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




Hi All

Just a reminder that 2023 is the 60th Anniversary of Billingshurst Dog Training Club....To celebrate this achievement, BDTC are holding a FUNDAY at Dedisham Manor Farm.  Make sure you put July 9th in your diary! All sections are expected to run some form of event on the day.

More details to follow, but if anybody has any suggestions about what they would like included, please contact any of the committee members or your section rep!                             The Ed!                                                                                    




24th NOVEMBER             BDTC AGM



Sadly, it has been brought to our attention that two of the early members of the club, Cynthia Roffey and Jackie Reid, have sadly passed away.

Cynthia was a very active member till a short while ago, and, along with her husband, Robin, participated in both obedience and agility. They were both great supporters of the club.

Jackie was also a great supporter of the club, and active in agility until about 6 months ago. She taught agility for many years, was very active in organising the sport of Agility in its infancy, and, along with Angela Donavan, kept the section going when it moved to Chephurst some 20 years ago. Jackie and Angela were also very active in working trials for many years.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to their families.



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 for more details.

Your forms will still need to be returned to the relevant people, i.e. Section reps/course instructor, or Pat Reynolds if not currently attending classes



Surrey Embroidery is the suppliers of BDTC clothing.

Check out the items below on the Surrey Embroidery website: 

(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.


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 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



Valerie Harrison (pictured below) has given the club a few old newspaper cuttings she found in her album. (The Police Demo article was published on May 20th 1986 but unfortunately there is no date on the Charity article.)

She has also sent a bit of information about the history of the club. (Thank you Valerie: The Ed!)

Billingshurst Dog Training Club started in Shipley, then moved to Coolham, where it stayed for a number of years.  Stephen Lowe (also pictured above) knew the club at Coolham, first went to drive Joyce Pope and her Doberman Commer to the hall.  Joyce did not have a car and first started training her dog at Shipley where she had to catch a bus and walked to the village hall.  Its move to Coolham and Stephen as a driver was much welcomed.  Stephen served on the committee and became an instructor but has never owned a dog.

Valerie joined in early 1974 when the club was at the Billingshurst Old Village Hall. The club moved to Rudgwick Village Hall on 6th April 1988, as the Billingshurst  Hall had become too small.





Money raised so far £419.02


Last year, we managed to raise £1106.60 for Pets as Therapy and Battersea Dogs Home.

At the AGM, the club members chose STREETVET as the new charity. Please give generously over the next year to support this worthwhile charity.

Please also put your thinking caps on, and start looking at dog related charities to nominate at the AGM in November.




Homelessness is a growing problem in the UK and an increasing number of homeless people have dogs. The bond between many homeless people and their dogs is profound and the health and wellbeing of their canine companions is often a major priority for their owners.

Life on the streets makes it difficult to access the fundamental vet care required to ensure the health and vitality these dogs deserve. STREETVET is a registered practice with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and has been established by a dedicated team of professional vets and veterinary nurses to bring that essential care to homeless people and their dogs across the capital.

Together, the STREETVET team take their experience out onto the streets of ever expanding locations, seeking out people; their dogs living rough, and delivering care and support required to ensure their combined wellbeing.

Combined with the critical support of a host of renowned organisations backing our team of qualified professionals, STREETVET is changing the future for homeless dogs who may otherwise have to go without the care they need and deserve.



As you know, Billingshurst Dog Training Club support different charities every year. In 2020 we began to raise money for Pets As Therapy until Covid prevented us from meeting. Up to that point we had raised £330. We then continued to raise money and raised a further £571.80 making a total of £901.80.

Eunice and Sue (pictured), representing Billingshurst Dog Training Club, went to Crufts on Thursday to present the final cheque to Matthew Robinson. (Head of Income Generation and Marketing). Interestingly, Pets As Therapy are celebrating their 40th anniversary in the same year as BDTC celebrate their 60th.

Pets as Therapy said they are truly grateful for the amazing amounts raised by the lovely people of Billingshurst Dog Training Club!


Following on from the article about the Pets As Therapy presentation at Crufts, two club members have had success in the ring showing their dogs.

Les Cocks with his young Rottweiler Yogi, got placed 2nd in Junior Dog, and Susan Tindall with her Lagotto Kara got placed 3rd in Post-Graduate bitch and 2nd in a special class for dogs holding the KC Good Citizen Dog award. 

Les’s 2nd place and Susan’s 3rd are automatic qualifiers to enter next year’s Crufts. 

Well done to both of you, a really fine achievement.                                                   The Ed!






