We can’t say spring is in the air, as it feels as if we have gone straight from spring to summer!

Welcome to our new members who joined us on Saturday!

Christmas and New Year have come and gone. The kids have now donned new school uniforms, while Mom and Dad laboured to work – the annual rat race has started! Welcome 2020! Now it’s time for your fur kids!

It’s exciting to see so many new members who have joined the club, as well as our “Golden Oldies” who have already spent so much time with us. Welcome, welcome, welcome! We hope that this year will bring you loads of joy, and that the time you spend at our club will help you bond with your dog. They are, after-all, totally dependent on you for everything, including their outdoor activities.

CLUB ACTIVITY

One can’t believe that only two months ago we held our dog jumping competition and annual prize-giving and braai. Preparation is already heating up to organize events for the new year, but our most important event will be our 56th AGM, on 21st March. Members, please ensure you are paid up by the time you attend our AGM. There’s no training on the day.

LOVE YOUR DOG Our annual Valentine’s event will be held on Saturday, 15th February. Everyone is please asked to wear RED. Samantha has been beavering away making bandanas for your dogs, with Juan’Ri and Danielle making Pup cakes and “hooman” muffins. These events are also a wonderful time to make friends and network!

Every year we have a scramble to please our members by having enough trained trainers. It is never easy. A dog trainer is almost as scarce as an astronomer, prosthodontist, mathematician or geographer – yes, that is true! Our volunteer trainers love animals and have a passion to put over information that will ultimately assist you and your dog in your home environment and eventually at a dog park. As you progress in your time with us, you will go to a different trainer where you will be exposed to fresh ideas and training methods. Chris and Danielle have shown interest in becoming trainers. They will be put through the usual rigid routine of successfully training their own dog and shadowing the trainers. The trainers are Tania (Chief Trainer), Samantha, Este, Juan’Ri, Edgar and Peter. Kudos to our trainers for everything they do for us each Saturday!!!

Google is your friend, they say. Well, only sometimes. Many of us use Google and other search engines for a thousand different reasons, one of them being to study dog training and dog psychology. Then we try ALL these ideas out on our dogs, friends, club members and random people, sometimes with disastrous results. Before trying out all these different ideas, please put them to your trainers who will spend time explaining the intricacies of dog training.

It is with sadness that I was informed of our oldest dog club member’s passing. Allen Dixon was a founder member of the Pretoria Alsation and All Breeds Training Club (now the Pretoria Shepherd Dog Club), which was founded in 1963. He was the treasurer and senior dog trainer, doing well in obedience competitions with the one and only dog he ever trained, called Anka. Allen was 91 years old when he passed. We will miss his friendly face and kind words of advice.

Trainer’s become very attached to the dogs they train, and tremendous sadness overwhelmed us when we were informed of the sudden passing of Ragnar, fondly known as Raggi. Peter, we will always remember Raggi’s sweet nature and his love for children. Schatzi, also a GSD, joined our club in April 2013. At first, I thought Dimitria was swearing at me, only to learn that Schatzi in German meant “my love”.   She was a sweet natured dog, owned and trained by Dimitria. Schatzi eventually emigrated to live a wonderful life running in the woods and playing in snow. Sadly, Dimitria informed me a few weeks ago that Schatzi had also gone to the Rainbow Bridge. At least when we shed tears, we are consoled by the fact that both these dogs were loved till their very end. RIP doggies, we’ll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge…

We have a brand new and improved website. Please get onto the website and make any suggestions you think are possible. We have received some excellent reviews on Google Review, a true testimonial to our commitment to our club and to dog training. We would love to see your reviews, please keep them rolling! Our Face Book page is always busy with club news, please SHARE!!!

Our questions for this newsletter are:

WHAT IS YOUR DOG’S FAVOURITE FRUIT?

HOW MANY MEALS HAVE YOU FED YOUR DOG?

With a rough calculation of when I got Ziva, the amount of meals per day, and taking into account that she had more meals per day when she was younger; up to, and including, January 2020, looks like she is up to about 4 080 meals, give or take…..probably give, especially with that look they can give you, he he he.

 

She hasn’t yet had a very wide variety of fruits and enjoyed most of what she has tried. She is a rather big fan of watermelon and definitely not a big fan of lemon (the tequila on the other hand she enjoys).

JOHN

 

My dogs favourite fruit: Steak, in Jack’s words

1 230 meals for his short 18 months

DANIELLE

 

Both Zita and Lalie eat bananas, rasberriers, strawberries, paw-paw and blueberries

Zita – 2 740 meals

Lalie – 1 964 meals

UTE

 

This was very easy for me.

As Geoffrey was collected on Sunday 22nd September 2019, he eats 2 meals a day and has certainly not skipped one, as he truly loves his food. So, to date including his breakfast is 286 meals.

I have given him a variety of fruit to taste.  By far his favourite fruit is mangos, especially the skin.  He licks his lips after he is done!

LYNN-ANNE

 

Peanut’s favourite fruit is watermelon and strawberries.

Peanut is 2 years old and I feed him once a day, so I’ve fed him +- 730 meals in his lifetime. But more likely + because he’s such a cutie I end up giving him more food.

NICCI

 

My dogs were fed 3 x per day as puppies and 2 x per day thereafter, except Sundays when they eat 1 meal a day.

Shelby- 13 years old – 4 846

Dingo – 12 years old – 4 528

Gypsy Girl – 8 years old – 3 213

Georgi Girl – 5 years old – 1 963

All my dogs go mad for paw-paw and their skin, but love most fruit

TANIA

 

Floyd and Terry love apples and pears and anything else semi-rotten that falls from a tree.

Floyd had about 3 776 meals with us.

Terry about 884 meals.

IRENE

 

Apples and blueberries.

NICOLENE

 

Ballu – Apples and Bananas and blueberries.

PRAKASH

 

Beetroot and cooked potato peel – yes I know they are not fruits – they don’t like fruit!

MARLENE

 

1 191 meals

Arya does not eat fruit

SAM

 

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 very clear indication and warning to you and your dog to either befriend the dog or stay a respectful distance away.

Summer causes parasites like ticks, fleas and flies to predate. Please take the necessary precautions like dipping, collars and 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.

 

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

1st February – new intake of dogs, talk on snakes by Chris

15th February – Valentine’s Day celebration with our dogs

7th March – new intake of dogs

14th March – St Patrick’s Day celebration with our dogs

21st March – 56th AGM

4th April – new intake of dogs

19th April – Canine Good Citizen Test

2nd May – new intake of dogs

3rd May – Walk and braai at Mr Binder’s farm

6th June – new intake of dogs

20th June – Dog Quiz and potjie

4th July – new intake of dogs

18th July – Annual obedience dog show

July – Annual club potjie competition – tba

1st August – new intake of dogs

16th August – sheepdog demonstration

5th September – new intake of dogs

September – Canine Good Citizen’s Test – tba

3rd October – new intake of dogs

7th November – new intake of dogs

28th November – Dog jumping competition, trophy hand-out and year-end braai

December – club closed

 

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

Thank you to Ruben for trimming trees!

 

PRETORIA DOG RESCUE

Samantha and her team 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 Face Book 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/

 

SATURDAYgates 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