else to do.)

I am sure all the handlers, and their dogs are glad to be back at their cl;asses despite the covid restrictions we all have to abide by. 

Membership is obviously down at the moment, but DON’T forget you will need to be a fully paid up member to participate in your chosen activity. You will also need to have a fully paid up membership to participate otherwise you WON'T be insured. Both the Agility and Obedience sections at now paying in full at their venues, so the club financially needs all the help it can get. (check out the ways you can pay in the section below.)

The Obedience Show is definitely going ahead with full Covid precautions in place but sadly the Agility Show is definitely cancelled.

Plans are progressing for some events later in the year (restrictions allowing), just check out the rest of ‘DOGENDS’ to find out what is in store. 

If you want to add a picture of you, your dogs, or both, or want to tell the world (well, BDTC) just what you have been doing to survive this mad year, just send it to me at noticeboard@billingshurstdtc.org 

and i will be pleased to add it.

In the meantime STAY SANE!! And enjoy your dogs. (P.S. I am sure our 4 legged friends have certainly helped us get through the last year. How lucky we are to have them!)                                                                                                                                                                                                        THE ED!

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SECTION NEWS

 

OBEDIENCE 
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 Wra
thall.

                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

AGILITY
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.
                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

WORKING TRIALS

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

Sadly the venue has been in lockdown due to shielding since last March, therefore the Working Trials section has not been operating.

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FLYBALL

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

LONELY HEARTS AD

Our estemed Chair Eunice spotted this and asked me to share it with all the BDTC members..... The Ed!

 

“Single, black female seeks male companionship.  I’m a very good girl who loves to play.  I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pick-up truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cosy winter nights lying by the fire.  Candlelit dinners will leave me eating out of your hand.  I’ll be at the front door waiting when you get home from work wearing only what nature gave me. 

Call 875-6420 and ask for Daisy.  I’ll be waiting”.

 

More than 15,000 surprised blokes found themselves talking to the Atlanta Dog Rescue Society!

 

 

 

One of our Obedience trainers Elaine Heath asked me to share this below with you all!..... The Ed

 

A Quick Technique for Improving Your Dog Training Skills

By Nicole Wilde


Whether you’re a professional trainer or someone who trains their own dogs, there’s always room for improvement. But how can you get better at something if you’re not aware of what needs improvement? A helpful technique is to record yourself training. (I used to say “videotape yourself” but now that makes me sound like I’m 100 years old!) Everyone’s got a smart phone, and it’s easy enough to set it up on a mini-tripod or countertop while you run through the obedience skills or tricks your dog knows. Record a few segments, and for at least one or two, set your phone camera to slow-motion mode. When you review the footage, watch it with the sound off. Pay attention to two things: your dog’s body language and your own. Does your dog appear to be enthusiastically engaged throughout the session, or does he show subtle signs of stress such as lip licking, yawning, sniffing the ground, scratching, or turning his eyes or face away from you? If so, try to detect what specifically is causing it. Does he seem less enthusiastic after the first few repetitions? That could signify a need to keep training sessions shorter. Does he look confused or lose track of your hand signal at any point? That brings us to your body language.


 

To review your own body language, again, watch the recording without the sound. Where are you holding the treats as you give your hand signals? If you’re signaling with one hand, the treats should be held behind your back in the other (or in a bait bag around your waist). Otherwise, your dog might be more focused on the treat than on your signal. Watch for subtle movements or positioning that could be contributing or taking away from your dog’s success, such as your leaning forward or back, or moving your hand too quickly or in a way your dog isn’t following. For example, a classic mistake when luring a dog from a sit to a down is to start with the treat held to his nose like a magnet, but then instead of keeping it there as he follows it downward, moving the treat too quickly to the ground away from his nose so he ends up motionless, just staring down at the treat.


 

Now, watch again with the sound turned on. Does your praise voice sound enthusiastic? How does your dog respond to it? Some dogs thrive on super happy sounding, high-pitched, enthusiastic praise, while for some shyer dogs, it’s too much; it actually scares them and so is not the reward we think it is. Shy dogs often do better with a softer, calmer, but still happy-sounding praise voice. Or, maybe your voice isn’t enthusiastic enough. I’ve seen more than a few people call their dogs to them in a voice that prompts me to think, I sure wouldn’t want to come if you called me like that! Also, do you repeat verbal cues instead of giving them once and then waiting for your dog to respond? That’s a pretty common and understandable error. But, like so many other things, you might never realize you’re doing it without watching yourself objectively.


 

It’s not easy to watch ourselves on camera (and some of us really hate it), but this exercise is a worthwhile one that will definitely improve your training skills. And in the long run, it might even help to improve the bond between you and your dog.

 

https://www.nicolewilde.com/post/a-quick-technique-for-improving-your-dog-training-skills

 

 

 

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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.

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. We will continue to support these chosen charities during 2021.

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 HAVE DECIDED 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.

www.battersea.org.uk/dog 

 

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:

  • 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.
  • www.petsastherapy.org

                                                                                                  

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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 treasurer@billingshurst-dtc.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.

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. The club will accept emailed copies of the membership form.

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SURREY EMBROIDERY - BDTC CLOTHING

Surrey Embroidery are the suppliers of BDTC’s 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 below.

info@surreyembroidery.co.uk

 

Sweatshirts – Navy:   RX 301: £18.60 

Hoodies:     265M French Navy:  £27.50

Rugby Shirts:   FR100 Navy with white collar: £28.00

Polo Shirts RX101 – Navy or white: £16.60 

T shirts Ladies GD95 – Navy or White: £13.60

T shirts Unisex/Mens GD05 – Navy or White: £13.60

Jackets:  PW171 – Navy: £29.60    RG211 – Navy: £25.15 subject to availability    

RG125 – Navy: £39.95 subject to availability  

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

Body Warmer RS214 – Navy : £30.30

These prices were correct at time of publication.

 

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

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PLEASE HELP!! 

 

I HAVE BEEN GIVEN THIS CUTE LITTLE PUPPY BUT MY WIFE SAYS I CAN'T HAVE ANOTHER DOG. I NEED TO FIND A GOOD HOME FOR HER!

 

 

 

SHE'S 56, NON SMOKER, GOOD AT CLEANING AND HOOVERING, AND A VERY GOOD COOK!

 

ANY REASONABLE OFFER CONSIDERED!  

CALL 07899932117 

          

HA! HA! HA!

 

 

TAIL NOTE!

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.

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.   

NOTE: we will not be printing 'DOGENDS' until further notice. 

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

                                                                                                        The Ed.

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