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Big dogs & a spinal fusion

But after the operation I had my heart set on called Odin & from the minute I picked him

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We had moved from the Mountains to Queens trained every S Odin responded very well to training

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Vicki & Kaos Story My interest in Dog Training came after my second spinal surgery. Big dogs & a spinal fusion don't mix! Or so I was told !

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But after the operation I had my heart set on a German Shepherd, actually a long coat called Odin & from the minute I picked him up was surprised by his somewhat large

y interest in Dog Training came after my second spinal surgery. Big dogs & a spinal fusion don’t mix! Or so I was told ! But after the operation I had my heart set on a German Shepherd, actually a long coat shepherd called Odin & from the minute I picked him up was surprised by his shepherd somewhat large size. This large bundle of fluff was a joy to have around but it soon became clear I size. would need to train him to be able to control him.

moved from the Mountains to This large bundle of fluff was a joy to have around but it soon became clear I would needWe tohad train Queensland so we joined the local Burleigh Heads him to be able to control him. club & trained every Sunday morning. We had moved from the Mountains to Queensland so we joined the local Burleigh Heads club & Odin responded very well to training & I soon had If this photo shows morning your dog. and you claim it trained every Sunday a beautifully behaved dog. Odin responded very well at to the training I soon had of a beautifully table& by the end the monthbehaved from Ella,dog.

or Wally, can then&pick small gift When he was almost 2, I had toLeanne move back to theyou Mountains wasaunable to bring I found a good home for him with a man who already had a Shepherd . out of our raffle box. I did go back to visit him but sadly he had been killed by a tick I cried all the way home to NSW( as some dog lovers would understand)

When he was almost 2, I had to move back to the Mountains & was unable to bring him. I found a him. good home for him with a man who already had a Shepherd . I did go back to visit him but sadly he had been killed by a tick. I cried all the way home to NSW (as some dog lovers would understand)

About 18 months ago we moved to Winmalee About 18 months ago we moved to Winmalee & I got Kaos who is now 16months old. & I got Kaos who is now 16 months old. Kaos is Kaos is very different in temperament to Odin & is rather full on, really living up up to his name. very different in temperament to Odin & is rather He also has allergies & separation anxiety, but I just adore him ! full on, really living up to his name. He also has

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News, views and opinions in this newsletter are those of the correspondent’s and not necessarily Springwood Dog club was recommended to me as being the best around & I am happy to agree ! those of the club, editor, committee and publicity officer. We love coming to training ,the instructors are great & everyone is very friendly & helpful nsored The Springwood District Dog Training club INC reserves the right of rejection of material. Spo! I enjoy the interaction with other dog owners & Kaos loves the interaction with all the dogs

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When he was almost 2, I had to move bac I found a good home for him with allergies & separationI anxiety, I just him!but s did go but back to adore visit him I cried all the way hometo tome NSW( a Springwood Dog club was recommended

as being the best around & I am happy to agree! We loveAbout coming training ,the are to Winm 18tomonths agoinstructors we moved great & everyone is very friendly & helpful Kaos is very different in temperament to Odin

Hewith also hasdog allergies I enjoy the interaction other owners & & separa Kaos loves the interaction with all the dogs!

Springwood Dog club was recommended to me

We are in competition class & still have a way to We love coming to training ,the instructors go but I know one day we are GUNNA get it right

I enjoy the interaction with other dog owners

Late last year my sister Linda also joined the club with Lab Mia.class& Kaos &still Mia have can a way t We her arechocolate in competition be seen wrestling every week at dog training & people think they are fighting, but they are Late last year my sister Linda also joi actually the best of friends.

Kaos & Mia can be seen wrestling every wee by Vicki Cooper But they are actua


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SPRINGWOOD DISTRICT DOG TRAINING CLUB INC

UPDATE may 2011

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: The AGM for the Springwood District Dog Training Club INC was held on the 28th August 2010. We had several new members attend our meeting it was great to see them and thank you for coming along.

Honary Members: Pam Waters, Lesley Piggott. Annual General Meeting held at the clubhouse at Lomatia Park last Thursday night in August 7:30pm. There is no dog training held on this night. Web Site: Email:

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Training Nights at Lomatia Park Agility: Monday 7:30pm Obedience: Thursday7:30pm Fly Ball: Friday at 7:30pm Wet weather ring 4780 5617 to see if oval is open.

