Corner Post – March 2021

Newcastle All Breeds Dog Training Club Membership



This class will be starting up on Sunday 7th March at 11am. in the pipe ring.

This class is to help handlers and dogs to work towards CD (Companion Dog) and CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) and will have a bit of scent work as well as solid and broad jumps.

Promotions for this class will be held on Promotion Days which are the last Sunday of each month. Promotions exercises are:

  • Heeling Off Lead
  • Stand Free For Examination
  • Recall
  • Change of Position
  • Sit Stay – 1 minute
  • Down Stay – 3 minutes. Dogs must be stable on the Sit and Down Stay exercises.
  • Dumbbell: the dog must be able to fetch the dumbbell and return it to the handler. Jumps must be kept Covid safe and cleaned after use and returned to shed.

Handlers & Dogs training for CCD (Community Companion Dog) are to remain in Blue Class as this class trains at a level above CCD level.

RALLY-O will also be introduced during March. Help will be required by handlers to set up RALLY- O gear, clean it upon completion of class and returned to shed.


From the first Sunday in March (7th March) training times are changing back to our usual start time (off Summer time)

This means:

10am start for Beginners (Yellow Beginners, Motivational and Lower Green Classes. There will be 2 sessions in the hour: o 1st Session: 10.00-10.25 am
o 10-minute break.
o 2nd Session: 10.35- 11 am.
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10.45 am Upper Green, Lower and Upper Red, Blue and Advanced training classes will be admitted to the grounds, pay their ground fee and go to their class area

11am – Training starts with 2 sessions o 3rd Session: 11.00 – 11.25 am. o 10-minute break.
o 4th Session: 11.35 am – 12md


Thank you to all our participants for adapting SO well to our “new normal” in Covid times.
Any feedback, please approach any of the Committee members, usually somewhere around the shed or at the entry point. Covid is likely to be with us for some time yet.

All volunteers and handlers are required to abide by our current Covid-19 Safe Plan. This document was updated Jan 2021 in line with NSW Government and Dogs NSW guidelines (Annexure B) for affiliate clubs when resuming training activities– this can be found at and are considered the mandatory minimum requirements by Dogs NSW.

In short:

Only one entry point

Sign in, sanitize your hands

One handler, one dog on the grounds

Maintain your distance please – At least 1.5 m between people and dogs

Limited spectators on the grounds

Bring your own chair

The seating shelters and benches are closed (see Dogs NSW current guidelines)

Do not share any equipment

Only one exit point

Leave after training asap

We want everyone to stay well and enjoy being outside with their dog in a learning environment.


The Equipment Store has a range of items (subject to availability) which are reasonably priced. Items include:

  • Leads, tracking leads and double ended leads
  • Collars and martingales
  • Dumbbells – range of sizes
  • Articles (for scent discrimination)
  • Gentle leaders (halter style)
  • Treat bags – new stock just in! Several colours (pink, purple, red and grey), three compartments (one with a zip – good for keys) The bags are comfy, sit flat against your body and are a bargain at $20. Please see our Equipment Officer Giselle at the club house before training.

ANNOUNCEMENTS New Members We welcomed 82 new members in February 2021. We hope you enjoy your dog training journey with us.

Upper Green to Lower Red

Lisa Hoar & Mac
Debra Carroll & Darcy
Arla Gibbs & Audrey
Diane Tanner & Jazz Rowan Kingdon & Monty Renee Haisall & Sunny

Lower Red to Upper Red

Tony Blanch & Aura
Lorena Steers & Lulu

Upper Red to Blue
Mary Webster & Gem
Julia Jones & Whiskey

Success at Cessnock Dog Club Obedience and Rally O Trial 27-28th Feb

Congratulations to several club members who successfully competed at the Cessnock Dog Club Trial. Lyn and Chester (wire haired pointer) gained their CD title. Alison Frazer with Opal (Lab) placed second in CCD. Other successful competitors were Jacqui with Force, Peter with Opal, Reba with Teesha and Mary Webster with Scout and Jem. Well done and great that the trials are back on again!


All instructors are cordially invited!

Joy Deith will be facilitating a 1-hour dog handling seminar to be held before the instructors meeting in April. More info to come in April.

Date: Saturday 24th April Time: 8-9.15am
Venue: NABDTC club grounds

PANCREATITIS IN DOGS – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Key Points

  • Pancreatitis in dogs is potentially life-threatening — know the signs to look for.
  • If you suspect your dog may have pancreatitis, a call to the veterinarian quickly is vital.
  • There are a number of causes and risk factors that can bring on pancreatitis, though it often seems to hit out of the blue.

Pancreatitis in dogs is one of those conditions that owners must be informed about before it strikes because the warning signs may not always be obvious at first, the symptoms might be mistaken for something less serious, and yet it’s potentially life-threatening.

The medical definition of pancreatitis is simple: “inflammation of the pancreas.” But like all serious conditions, there is more to it than that.

Because it is dangerous, a suspected case of pancreatitis needs to be addressed by a veterinarian as quickly as possible and not dealt with by “DIY” treatments. As with all medical issues, even the best online resource is not a replacement for the medical guidance from your vet.

