Watch our films of the handlers & runs at the North Wales Singles Sheepdog Trial Championship 2017 Double Gather

Welcome to our page all about theNorth Wales Singles Championship 2017 Double Gather at Bryneglwys. We had all weathers – sunshine, high winds and finally a downpour! Here you can see our live interviews with the handlers and watch our films of the individual handlers’ entire runs at the North Wales Singles Championship 2017 Double Gather are now available here from our YouTube channel: Watch, study and enjoy:

The champions of North Wales were father and son, Glyn and Elgan Jones – North Wales open Champion and Elgan Jones, North Wales Brace Champion.

Full table of results below. Find out more information here: https://www.northwalessheepdogsociety…

Interviews with the handlers

Individual runs

Gethin Jones with Maddie – Sheepdog Trial

Allan von Dinther with Jake – Sheepdog Trial

Glyn L. Jones with Cap – Sheepdog Trial

David Williams with Non – Sheepdog Trial


Aled Owen with Llangwym Glesni

Kelvin Broad with Kinloch Levi – Sheepdog Trial

Elgan Jones with Jim – Sheepdog Trial

David Williams with Bob – Sheepdog Trial

Bryn Davies with Lad – Sheepdog Trial

Allistair Lyttle with Jim – Sheepdog Trial

Bryn Davies with Roy – Sheepdog Trial

Arwyn Davies with Peg – Sheepdog Trial

Maralyn McNaught with Sam

– Sheepdog Trial

Llyr Evans with Zac – Sheepdog Trial

Irwel Evans with Bob – Sheepdog Trial


Young handlers

Rhion Owen with Ross – Sheepdog Trial

Erin Fflur McNaught with Moxi – Sheepdog Trial

Arwyn Davies with Peg – Sheepdog Trial

Arwyn Davies with Becca – Sheepdog Trial

Rhion Owen with Roy – Sheepdog Trial

Singles Sheepdog Trial

championship 17/18.08.17 Bryneglwys (Beirniaid / Judge not provided)

Double fetch final 18.08.17
1 Glyn Jones Llanarmon D.C. Cap
2 Aled Owen Penyfed Llangwm Glesni
3 Cyril Roberts Llanwddyn Roy
4 Gethin Jones Llanarmon D.C. Maddie
5 Llyr Evans Swyddffynon Zac
6 Arwyn Davies Bryneglwys Peg
7 Irwel Evans Tyngraig Bob
8 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Lad
9 Allistair Lyttle Donegal Jim
10 Allan Von Dinther Whitchurch Jake
11 Elgan Jones Llanarmon D.C. Jim
12 David Williams Abermule Bob
13 Maralyn McNaught Bala Sam
14 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Roy
14 David Williams Abermule Non
14 Kelvin Broad Llanllawddog Kinloch Levi
Ymdriniwr Ifanc / Young Handlers 17.08.17 < 25
1 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Ross 10
2 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Roy 15
3 Arwyn Davies Bryneglwys Beca 22
4 Erin Fflur McNaught Bala Moxy 23
Ymdriniwr Ifanc / Young Handlers 17.08.17 < 18
1 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Ross 10
2 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Roxy 15
3 Erin Fflur McNaught Bala Moxy 23
Qualifying points – field 1 17.08.17 (morning session) Top 4 into final
1 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Roy 6
2 Cyril Roberts Llanwddyn Roy 8
3 Arwyn Davies Bryneglwys Peg 9
4 Irwel Evans Tyngraig Bob 10
5 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Ross 13
6 Arwel Ll. Owen Penygroes Caleb 15
Qualifying points – field 1 17.08.17 (afternoon session) Top 4 into final
No results provided
Qualifying points – field 2 17.08.17 (morning session) Top 4 into final
1 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Lad 8
2 Aled Owen Penyfed Llangwm Glesni 11
3 Glyn Jones Llanarmon D.C. Cap 12
4 David Williams Abermule Non 20
5 Irwel Evans Tyngraig Fly 22
5 John Ellis Redbrook Gale 22
Qualifying points – field 2 17.08.17 (afternoon session) Top 4 into final
No results provided

 

Getting ready for the European Open Junior 2017

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In the next couple of days we leave for the first of this years international agility championships. the European Open for Juniors (EOJ) in Luxembourg.