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A Few More Tips

A Childs View of Thunderstorms from doganswers.com

1. Use positive reinforcement

Reward your dog when he does something right, rather than punish him when he does something wrong. If your dog performs an action and is immediately rewarded for it, he will perform that action again.

2. Set your dog up for success

Minimize opportunities that your dog will have to make mistakes. For example, if your dog still hasn’t mastered housetraining, keep him under close supervision and minimize his access to a certain area of the house. If you have a hard time keeping your dog off your bed, close the bedroom door.

3. Consistency works

Use the exact same words when teaching a command. For example, if you are teaching, “come,” don’t say “come, Buster” one time and “come here, boy” the next. Hand signals should also be done the same way each time. Correct inappropriate behavior EVERY time you see it. For example, if you want to keep your dog off the bed, immediately remove him from the bed EVERY time you see it. Not just when you have the energy. Make the rules clear to everyone living in the household. If you won’t let the dog on the bed, but your spouse does, this will cause confusion in your dog.

4. Keep training sessions short, but frequent

Start with 10 minutes, three times a day. That’s only 30 minutes a day. End the session before either of you get tired of it. The session should end with your dog in a positive mental state. If you are enthusiastic, your dog will be too. And happy to boot

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i, as I told you last month we have 20 raffle prizes at our Obedience Trial and Agility Trial. Each year Obedience is in July, Agility October, as well as one for our Christmas Dinner. I was hoping for a rush of items to come my way mmm… no it didn’t happen but time yet if you can help with any small items. Whether an unwanted

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Introduction To Dog Agility

Household Hazards

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og agility is a sport in which a handler is given a set amount of time in which to direct a dog off leash through an obstacle course. Originally on Equestrian stadium jumper’s competitions, the sport has evolved its own additional obstacles, scoring systems and performance ideals. Agility made its debut as an entertainment for spectators at the Crufts Dog Show in 1979: it has since become the most rapidly growing dog sport in England, America and here in Australia. Spectators Continue today to get caught up watching dogs and the handler’s enthusiasm in their athletic race against the clock. In Australia there are several organisations for Agility, which sanction tests or hold trials by local dog clubs. Trials, which are based on the original international rules and specifications call for the highest level of Agility from the dogs both in terms of speed and physical ability to perform the obstacles. There are also domestic varieties of the sport that call for less actual Agility (by using lower jump heights and smaller obstacles) from the dog and focus more on the handling aspects of the game.

There are several obstacles common to all agility organisations. A Frame P Dog Walk C See-Saw P

Pipe Tunnel Collapsed Tunnel T Pause Table V

Wave Poles Tyre or Hoop Jump Various types of Jumps.

In competition the obstacles are arranged in various course configurations, always unique from trial to trial, that offers levels of challenges appropriate to the class and experience level of the dogs competing. The handler must direct their dog around the course in the sequence that has been predetermined by the judge. This is a fun sport for dog and handler and S.D.D.T.C train each Monday night at Lomatia Park, your dog needs to have some basic obedience i.e. your dog works OFF leash, we hold our Agility Trial each year at Lomatia Park in October. These photos were taken at last years trial.

ou may think you live in a safe, animal-friendly environment, but every home is a potential minefield of hazards for your dog .Here are some common household dangers to watch out for:

Rat bait Most people know that rat bait can also poison dogs, but many don’t realise eating a poisoned rat can be fatal too. To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning, put the baits in a place that only the rats can reach. In the roof, between walls, and along known rat runs are all safe places that your dogs should not be able to access. Store rat baits safely in the original packaging within another sealed container, and keep this in a high cupboard out of reach of pets and children. Some rat baits are safer for pets than others but be careful with any brand, If you think your dog has had contact with rat bait, call your vet immediately.

Snail bait Most snail baits contain metaldehyde, which is highly toxic to dogs. To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning, put the baits in a place your pets can’t access. In your garden, place a barrier around garden beds and garden mesh over the top. Store snail bait in the original packaging within another sealed container and keep this in a high cupboard out of reach of pets and children. If you think your dog has had contact with snail bait, call your vet immediately.

