New skills for new season at Hibiscus Kennel Club

2018-06-14 06:00
Ninette Smith with her winning pack, (from left) Shimmer with a 2nd place win, Swish with two 1st places and Sparkle with a 3rd place win.PHOTO: supplied

Ninette Smith with her winning pack, (from left) Shimmer with a 2nd place win, Swish with two 1st places and Sparkle with a 3rd place win.PHOTO: supplied

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DURING the extreme heat of summer, members of Hibiscus Kennel Club usually long for an indoor arena for their training but come April, May and June they make the most of the sunshine and the beautiful clear days and count their blessings for such a moderate climate.

Club trainer Jenny Robertson said the dogs are eager to train and enjoy every minute they spend with their owners during these clear weather days.

She said the Port Shepstone Borough field where training takes place was well maintained enhancing their training and thanked Ray Nkonyeni Municipality for adhering to this.

“From hard work and dedication come results and we see this each week. We will soon have a formidable Flyball team or two, our obedience class is a pleasure to watch and our agility dogs, especially the Wednesday morning group, are showing great potential,” said Robertson.

Trainer and club member Ninette Smith and her pack achieved excellent results at the KZN Championships at Pietermaritzburg this weekend. Three of her pack brought home placings with Swish the little poodle taking first place in dog jumping and contact. They will be participating in the SA championships this weekend and possibly make it into the national team to compete internationally in Sweden later this year.

Robertson congratulated her adding that the club was not all about winning and competing but about having fun with the dogs in a relaxed happy atmosphere where everyone has a common goal.

“Its about an afternoon learning new skills and teaching our dogs to socialise with people and their fellow dogs. One needs to sit at the robot at ‘confusion junction’ and listen to the dogs in the cars as they approach the club to know that they are happy and excited,” said Robertson.

To join the club with your dog please contact either the chairperson Sharon on 073 601 4622 or the training co-ordinator Jenny on 083 2504 253 or visit the club on Saturday at 2 pm. — Supplied

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