Corner Post – May 2021

Newcastle All Breeds Dog Training Club Membership

CHIEF INSTRUCTOR’S MESSAGE

Our club has just commenced an Instructors Course with ten trainee instructors giving up their time to do the study, work and training to become instructors and assist taking our large classes and help our K9 friends. 

Both Conventional Training (Operant Conditioning) and Motivational Training will be taught. They deserve a big round of applause. They are:

  • Peter Asquith
  • Helen Brown
  • Pam Bush
  • Debra Carroll
  • Katie Luton
  • Kate Maher
  • Shauna Murphy
  • Tahlia Rich
  • Greg Roder
  • Howard Ryan

This course runs for three months and will involve these trainee instructors taking classes over the next two months as part of their curriculum. 

They are a very knowledgeable and keen group, so please when they come to take your class they will only be taking three to four handlers and dogs at a time. Value your time with them as you will probably not get a class this small again.  Ask them about any problems that you have with your training or with doggy problems in general.

These ten trainee instructors will be a very valuable asset to our club as our instructor numbers have depleted over the last two years and with a club of our size with close to a thousand members each year every instructor is very valuable.

HANDLERS DAYS for this month are:

  • 9th May for Lower Red, Upper Red and Blue Classes
  • 16th May for Yellow, Motivational Yellow, Lower and Upper Green Classes.
  • Presentations will be on 23rd May 2021 which is also Promotions Day.

Handlers Days are just a competition amongst your class members for a lovely trophy and sash for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, judged by your instructor on the day.

We will be looking at how you and your dog perform the exercises that you have been taught in class working as a team. This is one way of returning some of the money to our members that is paid in ground fees etc.

The rules for Handlers Day are:

  1. Handlers must compete in the class that they have been promoted to with their dog.
  2. Any dog that has a qualification towards any obedience title may not compete for a prize in Handlers Day except for Advanced Training Class members.
  3. Current membership tags with class colours must be worn.
  4. No food to be used as a motivator in Lower Red, Upper Red and Blue Class.
  5. Instructors and triallers are only allowed to compete in the Handlers Days at Upper Red and Blue Class levels.  This includes previous instructors that no longer instruct.
  6. Blue Class dogs must qualify (pass with 50% or more of points allocated for each exercise) in all exercises to be eligible for a place as in a C.C.D. or Novice Trial.

PLEASE NOTE – Handlers Days may be cancelled if we do not have enough instructors on the day.

PIPE RINGS

These are available for triallers on Sundays to train their dogs for trialling. However, one of the rings may be required for class training during session times of a Sunday.

RUSSELL WHITTON – CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

Our NABDTC Obedience and Rally Trial is coming up at the end of May (no training on Sunday 30 May).

  • We are always looking for volunteers to help at our trials.
  • Roles include lead and ring stewards and scribes (for the judges). Sessions are usually either morning or afternoon
  • Come along, watch the dogs in action and find out how the judge thinks
  • And you can enjoy some pro bono catering as well.
  • Please see Jodie or Alison if you are interested.

COVID – STILL WITH US …..

 We have Service NSW QR Codes at our entry point.  A paper version for sign in is also available.

Any feedback, please approach any of the Committee members, usually somewhere around the shed or at the entry point.  All volunteers and handlers are required to abide by our current Covid-19 Safe Plan.  This document was updated April 2021 in line with NSW Government and Dogs NSW guidelines (Annexure B) for affiliate clubs.

COVID-19 is clearly still lurking in the community (eg the Burwood sewage plant evidence), therefore stay safe!

In short:

  • Only one entry point
  • Scan or sign in, sanitize your hands
  • Maintain your distance please – At least 1.5 m between people and dogs
  • Limited spectators on the grounds
  • Bring your own chair
  • Do not share any equipment
  • Only one exit point
  • Leave after training asap

EQUIPMENT STORE

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 – 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

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS ARE STARTING

Membership renewals are due by the end of June.  You will need to provide:

  • a copy of your dog’s latest and current vaccination certificate
  • a completed membership form

See Ros at the Registrars window to pick up a form at the moment.  Once our new website is up and running you will also be able to download from there.

PROMOTIONS Feb 2021

Congratulation to those handlers and their dogs who were promoted in March.  Well done!

UPPER GREEN TO LOWER RED

Nicki Saroca & Kaiser

Wendy Gilson & Hazel

Katie Lutom & Josie

Trevor Clarke & Spencer

Linda Anslow & Stella

LOWER RED TO UPPER RED

Patricia Robinson & Orca

Di Wood & Monty

Miranda Stratheorn & Oscar

Erin Matthews & Sammy

Howard Ryan & Oscar

Sharon O’Hearn & Lucy

UPPER RED TO BLUE No handler/ dog was promoted

CALENDAR

April – July 2021

MAY 2021
Sun 2ndBeginners
Sat 8thCommittee meeting 9.30am
Sun 9thHandlers Day Upper Green, Lower Red, Upper Red, Blue
Sun 16thYellow, Motivational, Lower green
Sun 23rdChief Instructors meeting
Sat 29th Sun 30thNABDTC Obedience and Rally O Trials  
Sun 30thNO TRAINING  
JUNE 2021
Sun 6thBeginners
Sat 12thCommittee meeting 9.30am
Sat 19thInstructors meeting 9.30am
Sun 27thPromotions
JULY 2021
Sun 4thBeginners
Sun 18thChief Instructors meeting
Sun 25thPromotions
AUGUST 2021
Sun 1stBeginners
Sat 7thCommittee Meeting 9.30am
Sun 8thHandlers Day UG, LR, UR, B
Sun 15thHandlers Day Yellow, MT & LG
Sat 21stInstructors meeting 9.30am Clubhouse
Sun 22ndPresentations
Sun 29thPromotions Day
 AGM Due in August Date to be confirmed
BOARD DUTY
MayLynda
JuneRussell
JulyAlison
AugustSandra

INSTRUCTORS SEMINAR

Sat 24 April 2021 8am-9.15am

On a beautiful crisp sunny morning, 16 handlers gathered for the seminar with Joy Deith. 

