Heel 2 competition heeling

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What the rulebook says. In obedience tests the dog is expected to sit and move smartly on the handler’s working side and at the pace of the handler. The right shoulder of the dog should be level and about 100 – 150mm (4 – 6 inches) from the left knee of the handler. This position should be maintained throughout the exercise, except the about turn when the dog must move behind the handler’s legs and return to the original heel position. The main feature of the Heel exercise is the ability of the dog to work with its handler as a team. Read the rest of this entry »

Sit – stay

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‘SIT – STAY’ Basic command broken into small component parts to be mastered by the dog.

Start dog training in a quiet area away from too many distractions. (If your dog already has done some obedience training, a clicker can be used to pinpoint correct behaviour instead of the verbal “Good dog, Good sit.”) Read the rest of this entry »


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Once the dog has established a connection between the Click and the Treat held in the closed left hand by regularly giving a good touch with the nose to the hand, the game can be changed by offering a finger, of an empty hand, to be touched before you C&T. In the same way as before, you gradually offer the finger to the sides and further away, both higher and lower as well as on the move. When the behaviour happens very regularly you use the word “Touch” when you offer the target (finger). In the first exercise the dog mainly used its sense of smell when touching the hand in which the treat was held. By offering a finger to be touched, we now make it a visual target to control the dog’s focus.  It is important to realise that: Dogs will follow a visual cue before the verbal cue and

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“COME” Basic command training steps.

Training rule: Never correct your dog after calling him to you!
If he deserves a correction, go to him and give the correction.
“Stop doing what you are doing!”

Step 1 Teaching the meaning of “Come” with food:

The aim here is for an immediate response from the dog and at the same time to make it a pleasurable experience for him. At home, on walks etc always have food handy to reward your dog when he comes to you; Click and Treat, make a big fuss, “Good come“, and “Good dog“.
In an enclosed area two or more family members can take turns calling the pup (or untrained dog) back and forth. Sit or bend down when you call the dog.
It is important that the dog associates the word “Come” with something good such as food or hugs. Dogs soon learn that when they respond to “Come” a leash is attached to them and their freedom ends, so they become reluctant to come to the owner. So, call the dog, praise, hug and treat and send him to play some more before you call again. When the puppy or dog comes perfectly every time, the food treats or tug games are gradually reduced to about half the time. Treats are now reserved for the best efforts. When he starts reacting consistently to the word “Come”, we go on to the next step. Read the rest of this entry »


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What the rulebook says:
The handler stands at a spot indicated by the judge/steward with the dog in the heel position. When he is ready, he is ordered to “leave the dog.” The handler now commands the dog to “stay,” steps off on his right foot and moves to a spot as indicated by the judge/steward. (In Beginners and Novice Class the handler stands directly in front of the dog and facing it. In Class A the order to Recall the dog may be given at any time after he handler has left the dog and while moving in any direction as ordered by the judge/steward.) Read the rest of this entry »

Club News

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wishing you and your family a peaceful and safe festive season

and a prosperous new year.



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Many handlers are exasperated by the lack of interest their dogs show in retrieving, especially also since the dog refuses to take or carry anything in its mouth. Making use of a clicker may be the best way to solve the problem because the clicker enables you to MARK THE MOMENT of success. You take a “Photo” (Click) of that moment and the dog is rewarded for his efforts instead of being punished for not performing. 

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Down – stay

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‘DOWN – STAY’ Basic command broken into small component parts to be mastered by the dog.

The “Down” command is more difficult and is taught after the “Sit“. (If your dog has already done some obedience training, a clicker can be used to pinpoint correct behaviour and instead of the verbal “Good dog, Good down.”)

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Scent Discrimination

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Description of Exercise:
The dog, on command, must select by scent and retrieve a scented cloth that has been handled by its Handler or the Judge and is placed (with tongs) amongst up to a maximum of 9 (nine) other cloths, which should be handled, for a short time, by the steward before placing them in any pattern, but they must be about 18″ ( 500mm) apart. Handler and dog must be faced away when the judge’s/decoy steward’s/handler’s articles are being placed about five metres away from the dog and handler.

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Aggressive Dogs

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We do not know why dogs become aggressive under certain circumstances. Why they dislikes other dogs or certain people. There could be many reasons for the behaviour and spending time on the “cause” is not always very helpful. What really matters is the fact that the dog becomes stressed, insecure and in an emotional state around other dogs or people. Our task is to try and control that stress because biting is the one problem dog owners cannot live with. Read the rest of this entry »

Send Away, Drop & Recall

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What the rule book says:
Class B: The handler will stand with his dog in the heel position and on command will send his dog forward about 20m to a marker and command the dog into the down position. When the dog is down the handler will be ordered to recall his dog or to move as directed and then recall the dog while he is moving and continue with the dog until ordered to halt. The dog must remain in the down position until recalled and then move smartly and directly to the handler.

Class C: The exercise is performed in the same manner as for Class B. The dog will be sent to a spot discreetly marked so that it is readily visible to the handler but not easily identifiable by the dog.

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Retrieve – Imprinting

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Great care must be taken not to use any force on a dog, especially if under the age of 12 months, in an effort to get it to retrieve! The Retrieve exercise, in obedience competitions, requires a dog to “retrieve promptly” at different levels. Firstly an own article chosen by the handler, then a dumbbell and finally any article a judge may decide upon provided it is not glass, food or dangerous to the dog.

