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Sunday, September 2 2018

Club Corner News: Events Sept / Oct 2018

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS - September / October2018

2nd September - Sunday— NALA - 11.00am for all NALA members to set up course then compete. We require all NALA member to arrive at 11.00am and assist with course set up please as we are only a small group. If wet will be moved to another date.

22nd September - Saturday Dog Sports Open Club Agility Day. $4 to enter. Start time is 11.30am. Weather Permitting. Club day comprises of 3 components - sprints, agility and rally-o. No 11am class or Flygility class. All welcome

3-4th November - Cambridge / Huntly clubs are running a two day Flygility tournament. Due to the amount off interest already expressed in this NALA has moved to the following weekend 11th November

7th October - Sunday— NALA - 11.00am for all NALA members to set up course then compete. We require all NALA member to arrive at 11.00am and assist with course set up please as we are only a small group. If wet will be moved to another date Dog Sports Rotorua 2018 Proposed Dates:

Club Outings (NO Saturday class these days) - EBOP Ribbon – Saturday 24th November

15-16th December - DSR Flygility Tournaments

Good Dog Training Newsletter - August / September 2018

The Good News from Raewyn!

  • Deb and Benni are on track with their Jumpers Career 1st win out of two in Jumpers C on his first Jumpers Champs outing. That's what I like to see.
  • Pam Sharp has caught the Agility bug. It has taken three years but finally she's got it. Jade is working really well and now Jack is getting the treatment and loving it. Pam has become a DOGSNZ Member
  • Tina and Koda and finally working off lead and Koda is less interested in the traffic on the road. They will go far these two. AND Tina is the greatest lawnmower at club. Thank you.
  • Sue and Floyd are working on their togetherness and sometimes it is almost good. We are going to make Flygility Floyds first sport at the moment. He loves to work alone.
  • Megan has taken over training for her pup Bobbi and he has a talent for Fly too.
  • Sharon and Gracie have joined Taupo Club to achieve Silver CGC and Sharon has become a DOGSNZ Member so they are coming to speed training on Wednesday nights to see if we can improve weaves and pace. It's working.
  • Christine Longton got so mad with me at Club Comp she made Storm do a round without dropping a single rail. I have a training method for Christine now. Just make her as mad as hell and her work with her dog improves out of sight. :-)
  • Alex has agreed to co ordinate the Rally O group for the Summer. Fantastic thank you Alex.
  • Katie and Cash are now out of Puppy at 12 months of age and are moving to Learners Agility in club Comp. Cash has the top Puppy Agility points for the year so far. Well done Katie.
  • Pipa is our fastest new Fly Mini. What a future she and Chris have in Fly.
  • Kelly and Awhi are back - baby needs bonding time with its Daddy. So Kelly had no choice but to come to class with Awhi to make that possible
  • Katrin has returned to Obedience with a new young rescue dog 'Snoopy'. Welcome back.
  • We had the pleasure of Anabella's company with Cairo at the last Club Comp. An ex Club Secretary who moved to Auckland a couple of years ago and is now back in rotorua maybe we will see more of her.
  • Its goodbye to Chloe and Jessie and their dogs Beaudie and Nadi. going to live on Waiheke Island. Fancy leaving us for Waiheke Island. Hard to understand really.

Have great training, enjoy your competitions and love your dog every day.


Sharon and Gracie
July Club Agility Day Winner

Report by Alex Jones on Mark Vette Workshop highlights/key notes:

Mark’s training and systems are based on genetic design, dog behaviour, neuroscience. His ‘training’ is based around gaining and maintaining a learning state, association, positive reinforcement, contrast training, counter conditioning and desensitisation. A wolf has 99.96% of the same genetic makeup of our domestic pariah dog, the 0.04% difference provides domestic dogs with:
Prolonged juvenile state (they remain immature, playful, able to learn and be a puppy for longer than that of a wolf because they can. Its no longer a necessity to grow up to survive)
A tolerance to unrelated dogs
Human orientation
Extended formative periods (1-4mth of age is prime time for learning)
Ability to cross foster (co-exist with stock/cats/kids/other animals without considering them prey)

The above points are used to elaborate on behaviours and mannerisms for training and learning behaviour throughout his techniques.

The formative period, this is the key time to:

Socialise and bond

Teach appropriate separation

Site specific bonding

Joining up/follow response
Learning state: (this was a primary part of the training) to learn how to recognise, switch into and maintain a dog in their learning state (Parasympathetic Arousal). When a dog is out of state and in Sympathetic arousal they are unable to learn and as such techniques are required to return to a state of PSA vs. SA

Dogs learn through association, counter conditioning and desensitisation, contrast training (pressure on/pressure off) and boundary setting. Corrections are made away from the handler so the handler remains viewed as a safety.

Building a shared language between dog and handler… Dogs are postural communicators using body language (BL) as a primary method of reading, reacting, communicating through life. A key takeaway from this is to reduce the amount of noise we make when communicating with our dogs and return to BL as a primary way of speaking to our canine friends.

We were fortunate enough to spend an entire day dealing with older pups/dogs that are outside of their formative period and displaying behavioural problems, something I learnt a lot from and hope to take back to my own work and that of my colleagues in the shelter environment, primarily this entailed:
Back to the den (re-establish crate training)
Joining up
Learning state (Parasympathetic arousal)
Balancing +ve reinforcement and contrast training
The importance of the initial meet and greet and steps to ensuring this goes well
Identifying trigger points and stacking behaviours
Key command was what is referred to as a “zen down” this is a modification on an obedience down where you are encouraging the dog to go into a down and then relax their hips to either side bringing both hindlegs resting on the same side of the dogs body. This position activates the vagus nervous system which encourages appetite, resulting in reduced stress behaviours, responsiveness to the clicker and establishing PSA, a clam state and therefore the ability to learn.

Tools of the trade: Lead, Clicker, treats, slip collar, clip station, crate.

I would highly recommend having a read of the book as this stuff is all in there, any questions please just ask.

Wednesday, June 13 2018

Trophy Winners


Texas and Alex Jones - Sprints B Team Big Dogs

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