Lauren Langman

On Saturday night 16th May we had Lauren Langman speak on Preparing your dog for Competition. She was an energetic and enthusiastic presenter. Her webinar was very interactive and she answered people’s questions during her presentation.

Some of the things she addressed were to not just focus on the problems, as where your focus goes, so does the energy.

She had 3 rituals she follows for competition.

1. Don’t walk your dog before a trial, walk them afterward. The same applies to training. Have a down day before and/or after the day of competition as it can be a long stressful day for your dog and for you.

2. Ditch the bowl, your dog earns all their food. This applies to every day as well as at the trial. All their daily food allowance should come from playing games, training, Kongs, snuffle mats and scatter feeding. You can play games to get your dog warmed up ready to go. Use games that apply to your individual dog. Ie if you need to rev them up then do games with a lot of movement, eg spins. If you need to calm them down then do static games or tricks. Eg sit pretty

3. Your dog should be crated or stay on his boundary bed while at a trial and only bring him out to toilet and for the event he is entered. Don’t give them any freedom at a trial or wander around meeting people with your dog. You want your dog calm and chilled when waiting for your event and then spring to life and become animated on cue. So you need to have trained a high value for their bed/crate and have played Boundary games.

Boundary Games

Don’t constantly feed while on their bed/crate/boundary. Treat only when calm and vary when you give the reinforcement.

Can cage the food while on the bed so it is delivered slowly.

Warm up before your event.

Have a dynamic warm up.

Do some figure of 8 walking if your dog needs some calming.

Massage your dog

Don’t line up or queue near the ring


This applies to all sports. Don’t do the obedience/agility or your sport every day. Only do it say 3-4 days per week, but play games every day. These should only be done for about 3 minutes at time.

Choose games that apply to your dog. For example play Magic Hand if you want to teach your dog to heel with his head up watching your hand.

If you have a sniffy dog, then don’t scatter feed.

Sniffy dogs can be taught not to sniff by allowing them to sniff as long as they want, but only in a small designated area. As soon as they stop, mark and reward and allow them to sniff again. Eventually they don’t want to sniff that area anymore. Mark and reward. Lauren called it ‘fill your boots.”

If you have an Agility dog, don’t jump him for the sake of jumping. Every dog only has a certain amount of jumps he can do in his life so only jump when it necessary.

If your dog has a behaviour problem, don’t let them rehearse that behaviour. Give them a break from trialing and come up with a plan.


Teach your dog to disengage from the environment by using DMT. Distract, mark, treat.

Play lots of games with your dog so the dog has lots of value for you. See Sexier than a Squirrel challenge.

Drive and Desire

We want our dogs to have lots of desire. This can be achieved by playing games like the Whip game, doing spins and playing lots of games.

We want a dog that is eager and ready to go and is twitching in anticipation to go.

When getting your dog ready to enter the ring, play a game to support the behaviour. Eg sit/drop/stand

Build a great relationship with your dog.

Play Games that grow confidence.

Fitness – your dog has to be mentally and physically fit. Triple F program.

Skills – break them down into small bits.

Human Mindset.

It is vital to get yourself/the handler in the right state of mind. Do things to that make you feel great. Examples might be listen to music, play with your dog, or get moving/air sprint. How you as the handler is feeling impacts on your dog.

Focus on what you want

Club Merchandise & Training Equipment

Did you know we now stock a wide range of products to support your training journey?

Are you looking to start your tricks journey? We have both the official tricks manual and USB for starters and novice in stock. We also have limited stock of the Black Dog Wear Target Stick.

Looking for some calming options for your dog? We have a number of different lickimats in stock including the lickimat slomo!

Of course, we have our ever-popular Tate Animal Trainers Training Pouch, available in the standard large and the smaller pocket pouch size. Fully washable and comes with a great belt.

Looking for a great transportable boundary bed? We have these great travel mats you can take anywhere!

Of course we have a range of leads including long lines, short competition leads and the balance harness (Seen above) in a range of colours and sizes to ensure the perfect fit for your dog. We also have training treats for sale should you have forgotten to bring yours.

If there is something you would like to see us sell, let us know. Products can be bought from the counter on a training night.

