As the sun tantalizes us with its warmer rays and we enter the beginnings of a fresh season, its wonderful to look back and see all that has happened in August after a month was lost in July due to enforced harder lockdowns. 

August opened with a bang, bursting at the seams with excited handlers and dogs enjoying the freedom of interaction, fresh air, meeting new people and fur friends and of course our annual winter maintenance could officially commence. 

The maintenance days throughout August were spearheaded by our wonderful Pieter & Annatjie who forged the way ahead relentlessly toward a brand-new, spring feel to the club equipment.  Many came each Sunday to assist and enjoy some lunch together after a hard morning of work.  Even Jinx helped willingly!  We extend our deepest appreciation to all those who assisted physically and by way of contributions towards the maintenance.


Class lists:

With the sudden expansion of the Club it became necessary to structure the classes in a fair and working order to allow each member to have a better experience training their dogs and also to ensure that some trainers are not overloaded in a single class. 


It also happens sometimes that some dogs just do not get on with each other and cause disruptive classes with their snapping and snarling at each other, so as a committee and trainers we have put our heads together to try and keep disruptive interactions to a minimum and also to try keep each class standard in the sense that most handlers and dogs are on the same level in a given class which is for the benefit of everyone in the class and also makes giving the class more effective and efficient for the trainer as well.

We have therefore put together a class list with each member and trainer in mind to have the most beneficial experience for everyone, and especially your fur friend.  Please adhere to your class time and trainer and feel free to discuss any concerns with us that we may be unaware of. 

We thank our trainers for taking on extra classes and volunteering so wholeheartedly week after week with all their knowledge 



Rally was devised by Charles L “Bud” Kramer and the exercises are derived from the “doodling” exercises which form part of obedience warm up and freestyle exercises.  The doodles during obedience are often what teaches the necessary skill and improves performance and accuracy. and show some of the concepts surrounding Rally. 

Our trainers are slowly introducing some rally concepts and in the future we aim to offer rally courses in addition to obedience training and members can choose which option they would like to practice with their dog.


“Shop” Times:

Since the expansion of the Club and having to split classes into more manageable sizes, most of our committee members and trainers are in continuous classes (between training with their own fur friend and giving actual classes themselves to members) and therefore there is no-one to man the stock purchases and taking in of monthly fee payments in cash inside the Clubhouse.  This is why we have introduced the two set “shopping times” i.e. 13h40 to 14h00 and 16h00 to 16h30 wherein you can make cash payments (please note that we do prefer EFTs, especially for fees) and choosing and purchasing of the Club stock items such as treat bags, snuffle mats etc. 

Treats for during class i.e. Annatjie’s biscuit treats and the Club Biltong treats can be purchased anytime on a honesty box system.  You can find the treats on the table inside the clubhouse immediately to the left of the entrance door.



This is a term used to describe the communication signals that dogs use not only to communicate amongst each other, but also to us as their owners.  These signals, if we are able to learn them and mirror them, can be key in building a strong bond with our dog and even more importantly, de-escalating certain situations that can lead to fear biting and other behaviours that are not favourable. 

Turid Rugaas is the “mother” of calming signals and their interpretation and using them for everyone’s benefit in certain situations.  Here is an article explaining calming signals in more depth—the-art-of-survival.html


What are calming signals for: 

  • To prevent aggression
  • Calming nervousness in others 
  • Avoidance of conflict 
  • Reassurance to the recipient 


What do I do when dogs show calming signals? 

(credit to Dog Boys Dog Ranch website)

  • When you notice anxiety in a dog, the first step is to prevent it from getting worse. Try to remove them from whatever stimulus seems to be causing their reaction. You can yawn and open your mouth as this creates the “soft-eyes” and will immediately signal to your dog that they can calm down.
  • You can also avoid or mitigate stress before it ever begins. When greeting a dog, make sure you use your best canine manners. You can turn your body sideways and crouch down, mimicking how dogs greet each other. If the dog is comfortable enough to approach you, don’t maintain eye contact. Instead, look away and let them get acquainted with you.
  • Watch your tone of voice as well. Using a soft tone and lowering your volume can relax and reduce anxiety for many dogs. Avoid raising your voice and sudden outbursts, as these can cause dogs to become fearful and reactive.

Enjoy noticing all the subtle interactions at the Club with this knowledge!




All members’ 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 of the 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.



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 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 1.30 pm.





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!   Your trainer is Charene and she will lovingly guide you towards training a happy puppy!





Thank you to everyone who has sent testimonials – they’re on the website and Google Review!  This is a powerful and easy way of advertising your club, so please make full use of it –  

Our Facebook page also has some interesting photos and information!



Ruben and Marissa have committed to offering their spare time 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.



Dogs bought from SPCA or Wetnose qualify for one month’s free training (excluding the R320.00 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 Whattsapp group that you can belong to, where she advertises the SPCA’s wish lists – 082 825 8442.



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 –


SATURDAY – gates open at 1:30 pm

OBEDIENCE – new intake the first Saturday of every month at 14:00

NEW MEMBERS – please arrive at 13h30 and visit inside the clubhouse to sign your A5 indemnity and see what stock we have on sale – 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 BEFORE HAND. This is not a course, but ongoing training.

PUPPY CLUB – 15h15 pm – 16:30

Annual club membership – R320.00 

R900.00 for the 6-week course – Puppies are welcome to join every week subject to pre-booking in case classes are too full.

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 clubhouse 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 Raw Beginner training. PLEASE BOOK WITH US BEFORE HAND.



Secretary – Charene – 082 843 7446

Chairperson and Chief Trainer – Tania – 082 430 1456


Happy spring everyone and stay safe!

Warm regards



Charene Verheijen

PSDC Secretary