Despite some initial organisation hiccups finding somewhere to hold this workshop everything came together on the day at Sel Outridge Park at Redland Bay, a picturesque spot right on Moreton Bay. We set up under the shade of the large Moreton Bay Fig trees that edged the park but despite the day being very sunny, a cold westerly wind was blowing so we had a constantly moving line of chairs following the sun as everyone tried to keep warm.
As we’ve grown to expect from previous workshops with Karen, she passed on heaps of information during the day on training the exercises that have to be completed in Open, UD and UDX competition – how to start the training for these often-complex tasks and how to eventually meld everything together to achieve a polished and proofed performance in the competition ring.
Workshop attendees were given lots of opportunities to get out in the sun with their dogs to put into practice the information that had just been given on a particular exercise and overall our dogs excelled and also had a great time as they learned new things throughout the day. They would have all slept well that night.
Due to the wet weather over the previous week, our Birkdale grounds were too wet for a Flyball competition. As Flyball is a fast dog sport where dogs race against each other as a relay team over a line of hurdles, we had to come up with some quick thinking, rearranging and action the day before. We were lucky to be able to relocate our competition to the indoor complex at Wacol RSPCA. Thank you to Awesome Pawsome and the club members who came together on such short notice to give up their Friday night to help set up and allowed us to keep the competition going despite the bad weather. The venue was ideal as we could be under cover and run the races on the all weather rubber matting track.
Thank you to our two judges, Steve Pitt and Martin Watt, an interstate judge from South Australia.
Unfortunately 3 teams had to withdraw due to the change of venue, but we still had a total of 8 teams entered on the day.
Redlands had three teams entered: Burn N Bolt in division 1, Turn N Burn in Division 3 and Hit N Burn in Division 5.
Our teams ran exceptionally well with all teams winning their respective divisions and team Burn N Bolt winning the Champion Trophy Final.
We also had a few dogs earn their Flyball Titles. Lillian and Molly, the little black poodle, Nathalie and Virginia, and Judy and Honey gained their first Flyball Title. Kym with Mr Wilson and Annette with Rocco gained their Flyball Master Title, and Kurt and Jasper achieved their Flyball Master Excellent. Well done to you all, those are great achievements.
Our learner dogs also came along to experience the atmosphere as part of their training. Going to a new environment
can be distracting for young dogs and a Flyball competition where there are people yelling and cheering and dogs barking and running is an exciting place for any dog.
Everyone had a fantastic day of racing and went home with some happy and worn out dogs to show for it.
Our next Redlands Fly ball competition will also be held at the Wacol RSPCA grounds and by hosted by the Awesome Pawsome Flyball Club on the weekend of 14-15th July. If you can, come along and see what it’s all about.
Thank you to Ruth for taking some amazing action photos on the day. Please click here see more.
Redlands held a very successful Agility and Jumpers trial on the evening of Saturday 5th May 2018. Thanks to Karen Deguet our trial secretary, who maintains calm and helps everything run so smoothly, to Anne and Ruth who ran the Canteen with some great food and to our great Judges – Jody Brown and Mary Waldon for their excellent courses.
Thanks also to the dedicated members who helped set up and steward. Many of these were trialling their own dogs at the event, so it was pretty busy as they also need to walk the courses, get the dogs warmed up and ready, be in the right place /right time to do their runs, and hopefully find time to watch each other. Fitting in stewarding in between all of that can be a challenge, but they managed! These people were Shaaron, Caroline, Sonia, Vicki, Ann and Jennie. We had some help from other RDOC members not running dogs, namely Paulo who was keeping an eye on Chicka another up and coming agility pup! Members of other clubs also chipped in when needed!
The set up was in very windy conditions, that proved a challenge keeping the equipment stable and can stir the dogs, but they seem to love the cooler weather. And the wind died down as the sun set, perfect!
Our Agility convenor, Shaaron did really well with a Qualification and first place in Masters Jumping 600 with Piper and a Qualification in Open Jumping. Two of our other agility instructors also competed, Caroline with Border Collie Eve, had a great run but no Qualification this time, and Christine had some really good runs with Tweed and Radar.
After nothing at the previous trial at Logan, Jennie and Alfie had a great day with a Qualification and fourth place in Novice Jumping 500, and a Qualification and third place in Novice Agility 500.
Vicki’s beagle Elsa was so nearly at a Qualification in Novice Agility 300 but Vicki had a muscle cramp right at the finish and Elsa must have sensed the pause and clipped the last broad jump. Having qualified in Novice Jumping, Elsa now runs in Excellent Jumping where qualifications are so much harder to get, especially for a beagle with an excellent nose close to the ground!
Sonia is super busy as she runs her two dogs, Winston and Jedda. Unfortunately, Winston missed the weaves entry after a minor battle of wills so did not qualify, but ran well and still achieved a first place. Jedda missed out narrowly in her debut run by tipping her nose into a tunnel on the way past. Her Mum needs to work on her footwork!
Little Strudel the dachshund featured in his debut in Novice Jumping with Ann. They did so well in their first ever run, and Strudel was declared as a Judges favourite to watch, at the presentation afterwards!