Can you help?

Did you know that RDOC is completely run by volunteers?

RDOC is a member-based organisation run by a group of dedicated volunteers but we need you. We have a range of roles to suit your skills and available time.

As you can imagine running any volunteer organisation in the modern world takes significant effort and it is thanks to the dedication of our volunteers that RDOC continues to grow and be a successful club. With that growth and improvement comes it’s own challenges, mainly that of managing and communicating the every day running of the club to ensure that you, the members are happy and safe.

We are currently looking, as part of our strategic planning process, on how we can improve and as such we are looking for people to volunteer their time or skills.

If you can spare an hour a week to do some admin or a few hours on a weekend to help at a trial, you will be directly contributing to the success of the club, we will also provide you with some free lessons as well!

Some of the roles we are looking for help in include;

One-off support

  • Trial Steward – Helping at a trial, using scribing or putting out equipment, supporting judges and generally helping out.
  • Canteen Helper – Helping at events in the canteen, serving food, collecting money.

Ongoing Support

  • Volunteer Co-Ordinator – Supporting and managing a volunteer roster, communicating with the members.
  • Administration  – printing documents, helping with data entry, record keeping, helping apply for grants. (Could be one-of support for projects)
  • Helping us use Social Media to communicate with members and the community 
  • Website Skills – maintaining and improving our website
  • Event management – publicity, managing and running events to promote the Club and dogs in general
  • Instructor – Taking and running classes – (Full training provided)

If there are any skills you could offer the club, we would be keen to hear from you, even if it is not listed above.

The club cannot succeed without our dedicate volunteers so thank you for considering supporting us with your time or skills. Every little bit helps, from offering to straighten pegs to cleaning up to running trials and being on the committee, thank you.

For more information email –

Meet the RDOC Committee

Get to know your 2019/20 Management Committee.

Name – Ruth Harrison

How long have you been with the club? – For about 3 years

What do you do? – I am currently the club president, an obedience instructor for the foundation course and class 3, as well as a general dog’s body!

Tell us a little more about yourself – I am a relative newcomer to the dog world, having only had one dog in my life, my 3.5 year old Koolie Cross, Biscuit. 

I have had a bit of a baptism of fire, having to learn quickly how to not only train a dog but also how to manage reactive, nervous and easily aroused dogs. I have amazing people supporting me on my learning journey and have learnt the most modern training methods from the great team we have at the club and through my own drive to extend my learning.

That support and learning has helped Biscuit and I achieve our Rally Novice title, and re-start our agility training, as that is what we hope to get more involved in, in the future.

I am passionate about creating great relationships both for people and their dogs but also people and their community. As a community, volunteer-run club, I strive to see those volunteers supported and empowered.

I may be a relative newcomer to the dog world, but not to clubs and volunteer organisations, having run a number of clubs since I was at university. I see the best in people and what they can become with a little support and encouragement.

It is my goal to create an inclusive and supported club that is as self-sufficient as possible, so that our volunteers can do what they love, whatever that may be.

Name – Julia Fenton

How long have you been with the club? – On & Off since 1984

What do you do? – I am the OIC (Officer in Charge of Instruction), as well as an instructor (mostly class 4) and the clubs Vice President.

Tell us a little more about yourself – As OIC, it is my job to look after the instructors at the club, provide them with knowledge and training of new methods being taught in the training world. Provide training manuals and innovative courses for members of the club, inspire new members to become instructors, and bring exciting guest speakers to the club to share their knowledge. It is also my responsibility to provide a training night for our triallers and help them reach their goals in the competition ring, which led me to studying and becoming an obedience judge.  Lastly, my role is to test each dog’s skill levels and promote them onto the higher levels.

As an instructor, I try to inspire my class to grow their relationship with their dog to a level above and beyond one they thought they would ever have. This may include trialling or a dog sport, or it may just be having their dream companion. 

I have successfully trained 6 dogs to various levels in obedience. My current dog ‘Annie’ is my heart dog and we have had a lot of fun dabbling in many sports from obedience, agility, flyball, non-slip retrieving, tracking and scent works. She is a DELTA therapy dog visiting nursing homes, hospitals and corporate events. Our most exciting venture was her playing a role in a stage musical.  