Ant killers Most of these contain boric acid which is toxic if a dog eats large amount for its body size. Many ant killers have a sweet smell and taste to attract ants. This can be equally appealing to dogs and cats, so always put the ant killer in places your pet can’t get to. Store these insecticides in an air tight container in a high cupboard, out of reach of pets and children. If you think your dog has ingested ant killer, contact your vet immediately

Reclining chairs These can be a major hazard for pets, especially young puppies and kittens. They love to run under and hide in reclining chairs. Kittens are especially likely to climb up inside the chair and curl up for a nap. When someone sits or starts to rock in the chair, pets can become caught or even fatally injured. Always check where your pet is before reclining or closing the recliner on the chair. from the Purina web site

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little silver haired lady calls her neighbour and says, “Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get started.” Her neighbour asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?” The little silver haired lady says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.” Her neighbour decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, “First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.” He takes her hand and says, “Secondly, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea, and then,” he said with a deep sigh. Ok now lets put all the corn flakes back in the box!

Training Tips • • • • •

elcome to the following members and their Pooches we hope you have a happy and helpful time at this club and you make many new friends, both humans and doggie ones! • Dilshara & Murphy

• Aleisha & Pencil

• Chris & Annie

• Matthew & Biro

• Noeleen & Suzie

• Brenda & Deejay

• Jessica & George

from the internet

Keep training sessions short and sweet. It’s better to do six five-minute sessions than one half-hour stint each day – young puppies often lose concentration easily. Only train when you are in a good mood, or you may take your stress out on your pet. Always end training sessions on a positive note with an exercise you know your dog can do easily, so you finish with the taste of success. At first, train with no distractions. Establish what you are trying to teach in a quiet environment and only add distractions later, so that your dog learns to respond in a range of environments. Training must always be reward-based – treats, toys, games and cuddles. Negative, compulsive, punishing techniques are cruel and don’t work.

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ormally at this time of the year we are planning for the Interclub challenge, where a team from all the clubs in NSW Trial against each other. Unfortunately this year we didn’t have enough of our trialing members to make up a team. Hopefully some of our upcoming members, who are doing so well, might be up to that next year, which would be great!

In July we hold our Obedience Trial at Erskin Park and will need members willing to help out in lots of ways,

especially as Stewards. It is not hard to do and everyone has a great day. For new members it’s a learning experience of what else the club does, and you get a free lunch on the day. If anyone is interested in helping could you please give your name and a contact number to the Trial Manager Bill Sweeney (or his secretary Ella his wife lol)

Have you looked on the back page to see if a photo of your dog is on it?

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riginally bred in China, over a thousand years ago, this breed was brought to Europe by the Dutch East India Company. In Europe they became the dog of aristocrats and royalty holding high status amongst dog breeds. The dog became the official dog of the House of Orange, Holland, as recognition for saving the life of William, Prince of Orange, in 1572. The dog was also reportedly a favourite in France during Napoleonic times. Napoleon’s wife Josephine apparently had great affection for the breed and it is alleged her dog, Fortune, bit Napoleon as he climbed into bed on the couple’s wedding night. These dogs are one of the earliest pure breeds of dog kept in Australia. Although it is uncertain as to when they arrived in this country, there are records from the Agricultural Society of NSW listing two pugs exhibited in 1870. This breed has been described as ‘a lot of dog in a small space’. It looks like a miniature mastiff with a compact, square, cobby body, large bone structure and thick, wrinkly skin. The head of the dog is short, blunt and large compared to the rest of the body. For many people the two most engaging characteristics of this breed are its face and tightly curled tail. Large dark eyes protrude prominently from the wrinkled squashed face and give the dog an animated expression. The tail is curled as tightly as possible over the hip, with a double curl being considered perfection. The coat is dense, soft, short and glossy. The short coat is soft, fine and smooth. Coat colours come in apricot, fawn, black and silver The breed is keen, with a happy-go-lucky attitude. Animated, peppy and spirited, they are loyal, loving and affectionate with their families. Playful, lively and rambunctious, they are sure to keep you laughing. They get along well with other dogs and pets, and they behave impeccably with both children and visitors. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard. Cannot withstand hot or cold weather and should be kept indoors at a comfortable temperature. On average dogs stand at 30 - 36cms at the withers and weigh 6 - 9kgs, bitches average at height is 25 - 30 cms from the withers and weigh 6-8kgs.

WHO AM I? Entries may be placed in the box on the sign on table. The winner will be announced in the following newsletter.

Happy Birthday To The Following Pooches B. Elliott Unknown

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Whoever thinks dogs are guileless hasn’t witnessed my pathetic pooch in full begging mode after a tit bit.