 

This year 500 dogs and their young handlers from 24 countries will be attending these championships that continues to grow in both size and the level of competition.

 

Agility Team GB are sending a team of 24 dogs this year at all three height categories and in the two age groups, children and juniors. The Team were selected in February and have been training and preparing hard since then getting ready for these Championships.

 

You can keep up to date via the KC Facebook Group:
Agility Team GB Twitter feed @agilityteamgb
And for the first time the event is being live streamed: https://www.working-dog.com

 

After the EOJ we have a week back and then it’s off to Italy for the Adult European Open (EO). An exciting month of top agility competition.

 

I’d like to thank CSJ for all their support sponsoring the team. You’ve enabled these juniors to compete with other top handlers from around the world, gain valuable life skills and experience from an international championships and start their pathway to future top level agility competition.

 

Lisa Duggan reports on the CSJ Highland Agility Stakes

By Lisa Duggan

Photos by Samantha Houston – contact Sam on facebook

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Lisa feeds her dog ‘Dee’ on CSJ

CSJ Highland Agility Stakes

Sunday 2 July

Scone Palace… Scottish Game Fair, main ring event

5 qualifiers around Scotland in spring 2017, from the heats of a max. of 5 Small, 5 Medium and 20 Large dogs are invited to Final.  In addition the winner from the 2016 final is invited back to defend their title.

Open to grade 6/7 dogs

Youngest finalist Kyle Davidson and Scream (border collie)… Eldest 60 Peter Elms, 65 Mark Bruce and at 70 Anne Ripley.

Judge Tam Quinn (experienced Scottish agility judge who has judged at Olympia and Crufts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESULTS

Prelim  – invitational run

Small

1)Mark Bruce and Sindy (Jack Russell Terrier)  – defending 2016 winner

2) Anne Ripley and Clova (Schnauzer)

Medium

1) Derek Elms and Kia (merle Collie X)

2)Nigel Staines and Scorch (Kelpie)

Large

1) Kyle Davidson and Scream (Border Collie)

2) Peter Elms and Jynx (Border Collie

Final (full results and photos below)

Small

1) Pamela Keith and Sway (working Cocker Spaniel) (Musselburgh East Lothian)

2) Derek Elms and Bunty (Jack Russell Terrier X)

Medium

1) Nigel Staines and Scorch (Kelpie) ( Lockerbie Dumfries and Galloway)

2) Steven Richardson and Libby (X breed) (Agility Champion, defending 2016 winner, World Agility Open World Champion) Steven Richardson feeds Dee on CSJ

Large

1) Lisa Duggan and Dee (Border Collie) (Stirling). Lisa feeds Dee on CSJ

2) Kyle Davidson and Scream (Border Collie)

Comments from Nigel Staines…

“First time a mother and daughter dog have won as Scorch’s mum won back in 2008.”

“I have appeared at the Highland Final many times over the past 12 years.  I have always referred to the Final as Scotland’s equivalent to Olympia thanks to size of course and large crowd.”

“Zico (AG CH Dragonheart Dark Destroyer AW Gold), won the apparently cursed invitational event (no previous winner of this event had won the main final later on) and then broke the curse and went on to win the final, this was in 2008, a great day, a great occasion, one of the many fantastic memories this amazing dog left for me. Zico qualified for the final every year, Scorch (Morgans Dark Destroyer AW Gold)is 7 years old, is Zico’s daughter, was at the Highland 2016 Finals – Large, placing top 5 in both runs. Sunday was a great day, I got her as relaxed as I could by having her Sire ringside with her (Zuma – An Australian import kelpie, Elfinvale Legend), it was great to relive 35 seconds of the feeling that I was competing with Zico again for that short moment. Steve Richardson who got the reserve is a great friend of mine, Libby owes him nothing as defending Highland Winner and current World Champion and was great to compete against him.”