Name – Jennie Day

How long have you been with the club? – For about 4 years

What do you do? – I am the Club Secretary and one of the agility instructors. Currently I am involved in helping us to create a more modern club for our members including grant writing, co-ordinating a strategic plan and getting our constitution up to date.

Tell us a little more about yourself – From a young age I loved animals, art and children. Did teaching (geography), youth work and human services policy. Retired, with 5 grandchildren. Now I’m doing animals, namely dog sports with my Australian Shepherd Alfie, my second dog. I joined the Club specifically to do agility and we now compete in Obedience, Rally-O and Agility (which is my favourite dog sport).

Maybe I’ll take up art later in life!

Name – Jan Dixon

How long have you been with the club? – For about 15 years.

What do you do? – I am currently the trial secretary for Obedience and RallyO (Rally Obedience) as well as the Instructor for RallyO

Tell us a little more about yourself – I have been on the committee for about half the time I have been with the club in various roles including the role of treasurer.

I have titled 8 Golden Retrievers to various levels of obedience. The most successful being Obedience Grand Champion & Rally Champion Euraidd One Night Stand UDX RAE NRA (Yogi).

My current Golden is Euraidd Stand Beside Me RN (Herbie)

Name – Sonia Austin

How long have you been with the club? – On & Off for nearly 20 years.

What do you do? – I am currently a member of the management committee and one of the agility instructors.

Tell us a little more about yourself – I currently compete in Obedience, RallyO and agility with my two Labradors, Winston and Jedda.

I work full time as a Dental Technician in Manly and I am a Mum to two gorgeous young boys. I love hiking when I can, running and all things Outdoors and as far away from housework as possible!

In my spare time I like to…. Oh, hang on!

Name – Vicki Hogan

How long have you been with the club? – For about 5 years

What do you do? – I am currently a member of the management committee and also one of the agility instructors.

Tell us a little more about yourself – I joined for help with my mischievous beagle, Elsa. With a lot of assistance from both the obedience and agility instructors at the club, we now compete in both agility and tricks competitions. I am also now part of the agility instructor team and am really enjoying my time introducing new people to the sport.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and currently work as the financial manager in my family business, Hogan’s Wellington Point Hotel.

Name – Karin Burns

How long have you been with the club? – For about 5 years

What do you do? – I am currently a member of the management committee and also one of the obedience instructors, I also produce the clubs newsletter.

Tell us a little more about yourself – I joined RDOC when my Golden Retriever was a pup about 5 years ago to teach him to socialise, to learn basic obedience, as well as to just spend time with him and have fun. Since then we have discovered there is a whole new world out there involving dogs.

We have learnt some more advanced Obedience, Rally O, some fun tricks, basic agility, scent work and been part of the Obedience display team.

Along the way I have made some great friendships with other like-minded dog lovers. Having their support has been extremely valuable, whether it be providing me with training advice or being there for me when my dog had health issues.

I have been a committee member for approximately 18 months and have found the team to have the vision to enable the club to be in a good position to thrive in the future.

For the last 2 ½ years I have been a part of a team of Obedience instructors. Although instructing is not my natural habitat, I find it rewarding and have discovered, as Albert once said, “The more I learn, the more I realise how much I don’t know.”

Name – Nicky Wright

How long have you been with the club? – For about 3 years

What do you do? – I am currently a member of the management committee and also one of the obedience instructors.

Tell us a little more about yourself – I originally hail from the Northern Suburbs of Sydney. I moved to Queensland several years ago to work at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, as an experienced veterinary nurse with birds, reptiles and exotic animals.

I am currently working for Defence Community Dogs, teaching prisoners to train rescue dogs for defence force veterans with PTSD. I have German Shepherd Dogs, one of which is a certified wildlife detection dog, trained on koala and spotted tail quoll.

I have a Certificate lll in dog training and behaviour (NDTF), have studied under Dr Susan Friedman, completing the Living and Learning with Animals professionals course, I am studying a Bachelors of Zoology degree, and I have completed a Pro Dog Trainer course in concept training for behaviour modification.

