SDDTC Pooch Scoop, July - September 2018

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POOCH SCOOP July-September 2018

Hi my name is Bruno


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


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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 @ 7.30pm.(Dogs not needed that night)

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 Tyler & I’m a long haired Corgi. My mum is Lynn Olsen & she has been the SDDC President for many years & is very committed to teaching responsible & committed dog ownership.


If your dog has celebrated or will celbrate their birthday during July –September, please give them a happy birthday pat & purchase a special birthday treat from the Springwood District DogTraining Club Shop.

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


Game of Bones It’s the doggy treat that causes great controversy. Should we be giving our dogs bones? Dogs love bones. Give your dog a bone & it will smell it, sniffy excitedly at it, nibble on it chew it, and some dogs will even bury their bone. The ongoing debate between canine experts has continued for decades. Either way the experts do agree that there potential risks in giving dogs bones. Dr David Mason – from AdelaideVet believes that bones can be good for some dogs… but they are for chewing on, not through! Some safety guidelines that are recommended:  Do not feed your dog cooked bones- cooked bones are more likely to splinter & potentially rupture the dogs gut/bowels  Only offer the dog a bone for a short period of time to prevent the dog fro burying the bone.  Feeding too many bones to your dog in one sitting can lead to constipation.  Bones can promote aggression between dogs in the homeit is recommended not to feed bones to dogs who you know will fight over them.  Don’t give big bones to small dogs as they might bite off too large a piece and chock or cause an obstruction in their gut.


What can dogs see? There is a plethora of information both on the written page, social media through to APPS on dogs and their ability to see and respond. However according to world leading experts in dog behaviour Dr Melissa Starling and Professor Paul McGreevy (2018) in their book Making Dogs Happy. How to be your dog’s best friend, they’ve found through their research that: A dog’s vision is not as good as humans. Dogs can see colour, static shapes and details. A dog’s vision is tailored for different use to ours as humans. Dogs are able to detect movement and may be able to see a human waving their arm up to a kilometre away. Dogs are especially sensitive to movement both sudden and unusual movement- this is a sensitivity that primes the dog for detecting potential prey. Humans have taken advantage of this ability in dogs especially with dogs that are retrievers, trained for herding and Guide dogs. In a horizontal plane dogs can see a little further than humans i.e. 250-270 degrees in dogs and 200-220 in humans. Binocular vision where both of the eyes work together with depth perception varies significantly in dogs- this is very dependent on the shape of the dogs head.


For example Greyhounds who have narrow skulls have less binocular vision than Pekinese or Bull Terriers who have broad skulls. Dogs are not as is often believed completely coloured blind. Dogs can detect many of the same colours as humans can. Dogs are essentially red/green coloured blind. Dogs see blue and greenish-yellow and yellow. Dogs can’t detect reds and oranges. Dogs are better at detecting different shades of grey than are humans; dogs can see more detail at night and they need less light then humans do to see through the dark.

Hugh with Molly, Bravo and Delta


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.