Pooch Scoop: Apr - Jun 2018

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POOCH SCOOP April –June 2018

Maisie at the Agility Trial October 2017 hosted by SDDC held in Lomatia Park Springwood


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. reserves the right of rejection of material. COMMITTEE President Lynn Olson Vice President Maryjka Kelly Secretary Leanne Brown Treasurer Paul Kelly Chief Instructor Obedience Ron Amann Newsletter Noeleen Horswell Website Lynn Olson Table Manager Obedience Wally Campbell Procurement Officer Francoise Matter Sporting Representative Paul Kelly General Committee Trevor Mawer. Cath Moran. Chris Lambert. Cicely Dixon. Vicki Cooper.

Life Members: Dot Luker, Ann Moy, Sue Fell, Ron Amann, Wally Campbell, Pam Waters, Lesley Piggott, Lynn Olson, Leanne Brown As a member of the club you are always welcome to attend our Club’s General Meetings at the Red Cross Hall in Macquarie Road Springwood. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. Meetings resume each January. NB There is no meeting in December. Web Site: www.sddtc.org Email: info@sddtc.org FACEBOOK: Springwood District Dog Training Club


Training Sessions

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Agility Monday evening 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. Obedience Tuesday l0.00 a.m – 11am Thursday evening 7.30 – 8.45 p.m. New Beginners 8 week Course-commences first Thursday evening of each month.

Wet Weather: If it has been raining for a few days check the Blue Mountains Oval Closure Hotline 47805617 after 3.00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Also check our SDDC Facebook Page for any training updates.

Hi my name is Annie. I’m a Mini Fox Terrier. I’ve been attending Obedience training since I was a puppy & I’m now seven years old, I love the class and learning new things. I especially love Mrs Lynn our instructor who gives us treats.


If your dog has celebrated their birthday during AprilJune, please give them a happy birthday pat & purchase a special birthday treat from the Springwood District DogTraining Club.

Photo taken of a painting on a wall at Bondi Beach

Honest and loyal, Dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner.


Did you know that Afghans were originally used for hunting?

My name is Anushka. I’m an Afghan Hound & my mum’s name is Jannine & we attend the Tuesday Obedience Class. The Afghan hound used to hunt large prey in both the deserts & in the mountain regions of Afghanistan. The Afghan was highly valued for their ability to run fast & over great distances- courageously holding dangerous animals’ at bay, e.g. leopards until their huntsmen on horseback caught up. The Afghan was also valued for their ability to think & hunt independently, without human direction.


ANZAC Day 2018

The SDDC Banner highlights why we walk in the local Springwood ANZAC Day March. Dogs as therapy for returned service men and women Did you know that in places around the world that animal’s especially dogs are being used to rehabilitate men and women suffering from the affects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after they return from active service? These dogs are given the title of Emotional Support Dogs. An emotional support dog is described as helping bring out feelings of love, & they provide good companionship. These dogs can be fun and are known to help in reducing stress. These dogs can take orders when well trained. This can be very comfortable for a Service member or Veteran who was used to giving orders in the Military.


Dogs travelling in Cars In NSW these are the rules for transport of dogs in vehicles: The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) advises that police can fine a driver and issue demerit points if an animal is causing the driver to be not in full control of the vehicle, or if they are driving with a dog on their lap. The penalties are three demerit points and $425 (more in a school zone). 

A driver must not drive with an animal in the driver’s lap.

A motor cycle rider must not ride with an animal between the handlebars and the rider.

Animals should be seated or housed in an appropriate area of the vehicle & restrained.

Dogs on Ute’s should be restrained either via a tether or cage, so that the dog cannot fall off or be injured when the vehicle moves.

A driver, motorcycle rider, bicycle rider or passenger must not lead an animal, while the vehicle is moving.

The RSPCA can also issue fines under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979. If an animal is injured because it was unrestrained, owners face up to six months’ jail and fines of up to $5,500. Carrying dogs untethered on the backs of Ute’s can land drivers with fines of $500. Reference: NSW Transport Roads and Maritime Services-Animal and Vehicles.


Club Members' Shop We have a number of items for sale at wholesale prices. Black Dog is one of our suppliers. Please see Françoise for special orders with Black Dog. The shop is usually set up most Thursday evenings close to the sign on area. For those who attend Tuesday Obedience Francoise is usually available to purchase items from.  Black Dog Halties – all sizes and combinations-$22.00  Haltie extensions-$8.00  Black Dog treat bags – large-$24.00  Black Dog treat bags – medium-$20.00  Black Dog treat bags – small-$12.00  Black vinyl treat bags-$5.00  Black Dog 1 metre leads-$14.00  Black Dog leads various lengths, plain or smart leads – see Françoise  Small collapsible water bowl-$4.00  Pigs ears –$1.50  Liver treats 150 g bag$2.50

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Francoise with Molly

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

Always enjoy training your dog.