Large and small winner dogs at the CSJ Highland Trials

CSJ Highland Agility Stakes
2017 final results
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Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 lisa duggan sherebridge kismet c 34.465
2 kyle davidson scream if you want to go faster c 34.732
3 heather mclean morgans shocking navigator c 35.949
4 steve pegram borderbrook final match c 36.051
5 carol anne duthie incanto in it together c 36.219
6 euan paterson clan chieftan macsweep c 36.285
7 katrina hands just the best jess c 36.333
8 peter elms chikaramor lovegame c 36.393
9 claire todd storms macy be the one c 37.089
10 allan wright no shadow of doubt c 37.253
11 bethany todd morgans R smooth criminal c 37.900
12 karen penman ticky two c 39.980
13 dorothy anderson lalapaws just jude c 40.637
14 elaine brownlie tale of two tribes c 41.408
15 steven richardson morgans digital demon 5 34.456
16 euan paterson preloved glendale girl 10 33.738
17 dane redford rednamuir truly focused 10 36.433
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Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 nigel staines morgans dark destroyer c 36.358
2 steven richardson ag ch no worries sweeps dream c 36.723
3 derek elms calderwood charmer c 38.582
4 jennifer kent ag ch maximus mischief managed c 42.84
5 linda hill crash bang wallop 5 41.793
6 denise clayton scallie marise of vynor e
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Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 pamela keith tiz awesome for devongem c 39.175
2 derek elms calderwood cheeky cherub c 41.889
3 sharon sturgeon carive don biggles c 45.698
4 mark bruce sindy of erskine 10 39.579
5 anne ripley olecrose cotton lavender e

Amazing Frisbee Cup | Amazing Frisbee Dogs

By Jos van Sluis, Iceborders

Results of the event of 6 and 7 May 2017

Throw & Catch Open Class

Perry van Mulukom

Piper          Ned

Melanie Fydrich

Trouble      Ger

Claudia Wagstyll

Rufus        Ger

Throw & Catch Starters

Karsten König

iMac       Ned

Alex van der Meulen

Tuttie     Ned

Diana Slavenburg

Bandit    Ned

Freestyle Combined Open

Melanie Fydrich

Trouble     Ger

Angela Tederke

Pepper     Ger

Marjolaine van Arkel

Chubby    Ned

Freestyle Combined Starters

Ilonka Kruitbos

Kensi       Ned

Sharona Pijl

Blitz         Ned

Susanne Kuipers

Pim         Ned

 Find out more

“It’s all about Focus!” Mark Laker

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“Photo by Debbie Mangles-Steel (another CSJ feeder). Debbie caught this great action shot of me and Devo in the Tunbridge Wells Championship final; which unfortunately we didn’t win. ” Mark Laker

After a very exciting Performance Weekend this year’s international agility teams have been selected

This years judge AJorge Pires from Portugal set up challenging course that tested the handlers across a variety of areas needed for the international competitions. Of course our selections are not just based on one weekends performance. The five month assessment process helped us filter down to those handlers who performed well across all the areas we focused on.

You can see the full list of handlers on this years teams here

So now the hard work and the training begins. Over the coming months the Coaching Team and I will be supporting these handlers in their preparations building up to what for some will be the biggest agility championships of their agility careers.

 Meanwhile the domestic competitions are in full swing

My young dog Moog is still learning about the competing and developing his agility skills. My competition dog Devo is in good form, we’ve qualified for the Olympia semi-finals and two Championship finals; we’re having a good start to the season.

I find myself having to work extra hard at keeping to ‘the plan’ during the competition season. Its so easy to get carried away with the fun and thrill of running my dogs that I sometimes forget what my main focus areas are for this year. And when that starts I get carried away and not focused on the competitions that I really want to do well in.
Its all about focus!