Name – Kate Hutchinson

How long have you been with the club? – For about 3 years

What do you do? – I am currently a member of the management committee and I also compete in agility.

Tell us a little more about yourself – I started training with the club in 2017 with my Kelpie pup ‘Charli’. I compete in Agility and Jumping which are my favourite events. I work for All Horses Veterinary Services and prior to that I have been a small animal nurse around Brisbane and at various clinics in N.Z.

Currently I am working on Obedience with my Jack Russel pup ‘Ralph’ who can concentrate for the first 5 minutes of each lesson!


Saturday 1st February 2020

by the Redlands Agility team.

The start of the Agility Trial at Redlands

RDOC held its first Agility and Jumpers Trial for the year on Saturday 1st February. It was a great and busy start to 2020.

The weather had been extremely hot and humid over the summer which makes the conditions difficult for the dogs and handlers, however RDOC was well prepared with some refreshing paddle pools set up to cool the Canines. The 2-month break may have taken its toll as there were some very excited dogs. It’s always difficult getting back into the swing of training and competing after a long break.

 It was the first time the club had used the new barrier set up (as captured in the photo above by Sonia taken from the top of the hill). This system received some positive feedback from competitors as they felt they could run their dogs without the anxiety of feeling they were going to escape.  It worked well for all but the most determined of dogs… notably Jedda who managed a quick social visit during one of her runs, disqualifying herself in an otherwise clear round. Thanks for organising this Paolo.

The night had some good results showing that RDOC has some pretty fast dogs! With a qualification and first place for Jedda and Sonia in Novice Agility 500, and a well-deserved qualification and first for Layla and Tess in Novice Jumping 600.

Charli and Kate also achieved a tidy qualification and first place in Excellent Jumping 600. Paolo ran both Chica and Strudel as Anne had a very sore foot. He gained a second place with Chica in Novice Agility 300 and Strudel ran beautifully with Dad for the first run but decided to go find Mum in the second run!!

Winston also ran well and just a couple of handler errors cost him a qualification. His obvious enjoyment was reward enough for his weary handler!

A few of our usual competitors were absent from the night’s activities due to varying Canine misadventures.

Sonia, Tess and Kate with their dogs Jedda, Layla and Charli

Many thanks to all the judges, scribes, marshals, stewards and canteen peeps. We were short on volunteers for this trial, but the camaraderie of the sport was evident in the many lovely helpers from all the other clubs. THANK YOU! And thank you to Jeremy and Eukanuba for donating prizes for first place getters and qualifications.

Overall, the night was a great success and ran smoothly, no lights going out, no sprinklers, no rabbits running across the field, it didn’t rain and not a single Streaker in sight!

Our next Agility & Jumpers Trial to be held on home soil will be Saturday 2nd May, so please come along to watch, help out and/or support the Agility team.

Elsa’s Escapades

Elsa, the Flying Beagle


Defined as a breed of small scent hound with an intelligent, determined, gentle temperament. This breed is the 5th most popular breed worldwide and in the top 20 of the most popular breeds in the Redlands.

But did you know the word ‘Beagle’ is also used as a verb!

Being scent hounds, they are also known for being stubborn and require very patient and creative training techniques. They are also very food motivated and they really enjoy using their noses.

Elsa is a 5 year old Beagle and started her training at RDOC in Obedience classes as we all do. She excelled through the classes and her owner, Vicki was teaching her lots of tricks which she also learnt very quickly. Learning these tricks would keep her inquisitive mind busy……………… you would think! But Elsa had other ideas.

She has learnt to move chairs so that she can climb onto the bench to steal food.

She has burrowed into the mattress of Vicki’s bed.

Opened the pantry and eaten coffee sachets.

Elsa can easily get into a container with dry dog food. If it has a clip on lid, she simply unclips it. If it has a screw top lid, still no problem, Elsa has learnt to unscrew a lid using her dexterous paws and mouth.

Elsa now, competing at Masters level Agility events

She has been to the vet numerous times for eating chocolates which she stole from high up on cupboards and from handbags.