And of course there are always the amusing/frustrating ones, the Dalmatian who sat at the start line, took one look at the course and bolted from the ring.
Ruth took photos at the trial, between canteen duties; these can be seen on here.
The best way to learn about the sport of dog Agility is to come to these trials as a volunteer or just to watch. If you are attending Agility training at RDOC or interested, please consider coming to help at any upcoming trials. WE really do value the help on the day and you get a free meal for helping!!
After a few heavy showers in the afternoon, the rain held off, and once again a beautiful rainbow appeared over the grounds to start our first Obedience Trial for the year. The weather was a cool autumn night with a big full moon which made for perfect conditions for the dogs.
We must give a big thank you to all the judges, stewards and volunteers who helped on the night. Thank you to Ruth on the BBQ, Anne on the counter and to Karen Deguet for cooking the meals for the Judges, especially on such short notice. The Judges expressed their appreciation and enjoyed a home cooked meal. Behind the scenes we had Rudi and Jan Dixon busily organising and planning for the night, it could not have run so smoothly without all your help.
We had a total of 54 entries for this Trial, some from other Obedience clubs as far away as Toowoomba. There were 3 competitors representing Redlands on the night. Once again Sonia and her black Labrador excelled. This was only Jedda’s second time competing in CCD (Community Companion Dog) at an obedience trial and they qualified and came first both times. Jedda is only a young dog and is showing great potential in such a short time. Well done to you both, all your hard work, training and dedication is paying off.
Unfortunately Redlands did not receive any other qualifications on the night, but Julia and her Golden Retriever Annie came first in their CDX-1 (Companion Dog Excellent) trial and Karin and her Golden Retriever, Caxton came third. According to Karen Goebel who judged the CDX 2 trial, they were very close and only missed out in one exercise. She remarked that Caxton was a “very zealous dog”. She also said he looked ”extremely proud of himself” for the Directed Retrieve exercise as he picked up the correct glove, but then saw there was another one, so retrieved both gloves! Although it was entertaining, unfortunately we don’t get any points for doing that!
In the next rings there were some exceptionally skilled dogs competing in the higher levels of UD (Utility Dog) and UDX (Utility Dog Excellent). These dogs and their handlers were a joy to watch, even though there was only one qualification from this group of 12. The exercises are quite difficult at this level and there is no room for error. One of the exercises they perform is the Seek Back which involves an article scented by the handler to be placed discretely in the ring while they are heeling. The dog is then sent to seek out and find the article and return it to the handler. Other exercises include Scent Discrimination, Directed Jumping and Food Refusal plus many more. Their entire routine for each dog can last about 15 minutes or so. It was so inspiring to watch these dogs at higher levels to see what our dogs are capable of accomplishing. And it was also great to see that there was a huge variation in dog breeds competing at these high levels. There was a toy Pomeranian, an Irish Red and White Setter, a gentle giant Borzois as well as many other shapes and sizes in between.
Although it is always satisfying to come home with a Qualification, especially after all your training, at some time, all dogs and handlers will make mistakes, or do so
mething unexpected. The most important thing is for both dog and handler to enjoy it, no matter how embarrassing it might be at times.
Our next Obedience Trial on home grounds will be in November, so if you would like to try your hand at competing come along to our Tuesday night training sessions and see what it’s all about. Otherwise, come along to the next Trial to help out or just to watch, as you will see firsthand what our dogs can achieve as well as what happens when things don’t always go to plan! You will learn from watching and will be totally motivated.
Dr Ray Baxter, an Emergency Vet from SuperVets, Manly West, delivered a very educational and entertaining evening on Pet First Aid. It was a cold night but our members huddled together, some with their dogs on their laps to keep them warm, to listen and ask lots of questions.
He started with a sad story of a dog fight, a small ball of fluff versus the strong jaws of a bigger dog. He went through the DRABC procedure which is similar to what we do in human first aid. We do the same breath to compression ratio (2:30) as for humans, except the dog is usually on its side, not on its back, and we hold their mouth shut and blow into their nose. To feel for the femoral pulse on a dog place your fingers near the top and inside of its thigh. It’s a good idea to practice feeling for a pulse on your healthy dog to know where to find it.
Dr Ray advised us of the things we all should do and not do if we are ever faced with a situation such as the dog attack. Unfortunately, sometimes human nature steers us to not want to be involved, which is what happened when the small ball of fluff was attacked – no one came to help. Dr Ray said, even if we physically can’t help, we can still do something, even if it’s going to find someone else to help, or direct traffic, or direct other people to do things. The first part of the DRABC procedure is ‘Danger’, and no one should put their hands near a dog fight, so he suggested things like throwing water on the dogs, or throwing your drink bottle or coffee, or anything. Don’t kick or scream as this excites the biting dog even more. If you feel able to get more involved, he suggested grabbing the tail of the dog that has latched on and yes, putting a finger up there! The dog should release his jaws, it’s a distraction technique.
Ticks, snake bites, bloat and toad poisoning.