Kizzy Calms Down and passes KC Bronze test

2017-04-14-PHOTO-00000003Press release – 26.4.17

CSJ receive testimonials every day from delighted customers, but the message from Donna Waring about her stressed and barking puppy Kizzy stood out as dog training classes had refused to help because Donna is totally blind.

Other dogs barking at Kizzy had caused her to retaliate and bark back, which then escalated into a fear of small dogs and she would bark every time she passed one.

Donna worked hard with her by introducing her to dogs of various sizes and putting her on CSJ’s acclaimed Calm Down! herbal supplement.

When she finally found a dog club willing to allow them to attend Donna told CSJ, “I took her along and all my hard work and Calm Down had done its stuff. She was absolutely fine and just barked twice the whole of the time we were there.”

The following week the group were doing a Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze test and Donna entered Kizzy just for practice…but she passed!

Donna told CSJ, “This is the best calming product I have ever tried. Don’t get me wrong, you have to put the work in. But if you work hard and use the product in conjunction, you can achieve a lot.”

Attached: photo of Donna Waring with Kizzy.

Try Calm Down!: Order from your local stockist

April Report for the Arfon WGC Retriever Test

DSCF0737The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their first test for AV Retrievers on Sunday 9th April 2017 at an excellent new venue Plas Llanddyfnan, Talwrn, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr Paul Hogarth and the headkeeper Mr Steve Cadman.

The judges were Mike Allen, Dave Gallimore and W F Williams. Many thanks to our hosts for allowing us to use the ground the, judges and all the helpers and the competitors for their support who all contributed to making it a successful day, also CSJ and Gary McCarthy our sponsors.

Results

Puppies up to 12 months
  • 1st – Christopher Joseph Pilkington with Shadeoak Major lab dog 29.5.16
  • 2nd- Jackie Mchugh with Teeshot Nesta lab bitch 20.4.16
  • 3rd – Harvey Jones with Skiffle Legend lab dog 6.5.16
  • 4th – Gill Awty with Higgscroft Cedrus Libani lab bitch 22.5.16
  • COM – Paul Murphy with Elsmore Paige lab bitch 2.6.16
Puppies up to 18 months
  • 1st – Christopher Pilkington with Shadeoak Major lab dog 29.5.16
  • 2nd – Jackie Mchugh with Teeshot Nesta lab bitch 20,4.16
  • 3rd – Gill Awty with Higgscroft Cedrus Libani lab bitch 22.5.16
  • 4th – Danny Wells handling Ian Griffiths’ Mossborough Flint lab dog 29.11.15

Novice

  • 1st – Paul Murphy with Lady Emma of Shamrock lab bitch
  • 2nd – Kim Dutton with – Shadyacres Teardrop lab bitch
  • 3rd – Victoria Waterfield with Kenquartz Dame Sibyl lab bitch
  • 4th – Elaine Chappell with Wapsac Wagtail lab bitch
Open
  • 1st – Paul Murphy with Lady Emma of Shamrock lab bitch
  • 2nd – Victoria Waterfield with Brenjon Harry lab dog
  • 3rd – Paul W Travis with Brackenbird Lucas lab dog
  • Coms – Harvey Jones with Ty Newydd lab dog, Morwenna Hext Howe with FTCH Labdon Lewis of Minstead lab dog
Photo: L-R back D Gallimore (Jundge), W F Williams (Judge), Paul M Travis, R Harvey Jones, Morwenna Hext Howe, Mike Allen (Judge), Victoria Waterfield
Front Paul Murphy, Jackie McHugh

Cats go wild for CSJ’s new cat food!

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PRESS RELEASE

CSJ’s nutritionists aimed to formulate protein, fat and carbohydrate content close to that preferred by cats and of a natural diet in CSJ’s new Command Purrformance feeds.

In two complete extruded rations – for Active Adult cats and for Mature cats the crunchy texture (which helps promote healthy teeth and gums) and high percentage of animal fats and protein has sent cats into raptures in trials.