Sadly due to health problems, Graham is unable to run the Flyball course this year. He is willing to advise any member if they wish to take on the task of running this year’s course at Dedisham in May. Valerie is willing to host as usual and will get the equipment out on the night, so if you feel you would like to help out the club and volunteer, Graham will be pleased to hear from you.

Contact Graham on 01403 784002.





DOG SENSES                    DOGS V HUMANS

A dog’s wild ancestors would have relied on their senses to find food. There was no one around to open a can of dog food for them!

Dogs have excellent senses of smell and hearing. Their vision too is good; although they don’t see in quite as much detail as us, they can sense movement and changes of direction way better.

ld ancestors would have relied on their senses to find food. There was no one around to open a can of dog food for them!

Dogs have excellent senses of smell and hearing. Their vision too is good; although they don’t see in quite as much detail as us, they can sense movement and changes of direction way better.



Dogs don’t see colour like we do. Instead, they see in mainly grey, blue and yellow. Dogs are colour blind when it comes to telling the difference between red and green.

Have you ever seen a dog’s eyes glow when illuminated in a beam of light at night? The glowing is caused by a part of the dog’s eye called the tapetum lucidum.

This reflective surface increases the amount of light captured by the dog’s eyes. This, and other adaptations, give dogs excellent night vision.

Sadly, human eyes don’t have a tapetum lucidum!



A dog’s sense of smell is over 100,000 times more sensitive than a human’s! This means that they can smell lots of things that we can’t. Dogs can follow a scent for miles. Their wet noses help them to absorb scents too.



Dogs also have much more sensitive hearing than humans. They can hear over 10 times better than a human and they can also hear sounds that are much higher in pitch.

Dogs have 18 muscles just for moving their ears! This helps them move their ears to hear sounds coming from a particular direction. A dog’s ears are also used in communication.



You would think that dog’s sense of taste is equal to his amazing olfactory abilities, but in reality, your sense of taste out performs your dog

Just like us, the dog’s sense of taste depends on his taste buds found on the surface of the tongue, roof of the mouth and in the very back of the mouth.

The more taste buds a person or animal has, the better his sense of taste. Humans have on average about 9000 taste buds compared to the dog that has only 1700, hence a humans taste is far superior to dogs.


So finally in a competition between human and dog senses, dogs win hands (paws) down. Well 3-1 to the dogs.



Valerie Harrison has decided to share this article sent to her by Dr Michael Lazaris from Your Pet Nutrition. Hope you find it interesting!


Did you know dogs yawn for MANY different reasons?

No, it's not always because they're tired...

The little-known truth is, yawning is a "hidden language" for our dogs. It's one of the first things a dog learns as a puppy, and understanding yawns can reveal what your dog is trying

to tell you...

The 3 reasons behind this are fascinating

(1) Your Dog Yawns If They're Excited

Imagine if someone yawned in your face while you were talking to them...You'd think they were being rude, right? Well, if your dog does this - you might want to take this as a compliment! That's because dogs yawn to release bottled-up energy.

If your dog yawns when you play with them, they're likely enjoying your love and attention.

What's more, studies say dogs yawn to "cool off" their brains. You see, when your dog breathes in deeply, the incoming air cools their brain.

This can also be a sign of stress, anxiety or frustration.

For example, if your dog yawns when they meet new people..

This could be a sign they're getting stressed.

(2) Your Dog Yawns To "Talk" With Other Dogs

It's remarkable - your dog can yawn to communicate with other dogs. In fact, it can be a powerful calming signal for them...And dogs often use yawning to avoid conflict. For example, your dog might yawn if they meet a bigger, more aggressive dog in the park. Or, if your dog is an alpha male- they might yawn to say "it's ok, I won't bite" to a younger dog.

(3) Dogs Find Yawning Contagious

This fact is my personal favourite....

You might know that dogs are very empathetic - they have the extraordinary ability to feel what we feel. Well, their empathy even applies to yawning.

Studies show dogs are more likely to yawn when their owners do!

This is truly special. So much so, contagious yawning only happens with humans, monkeys, budgies, and dogs. But unsurprisingly, cats couldn't care less if their owners yawn!

So next time your dog yawns, try to figure out what they're telling you...

Because this simple facial expression can mean MANY different things.

 By Dr. Michael Lazaris (Your Pet Nutrition)



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’) 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 thank you to all of you who contributed to this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’ 

The Ed!


(Please note BDTC cannot be held responsible for any information found on any links on the BDTC website!)

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