Pooch Scoop February 2017

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SCOOP – February 2017

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

COMMITTEE President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Chief Instructor Obedience Newsletter/Website Table Manager Obedience Procurement Officer Sporting Representative General Committee

Lynn Olson Maryjka Kelly Leanne Brown Paul Kelly Ron Amann Lynn Olson Wally Campbell Maryjka Kelly Paul Kelly Trevor Mawer/Cath Moran/ Chris Lambert/Francoise Matter/Natasha Manzi

Remember you are always welcome to attend our Club’s General Meetings at the Red Cross Hall in Macquarie Road, Springwood on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. (There is no meeting in December). Life Members: Dot Luker, Ann Moy, Sue Fell, Ron Amann, Wally Campbell, Pam Waters, Lesley Piggott, Lynn Olson, Leanne Brown Annual General Meeting: will be held on the last Thursday in August, 2017 at Lomatia Park. (There will be no training on that night). Web Site: www.sddtc.org

Email: info@sddtc.org

Training Days: Agility Monday evening 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. Obedience Tuesday l0.00 a.m. - Thursday evening 7.30 – 8.45 p.m. Wet Weather: If it has been raining for a few days check the Blue Mountains Oval Closure Hotline 478056 after 3.00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Also check our Facebook Page for training updates.

WELCOME To all our returning members and all our new members, a very big welcome to 2017. To our returning members I trust you have kept up your training skills during the Christmas break and you and your furry friend are ready for the new year. By the time this goes to print we will have performed at Australia Day, Glenbrook and a report and photos will appear in our next Pooch Scoop. To our new members, you have taken the first step in learning to train your dog, be it to compete in dog sports or to have a good family companion dog. We are a very friendly dog club and any issues you may have with your pet, please do not hesitate to ask questions and we will attempt to assist you. Lastly, training should be enjoyable for you and your dog, so please listen to your instructor and remember all dogs are not the same, some may take longer to work things out. Do not think that because Spot(a dog in your class can do it, your dog should be able to do it too), it does not work that way – take your time and always praise your dog – that is the greatest gift you can give to your dog. Lynn Olson - President

TYLER’S TRICKY TYKE Below you will find a description of a breed of dog – WITHOUT USING THE INTERNET try and work out which breed it is. Originally bred from a combination of local terriers with an outcross to whippets, this is a lean, racy and assertive terrier. Miners in the Rothbury area of Northumberland developed the breed sometime in the 18th century. It was not shown until 1869, but in the meantime developed a reputation as a killer of vermin, a poacher’s sidekick and a fighter. Alternate names it was known by are 'The Rothbury Terrier' and 'The Gypsy Dog', (due to its assistance with poaching.) Although now rarely called into the field, the breed was an excellent hunter due to its acute sense of smell and hearing, as well as its speed and its ability to ‘go to ground.’ It was even known to take on badgers. In its other arena, dog fighting, they were known to fight to the death. The dog has a narrow skull, is a long legged terrier and has a wool like coat. They are capable of galloping at high speed. The colour begins dark and lightens as the dog matures into blue, the most common colour. Blue and tan, liver and sandy are also seen. Both dogs and bitches measure between 38 - 43cms and weigh between 8 - 10kgs. In the home, the dog would need to be trained to get along with cats and

other pets. In terms of other dogs, there can be difficulties if the pack hierarchy is in question, but once the breed establishes itself as dominant, there should be no more problems. Strangers will be announced and repelled if unwelcome, but once accepted into the house by the master, will be given a friendly reception. These dogs do make good watchdogs, as they will be quite courageous once roused. In general, they will be fairly placid if they are receiving a regular amount of mental and physical stimulation. They can adapt to life in a flat if given adequate exercise. They are good with children. Generally, the breed will bond strongly with one family member. The dog owner should remain aware that this is a wolf in lamb’s clothing and should arrange to socialise it with other dogs and a variety of different people at an early age, in order to avoid problems with aggression. Once good social skills are established, this is a lively, loyal and rewarding companion. This is an intelligent breed but it does have a mind of its own. One must convince the dog that it wants to do what you want it to do. Force would never work with this breed, as it can be more stubborn than most humans. Coercion, such as with positive reinforcement training, is a more efficient method of getting a dog of this breed to co-operate.




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Club Members Shop – Halti – all sizes Halti – extensions Treat Bags (LARGE) Treat Bags (MEDIUM) Pigs Ears Bacon Treats Liver Treats One Meter Lead Collapsible Water Bowl

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Club shirts, vests, and Winter and Summer jackets are available for purchase from the club.

– For all your shop requirements, please see Maryjka Kelly at the sign- on table