Command Purrformance for Active Adult Cats is suitable for all and preferably active adult cats and may be fed as part of the daily diet to kittens. With ingredients including poultry meal, sweet potato, marigold flowers and spinach it is formulated to help maintain urinary pH near to optimum when fed free choice, help maintain muscle mass and help support healthy heart and eyes.

Command Purrformance for Mature Cats is suitable for all and preferably ageing and geriatric adult cats. Containing a mix of animal proteins, enhanced protein quality and quantity to help maintain muscle mass in old age, the blend which includes duck, poultry, salmon, green lipped mussel and cranberry extract has the benefit of healthy ingredients yet with a yummy taste – which is so important to all cats and often lacking in a mature cat food.

Made in Britain and packed in 1kg metallised foil sachets with a 12 month shelf life and an RRP of £5.50 new Command Purrformance for cats is an eagerly awaited addition to CSJ’s renowned natural dog food, herbs and treats ranges.

For more details, talk to your local stockist

 

 

Berwyn wins best puppy in breed at Crufts

by Sarah Finch

Field Trial secretary for the Brittany Club of Great Britain.

We’re a big fan of your food – its pretty much the only thing my boy will eat. He’s finishing off a bag of Fit and Fast!, then he’ll be moving on to Hike On! as we increase our training before the shooting season. Brittanys hunt wide and fast, so they cover a lot of ground. Plus my boy only has a small appetite, so he needs the calories. He’s also having the Salmon Oil, and he gets some of the Kronch Bar if we’re out all day. He’s a picky sod, but he loves the salmon food – so it’s nice to have a range of options that are all salmon-based. He’s doing really well on the food too – going nicely in the field and looking good for the show ring, he got best puppy in breed at Crufts.

My boy’s name is Jassendue Manet’s Medley, pet name Berwyn. He was 10 months at Crufts and 8 months in the hunting photos.

Find out more about about berwyn’s favourite CSJ products:

Fit ‘n’ Fast

Hike On!

Salmon Oil

 

Not even a tree can get in the way of Team Spalding’s success

By Colin Spalding

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We attended our Final race of the season at Bowlands Trails near Blairgowrie at the weekend and on a very technical, wet, muddy trail.

I was out first on the bike with Dexter and in very difficult conditions for the bike. I had a high speed crash which resulted in me having a head on collision with a tree which resulted in my helmet being cracked all the way through and me with heavy bruising to the left hand side of my body. I managed to complete the trail and lie in 3rd place.

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After medical attention, I decided to continue with the rest of my races that day and finished day 1 with a 2nd in the 2 dog nordic scooter and 1st in the 1 dog open scooter.

On day 2 although i was still very sore we had 3 good runs and we moved up to 2nd on the bike and first in the 2 dog nordic scooter and 1st in the 1 dog open scooter. Once again we are so proud of our dogs and what they have achieved this season they have exceeded all our expectations.

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We would like to thank CSJ Canine Specialist Foods for their support and products that have kept the dogs in peak condition throughout the season.

Main achievements for season 2017

3 teams selected to represent team GB in the European Championships. Dexter in the 1 dog Bikejor, cupar in the 1 dog scooter and Diamond and Granite in the 2 dog scooter

Diamond and Granite – Winners of 2 dog Aviemore 2017

British championship overall race series

  • Dexter getting a bronze medal in the bikejor
  • Cupar a silver in the 1 dog scooter
  • Diamond and Granite silver in the 2 dog nordic scooter

We also placed in the top 3 in every race we entered throughout the season.

For more information visit our website

Border Terrier Club Open Show

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By Judith Fawcett

Open Show, 25th February 2017, Jedburgh

I would like to thank your company on behalf of the Border Terrier Club
for your very kind sponsorship of our Open Show on 25 February in
Jedburgh.

I am pleased to advise that the show was very well attended with a good
entry of border terriers and a very good atmosphere around the ring.

Here’s a link to the Border Terrier Club website showing the results of
the show and confirming your very kind sponsorship:
http://www.theborderterrierclub.co.uk/jedburgh2017.html

Many thanks once again.