He said Nexgard and Nexgard Spectra were good for preventing ticks, but you must be vigilant with the timing of dosing. Your dog will not be protected if you are a few days late. He has seen ticks on dogs when they were just a couple of days overdue for their monthly Nexgard, and he lost faith in tick collars after finding a tick actually underneath a tick collar. He liked Bravecto as it gives 3 months flea protection but 4 months tick protection so if you dose every 3 months, your dog is still protected against ticks if you are a few days late. Nexgard Spectra does not treat for tapeworm, which is commonly carried in geckos and by fleas, so you will have to use a separate product as well to dose for tapeworm. He said if you see a tick, remove it as soon as possible. Just pull it out. An interesting fact about removing ticks was that if you happen to break the head off the tick while trying to remove it, the old wives tale was that the tick would still pump toxins, which is not true. The tick will be dead, so no more toxin will be released.
If you think your dog has been bitten by a snake, try to keep the dog calm and get it to the Vet ASAP. If the dog has killed the snake, collect the dead snake and take it to the Vet also so it can be identified to give your dog the correct anti-venom. Be careful handling a dead snake, it still has venom. If the snake is still alive, don’t try to chase or kill it. Snakes are a protected species and you might end up being bitten yourself. Snake bite symptoms can be misleading as the dog may show symptoms initially (weakness, collapse, vomiting, salivation) but then may go through what looks like a recovery period. This is not a good prognosis. This period is followed (around 6 hours later) by more severe and often fatal symptoms. Therefore it is imperative that you take your dog to the Vet immediately if you suspect a snake bite. Dr Ray advised asking for 2 vials of anti-venom if you can afford it, as if one is not enough, the procedure is to wait and see which might be too late by then. Also, do not allow your dog to urinate, if it does, then try to collect this urine, as the Vet will require the first urine sample after the bite to test for the snake species.
Any large dogs with deep chests (e.g. Great Dane, GSD, Weimaraner) are susceptible to Bloat and there is a proven genetic link as well so if you know that a relative of your dog has had bloat you need to be doubly careful. Bloat can be prevented by feeding meals in smaller quantities throughout the day and adding something wet to the dry food, rather than one big meal of dry food per day. You should also take steps to prevent them from exercising after their meal. A slow feeder bowl can help to prevent your dog from eating too fast and gulping air. It had also been found that the practice of elevating the food bowl for large dogs actually makes the risk of bloat worse. Dogs are designed to eat from the ground. The symptoms to watch out for are an enlarged abdomen which has a distinctive ‘ping’ sound when struck , excessive drooling, vomiting and laboured breathing.
Dr Ray went on to say that dogs do vomit after eating grass, but they don’t eat grass to make themselves vomit. Some dogs like eating grass, but we shouldn’t allow them to do it as grass can cause micro tears in the intestine and it is not digestible so can build up and possibly cause obstructions. The clear, yellow bile type of vomit is usually when the dog has gone for a long period without food. The main concern is when your dog has numerous vomits over a short period of time.
Biting toads was also discussed. Dr Ray recommended using positive reinforcement techniques to train your dog to respond to the “leave it” command so that they leave toads alone. If your dog has bitten or licked a toad, then keep wiping the entire inside of the dog’s mouth with a clean wet cloth while someone else drives you to the nearest vet surgery. Include under the tongue, inside the cheeks and go back as far down the throat as possible. Don’t use the hose as advised in the past as this does not remove the white sticky goo poison and can cause water to go into your dog’s lungs and drown him. Symptoms of toad poisoning are very red slimy gums, pawing at their mouth, dilated pupils, excessive drooling/frothing at the mouth, vomiting and convulsions.
Other obstructions can be caused by bones. Therefore he advised not to give your dog bones that have sharp edges or that have been cut. It is best to supervise your dog when eating a bone and to ensure the bone is suitable for the size of the dog. Kangaroo rib bones were not recommended as these are sharp and can pierce the intestine. The bone should be taken from your dog if he starts to crack it open. The old advice that bone marrow was “good for dogs” is not recommended these days. The marrow is high in fat which can cause problems such as pancreatitis, especially if you give a big bone to a small dog. If a bone does become lodged in your dog’s teeth, roof of his mouth or throat, it is advised to reach in and flick it backwards to try to remove it as soon as possible. Dr Ray said this is usually easily done and can be done at home.
He suggested that dogs can still have good dental health with dry dog food designed for dental care and that all of his clients that brush their dog’s teeth have shown that brushing works. He advised not to use human toothpaste as the fluoride is not suitable for dogs. Therefore toothpaste designed for babies can be used as a less expensive alternative, just check it does not contain fluoride or is grape flavoured. The same applies for using sunscreen on dogs. Dogs, especially white dogs, are prone to sun damage which can result in skin cancer. However, Dr Ray stressed not to use sunscreen containing zinc. Sunscreen designed for babies is a safer option, or sunscreen designed specifically for dogs.
On the night we raised $225 and our club also contributed the same amount – so a total of $450 has been donated to Animal Rescue Qld, which is a no kill rescue charity dedicated to giving homeless dogs and cats in SE Qld a second chance and a forever home. Every dollar donated directly supports ARQ’s services that continue to help hundreds of stray and abused animals each year.