Hibiscus Kennel Club news

2016-09-22 06:00
Flas in a two minute stay position while his mother Sharon checks her messages. Photo: supplied

Flas in a two minute stay position while his mother Sharon checks her messages. Photo: supplied

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AFTER an exciting fund-raising month, Ninette Smith and Swish have finally left for Spain to compete in the Agility World Championships. We wish them the very best of luck and hope they will return having shared a wonderful experience with memories that will last a life time.

While they are in Spain we will be competing in our own championship weekend from 23 to 25 September. We are fortunate to have two out-of-town judges as well as our local judges Nicki Calvert and Heather Moorcroft.

The public is invited to join us on the Port Shepstone Borough Field that weekend. Harbour View Spar is sending their food cart so there will be food as well. This is an annual event and we hope to attract as many competitors and spectators as possible.

The following weekend, members and their dogs will be taking the CGC (canine good citizen) test at the club. This is an obedience test which is divided into three categories, i.e. bronze, which is the first stage and involves basic obedience, silver, which is more difficult and involves among others the ability to walk in a public place and cross a road without bolting.

The final stage is the gold where the dog is required to follow the “down” command from a distance, stay in one place for two minutes and go to its bed when asked to do so. A good “down” could save your dog’s life. All this training is done with positive reinforcement patience and love.

Once the dog has the three certificates he is considered a good canine citizen and will hopefully be allowed in places where other dogs dare not tread. We have had an occasion where one of our members relocated and moved into a complex where they allowed small dogs but hers was considered too big.

The Body Borporate changed their minds when presented with three certificates and rosettes, and they are now living very happily in their new home. This test commences at 8.30am on Saturday 1 October at Hibiscus Kennel Club and anyone interested may pay us a visit and watch the dogs being put through their paces.

We remind members that training starts at 2pm with Orientation and Beginners Agility until 2.45pm. We then move to our respective classes for Obedience until 3.45pm and Advanced Agility ends the afternoon at 4pm. As much as we are thankful for the rain the weather has not been kind to us for weeks and weeks and attendance is down. Rest assured the field is looking good and training has been taking place - we always make a plan.

Anyone wishing to join the club may contact the chairperson Sharon Derman 073 601 4622 or Jenny Robertson the training co-ordinator 083 250 4253.

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