Judith Fawcett
Sponsorship Steward

For and on behalf of the Border Terrier Club.

Ceri Rundle talks about ‘A Way with Dogs’ on BBC Radio Wales

Watch A Way with Dogs: http://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

Did you hear Ceri on BBC Radio Wales this morning? Here she is: speaking live to Caryl Parry Jones on BBC Radio Wales about our new  sheepdog trial film series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ available on 14th November 2016 on: http://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

You can listen here at 49.04 – 55.04 on BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07zf8cq

Listen to our recording of the show here:

ceri-mike-bryony-watching-jrQuotes from Ceri

“I wanted to produce something that reflects the sport”

” When we talk about clever dogs, I always assume they mean bitches”

“I called on a friend  and a very, very good handler, Aled Owen”

“Obviously my father would have normally been here on hand to support and criticise… H. Glyn Jones… was well known. He had two dogs, Gel, who was trained in Welsh and Bracken who was trained in English… the public took them to their hearts””

“We’re looking for a nice controlled run… straight lines… tight turns”

Ceri and her father – H. Glyn Jones

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Mark Laker’s CSJ blog – The FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec

FCIThe FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic lived up to our expectations. The atmosphere amongst the supporters and competitors was fantastic. The standard of the agility courses was very high; they were technically challenging and yet exciting to watch. And of course the standard of competition was incredible. Much like the European Open the handling seen amongst the top teams was precise, fast and well practiced.

Agility at this level gets faster and more exciting each year. The top dogs are now regularly reaching speeds exceeding 6 metres per seconds (MPS). To put this in context when I first started looking at dog speeds we were aiming at 5.6 MPS for the same group of dogs. That’s a 12% increase in speed in four years. Obviously there are many factors that effect the speed including course design, the surface, jump heights etc.. however dogs and handlers continue to achieve faster times.

FCI arenaUnfortunately we didn’t win any medals this year. Which obviously we were disappointed about; I felt we were strong contenders for at least two medal positions. Our results didn’t reflected our performance. Many team members exceeded expectations, some pulled out a few surprises and others showed potential for the future.

Overall as a team I felt we were well prepared and knew what to expect. I think what caught us out was the raw power and speed of many of the dogs and handlers. This didn’t phase us, but it did make us push for every drop of energy and speed we could find.

So what next? Well the Coaching Team re-group later this month to plan our 2018 activities and how we are going to get our dogs quicker. Follow Mark Laker’s blog here: http://marklaker.blogspot.co.uk/

CSJ sponsors 35th Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

aviemore-sled-dog-rally (1)We are proud to announce that in 2018 we are the main sponsors of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.

To be held on 27th and 28th January, at Glenmore, the race will feature teams of between two and eight dogs pulling their musher on a sled around a four to seven mile trail. If there’s no snow at ground level for the event, the races will still go on with mushers using a three-wheeled rig that looks like a tricycle without a seat.

From an original of only 12 teams, the annual race is now the largest event of its kind in the UK, with over 1,000 sled dogs and 250 mushers taking part. CSJ’s founder Ceri Rundle said, “We have been involved in this exciting sport for many years with numerous successful mushers using our food so are delighted to have been given the opportunity to support the biggest event in British sled dog racing.”

To see more about our involvement in all canine activities visit www.csjk9.com

Lancashire Game Fair Weekend

 

ByPilling Moss Gundog Club

On behalf of Pilling Moss Gundog Club I would like to say thank you for the sponsorship donation Vouchers you kindly gave the club for Lancashire  Game Fair weekend, Was a shame we had bad weather on both days but  I’m sure everyone who came and took part in the dog scurries would say they had an enjoyable time. Also may I take this opportunity and thank you  for your kind sponsorship throughout the year at all the tests that the club has held.

Please see our website for results and more information

6 ways to help your dog cope with the terror of fireworks

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As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, it’s time to think about how traumatic this time of year can be for dogs and other pets. Many animals find fireworks terrifying and approximately 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. Now is the time to start preparing to help your pet deal with fireworks.