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Obedience & Agility Trial Results On April 17th at Northern Suburbs Obedience Trial • Trudy Dive with Ruthie came 1st in the CDX Ring

• Bill Sweeney with Marla won J Waldron’s UD Ring 30/4/2011 and 1/5/2011 at Port Stephens • Saturday Elsa came 2nd in UD in Deirdre Anderson’s ring on 182 • Sunday Elsa came 2nd in UD in Jill Kaldour’s ring on 183 • Sunday Marla came 2nd in Jill Kaldour’s ring on 184 • Marla also won the UDX ring on 184 (Story below)

Reminder • Please remember members and anyone with them must sign the sign in book at all our club training nights as well as any other function we may be at for insurance purposes, the sign in book is at the table where you pay your $3,00 ground fee and take a raffle ticket as we draw one at the tea break and you can pick a small prize out of the raffle box.

Wet Weather On Training Nights I

f it is raining heavy at 6pm training is off. If sprinkling rain, Beginners Class only will be on… but please check the BMCC number (47805617) to see if the Oval is open or closed. We are not allowed to train at all if the Oval is closed. The sky can be blue with no rain for a couple of days and still be closed from previous rain earlier in the week… so please check! Clubs who ignore that information and train can be heavily fined by council.

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have had the chance, as the shop manager, to be given the opportunity to buy some really nice treat, bum bags at a great price which I can pass on to you our members. They are lovely little bags which I will sell for $6.00 each, which is very cheap. I will still be selling black dog bags as usual if anyone wants them as these little ones are a one off buy for the club but we have plenty of them and they can be used for carrying all sorts of things not just treats.

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t seems, in 2008 the Port Stephens Club had a beautiful brass bell in a big wooden box made especially for the first dog to win in the UDX ring. There was great excitement when Marla won it on May 1, 2011

Members Shop I’d like to thank the academy.

TRAINING ITEMS WE HAVE AT THE CLUB SHOP ASK AT THE TABLE Dumbells Various Sizes $10.00 Dumbell Holders $6.00 Scent Discrimination Articles $20.00 (plain) Scent Discrimination Articles $25.00 (merle) Set White Leathers $10.00 (set of 3) Dogs NSW Agility Rule Book $5.00 (set of 2) Cold Drinks In Fridge $1.00 each Long 20 Metre Dog Leads $20.00 each Do I get overtime for this? Clickers $3.00 each We must apologise for the wait for the new tops and jackets it has been very busy with the agility trial on top of the usual things happening and we will be sorting that out very soon… sorry for any inconvenience in this

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Obedience & Agility Trial Results On April 17th at Northern Suburbs Obedience Trial • Trudy Dive with Ruthie came 1st in the CDX Ring

• Bill Sweeney with Marla won J Waldron’s UD Ring 30/4/2011 and 1/5/2011 at Port Stephens • Saturday Elsa came 2nd in UD in Deirdre Anderson’s ring on 182 • Sunday Elsa came 2nd in UD in Jill Kaldour’s ring on 183 • Sunday Marla came 2nd in Jill Kaldour’s ring on 184 • Marla also won the UDX ring on 184 (Story below)

Reminder • Please remember members and anyone with them must sign the sign in book at all our club training nights as well as any other function we may be at for insurance purposes, the sign in book is at the table where you pay your $3,00 ground fee and take a raffle ticket as we draw one at the tea break and you can pick a small prize out of the raffle box.

Wet Weather On Training Nights I

f it is raining heavy at 6pm training is off. If sprinkling rain, Beginners Class only will be on… but please check the BMCC number (47805617) to see if the Oval is open or closed. We are not allowed to train at all if the Oval is closed. The sky can be blue with no rain for a couple of days and still be closed from previous rain earlier in the week… so please check! Clubs who ignore that information and train can be heavily fined by council.

Special Bum Bags

Marla’s Brass Bell

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have had the chance, as the shop manager, to be given the opportunity to buy some really nice treat, bum bags at a great price which I can pass on to you our members. They are lovely little bags which I will sell for $6.00 each, which is very cheap. I will still be selling black dog bags as usual if anyone wants them as these little ones are a one off buy for the club but we have plenty of them and they can be used for carrying all sorts of things not just treats.

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t seems, in 2008 the Port Stephens Club had a beautiful brass bell in a big wooden box made especially for the first dog to win in the UDX ring. There was great excitement when Marla won it on May 1, 2011

Members Shop I’d like to thank the academy.