And most recently, she has learnt to climb ladders!!

Vicki & Elsa in action

Elsa started in Agility classes a few years ago and is now successfully competing in Masters and Open level.

However, in the early stages, Karen D, our agility instructor, was not going to be out-beagled by this beagle. Elsa was showing her stubborn streak and would not jump. Karen was very patient and would not give up. She set up barriers, which ended up stretching to metres wide but Elsa would still go around rather than take the simple option. Her owner wanted to melt into the ground in embarrassment….but Karen would not be outdone It took a bit of time, but eventually, Elsa went over the jump. and she has never tried to out stubborn Karen again! Vicki has taken Elsa to other agility training clubs and was basically told, she’s a beagle, can’t train a beagle for agility.

Vicki with a lot of help from the agility team has proved them wrong.

However, Elsa is still a Beagle and every now and then she does go full Beagle. Vicki never knows what dog she will have on the day

Elsa doesn’t like running in the heat, or in the rain, or if there are prickles, or during her nap time, which is most of the day time. Conditions have to be perfect and when it does suit her she runs brilliantly.

Elsa doing her Tricks – backing up

 Some Recent Elsa moments:

  1. At an Agility Trial, Vicki felt Elsa was not quite herself as her belly looked full although Vicki had not given her anything to eat. But Elsa must have eaten something that did not agree with her. She did feel a lot better after she relieved herself, but unfortunately, it happened on the Agility course!
  2. An Agility trial at Durack running in the rain –Elsa ran to the shelter to keep dry.
  3. Elsa loves the contact equipment and will run full speed if she knows the A frame and Dog Walk are on the course, but will then lose interest and slow down once these are done.
  4. Elsa will sometimes stop mid-course to follow a scent trail. Once she has detected an interesting odour nothing else exists in her brain.
  5. At another trial at Oxley Elsa ran really well and gained her Excellent Jumping Title…..but broke out of her crate while Vicki was walking the next course. She ate all the chicken treats from Vicki’s bag, as well as Vicki’s leftover hot chips and the aioli that came with it!  Then went to the next-door camp looking for more food. So when she went to run her agility course she could hardly move, she did the weave poles then dropped on her side and didn’t want to get up. This was after a lady had said “I can’t believe you have a beagle doing agility, can I film it for my sister?” Elsa’s jumping was great, but Vicki later heard the lady on the phone to her sister saying, ‘yep, she is definitely a Beagle, you won’t believe what she has just done!”
  6. Then there was the time Elsa turned on the cooker as she grabbed Vicki’s bag from the counter while home alone and almost burnt the house down. This one was quite serious, so luckily not too much damage and Elsa & the house were ok, but there was a badly burnt bag and a house full of smoke.
Elsa takes a bow

Thanks so much for sharing these stories with us Vicki.

Redlands Agility & Jumping Trial- Last one for 2019

By Sonia Austin

Saturday the 9th of November saw the last of Redlands Agility and Jumping trials for 2019.

Our hard working club members rocked up three hours early to help set up the rings, clean up the shed and prepare the canteen to ensure the trial ran smoothly.

A big thank you to all of the people who came down to help with setting up, cooking and serving at the canteen and stewarding. Your help is always appreciated! Thank you to Sallyanne, Ruth, Nicky and Julia who worked hard in the canteen and our fabulous stewards Denise, Gaille, Robyn,Sue, Alex, Dianne, and Karen’s & Christine’s husbands, Steven & Tony. A big thank you to our Trial Secretary, Karen D and Jennie our Jack of all Trades! We couldn’t do it without your help!

Thanks to Anne and Paolo, we had some new and improved bunting to try out, designed to speed up the putting up and pulling down of the ring barriers. Not only did it meet those requirements, it also gave a higher and more daunting barrier for any dogs who might think the outside of the ring is more interesting than the inside… more on that later.

That, and the new improved entry points were well received by the other competitors.

Redlands regulars had some excellent results on the night.

Shaaron Borg took out first place and qualified in JDX 600 with her young boxer Nelson who ran the course in great time and clearing the jumps with grace and style.

Piper took the night off to rest up after a busy and successful year.

