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HEALTH TIP

In the coming warm months, care is recommended when exercising and feeding your dogs. A ‘fetch-a-holic’ (like Kruger) will play fetch until he is dead! Dogs will often not recognize they are getting overheated when they are caught up in the thrill of the game. Be very careful to monitor just how much exercise your dogs are getting. If your dog does overheat, the quickest way to cool your dog is in a bath of tepid water (not icey cold). IF YOU ARE CONCERNED CONSULT YOUR VET! IMMEDIATELY

Dances with Dogs

Dances with Dogs Scheduled Competitions 2013

 Brisbane Royal Show

August

Judging Commences;
Thursday 8th August
Demonstration
Friday 9th August
Heelwork to Music – Starters; Novice; Advanced
Judges: T.Telford; D.Lamprecht; V.Mannion
Monday 12th August
Freestyle – Starters; Novice; Intermediate
Judges: J.Meredith; M.Field; A.Burke
Tuesday 13th August
Heelwork to Music Intermediate Freestyle Advanced
Judges: B.Murfett; G.Westmore; W.Russell

        

Future Competitions 2013 Details to be Advised
Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September: Camp Tailwaggers NSW
Judges:
Saturday: A.Burke; L.Blumel; M.Field
Sunday: J.Meredith; A.Burke; L.Blumel

Saturday 12th October: Metro Dog Obedience Club

Saturday 23rd November & Sunday 24th November: Pine Rivers Dog Obedience Club, Dayboro

Classes for Dances with Dogs are now available in Jimboomba, phone the office for more details. (07) 5548 7988

Dances with Dogs

JO & KRUGER

Our next competition Saturday August 31 2013 in Cooloongatta.

Jo Meredith is competing with her two Dancers; Zorba, German Shepherd Dog, is competing in Heelwork to Music Intermediate; performing to ‘Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend’, Marilyn Monroe & debuting their first Freestyle Routine, performing to ‘I dream of Jeannie’ Theme song. Yogi, Briard x, is competing in Freestyle, Novice; performing to ‘Sadie The Cleaning Lady’ & debuting Yogi’s first Heework to Music routine, performing to ‘Walking Back to Happiness’ Helen Shipiro.

Newsletter; AUGUST 2013

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August 2013

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DOG SPORTS There is a huge variety of DogSports available; Agility, Rally-O, Obedience, DockDiving, Flyball, TrieBall to name just a few. Each month we are going to chat ‘in a nut-shell’ about a sport you can do with your dog – this month BREED SHOWS

Your First Dog Show – Part 1
If you have never been to a dog show before, it can be a very confusing and puzzling activity.

Breeds are divided up into Groups; Working, Toy, Non-Sporting etc.

Some of the first questions asked by a newcomer are:
1) What is the judge looking for? 2) Why do only some dogs go in once and others go in again? 3) Do the dogs win lots of money? 4) What is a Championship?

What’s the Judge Looking For? The purpose; to select the best representative of every breed – within the Judges Assigned Group (s). Classes are initially defined by age. The winners of each age group then compete against each other. The Judge selects one dog within the Group that best fits the Official Breed Standard for that particular breed, comparing each dog to the Official Breed Standard as written by each Breed Club. (The Official Breed Standard is a description of each breed, which specifically describes what the breed should look like and how it should move and act – Breeders adhere to this when selecting dogs to partner in their breeding program).

It is VERY specific; detailing demeanor, size, shape, coat texture, length, mouth shape, gum colour, eye colour, tail set & movement. It’s the Judges responsibility to know the standard for each breed he judges. He then is asked to select the best dogs that meets the Standard.

Every Judge perceives things slightly differently and it comes down to Personal Opinion on the day.

Many thanks to Kay (Instructor) who has been involved in the Show Ring for many years.
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VALE 
Our Heartfelt sympathy to Nynke & Trevor who lost their beautiful, clever little girl ‘HOPE’.
: Sympathy extends to Shannon & her family for losing such a talented canine friend.
The world is such an unfair place sometimes 
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Did you know…? Dog’s suffer from menopause in the same way people do…. Lethargy, Mood Swings, & oh yes… TEMPER!!!
AND a problem of mine… increased frequency of Seasons! 
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**COMBO COURSE**
When you have completed your 7 Week Course….. Enroll in our
LIFESTYLE PROGRAM…….
A FURTHER
19 LESSONS FOR $195.00!
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NEW BOOK
Finally printed a book helping parents introduce Babies to Dogs.
‘Hey Baby- Who’s The Boss’ is written in the same easy to understand manner of ‘Who’s the Boss’. Guiding parents to recognise problematic or dangerous behaviour before accidents occur. $25.00 at Reception – (retail $39.95)
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PET HABITS GROOMING SALON
Open Monday-Friday (Jimboomba)

Every dog is treated with COURTESY & RESPECT.
Full Clips from $40.00!!
DISCOUNT: $5.00 off your next clip for Referring a New Client!

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CLICKER TRAINING

A CLICKER or MARKER – often “YES” is used to mark the exact behaviour at the exact time it was performed. Most Zoo’s & Marine Parks use CLICKERS/MARKER to train their animals for a wide range of behaviours. To the Lions….stick your foot here – I need to trim your nails (true-story)…. Dolphins are trained with a WHISTLE.
Once understood & the handlers skill level is adequate; CLICKERS are an invaluable training tool.
GOLDEN RULE: one CLICK – one TREAT – EVERYTIME.
Once behaviour is established, add cues & stop clicking until you either raise or change the criteria.
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GOSH! Can you believe The Royal Show (EKKA) is this month? Dances with Dogs will be on 8th, 9th, 12th & 13th August. If you plan to go – don’t forget to give Jo a wave in her Judges seat. (Monday 12th – Freestyle)
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BEWARE: Police warn dog owners of DOG FIGHTING RING active in our region. Properties are ‘tagged’ to notify an accomplice of ‘suitable’ dog for collection.