TRAINING ITEMS WE HAVE AT THE CLUB SHOP ASK AT THE TABLE Dumbells Various Sizes $10.00 Dumbell Holders $6.00 Scent Discrimination Articles $20.00 (plain) Scent Discrimination Articles $25.00 (merle) Set White Leathers $10.00 (set of 3) Dogs NSW Agility Rule Book $5.00 (set of 2) Cold Drinks In Fridge $1.00 each Long 20 Metre Dog Leads $20.00 each Do I get overtime for this? Clickers $3.00 each We must apologise for the wait for the new tops and jackets it has been very busy with the agility trial on top of the usual things happening and we will be sorting that out very soon… sorry for any inconvenience in this

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ormally at this time of the year we are planning for the Interclub challenge, where a team from all the clubs in NSW Trial against each other. Unfortunately this year we didn’t have enough of our trialing members to make up a team. Hopefully some of our upcoming members, who are doing so well, might be up to that next year, which would be great!

In July we hold our Obedience Trial at Erskin Park and will need members willing to help out in lots of ways,

especially as Stewards. It is not hard to do and everyone has a great day. For new members it’s a learning experience of what else the club does, and you get a free lunch on the day. If anyone is interested in helping could you please give your name and a contact number to the Trial Manager Bill Sweeney (or his secretary Ella his wife lol)

Have you looked on the back page to see if a photo of your dog is on it?

The Mystery Mutt Members’ Guessing Competition No. 8

Who am I

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riginally bred in China, over a thousand years ago, this breed was brought to Europe by the Dutch East India Company. In Europe they became the dog of aristocrats and royalty holding high status amongst dog breeds. The dog became the official dog of the House of Orange, Holland, as recognition for saving the life of William, Prince of Orange, in 1572. The dog was also reportedly a favourite in France during Napoleonic times. Napoleon’s wife Josephine apparently had great affection for the breed and it is alleged her dog, Fortune, bit Napoleon as he climbed into bed on the couple’s wedding night. These dogs are one of the earliest pure breeds of dog kept in Australia. Although it is uncertain as to when they arrived in this country, there are records from the Agricultural Society of NSW listing two pugs exhibited in 1870. This breed has been described as ‘a lot of dog in a small space’. It looks like a miniature mastiff with a compact, square, cobby body, large bone structure and thick, wrinkly skin. The head of the dog is short, blunt and large compared to the rest of the body. For many people the two most engaging characteristics of this breed are its face and tightly curled tail. Large dark eyes protrude prominently from the wrinkled squashed face and give the dog an animated expression. The tail is curled as tightly as possible over the hip, with a double curl being considered perfection. The coat is dense, soft, short and glossy. The short coat is soft, fine and smooth. Coat colours come in apricot, fawn, black and silver The breed is keen, with a happy-go-lucky attitude. Animated, peppy and spirited, they are loyal, loving and affectionate with their families. Playful, lively and rambunctious, they are sure to keep you laughing. They get along well with other dogs and pets, and they behave impeccably with both children and visitors. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard. Cannot withstand hot or cold weather and should be kept indoors at a comfortable temperature. On average dogs stand at 30 - 36cms at the withers and weigh 6 - 9kgs, bitches average at height is 25 - 30 cms from the withers and weigh 6-8kgs.

WHO AM I? Entries may be placed in the box on the sign on table. The winner will be announced in the following newsletter.

Happy Birthday To The Following Pooches B. Elliott Unknown

Ralph Cinders

May 30th May 31st

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little silver haired lady calls her neighbour and says, “Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get started.” Her neighbour asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?” The little silver haired lady says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.” Her neighbour decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, “First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.” He takes her hand and says, “Secondly, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea, and then,” he said with a deep sigh. Ok now lets put all the corn flakes back in the box!

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elcome to the following members and their Pooches we hope you have a happy and helpful time at this club and you make many new friends, both humans and doggie ones! • Dilshara & Murphy

• Aleisha & Pencil

• Chris & Annie

• Matthew & Biro

• Noeleen & Suzie

• Brenda & Deejay

• Jessica & George

from the internet

Keep training sessions short and sweet. It’s better to do six five-minute sessions than one half-hour stint each day – young puppies often lose concentration easily. Only train when you are in a good mood, or you may take your stress out on your pet. Always end training sessions on a positive note with an exercise you know your dog can do easily, so you finish with the taste of success. At first, train with no distractions. Establish what you are trying to teach in a quiet environment and only add distractions later, so that your dog learns to respond in a range of environments. Training must always be reward-based – treats, toys, games and cuddles. Negative, compulsive, punishing techniques are cruel and don’t work.

