A warm welcome to all our new members who joined us a week ago!  We believe your training will bring hours of joy to you and your canine family member.  We have so many cute puppies at this stage!  Welcome to you all!

 

CLUB ACTIVITY

August was a relatively quiet month, but fortunately we were able to celebrate a birthday with Zita!!!

Gypsy Girl and Georgi Girl participated in sheepdog trials in Muldersdrift and came away with flying colours! Georgi got her first 1st and Gypsy 3rd.  Both still need to learn more restraint!  But well done, girls!

Samantha does volunteer work with Pretoria Dog Rescue.  Please go to their Facebook page to see the wonderful work they do.

From September we will be training our dogs in various tricks.  Here’s a head’s up to what we will be training.  Please start with your exercise to enjoy your next few lessons. https://www.thesprucepets.com/fun-and-easy-dog-tricks-1117309

We would like to walk at the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve.  Please arrange for your permits if you would like to participate.

 

DOES YOUR DOG KNOW WHEN YOU DON’T LIKE OR TRUST A PERSON AND HOW DOES HE/SHE SHOW IT?

 

Greiff came with to our car business in Boom Street.  He stayed behind the counter with Christa and always stood on two feet against the counter growling when he felt us becoming uncomfortable. He was very good protection for Christo when I was away.

Mr Walter Binder

 

Cindy is agitated and will growl or bark.  If the person carries a stick or something she will go for it, as she is not very fond of my gardener, and he always holds a broom or rake close by to ‘protect’ himself, but that only agitates her more.

Charl Human

 

I believe they do know when I am uneasy with strangers at the gate… They bark more aggressively than usual.

Lianri Swart and Astrid

 

I am doing therapy work with Haskia and when she is not comfortable with someone, she will sit behind me or just turn her back to the person.

Melanie

 

Yes, Katya knows. She barks and growls at the person.

Loani and Katja

 

Dingo believes everyone should be distrusted and therefore barked at, and Gypsy Girl is very in-tune with happy and unhappy vibes.  The minute she feels a slight raise in voice she leaves my lap.

Tania

 

EVENTS

1st September – new intake, puppies welcome any Saturday

2nd September – Canine Good Citizen’s Test

15th September – Talk on snakes – Arno Naude

September/October – walk on the Faerie Glen mountain

6th October – new intake of dogs

 

OUTSIDE EVENTS

Smuts House have doggy functions every week-end.

 

INTERESTING WEBSITES

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligence_of_Dogs

https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/dog_intelligence.htm

 

INTERESTING BOOKS

Merle’s Door – Tom Kerasote

Following Atticus – Tom Ryan

The Call of the Wild – Jack London

A Dog’s Purpose – W Bruce-Cameron

 

WEBSITE

Thank you to everyone who has sent testimonials – they’re on the website!  This is a powerful and easy way of advertising your club, so please make full use of it – www.pretoriashepherddogclub.co.za.  Our Face Book page also has some interesting photos and information!

 

MAINTENANCE

The grounds look spic ‘n span, thanks to Elvis and his hard-working team. We need assistance with maintenance and improvements.  We wish to put together a 1-day work party, followed by a bring ‘n braai.  The club hasn’t had a work party get-together for a long time, and we look forward to spending time with you!

 

CHARITY DOGS

Dogs bought from a non-profit dog organisation qualify for one month’s free training (excluding R280.00 club membership fee).  Just bring along your receipt of purchase.  The SPCA Newsletter has put out a request for more volunteers, so if you have any spare time, please consider donating it to a worthy cause.  Please contact Celestie Mathews who is a volunteer at the SPCA.  She has some wonderful fundraising ideas.  Celestie also has a volunteer Wattsapp group that you can belong to, where she advertises the SPCA’s wish lists – 082 825 8442.

 

ANIMAL CHARITY

Our adopted animal charity is the South African Veterinary Association’s community project called Community Veterinary Clinics (CVC).  They look after the primary healthcare of dogs and cats in disadvantaged communities, and offer vaccinations, de-worming, dipping and sterilisations at a reduced fee.  Please get involved in their MySchool card project – http://www.communityvet.co.za/

 

SATURDAY – gates open at 1.30pm

OBEDIENCE – new intake the first Saturday of every month at 2pm

2:00pm – 3:00pm/3:15pm – 4:15pm/4:00pm – 5:00pm/ – Beginners – please arrive at 1.30pm and visit our Treasurer, Ruben in the Club house – please bring a 1.2m cotton leash, metal check chain and throw toy or dumbbell.

Obedience training – R200.00 per month, payable 3-monthly in advance. PLEASE BOOK WITH US BEFOREHAND. This is not a course, but ongoing training.

PUPPY CLUB – 3.pm – 4.30pm – Annual club membership – R280.00

R800.00 for the 6-week course – puppies can join any time.

 

This class is for puppies between the ages of 3 months and 5 1/2 months.  The puppies must have had their 2nd vaccination and been de-wormed.  Appropriate tick and flea control must be administered before participating.  Please bring your vaccination books.  The members will have a lecture in the Club house and thereafter learn the basics in puppy obedience, e.g. retrieve, heelwork, sit, down and stand.  And of course, lots of socializing.  Bring along a 1.2m cotton leash, metal check chain and throw toy. If the dogs advance well before the age of 6 months, they can join Beginner training. PLEASE BOOK WITH US BEFOREHAND.

 

CONTACT

Secretary – Beverly – 083 272 1014

Chairperson and Chief Trainer – Tania – 082 430 1456

Treasurer – Ruben Muller – rubenmuller1959@gmail.com

We train with treats and comfortable waist treat bags, which are available from Ruben for sale on Saturdays.  They are R100 each and the small treat bag is R60 – there is limited stock. We also dumbbells and leashes.  Please ask Ruben or one of the trainers to assist you.

 

Kind regards

TANIA QUARMBY

CHAIRPERSON

PRETORIA SHEPHERD DOG CLUB