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NorWest Dog Training Club Newsletter March 2011

Listed below are the Club Executives and Committee for 2010/2011

President: Joan McFarlane Vice President: Sandy McKenzie

Treasurer: Robyn Henderson Secretary: (Acting) Ellie Booth

Committee: Karen Smith; Rodney Dunnet; Sue McDiarmid; Maree Green: Judy Doherty; Bruce Ronald; Alison Muller; Nadine Rowley
Patron: Rob Kemp [Kumeu A&H]

Autumn is here with gorgeous days and cooler evenings and nights but the end of daylight saving is looming so make the most of the light evenings to enjoy strolling and training with your four legged furry buddy’s.
Training classes are well underway and Sandy’s new Rally-O class are enjoying themselves immensely. If you are interested in this class please feel free to discuss any questions you may have about joining it, with your instructor.
The Junior Handler Class is also enjoying a modest patronage and is able to enjoy a high ratio of willing instructors to pupils. These kids and their dogs are doing really, really well!

Thank you; Thank you; Thank you to all you wonderful volunteers who turned out to help make the NorWest Triple Agility Championship Show held on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of January such a great success. We are very appreciative of all your help and all the time you give up so that these events can run so smoothly ?.Special mention to Brian, Vanessa and Jack who so graciously ferried all the equipment up to the Pony club grounds and back to our club grounds and also to the North Shore club grounds … thanks guys.

Many thanks also, to the small but fast and furious team of workers who descended on the club rooms on Monday 31st January to clean, sweep and tidy; doing all they could do to make a tin and concrete shed look as presentable as possible and spruce the grounds up before the training year commenced. Many thanks to Joan, Sandy, Rodney, Colleen, Jeff, Rosalind, Mike and Ellie. Also special thanks to Kim for all her tireless efforts at organizing and tidying the agility shed.

Dog Displays.

Once again Norwest Dog Training club was invited to participate in both the Helensville and Kumeu shows; showcasing their considerable skills in Obedience, Agility and Rally-O. This is always a crowd pleaser, fun to participate in and a great way to attract new members wanting to enhance the relationship with their dogs.

NorWest Flygility Tournament and Agility Ribbon Trial

Saturday 19th March 2011 and Sunday 20th March 2011
Venue: NorWest Dog Training Club Grounds
Helpers Required Please!! If you could keep these dates in mind and assist in any way for any amount of time it would be hugely appreciated. It is thanks to you wonderful volunteers that these days are so successful. If you are able to help please phone Joan McFarlane on 833 9053

AGM Reminder

The annual general meeting will take place on Monday March 14th 2011 at 7.30 pm in the clubrooms at the NorWest Dog Training grounds. We are looking for new committee members to keep this great little club running. Please give some thought as to whether you would like to contribute your time and some effort to this fun task. All newcomers, old comers, thoughts, ideas and enthusiasm warmly welcomed.

Membership Renewals

It’s nearing the end of the month. Please ensure that your membership has been renewed and your receipt has been sighted by the role keeper in your class. Thanks so much for your co-operation.


We have leads, collars, dumbbells and gentle leaders available at very reasonable prices. Monogrammed club badges are now available. These will look great sewn onto clothing or bags. Sue McDiarmid is available for sales before classes commence.

We are pleased to be able to offer a fabulous new range of dog jackets made by one of our own members, Maree Manning. These jackets are well made, robust and easy care. We’ll be bringing you a full list of products available (which will also be available on the website shortly) but one that may be of interest to some of you now, is a Day Glow yellow jacket with the words “Please Give Me Space”. If your dog is a “Reactive Rover” this is a product when worn, that could make life a lot easier for you both in that others may be more respectful of your space. If you have any enquiry’s Maree is to be found instructing an entry level class outside of the club rooms.

Corners of Access and Waitakere Rd (entrance on Waitakere Rd) Kumeu



Miss Manners for Dogs and their People
(At the club grounds)

Training nights are just so darned exciting and so much fun that some of us (well, pretty much just our canine friends) are totally wound up and fit to burst! In the heat of the moment, it’s pretty easy to forget all manners and spin out of control and that’s where we, the handler/owner, as responsible dog owners need to step up and take charge. Here are just a few suggestions on acceptable etiquette on training nights.

1. All dogs on leads at all times. No exceptions.
2. When walking through cramped spaces like the car park where there is obviously not a lot of room, please keep your leash short and your dog close by you to avoid dog on dog confrontations. You may have the most fabulously friendly dog on earth but that doesn’t mean that other dogs want him or her in their face.
3. Practicing the “wait” command with your dog when getting out of the car will help with self-control. The short walk from the car to the training grounds is a great opportunity to practice polite walking in a distracting environment.(even if it takes10 minutes to cover 30 meters, it’s well worth the effort)
4. Dogs are a bit like us in that some dogs really like each other and then there are other dogs that they would just rather have nothing to do with. Please respect this and don’t hesitate to move your dog away if he looks uncomfortable. No one needs to like everybody but we do all need to be polite and courteous (or at the very least have our dogs ignore someone they are not comfortable with).
5. Eyeballing. Careful observation of your beloved friend is all that is needed here. It’s not polite to stare intensely at other dogs so don’t let yours do it and if you notice another dog doing it to yours, either move, redirect his retaliatory stare to you or just maneuver your body to block it and bring it to the other handlers attention. If it is your dog causing the trouble just redirect his attention on to you. Eye contact between the pair of you is good! Many a dog is wrongly reprimanded for responding (usually aggressively) to the intense staring of another dog.
(The key word here is “intense”. We all know the look that makes us feel like we are turning to stone! Dogs looking at one another with “soft” or “playful” eyes are just fine).
6. In class, while it is great to play with and cuddle your dog; when waiting your turn please be aware that this may be very distracting to someone whose turn it is and who is trying to work their dog. It is good for your dog to learn to either relax quietly by your side or stay focused on you until you say otherwise.
7. Please respect space. Make sure you give yourself sufficient space when working in class so that your dog is comfortable and don’t let your dog move in on another dog’s space. Work hard to keep his attention on you!
8. Look for the signs in your dog that let you know how he is feeling. Knowing when your dog is relaxed and happy or tense and stressed can help you to manage situations confidently and can only increase your dog’s trust in you to look out for him.

Recommended reading this month “The other end of the leash” by Patricia McConnell
Available through or through your local library.



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