Not to be outdone, Kate came in second to Nelson with her lovely dog Charlie in JDX 600 and also achieved a Qually in JDO. This is a field where every dog can compete against the others regardless of height and skill level though it is usually at Excellent level and requires dogs to be able to work at a distance from their handler.

Tess also qualified in JDO with her boxer Layla who managed to contain her excitement enough to stay on course and came in 11th place. Good job Tess!

Anne’s popular little Dachshund Strudel had his first run in Excellent Jumping and showed his mum up as he ran the course correctly in spite of Anne forgetting the course and taking out first place with a Qually to top it off.

Another Dachshund to compete was Coco with her handler Laura. Only her second ever competition, she did not disappoint, taking out first place in JD 200 and qualifying in style.

We are very excited to have Laura join our growing team of trialers.

Strudel’s pack sister Chica had less luck with Paolo as she struggled a little with the exciting atmosphere and the scary looking judge. Having said this, she has been one of the most successful competitors this year and every dog has its off nights.

Carol ran with her two borders, Sassi and Max with Sassi achieving the only Agility Qually for the team with in ADO with a 5th place and First in JDM 400. Max also placed first in JDX 500 with a clear round.

No luck for Sonia with her wayward Labradors Jedda and Winston, though Jedda ran well and was super-fast. She placed First in JD500 but overshot a jump when she ran too far ahead. The faster dogs can be hard to control in this way and have a different set of challenges in training.

Winston resumed in his self-dictated role as class clown. He probably should be brought on as half time entertainment rather than a serious competitor. He will run beautifully on one day and on another, he will choose his own course and add in a little Doggy Limbo where it suits. You can almost hear him laughing.

He also tested out the new bunting … had a good view of what was on the other side from the top of the Dog Walk and decided to jump the bunting and leave the ring. Challenge accepted.

To spice up the evening and cool things down a little, the sprinklers came on in the Agility ring late in the evening, much to the excitement of both dogs and competitors! People scrambled to save the electronic timing gates and cameras, whilst others grabbed buckets to try to stem the flow. This caused huge puddles to form and was abandoned quite quickly.

Jennie came to our rescue by tracking down the groundskeeper and finally getting them shut off after 20 or so minutes and the judge deemed the grounds safe to continue. It seems no one was ‘irrigated’ and nothing can dampen Redlands enthusiasm! Sorry for the pun!

This was a great topic for the competitors who reminisced about the time our lights kept tripping and leaving us in the dark, and to the night a streaker ran across the field and did some cartwheels for our amusement. Redlands always promises to be entertaining!

It was a great night to wind down from a busy year of competition and so rewarding to see so many people willing to trial for our club as we continue to grow.

Peta Clarke Scent Workshops & Seminar

Peta Clarke understands how animal think. She is an experienced and entertaining animal trainer. Working with animals has given her an abundance of amazing and hilarious stories. She has trained everything from a goldfish to an elephant and hundreds of different species in between.

She is based in Sydney & came to Brisbane to host a Scent works workshop & seminar. She explained that giving your dog an opportunity to hunt gives them a feel good buzz.

Our OIC Julia organised the most amazing weekend with Peta, filled with laughs and some amazing learning experiences. We had dogs with behavioral issues to dogs that wanted to just extend on their learnings. We had handlers that needed more confidence to tips to get that behaviour just right.

Peta Clarke is amazing. She has such charm that belies a very determined character that you cannot help but love. Her knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour is nothing short of astounding. But it is not her knowledge that endears her to you but her ability to understand what the reality is of what is happening.

Friday night saw Peta talk about all kinds of things from teaching sea lions to perform to seeing bra’s as birds nests.

Peta gave a fascinating, entertaining & thought provoking presentation about how behaviour works. She explained how to understand behaviour and how it shapes us and other species. She showed how positive reinforcement enables animals to enjoy being trained. We as trainers have to realise that there are so many things that affect how animals learn. Different breeds, age, health, emotional state, development, past experiences, time of day, if they are hungry/thirsty, and the immediate environment are things that we have to take into consideration when training our dogs. These are things that influence our training. Peta backs up her experience with the science behind it. She explained that if we are working with a dog or any other species if we understand the laws of learning & implement these we can predict the behaviour change.