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Introduction To Dog Agility

Household Hazards

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og agility is a sport in which a handler is given a set amount of time in which to direct a dog off leash through an obstacle course. Originally on Equestrian stadium jumper’s competitions, the sport has evolved its own additional obstacles, scoring systems and performance ideals. Agility made its debut as an entertainment for spectators at the Crufts Dog Show in 1979: it has since become the most rapidly growing dog sport in England, America and here in Australia. Spectators Continue today to get caught up watching dogs and the handler’s enthusiasm in their athletic race against the clock. In Australia there are several organisations for Agility, which sanction tests or hold trials by local dog clubs. Trials, which are based on the original international rules and specifications call for the highest level of Agility from the dogs both in terms of speed and physical ability to perform the obstacles. There are also domestic varieties of the sport that call for less actual Agility (by using lower jump heights and smaller obstacles) from the dog and focus more on the handling aspects of the game.

There are several obstacles common to all agility organisations. A Frame P Dog Walk C See-Saw P

Pipe Tunnel Collapsed Tunnel T Pause Table V

Wave Poles Tyre or Hoop Jump Various types of Jumps.

In competition the obstacles are arranged in various course configurations, always unique from trial to trial, that offers levels of challenges appropriate to the class and experience level of the dogs competing. The handler must direct their dog around the course in the sequence that has been predetermined by the judge. This is a fun sport for dog and handler and S.D.D.T.C train each Monday night at Lomatia Park, your dog needs to have some basic obedience i.e. your dog works OFF leash, we hold our Agility Trial each year at Lomatia Park in October. These photos were taken at last years trial.

ou may think you live in a safe, animal-friendly environment, but every home is a potential minefield of hazards for your dog .Here are some common household dangers to watch out for:

Rat bait Most people know that rat bait can also poison dogs, but many don’t realise eating a poisoned rat can be fatal too. To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning, put the baits in a place that only the rats can reach. In the roof, between walls, and along known rat runs are all safe places that your dogs should not be able to access. Store rat baits safely in the original packaging within another sealed container, and keep this in a high cupboard out of reach of pets and children. Some rat baits are safer for pets than others but be careful with any brand, If you think your dog has had contact with rat bait, call your vet immediately.

Snail bait Most snail baits contain metaldehyde, which is highly toxic to dogs. To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning, put the baits in a place your pets can’t access. In your garden, place a barrier around garden beds and garden mesh over the top. Store snail bait in the original packaging within another sealed container and keep this in a high cupboard out of reach of pets and children. If you think your dog has had contact with snail bait, call your vet immediately.

Ant killers Most of these contain boric acid which is toxic if a dog eats large amount for its body size. Many ant killers have a sweet smell and taste to attract ants. This can be equally appealing to dogs and cats, so always put the ant killer in places your pet can’t get to. Store these insecticides in an air tight container in a high cupboard, out of reach of pets and children. If you think your dog has ingested ant killer, contact your vet immediately

Reclining chairs These can be a major hazard for pets, especially young puppies and kittens. They love to run under and hide in reclining chairs. Kittens are especially likely to climb up inside the chair and curl up for a nap. When someone sits or starts to rock in the chair, pets can become caught or even fatally injured. Always check where your pet is before reclining or closing the recliner on the chair. from the Purina web site

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A Few More Tips

A Childs View of Thunderstorms from doganswers.com

1. Use positive reinforcement

Reward your dog when he does something right, rather than punish him when he does something wrong. If your dog performs an action and is immediately rewarded for it, he will perform that action again.

2. Set your dog up for success

Minimize opportunities that your dog will have to make mistakes. For example, if your dog still hasn’t mastered housetraining, keep him under close supervision and minimize his access to a certain area of the house. If you have a hard time keeping your dog off your bed, close the bedroom door.

3. Consistency works

Use the exact same words when teaching a command. For example, if you are teaching, “come,” don’t say “come, Buster” one time and “come here, boy” the next. Hand signals should also be done the same way each time. Correct inappropriate behavior EVERY time you see it. For example, if you want to keep your dog off the bed, immediately remove him from the bed EVERY time you see it. Not just when you have the energy. Make the rules clear to everyone living in the household. If you won’t let the dog on the bed, but your spouse does, this will cause confusion in your dog.