The work you put in now, will help your dog cope with the noise. 

  1. Walk your dog in daylight now, to avoid being caught in the dark when fire fireworks are likely to be set off
  2. Close windows, blinds and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks
  3. Put on some music or tv to cover up the firework bangs, pops and whizzes
  4. Make sure your dog is happy and secure in a quiet space
  5. Create some hiding places
  6. Start to give your dog natural Calm Down! herbs now to help

 

Remember, remember. Keep your dog safe in November

In the lead up to Halloween and 5th November, two of the noisiest times of year, the Kennel Club is urging dog owners across the country to consider their dogs. Halloween costumes and the loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks are exciting for humans but frightening for dogs. It makes sense to plan ahead to keep your dog safe and avoid negative incidents, such as a dog running away or acting aggressively out of fear.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary advises, “In the run up to Bonfire Night, try playing a sound CD with firework noises or firework sound videos on Youtube at a low level to let your dog get used to the sound in the background. On Bonfire Night itself, it’s best to close the curtains and turn the television or radio up and try to behave as normally as possible to encourage your dog to do the same.

“It’s also important to remember that Halloween can be a very frightening time for dogs too. We would advise dog owners to walk their dog before trick or treaters start their rounds and keep a firm grip on the lead as many dogs are frightened by people in costumes and could potentially react aggressively through fear.

“Speaking to a dog behaviourist in your area about any potential behavioural issues that may arise around this time of year is recommended, as they are experts in the field and can offer invaluable advice which will help to safeguard the health and happiness of your dog. People can visit the Kennel Club website to find one of these in their area and can contact them ahead of time to make sure their dog’s experience of Halloween and Bonfire Night is as positive as possible.”

The Kennel Club has put together some advice to minimise a dog’s levels of stress:

Do’s

  • Acclimatise your dog to noises prior to the big night. There are many noise CDs on the market which give you the opportunity to introduce your dog to a variety of potentially disturbing noises in a controlled manner.
  • Seek help from an experienced animal behaviourist. If your pet is severely noise phobic, sound CDs may make the situation worse. Kennel Club Accredited Instructors are experienced in different aspects of dog training and behaviour.
  • Make a safe den for your dog to retreat to if he or she feels scared. Alternatively, let your dog take refuge under furniture and include an old, unwashed piece of clothing like a woolly jumper so that your dog can smell your scent and feel comfortable.
  • Distract your dog from the noise by having the TV or the radio switched on.
  • Try to act and behave as normal, as your dog will pick up on any odd behaviour. Remain calm, happy and cheerful as this will send positive signals to your dog. Reward calm behaviour with dog treats or playing with toys of interest.
  • Check where and when firework displays are being held in your local area. Also ask your neighbours to let you know if they are planning anything.
  • Consult your vet if your dog has any health problems or is taking any medication before giving remedies to help him cope with fireworks night, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Feed your dog a while before you expect any disturbances, as once the fireworks start your dog may be too anxious to eat.
  • Walk your dog before dusk. It may be some time before it’s safe to venture outside again for your dog to relieve himself.
  • Make sure you shut all doors and windows in your home and don’t forget to draw the curtains. This will block out any scary flashes of light and reduce the noise level of fireworks. Don’t forget to block off cat flaps to stop dogs (and cats) escaping.
  • Shut your dog safely inside a room before opening the front door.
  • Your dog might choose to hide under the bed; if he or she comes to you for comfort, make sure that you give it to him/her. Ignoring your dog would only make things worse as he or she wouldn’t understand your withdrawal from them.
  • Keep a collar and ID tag on your dog, just in case they do accidentally escape. Make sure your dog is microchipped too, as if he or she does escape without a collar on this will ensure you are reunited as quickly as possible and is a legal requirement.

