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|Residents Association MagazineWinter 2001/14|
POOLE & DISTRICT DOG TRAINING SOCIETY
Poole and District Dog Training Society (PDDTS) was started by a group of dog owners back in 1958, though in those days the club was called the Associated Sheep, Police and Army Dog Society. The membership fee was set at "10/6" which nowadays would come to the grand old sum of 52.5 pence. PDDTS has been Kennel Club (KC) registered since 1958 and as such their Rules and Regulations and their Code of Practise bind us. The fact that we are a KC Registered Club enables us to run various dog shows through out the year. In fact our first working trail was organised in 1960, this was followed by our first Championship Obedience Show on 22nd May 1965. We have continued running these shows through the years and although nowadays the club is less competition orientated, we still feel it is important to organise our shows as the number of dog shows run are declining.
We meet weekly on Monday nights at the War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road, Broadstone, where we offer a variety of classes, including training for the KC Good Citizen Dog scheme, Puppies and Competitive Obedience. The classes are divided into Puppy Classes which are suitable for dogs under 9 months; Beginners for dogs over 9 months; Improvers for dogs and handlers with that little bit more experience and last but not least our -Advanced Class. Each class lasts 45 minutes and is taken by a qualified Dog Trainer with at least 6 years of teaching experience. We have a total of 10 dog trainers and with them a wealth of training knowledge. Most of our classes now cater for the average dog owner who wants an obedient pet. We therefore provide pet dog training and it is our goal to help educate dog owners to produce well-balanced and obedient pet dogs.
Dog training has changed a lot over the last few years and the antiquated Barbara Woodhouse method of training has been superseded by much kinder methods of Reward Based or even Clicker training! The emphasis is now placed on rewarding wanted behaviour and ignoring unwanted behaviour. Using this method we teach a dog that if he does something right he gets a reward, and if he does something wrong the reward is withheld.
But our club is not just about dog training it is also about socialising with like minded dog owners and about supporting a worthwhile cause. Each year we choose a charity that we support and raise money for. This year the charity we have chosen to support is Greyhounds in Need. The money is partly raised by organising raffles and tombolas at our various shows, and by organising a Doggy Xmas Party with fun and games for our members and their dogs. Unfortunately, this year, we have not been able to organise many fundraising events due to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth. Our Open Working Trial which is usually held in March had to be cancelled due to the restrictions that were imposed on the New Forest, our Championship Obedience Show, usually held in May, was postponed and held in July instead. This crisis has also let to the Exemption Show that was being organised by one of our members, to raise funds for Greyhounds in Need, to be cancelled.
If you would like further information please contact Paula Pelosi on 680223 or Natasja Lewis on 07815 054581. Alternatively you can drop by on a Monday night, 8pm onwards.
[NOTE: Since publication of the Magazine, the details for contacting the Poole and District Dog Training Society have changed to : Paula Pelosi on 01202 267362 or Dave Hewitt on 01202 548817]
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