Welcome to our new members who joined us in August! We hope you will enjoy your training with us!

CLUB ACTIVITY
Our club has been a hive of activity! The trainers have given up their time to make training an enjoyable experience, but I must say, the Puppy Club has been explosive!!! Juan’Ri and Sam have been on fire, with puppies and members running circles around them! Thank you to our trainers for being what you are – special animal lovers!!!

Our Canine Good Citizen’s Test was diarized for August, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, we had to postpone until next year.

Work on Gloria’s lapa has continued at a steady pace. Thank you to Gloria, Lucky and Martin. Our launch has been diarized for Saturday, 19th September. We hope to see everyone at the launch!

Losing one dog after 14 years is a devastating experience, but losing another dog just two weeks later at the age of 13 was one of the most traumatic times in my life. Shelby went suddenly in July and Dingo followed soon after a short illness in August. Dingo was known at the club for his outstanding manwork, having won the Manwork trophy several times. He was a fiercely loyal Malinois, who was an excellent judge of character. He loved his family as any Mali would, unquestioningly and with passion. Believe it or not, he had a very funny sense of humour as well! Long live the king! May both wonderful companions rest in peace. The Rainbow Bridge shines bright with the addition of two wonderful souls…

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
But when we are certain of sorrow in store
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Rudyard Kipling

Summer causes parasites like ticks, fleas and flies to predate. Please take the necessary precautions like dipping, tick and flea collars and parasite sprays. There are new products on the market, and you can keep up to date with the latest information brochures, which we keep in the club house.

We train with treats and comfortable waist treat bags are available from Ruben for sale on Saturdays. They are R110 each and the small treat bag is R90 – there is limited stock.

BANANA CHIP TREATS

350gm whole wheat flour
100ml skimmed milk
1 egg
1 pureed banana
1T golden syrup (optional)

METHOD

Mix all ingredients to form a dough. Roll the dough onto a floured surface to a 1cm thickness and cut into small cubes (thumbnail-size). Pre-heat your oven temperature to 150 degrees. Cover a baking pan with baking parchment and place the cookies on it. Bake in the heated oven for about 30 minutes. Dry out as you would for rusks, by reducing the oven temperature to 100 degrees and leaving the door open.

Preparing for dog club: We know how busy everyone is, but the last thing you want to do is RUSH to the dog club. Your dog will be rattled, and you will probably waste an entire lesson being jittery and shouting at your poor, innocent dog. So, get yourself a bag or basket, fill it with your training equipment like, collar/working check chain, leash, dumbbell/throw toy, treats and treat bag (sold at the club). Just lift and leave! Don’t forget your dog, hehe! Gates open at 1.30pm.

COLOURED TAGS
All member’s dogs are issued with different coloured tags. Your dog must please wear the tag at each training session. If you lose your tag, please get a new one from the trainers at R30 each. BLUE = PUPPY, GREEN = FRIENDLY dog, YELLOW = NERVOUS dog, ORANGE = NO DOGS (not dog friendly), RED = CAUTION (do not touch the dog). Please be aware of the colour tags, as it is a clear indication and warning to you and your dog to either befriend the dog or stay a respectful distance away.

Our medical aiders are Sam and Chris, in case of any emergency.

PUPPY CLASSES
We have Puppy Club for pups between the ages of 3 months to 6 months on a Saturday afternoon. Socializing your puppies from a young age can be the best show of love, which you, their human parent, can give!

CLUB EVENTS
5th September – new intake of dogs
19th September – launch Gloria’s lapa, potjie and braai
3rd October – new intake of dogs
11th October – sheepdog demonstration
7th November – new intake of dogs
28th November – Dog jumping competition, trophy hand-out and year-end braai
December – club closed
INTERESTING WEBSITES
https://poets.org/poem/power-dog
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/coprophagia-in-dogs
www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com
http://www.plaqueoff.com/for-animals/distributed by www.dogsolutions.co.za

INTERESTING BOOKS
Soul Dog: A Journey into the Spiritual Life of Animals – Elena Manns
Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small – Ted Andrews
Dogs that know when their owners are coming home: Full updated and Rev Edition, Kindle Edition – Rupert Sheldrake
The Heart that is Loved Never Forgets: Recovering from Loss: When Humans and Animals lose their companions – Kaetheryn Walker

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 FaceBook page also has some interesting photos and information!

MAINTENANCE
Fortunately, we have had no problems to report.

PRETORIA DOG RESCUE
Ruben, Marissa and Samantha do a lot of wonderful work with Pretoria Dog Rescue. It is a worthy cause to support. Please put the word out that they have many, many dogs up for adoption. Check out their FaceBook page for more information. Dogs bought from Pretoria Dog Rescue qualify for one month’s free training.

SPCA AND WETNOSE
Dogs bought from SPCA or Wetnose qualify for one month’s free training (excluding R330.00 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 Whatsapp 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 sterilization 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
Beginners – please arrive at 1.30pm and visit our Treasurer, Ruben in the club house – please bring a 1.2m cotton leash, slip collar and throw toy or dumbbell.
Obedience training – R220.00 per month, payable 3-monthly in advance. PLEASE BOOK WITH US BEFOREHAND. This is not a course, but ongoing training.
PUPPY CLUB – 3pm – 4.30pm- Annual club membership – R320.00
R900.00 for the 6-week course – Puppies are welcome to join every week!
This class is for puppies between the ages of 3 months and 6 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, slip collar or collar 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

Kind regards

TANIA QUARMBY
CHAIRPERSON
PRETORIA SHEPHERD DOG CLUB
www.pretoriashepherddogclub.co.za
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WE’RE NOT IN IT FOR THE INCOME, WE’RE IN IT FOR THE OUTCOME