4. Keep training sessions short, but frequent

Start with 10 minutes, three times a day. That’s only 30 minutes a day. End the session before either of you get tired of it. The session should end with your dog in a positive mental state. If you are enthusiastic, your dog will be too. And happy to boot

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SPRINGWOOD DISTRICT DOG TRAINING CLUB INC

UPDATE may 2011

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: The AGM for the Springwood District Dog Training Club INC was held on the 28th August 2010. We had several new members attend our meeting it was great to see them and thank you for coming along.

Honary Members: Pam Waters, Lesley Piggott. Annual General Meeting held at the clubhouse at Lomatia Park last Thursday night in August 7:30pm. There is no dog training held on this night. Web Site: Email:

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Vicki & Ka My interest in Dog Training came

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Big dogs & a spinal fusion

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We had moved from the Mountains to Queens trained every S Odin responded very well to training

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Vicki & Kaos Story My interest in Dog Training came after my second spinal surgery. Big dogs & a spinal fusion don't mix! Or so I was told !

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But after the operation I had my heart set on a German Shepherd, actually a long coat called Odin & from the minute I picked him up was surprised by his somewhat large

y interest in Dog Training came after my second spinal surgery. Big dogs & a spinal fusion don’t mix! Or so I was told ! But after the operation I had my heart set on a German Shepherd, actually a long coat shepherd called Odin & from the minute I picked him up was surprised by his shepherd somewhat large size. This large bundle of fluff was a joy to have around but it soon became clear I size. would need to train him to be able to control him.

moved from the Mountains to This large bundle of fluff was a joy to have around but it soon became clear I would needWe tohad train Queensland so we joined the local Burleigh Heads him to be able to control him. club & trained every Sunday morning. We had moved from the Mountains to Queensland so we joined the local Burleigh Heads club & Odin responded very well to training & I soon had If this photo shows morning your dog. and you claim it trained every Sunday a beautifully behaved dog. Odin responded very well at to the training I soon had of a beautifully table& by the end the monthbehaved from Ella,dog.

or Wally, can then&pick small gift When he was almost 2, I had toLeanne move back to theyou Mountains wasaunable to bring I found a good home for him with a man who already had a Shepherd . out of our raffle box. I did go back to visit him but sadly he had been killed by a tick I cried all the way home to NSW( as some dog lovers would understand)

When he was almost 2, I had to move back to the Mountains & was unable to bring him. I found a him. good home for him with a man who already had a Shepherd . I did go back to visit him but sadly he had been killed by a tick. I cried all the way home to NSW (as some dog lovers would understand)

About 18 months ago we moved to Winmalee About 18 months ago we moved to Winmalee & I got Kaos who is now 16months old. & I got Kaos who is now 16 months old. Kaos is Kaos is very different in temperament to Odin & is rather full on, really living up up to his name. very different in temperament to Odin & is rather He also has allergies & separation anxiety, but I just adore him ! full on, really living up to his name. He also has

Disclaimer please note:

News, views and opinions in this newsletter are those of the correspondent’s and not necessarily Springwood Dog club was recommended to me as being the best around & I am happy to agree ! those of the club, editor, committee and publicity officer. We love coming to training ,the instructors are great & everyone is very friendly & helpful nsored The Springwood District Dog Training club INC reserves the right of rejection of material. Spo! I enjoy the interaction with other dog owners & Kaos loves the interaction with all the dogs

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When he was almost 2, I had to move bac I found a good home for him with allergies & separationI anxiety, I just him!but s did go but back to adore visit him I cried all the way hometo tome NSW( a Springwood Dog club was recommended

as being the best around & I am happy to agree! We loveAbout coming training ,the are to Winm 18tomonths agoinstructors we moved great & everyone is very friendly & helpful Kaos is very different in temperament to Odin

Hewith also hasdog allergies I enjoy the interaction other owners & & separa Kaos loves the interaction with all the dogs!

Springwood Dog club was recommended to me

We are in competition class & still have a way to We love coming to training ,the instructors go but I know one day we are GUNNA get it right

I enjoy the interaction with other dog owners

Late last year my sister Linda also joined the club with Lab Mia.class& Kaos &still Mia have can a way t We her arechocolate in competition be seen wrestling every week at dog training & people think they are fighting, but they are Late last year my sister Linda also joi actually the best of friends.

Kaos & Mia can be seen wrestling every wee by Vicki Cooper But they are actua


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