The session covered communication, engagement and use of the long line in recall work with 3 dogs allocated a ‘working spot’.  The dogs were at varying levels of training (not much training to highly trained).  It was very interesting to see how well the dogs responded within their 20 min session and the differences in handler mechanics.  Each dog really enjoyed their working time.

Feedback was very positive after the session.

WHAT DOES THAT RED TAPE MEAN?

Here at NABDTC we use red striped tape to indicate that a dog and handler need a bit of space. 

If you see this tape on a dog or a lead, stay a reasonable distance away from the dog and handler and check in with them before you come close ie within 2 metres at a minimum.

TREATS FOR TRAINING

The kind of treat you use when training your dog can make a big difference in how successful your training sessions are. With so many options available, it can be hard to know what dog treats you should have. There is a simple answer to this question. Use whatever training treat your dog enjoys! 

However, knowing how to “grade” your dog’s treats and keeping them varied will benefit you in a few ways:

How to Figure Out What Treats Your Dog Likes

You might hear our instructors talk about using “high value” vs. “low value” training treats — this is referring to the value your dog places in each food reward (not the price you pay for the treats). You’ll want to figure out what treats your dog finds more valuable than others.

What Are “High Value” Treats?

High value treats tend to be moist or freeze-dried, extra smelly, and something your dog doesn’t get very often (if at all) outside of training sessions. Think tiny pieces of chicken, liverwurst, tripe, or even peanut butter (make sure it’s xylitol-free) smeared on a spoon. Think of your high value treats as giving your dog an “A+++” for behaviour and training.

When Should You Use High Value Treats?

  • When first introducing a brand-new behaviour
  •  In highly distracting environments, such as a group dog training class
  • When rewarding your dog for a quick or high-quality response to a cue
  • During important socialization and proactive exposure training for puppies
  • If working on counter conditioning as part of a behaviour modification plan for leash reactivity, aggression, anxiety, or fear

Avoid regularly using foods that are high in fat, such as bacon or sausage. You don’t want your dog to end up with an upset stomach or pancreatitis.

What Are “Medium Value” Treats?

These treats are usually semi-moist or dry treats made from ingredients that your dog doesn’t get in their regular food. Medium value treats and are given more frequently during training sessions and in everyday routines than high value treats.

When Should You Use Medium Value Treats?

  • When maintaining an already learned behaviour
  • In mildly distracting environments
  • Throughout the day for good behaviour
  • As part of regular enrichment activities

What Are “Low Value” Treats?

Lower value treats are great to work into your training because they tend to be lower calorie than high and medium value dog treats. Low value treats are usually dry and crunchy. You can use your dog’s regular food for this level of treating. Having a low value treat option is important in helping you fade out treats in training.

When Should You Use Low Value Treats?

  • If your dog performs a requested and previously generalized cue, but it’s a “C” grade performance (this also might indicate that your dog needs to be further from a distraction or might need to go back a few steps in training)
  • Throughout the day to encourage continued good behaviour
  • In low to no distraction training environments
  • As part of regular enrichment activities
  • When you’re working on fading out the use of treats for a specific behaviour

Have a Dog Treat “Taste Test”

To help you pick out the training treats that your dog will most enjoy and respond to the best, set up treat taste test for your pup. (Note: Check treat ingredients to ensure they don’t contain anything your dog is allergic or sensitive to.)

First, pick out a few different options of treats for them to try, based on:

  • Protein type: Have a variety of fish, poultry, beef, pork, or lamb. Include non-meat-based treats, such as peanut butter.
  • Texture: Choose different treat options based on their texture type — dry, semi-moist, jerky, freeze-dried, or wet.
  • Ease of Delivery: When you’re picking out taste test options, make sure you’re choosing treats that are easy for you to give your dog. Training treats should be pea-sized or smaller. If the treats are larger than this in the bag, see if you can easily break them up into smaller pieces.

Next, give your dog a choice between the different treats. Put one kind of treat in one hand and a different kind in the other hand and close your hands to make a fist. (You can also use small cups to cover the treat options on the ground if you prefer, especially if your dog gets mouthy when taking treats.).  Allow your dog to sniff both hands, watching to see which they show the most interest in. Give them the one they sniff at, lick at, or paw at the most.

Switch out different treats, rotating in ones you’ve already tried with different alternatives, to get an idea of what your dog’s high value, medium value, and low value treats are.

There are some great recipes online.

COMPETITOR PROFILE

Bev and Phil Spencer

Bev Spencer and Skye (7-year-old Border Collie – BC) won 1st place UD and won Winner of Winners at the NSW BC Club trial at Orchard Hills on Saturday 10th April.   Congratulations Bev and Skye, well done!

Bev started training her son’s Jack Russell Chloe at NABDTC in 2007. Bev and Chloe got to UD (Utility Dog) level, a great achievement.  Her first Border Collie (BC) was Race in 2009.  Race was a fabulous dog and with several Obedience grand Champions to her credit as well attaining UDX (Utility Dog Excellent) NSW Dog of the Year three times (2016, 2017 and 2019) Phil has also gotten involved in training along the way and was certainly got the dogs through during a recent extended period of ill-health for Bev. In fact, Bev commented that dog training has helped her through rehab and she was delighted to be still going strong and beating good competitors. Bev has seen many changes in dog training methods over time and she is pleased to see the increase in positive reinforcement methods.