The dog must not play with the article or chew on it. He must bring it back to the handler when told to do so, sit straight at arms length in front of him, hold the article until ordered to release it and then, when told, to return to the heel position.

From the above it is clear that retrieve is not simply a matter of chasing an object and bringing it back. Unless the retrieve is very carefully planned and controlled from the beginning, few dogs end up as reliable retrievers and most have to be forced to do so.

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Distance Control

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In this exercise the handler is placed at least ten paces in front of and facing his dog. The dog can be in the sit, down or stand position. On the order of the judge/steward, the handler will give the following six instructions to his dog in any sequence the judge may desire:

Stand“, “Sit“, “Down“, “Stand“, “Sit“, “Down“.

The handler may command his dog to follow these instructions either by spoken command or by signal and with or without the use of the dog’s name.  During the execution of this exercise the dog may not move more than his body length in any direction. This can be a very difficult exercise because the dog must remain on the same spot. Care must be taken that the dog does not develop bad habits that remained unchecked. The French place their dogs on a tree stump or small table to overcome this problem. Some trainers place objects in front of the dog or stand it on a landing or terrace edge. Standing in front of the dog when this exercise was first introduced is possibly the main reason for the forward movement of the dog.

The dog should have been trained to immediately obey the “Sit” and “Down” commands and must know the “Stand” command before distance control is attempted. Distance control is taught in different stages that need to be mastered before commencing to the next stage.

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Heel 1

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 The main feature of the “Heel” exercise is the ability of the dog to work with its handler as a team. “Heel” means, “remain in this position.” The dog’s attention must be on the handler and he must not smell the ground as he would on a casual walk. Read the rest of this entry »

Nervous aggression

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When one studies the work of the Dog Listener (Jan Fennel) and the Dog Whisperer (Cesar Millan) we find that they do not so much train dogs with obedience issues, but mainly deal with temperament problems. Bad tempers, mood swings, lunging, barking, nipping etc. These “psychological” problems are what goes on in the head of the dog must be resolved before we can get to normal obedience training near to other dogs and their handlers.

Puppies do not grow up deciding to want to become the leader of a pack. As pack animals they know instinctively that their safety is reliant on being a member of a pack and that in order to survive there has to be a leader in that pack. When pack leaders are taken away, the next dominant dog will take over. However, puppies and dogs find themselves in households where the humans now refer to them as a member of “our family,” forgetting that the dog thinks  “you are a member of my pack” it is just that you walk funny. Read the rest of this entry »

Chasers: cars, bicycles, joggers..

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Place a puppy at your feet, run backwards and it will instinctively follow/chase you. Dogs are predators and therefore it is a very natural, basic instinct for dogs to chase prey, to herd or run after anything in its territory. While some dogs like to chase sticks, others prefer tennis balls and still others will chase cars, motorcycles, bicycles, skateboards, joggers, cats etc. and they become problem dogs. Because the “prey” they are chasing runs away from them, these dogs get a feeling of success each time and are soon conditioned to continue. They are a danger to themselves and others. The problem does not seem to be breed specific. However, herding dogs (Border Collies), hunting hounds and some of the terriers (Staffordshire, Jack Russell) are the most likely candidates.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Separation Anxiety

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Dogs are pack animals and rely on others for protection and safety. While most dogs will be sorry to see their owners leave, some, around 14%, suffer from what is termed Separation Anxiety. These dogs are well-behaved when people are around, but when left alone they panic and become noisy and destructive. Some dogs become emotionally, over attached to one person and are sometimes referred to as, “Velcro dogs” or “My shadow.” Older dogs also tend to become more neurotic about being left alone. They naturally become more dependent on their owners as their hearing and eyesight begins to fail. Things that bothered them when younger becomes more intensified as the years pass. However, it is also often seen in younger dogs that have been rescued from animal shelters. They may have been abandoned or had multiple owners and multiple homes because they displayed unacceptable behaviour and their owners did not have the skills to rectify the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Sound sensitive dogs

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It has been estimated that up to 20% of dogs display sensitivity to loud noises. They usually develop noise phobia after 12 months of age and are particularly sensitive to loud claps of thunder, fireworks and gunfire. They tremble during thunderstorms, cower indoors and will not leave your side. They have been known to crash through plate glass windows, chew through the door and injure themselves in an effort to get indoors.
Dog breeds that appear to be predisposed to this condition are the Border Collie and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Other breeds showing a marked tendency are the German shepherds, Ridgebacks, Maltese and Dalmatians. Read the rest of this entry »

Shy/fearful dogs

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What is a “shy” or “fearful” dog?

All dogs can be timid at certain times in their lives. It is quite natural for dogs to be wary of things that are new and unfamiliar to them and young dogs may go through several “fear” periods where they suddenly seem to be afraid of new people, dogs and situations. While this is quite normal and can be overcome with continued socialising, chronic shyness that persists over a length of time can lead to all sorts of behavioural problems and make living with such a dog quite trying. Truly shy dogs may cower at anything, scare easily, be unresponsive to humans and pee submissively when excited or scolded. They often hide behind their owners when approached, tails between the legs etc. Shy dogs not only look scared but may remain scared for attention. The dog knows it is a good way to get attention. Some may become so fearful that they begin to growl, bite and snap to defend themselves.     Read the rest of this entry »

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