Pooch Scoop April 2021

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Pooch scoop – APRIL 2021

News, views and opinions in this update are those of the correspondents, and not necessarily those of the club, editor and committee. The Springwood District Training Club Inc. reserves the right of rejection of material.

Office Bearers and Committee President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Chief Instructor Obedience Chief Instructor Agility Table Manager Shop Manager Agility Secretary Newsletter Sports Council Representative General Committee

Lynn Olson MaryjkaKelly Moina Wye Julie Annetts Leanne Brown Leanne Brown Vicki Cooper Francoise Matter Leah Lownds Noeleen Horswell Paul Kelly Trevor Mawer, Ron Amann, Cath Moran

Life Members: Dot Luker, Ann Moy, Sue Fell, Ron Amann, Wally Campbell, Pam Waters, Lesley Piggott, Lynn Olson, Leanne Brown General Meetings: are held 3rd Tuesday of months February to November at Red Cross Hall, Macquarie Road, Springwood commencing 7.30. All members welcome. During COVID19 members will be advised when meeting will be held. Web site: Email: Facebook:

www.sddtc.org info@sddtc.org Springwood District Dog Training Club

Training As per Covid 19 rules if any member wishes to attend a training session, you must book on our Facebook page. Monday – Agility –Please arrive 6.45 p.m. so you may assist in putting out equipment, after which you exercise your dog. Thursday – Obedience - Please arrive 7.00 p.m. giving you time to pay at the table and move to the oval. This way you can exercise your dog before class commences. Tuesday – Obedience – Please arrive 9.15 a.m. to pay and move to the oval, to exercise your dog before class commences.

President’s Message Since we have returned in February, 2021, we have still had to deal with Covid 19 and now we have had all this wet weather. Our numbers continue to grow steadily which is great to think so many people wish to enjoy the time they spend with their dog. Our March beginners (Obedience) as at this time have barely been able to start their training, but hopefully the

rain god will start to realise we have had enough water for the time being. Our Agility beginners have had a more successful time being able to train and their progress is very encouraging. As with all training, it is the work you put in at home as well as training night that helps you succeed with working as a team with your dog. Till next time, Lynn

If you have any interesting articles, please forward to Lynn, for inclusion in the newsletter.

THE BIRTHDAY BOOK We have decided to reinstate our Club Birthday Book (for dogs not humans). We will keep a list of dog’s names and birthdays and each month we will print the list wishing the dog’s a very happy birthday. If you do not know your dog’s date of birth (rescue dog, getting the dog later in life, etc.) just use the date you received the dog or guess. If you wish to enter your dog’s name in the Birthday Book, please forward an email to: Lynn Olson sofalegs4321@bigpond.com Example:


owned by John Smith

22nd May

PECULIARITIES IN DOGS Humping It’s an awkward moment when your dog saunters over to another dog at the park and starts humping away. Even more awkward is when it happens to human guests in your home. Why is this happening? Though humping is a sign of sexual excitement and is often paired with signs of physical arousal and a desire to mate, it’s not that simple. The motivations for humping/mounting are varied. Though unneutered males are the most likely culprits, any dog – male, female, young or old – can develop a humping habit. Often evolving out of play, puppies will often hump each other, as will older dogs. The anxious, isolated dog can evoke this behaviour as a stress release mechanism. Status confusion among a group of dogs and/or humans can result in a dog humping sequential ‘victims’ in an attempt to clarify his/her standing. Some pushy dogs will do it simply as a way of controlling others, while the un-socialised dog just might not know any better, because no other dogs taught him or her, the finer points of getting along. Lastly, humping can become an obsessive compulsive behaviour, like barking or tail chasing, it can self

reinforce over time and be nearly impossible to stop. Solutions to humping are comprehensive. First, make sure your dog is getting enough stimulation, exercise, play, socialization, training and routine are all vital. Obedience train, as it teaches your dog to think, calms him and gives you a way to control and refocus. For instance, instead of letting two dogs hump each other all over the yard, put them both through some obedience exercises such as down/stays, paired walking, or recalls. Neuter or spay your dog at the appropriate time to lessen sexual urges. Keep a strict routine in the home – feeding, walks, training, play – to create anticipation and focus. And if a dog compulsively humps people, employ a plant spray bottle filled with water. A mist in the schnoz and a ‘QUIT’ can be effective in shutting down the behaviour. Ignoring compulsive humping won’t work, so consider the spray bottle in severe cases, as well as keeping a short lead on your dog to guide him away from a potential ‘victim’ before it happens. Put him in a down/stay, then reward with a treat after a few minutes. This alternative can minimize the compulsion. This article written by Steve Dun

STOP PRESS: Whitton Park (dog off leash area) situated next to Glenbrook Bowling Club, is later this year TO BE FENCED. Advised in Blue Mountains Gazette, March 18th.

CLUB MEMBER’S SHOP Black Dog Halties – all sizes


Haltie Extensions $8.00 Black Dog 1 metre Lead $14.00 Black Dog Treat Bag various colours


Pigs Ears – dog treat $1.50 Liver Treats 150 gm bag $2.50 SPECIAL Moina’s liver or heart treats 100 gm (Australian made) $2.00 Club Shirts, Vests and Jackets are available for purchase from the Club. Francoise Matter (owner of Molly, Golden Retriever) is our Shop Manager. For all your needs, please see Francoise on Tuesday mornings or Thursday evenings.