 Don’t:

  • Take your dog to a firework display, even if your dog does not bark or whimper, don’t assume he or she is happy. Excessive yawning and panting can indicate that your dog is stressed.
  • Tie your dog up outside while fireworks are being let off.
  • Assume your garden is escape proof. If your dog needs to go out keep him on a lead just in case.
  • Leave your dog on his own or in a separate room from you.
  • Try to force your dog to face his fears – he’ll just become more frightened.
  • Forget to top up the water bowl. Anxious dogs pant more and get thirsty.
  • Change routines more than necessary, as this can be stressful for some dogs.
  • Try and tempt him out if he does retreat, as this may cause more stress.
  • Tell your dog off. This will only make your pet more distressed. It is important to remember that it is natural for a dog to be scared of loud noises and unfamiliar sights and sounds.

Calm Down!

calmdown-4571_178_general‘Calm Down!’ has been developed specifically for dogs that have aggressive or nervous tendencies, suffer with car sickness, have an aversion to noise, or perhaps have anxiety complexes. The natural herbs are a mix of: Camomile, Lemon Balm, Vervain, Lime Flowers and Skullcap.

Camomile – valuable in helping support the nervous system. Commonly known as the most popular herbal tea for a “relaxing sleep”, Chamomile is often used as a ‘calming and digestive aid’. It can also help maintain healthy skin.
Lemon Balm – known for its ‘calming’ action. It was thought historically that Lemon Balm relieved melancholy or in our modern terms “stress”.
Vervain – main property is to help support the nervous system but is also a ‘calmer’ and can help give the dog a general ‘boost’.
Skullcap – can be beneficial for dogs showing signs of excitability and general restlessness.

Calm Down! comes in a 200gm resealable foil pouch

Take part in our Fireworks Survey

We think there should be more controls over where and when fireworks are allowed. Please take part in our survey to see if you agree: 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6PGPKCY

Where the law stands on fireworks

Fireworks: the law

You can’t buy ‘adult’ fireworks if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions.
Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks – they don’t include things like party poppers.

Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals.

The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.

You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:

Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am
Check with your council to find out about any local rules for setting off fireworks.

Get information about firework safety from: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Health and Safety Executive.

Buying fireworks
You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

15 October to 10 November
26 to 31 December
3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year
At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.

You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

Find out more

Sources:

https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-campaigns/fireworks/

https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks

https://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law

 

Lottie – down in weight and down on the beach

 

By Rachel White

Lottie has just been down to the beach for some fresh air.  She absolutely loves the beach and her little tail doesn’t stop.

She continues to lose weight, and we are hoping she is close to the 20kg mark.  She is still toning up and she is bursting with energy bless her. Really proud of her, never moans or groans even though she must be so uncomfortable with her joints etc.

She is still on No Ake! as she is forever clicking. #lottietheoverweightspaniel

The Highland Field Sports Fair

Highland Field Sports Fair
The Highland Field Sports Fair took place in August and both the Novice and the Open Spaniel tests managed to get the best of the sunshine over the 2 days. It was quite a muddy game fair after days on rain in the run up to it and we probably had the best of it up in our corner of the ground.

It was great to have some new faces competing this year and our thanks must go to all of our competitors, Judges Duncan Sutherland & Davy Wilson who gave up their time for us, all those who helped to throw dummies on the day and of course to everyone else who helped to prepare the ground.
Highland Field Sports Fair. 2
The Spaniel tests this year were sponsored by CSJ Specialist canine feeds, Tain Pottery, D & FM Sporting and Heather Gibson Arts.

We are extremely grateful to them for their continued support this year, the prizes always go down well with our award winners. The Open test was a very close test with there only being 8 points between all of the competing dogs.
 
Awards were as follows:

Novice 

1st Kim Stewart – Delnamer Swinging on a Star at Taykimoor (c/b)
2nd Barry Lamb – Salrowbra Ruby’s Sunshine (ess/b)
3rd Alan Pett – Quickaway Neptune (c/d)

Open

1st Graham Clark – Broomfield Gnat (ess/b)
2nd Nicola Hannan – Skronedale Hansel of Druimmuir (ess/d)
3rd Kate Robertson – Jill Limekiln (ess/b)