Before looking at the details of pancreatitis, let’s take away the “ititis” and explain the small but vital organ itself: The pancreas is responsible for releasing enzymes that aid in digestion. When the organ is working normally, the enzymes become active only when they reach the small intestine. In a dog with pancreatitis, however, the enzymes activate when they’re released, inflaming and causing damage to the pancreas and its surrounding tissue and other organs.

Classic signs of pancreatitis in dogs

  • Hunched back
  • Repeated vomiting (either several times within a few hours or periodically over several days)
  • Pain or distention of the abdomen (dog appears uncomfortable or bloated). During an attack of abdominal pain, dogs may take a “praying position”, with their rear end up in the air while their front legs and head are lowered onto the floor.
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness/lethargy
  • Fever

If your dog exhibits one of these signs, and only infrequently, monitor her. But if she exhibits multiple signs at once, and repeatedly, a call to the veterinarian quickly is vital.

Dehydration and pancreatitis in dogs

Dehydration is due to a greater fluid loss than fluid intake.  Diarrhea or vomiting can cause dehydration, but those signs together will cause a greater fluid deficit and dehydration because the dog’s fluid input (drinking) cannot keep up with the fluid losses.  If the diarrhea becomes bloody, the condition worsens and the dehydration can become an emergency.

Other factors such as fever require increase fluid intake and can lead to dehydration along with other metabolic issues such as kidney disease.

Blood in a dog’s stool indicates significant inflammatory response requiring a veterinarian’s attention but it can be cause by a multitude of factors, from ulceration to parasites. Dehydration is a serious condition that can lead to death. It is an emergency and requires immediate veterinary care.

Any lethargic dog who is not drinking water or cannot hold water down should be suspect of dehydration and examined by a veterinarian. Dry mucous membranes (such as gums) may be a quick way of assessing dehydration but as always, when in doubt, consult with your veterinarian.

Causes of pancreatitis in dogs

There are a number of causes and risk factors that can bring on pancreatitis. Though often the attack appears seemingly out of the blue. Among them are:

  • A high-fat diet. This is a major cause of pancreatitis, especially for a dog who gets one large helping of fatty food in one sitting
  • A history of dietary indiscretion (a medical term for saying your dog will eat anything)
  • Obesity
  • Hypothyroidism (or other endocrine diseases)
  • Severe blunt trauma
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Certain medications or other toxins. These include cholinesterase inhibitors, calcium, potassium bromide, phenobarbital, l-asparaginase, estrogen, salicylates, azathioprine, thiazide diuretics, and vinca alkaloids.
  • There may, in some cases, be a genetic predisposition. Certain breeds or types of dogs have been associated with higher risks of pancreatitis such as Schnauzers, Yorkshire Terriers, Spaniels, Boxers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Collies are over-represented. Also, dogs who are more likely to scavenge or eat inappropriate foods (e.g. Labradors, Beagles, Retrievers) seem to be the victims of pancreatitis more frequently.
  • Overweight dogs may also suffer more severe cases of the condition.

More about those fats

Human food is especially dangerous, though even high-fat dog food may cause pancreatitis. Owner vigilance is particularly required around holidays and other festive occasions—they can bring well-meaning guests who slip your buddy a fatty piece of lamb, or a tray of buttery cookies left within reach of an eager muzzle.

Basically, if your dog is showing any signs of abdominal pain, the worst thing to do is feed him a fatty diet. This is one of many reasons that giving your dog table scraps, as tempting as it may be, is not advisable.

How does a vet diagnose pancreatitis in dogs?

  • Your dog’s medical history
  • Blood tests to measure pancreatic enzymes
  • Physical examination including stomach, gums, heart, temperature
  • Radiographs or ultrasound, to rule out other causes
  • Fine needle aspiration of the pancreas

What’s the difference between acute and chronic pancreatitis?

Acute Pancreatitis

An acute attack of pancreatitis means it comes on suddenly, with no previous appearance of the condition before. It can become life threatening to other organs if the inflammation spreads.

Chronic Pancreatitis

A chronic condition is one that has developed over time, slowly, and often without symptoms. This condition can result from repeated bouts of acute pancreatitis.

Both acute and chronic forms can be either severe or mild, and both result in pain. Mild cases of pancreatitis usually have a good prognosis. Severe cases have a more guarded prognosis, due to the potential for systemic complications.

Treatment and management of pancreatitis in dogs

There’s no fancy treatment for acute pancreatitis. First and foremost, your dog’s pain must be managed, and early intervention to prevent further complications is key. The most common treatment and management options are:

  • Intravenous (IV) fluid therapy in severe pancreatitis
  •  Vigorous monitoring of a worsening condition
  • Antiemetic medication for vomiting (to prevent dehydration)
  • Resting the pancreas (withholding food and water for 24 hours)

Long-term management includes:

  • Vigilant monitoring of fat intake—No table scraps allowed!
  • Use of a prescription diet of gastrointestinal-supportive low-fat, or ultra-low fat, food.
  • Feed smaller, more frequent meals instead of one larger meal