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

The original red-brick braai area was built in the 80’s and was forgotten about when a more modern braai was built near the clubhouse. All our prize-giving events were held under the trees close to the braai, and it was sad to see the old replaced with the new… At our AGM in March 2020 Gloria noticed the old braai was about to fall over and she, together with Chris and John, felt that the miserable-looking braai could be revamped, revived, and rejuvenated! The area especially had the advantage of our beautiful trees, and a lapa and boma would add a new look and feel to the club. With no moss growing under her feet, Gloria dived in boots and all with her staff Lucky and Martin, and within a few months, (due to lockdown) Gloria’s Lapa was born!

Thank you to our event organiser, Juan’Ri, who cast her Meraki wand and transpired our lapa from boring to beautiful!

John made a mouth-watering lamb pot and everyone else braaied their favourite meat. As always, the pudding was delectable! Thanks go to Louiza, Annetjie, John, and Tania for adding the extra centimetres to our waistline! The atmosphere was light-hearted, and everyone had loads of fun! Long-time friends and former club members, dating back to the time the braai was originally built, enjoyed the re-launch with us! It was heart-warming to see Mr Walter Binder (our chairman of 35 years, now our President), Marika Binder, Greg Sboros and Rudie Verheijn at the club.

The blue skies gave way to the colourful lights of the aurora as the heavens opened, sending us some welcome rain. The weather played a part in most of our partygoers retiring early, but for the few die-hards, loathe to go home so early, the partying went on!

COVID-19 has not been kind to our club finances, and Martin Potgieter from Bonsai Photography kindly offered to take studio photos and donate the money to the club. Thanks to those who took a chance and paid their R100 donation! Let it be said that you have now experienced the enjoyment and pride of the most outstanding photos of your dogs!

Martin donated a 260L JoJo to the club, which did not go up for auction, due to many factors, mainly the poor weather. Any offers? Reserve is R850.00.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected death of our favourite Doberman, Ziva.

Ziva joined the club a couple of years ago, mighty aggressive and over-reactive. John spent several months standing 10 dog-lengths away from all other dogs, whilst the slow process of dog-aggression desensitization took place by all our experienced trainers.

At the year-end 2019 trophy hand-out Ziva was awarded the trophy for the dog that had advanced the most over the year. She went on to get Gold in the Canine-Good Citizen and started earnest working trials training, her first competition penciled in for March 2021.

Unfortunately, Ziva had harboured the dreaded spirocerca-lupi worm. After intricate surgery and several days in the hospital, 6-year old Ziva contracted septicemia and was taken from us suddenly. Our sincerest condolences go to John, who had come such a long way with Ziva. May she rest in peace.

Treasured Friend

I lost a treasured friend today
The large dog who used to lay
Her gentle head upon my knee
And shared her silent thoughts with me.

She’ll come no longer to my call
Retrieve no more her favourite ball
A voice far greater than my own
Has called her to his golden throne.

Although my eyes are filled with tears
I thank him for the happy years
He let her spend down here with me
And for her love and loyalty.
When it is time for me to go
And join her there, this much I know
I shall not fear the transient dark
For she will greet me with a bark.


Little education on the worm spirocerca-lupi is done on the public in South Africa. This is an extremely dangerous worm that is often responsible for many fatalaties. Please read the articles to familiarize yourselves with this problem.

Spirocerca Lupi in Dogs



During lockdown I found that Leo has become more fussy when it comes to food.
And he’s a Velcro dog, honestly, I love this but his pushing his boundaries and constantly trying his luck. So, I had to become a little stricter than usual.
Example, he loves to bark at the husky next door. Leo barks and the husky won’t shut up for hours. I taught Leo a huss command. But mostly he is the same a bit more shy than before. His a more protective dog than before and less of a wussy. But yes, he’s still a spoiled daddie’s boy that loves love and has awesome discipline.
Die lock down het my & Buddy geleer. Dat Buddy beter te verstaan, ongelukkig sukkel ons altwee met sosiaal wees!
The lack of socializing during lockdown when club was closed, made for a very miserable Major. He is definitely benefitting from training, he’s an intelligent animal and needs to be challenged with different things.
So we have a bit of a funny story with Toshi and because I have been at home with her since we got here at the beginning of lockdown, when we leave her (for more than an hour) she has bad separation anxiety and does some naughty things.
And day we left her for 2 hours and when we got home she had caused devastation everywhere. Once we had cleaned up the mess and sat down to relax she came running to us with something small in her mouth and looked like the corner of a brown envelope. We managed to get it out and to our horror we saw it was the corner of our new-born son’s birth certificate! Toshi had eaten the entire thing except for the corner that had our surname! Recently she ate my electric toothbrush and the cat’s vaccination book, so we are trying to help her with her separation anxiety!
Our dogs miss us when we are at work, so they were really happy when we stayed at home. It gave me the opportunity to train them at home, although they are more used to going to the field twice a day for training. I found Vlooi has some behavioural issues, but it may be related to her operation.

Chris Herbst, dog club member – 079 191 3625

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 clubhouse.

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.

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 1.30 pm.

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 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.

Our medical aiders are Sam and Chris.

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!

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

https://www.canyon.co.za/ – Earn extra income by becoming an agent. Some of the products are pet friendly

Fun & Games for a Smarter Dog – Sophie Collins
Play Your Way to Good Manners – Kate Naito and Sarah Westcott
The Dog Behavior Problem Solver – Teoti Anderson
DIY Projects for Cats and Dogs – Armelle Ray and Pierre Legrix

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!

Fortunately, we have had no problems to report.

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.

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 Whatsapp 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 – http://www.communityvet.co.za/

SATURDAY – gates open at 1.30 pm
OBEDIENCE – new intake the first Saturday of every month at 2 pm
Beginners – please arrive at 1.30 pm and visit our Treasurer, Ruben in the clubhouse – 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 – 3 pm – 4.30 pm- 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 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 Beginner training. PLEASE BOOK WITH US BEFOREHAND.

Secretary – Beverly – 083 272 1014
Chairperson and Chief Trainer – Tania – 082 430 1456
Treasurer – Ruben Muller – rubenmuller1959@gmail.com

Kind regards


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