For the rest of the weekend the days were broken up into 4 hr sessions, taking in behaviour modification, beginner scentworks, free shaping and advanced noseworks.

Free Shaping Workshop

Peta demonstrated to the trainers on how to build a behaviour by precise reinforcement. The clicker says ‘that is what I want’ and the food follows. She showed that she does not guide or prompt the behaviour, she selects the behaviour that is close to the end goal. As she raises the criteria, she withholds the click and waits for a movement closer to the goal.

Ruth did some free shaping with Biscuit holding a dumbbell and going to and staying on a mat.

28/9 Saturday afternoon Workshop Beginners Noseworks

Peta had the trainers and dogs starting off with empty cardboard boxes with a treat hidden inside one of them. The dogs were encouraged to go free and sniff around the boxes, when they found the treat, they got to eat it and were then rewarded at the spot with another treat. No wonder they loved this game.

Jan and Herbie had a great time outside with the boxes and Herbie enjoyed being off lead.

Brendan and Lassie did some empty box work also. Lassie being vision impaired really enjoys this game.

Vicki and Elsa showed us how it was done, Elsa is a natural when it comes to finding food.

Sonia and Jedda also made finding food hidden in boxes look easy.

Sunday afternoon : Advanced Noseworks Workshop

The session started off with a group of handlers asking their dogs to search and find an odour (we only used Birch) inside the room. It was quite confronting as it was a strange room that the dogs had never been in, it was crowded with a lot of people watching and the handlers did not know where the odour was hidden. Peta challenged the group by hiding the odour in a wrapped up mat which the dogs & handlers could not see. Other ‘hides’ were up high where the dog had to jump up to indicate. It was quite a challenging workshop.

Outside scent work

Peta hid some Birch odour on an outside building up high and another imbedded in the grass area. The handlers did not know where the ‘hides’ were located. It was difficult for the handlers and dogs as it was windy and it had been an area where other dogs had been walking/toileting. Also, most of the handlers had trouble with not realizing their dog’s “alert”, but they all managed to find the odour. The dogs loved it.

All in all it was a fantastic learning experience for everyone who went along. Huge thanks to Peta Clarke for fitting us in before the end of the year, to Julia for organising and hosting Peta, to Aveo for letting us use their facility and to everyone who came along.

Fire at the Flyball Nationals 2019

The 2019 Redlands Flyball Racing Teams

Flyball Nationals. Over 200 dogs, their handlers, box loaders, ball shaggers; stats recorders, support crews, junior handlers, photographers, interested members of the public, judges, stewards, commentator Paul, timekeepers and behind the scene organisers gathered together at Wacol to compete in arguably the most fun a dog and loving owner can have.

An immense congratulations and thanks must go to Awesome Pawsome for the massive effort they put into organising and running such a big event. Special thanks go too to the sponsors of this great event. Thanks go to all the teams from NSW, VIC, the ACT and QLD, who competed with a wonderful sense of camaraderie and enjoyment over the three days.

As for Redlands, thanks to all our team members who pulled together to support and cheer each other on over the course of the event. Congratulations to Turn’n’ Burn who placed second in their division with a time of 26.946 seconds; to Burn’n’Action for placing third in their division with a time of 24.765 ; Back’n’Action who placed third with a PB time of 17.941; and Burn’n’Bolt who also placed third with a time of 17.576. Congratulations goes to Nick with Meeka for achieving the coveted triple zero start on Sunday.

Also well done to Kym and Fenway for his debut at this event a big ask for a new dog he ran well with the best time of 5.30. with just, a couple of hick-ups will only get better.

Congratulations to the QLD clubs for winning their divisions
Airborne Special Ops Div 2 winners
Absolutely Awesome Div 6 Winners
Pine Rivers Devils Div 8 Winners

What a great three days for the sport of Flyball – the 21st Also Congratulations to all our interstate teams that won their divisions and for giving us some great racing over the 3 days .

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RDOC puts the Sizzle in at Bunnings.