Be vigilant; check your fences for unusual ties, paint, or marks of any description – even anchored rubbish!
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Read Jo’s regular Editorials in the Jimboomba Times ‘Pets Play’!
WOW!! Beaudesert Times is now also printing my Editorials! Due to Reader Feedback 
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When you have finished your Course
Stay in Touch – Visit our Website for Newsletters, Introduction to a wide variety of DogSports, Photos, Videos, Updates Demonstrations & Much More
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Generalised Fear
Curious how fear is so quickly generalised to an area, noise or situation

I’ve been baby-sitting a dog whilst her owner vacations…Heidi has been staying here since she was a puppy (what’s 1 more dog right?).

I’ve taught her to toilet in the same area, now 3years old, Heidi, as trained, was in ‘the’ area…Kruger barked at the exact moment Heidi was eliminating……

Heidi got a fright & zoomed back to me.

What’s interesting is …
Heidi blamed the spot….

Read that again!

Out of curiosity; I did no work to eradicate the fear; within 4 days the fear escalated to that entire corner of the house-yard!!

Interesting point if you are in the process of toilet-training….
Remember, Heidi blamed the ‘spot’ – not the action!

Taking the concept further – fear can quickly undo an established behaviour based on the ‘dogs perception’.

For those wondering – ’Yes! If the fear is still evident, I will fix it on the next visit! 
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TRY THIS NEW TRICK

“Goodnight”

Arm yourself with a bath towel or very soft mat – suitable for your size dog.

Have your dog in a ‘down’ position – if your dog doesn’t ‘down’ in a given spot, ask your Instructor to help.

.Put a treat under the corner of the towel; when your dog nuzzles to move the towel – ‘click’ or ‘yes’. You are rewarding for the mouth on the edge of the towel.

Progress to moving the treat to hand; click/treat when your dog starts picking up the corner of the towel.

When the behaviour is established add the cue – I use a very original one…”PICK-IT-UP”.

The next part – taught separately; With your dog in a down, LURE dogs nose to shoulder, then spine, then other side of dog to produce the ‘ROLL-OVER’

Each position is clicked/yes & treated!

Once you have both portions of the trick consistent – add them both together….
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The end behaviour is your dog wrapping himself up by rolling with the towel in his mouth when you say …….
“Goodnight”
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SENSITIVE PAWS

If you walk your dog on concrete or pavers, be sensitive to your dog. Take a moment, bend down & touch the pavement. If it is too hot for your hand – it is too hot for your dogs feet! Try walking at a cooler time in the day.

Dealing with Storm Phobias

With the storm raging outside and a Storm Phobic dog beside me. It reminds me of  how easily and quickly a Storm Phobia can occur. Most of you know Kruger, robust and confident in ‘every’ situation – wrong! When a storm is raging he is a paranoid unconfident dog. It occurred smack bang in the middle of the Secondary Fear Period

(6-14 months); we had a storm, no more violent than previous ones, however this one differed in the fact that Kruger was ‘of age’ & when the wind caught an outside plastic chair – the chair appeared to chase him – he blamed the storm! Instantly a ‘Storm Phobic’ dog was borne!

What to do?

Do not pat your dog while he is exhibiting fear – storm or otherwise – you will only reinforce the fact that it is good to be fearful, & make the fear worse. Keep your dog safe; when a storm is forecast, ensure your dog is secure, if you are putting him in a shed, make sure the noise of the storm is not magnified! If you go outside,  attach a lead or your long line (even if your recalls are getting really good). Allow your dog to be close – Kruger gains comfort from being ‘around’, we allow him to sit next to us and press his body into our legs, we do not allow him to rest his head in our laps. We ignore him! He is neither good nor bad! This approach has enabled Kruger to overcome 80% of his fear. However he is not allowed to wander alone outside, all doors are securely shut. I would recommend if you have a Storm Phobic dog, follow the same guidelines.

Paralysis Tick Season

These ‘nasties’ are about again. Signs often only appear after the tick has been feeding on your dog’s blood for 3-5 days. Ticks can be picked up from long grass, bushland or thick vegetation. When checking for ticks, run your hands through the fur, ruffling the hair as you go, You are looking for any raised ‘bumps’ or ‘odd’ mounds (often called craters).

There are several signs of tick toxicity you should be aware of; signs can include any of the following;

  • Loss of coordination in the hind legs
  • A voice change – barking becomes quite muted
  • Vomiting, retching, regurgitation or coughing
  • Appetite loss
  • Anxiety, hypersensitivity and distress
  • Progressive paralysis of the body, starting at the hind legs
  • Noisy breathing, grunting, panting

If you suspect your dog has a tick, don’t delay seek veterinary advice quickly.

Kids, Dogs & Safety

With school holidays fast approaching, more people are out & about enjoying the summer with their dogs, it’s time to remind children (& adults) of some key safety elements:

  • Dogs have three ways to communicate they have had enough playing – moving away, feet or teeth.
  • Teach children ‘how’ to play ‘healthy games’ – and teach them when to stop!!
  • Never let children approach a strange dog without first asking permission from the owner
  • Never pat a dog in a car, that is not your own, even if you know the dog well.
  • Never pat a dog that is tied up, that is not your own, without the owner being present.
  • Always allow the dog to approach you (adults & children) – particularly if the dog appears agitated
  • Do not reach out to pat the dog
  • If you are unsure about a dog, follow your instinct and move away – slowly.
  • Teach children to NEVER look a dog in the eye – this also applies to adults!