The Bunnings Sausage Sizzle is an Aussie icon, it’s not about the food, it’s just a snag & onions on a piece of bread with some sauce, but it’s a tradition and Bunnings customers seem to love them. Bunnings have the recipe for success, it’s one of the most successful corporate-sponsored community events held all over Australia.

Some people buy a sausage on their way in to Bunnings, then another on their way out.

We had people asking for a sausage at 7am when we weren’t quite ready, we had people wanting them after 4pm when we had stopped serving, turned off the BBQ and the bread had been packed away, they didn’t mind, they still wanted a cold sausage.

Chewing the Fat

Preparation before the day involved

Ruth applying for the opportunity to do the sausage sizzle months in advance.

Karin, Jennie, Brendan & Ken went to the mid-week Bunnings induction.

Sallyanne, Jennie & Karin doing a few shopping trips & delivering sausages to Hogans cold room. The young guy at the Woolies register asked me if I was having a party, I said I might when this is over.

Karin organising a working roster so we had 4 people there at once and some overlap of shifts to train the next group people starting.

Jennie organised the float with Vicki

Vicki donated all the ice & loaned Hogan’s huge eskies & stored the sausages overnight.

Colleen & Brendan donated some bain marees which were perfect for the bbq, they really kept everything hot.

Julia donated the zig zag metal holder which made things so much easier. We could place the bread, sausage, onions wrapped in a napkin on this tray which held everything in place. Bunnings have a strict safety rule that onions have to be placed on the bread first with the sausage on top! The customers could then add their own sauce.

Recipe for Success

ON the day we had 11 RDOC members and 1 husband helping serve customers, cook on the bbq and handle the money.

We all wore our RDOC shirts and caps.

We had a few people asking for dog training advice.

Ken, not being a dog handler, jokingly advised people to get a cat instead.

The day started at 6am with a nice fine hot day.  Karin & Ken met Vicki at Hogans to pick up the 61kg of sausages 4 huge eskies of ice & loaded them all into Ken’s van. He then delivered these to bunnings capalaba along with all the cooking utensils, cans of soft drink, sauces etc.

Jennie, Aaron, Brendan & Sallyanne went straight to Bunnings at 6am to set up the BBQ & meet the delivery of 25kg of fresh onions. 

Thankfully we had Aaron & Ken to unload all the sausages and 340 cans of soft drink as this was heavy work.

Sallyanne & Brendan then went to go buy the 50 loaves of fresh bread when Woolies opended at 7am.

Aaron was first up on the bbq

He was kept busy as the crowds started pouring in around 11am and we came close to not having any sausages cooked.

Sallyanne, Jan, Tess, Sonia, Karen L, Carmen, Dawn, Karin and Vicki did all the serving and collecting money. Vicki was great at making sure all the customer’s orders were taken.

John & Ken then worked the BBQ & again we came close to not having any cooked sausages ready later in the day, it was difficult to predict the quantities. I think the rule we used was when you think we’ve got enough sausages ready, then you need to cook some more.

We stopped serving at 4pm & a few customers still wanted some sausages.

It started to cloud over and get really gusty, it looked like it was going to storm.

At the end of the day, Carmen, Karin, Ken, Dawn and Sonia cleaned the BBQ, swept & mopped the floors & packed up the BBQ

The windy conditions made it difficult, but luckily (for us) it didnt rain.

We finished about 5pm.

Got home & had a few bevies to celebrate as we had made a profit and had to store the left over bread & sausages in Karin’s freezer then drive to Jan’s at Vicky Point to store the rest of the bread in Jan’s freezer.

On the Monday, Karin returned the eskies & Jennie took the money to Hogan’s to count

Ken’s van was still loaded with left over drinks which he delivered back to the club along with the sauces, cooking utensils etc.

Then I had some more celebratory drinks when it was all done.

Everyone involved said they had a great time, it was fun working together and chatting to the customers. Well worth the time and energy and a great team effort.

A huge thanks to everyone that helped organise and participate on the day. Massive thanks to Karin who organised it all, Sallyanne for organising the food, Brendan for opening up and Vicki and Hogans for providing assistance with storage and coins. THANK YOU

Till next time.