About Cape Province Dog Club
In 1988, Dougie Fivas and Mervyn Tobiansky started Cape Province Dog Club to train dogs for security work. The club met on Sunday mornings at Clyde Pinelands. Slowly, the focus of the club changed as many Pinelands residents approached the club for home obedience classes. Classes continued at Clyde until 1995 when Mervyn and I decided to make the move to Pinelands Primary School, where we felt we could offer more to the public on Saturday afternoons. Dougie retired and along with a team of trainers and helpers from other clubs, we set up CPDC in our little ramshackle garage at the primary school.
We formed a committee including Karen Higgens, Cathy Anstis, Jonathan and Ann Morton, Paul Lloyd, Sally Adam and Lita Jansen to get our club on the road. We all believed that we should plough back any money made into the club to improve the equipment and facilities while looking after our trainers. We agreed not to affiliate to any organisation which allowed us not to have to answer to anyone but to focus all our energies into what we believed in. Of that first committee Ann Morton is still with us, the others having left over the years.
Sally was behind the beginnings of agility training at our club. She was at the forefront of the sport from it’s infancy in the country and she has left her legacy on the agility side with her up to the minute training methods and courses. On the competitive obedience side we have always tried to ensure that we put our money behind the sport and so sponsored members’ show entries for a number of years. Mervyn trained and coached many handlers who competed in obedience shows. Our main core of our club will always be home obedience classes as that is where the need lies. In recent years, puppy classes have become a large part of our club.
Where to from Here
Our club is run by a committee of 7, which is unusual in that it has no office bearers. We have 30 odd instructors and we run annual in-house trainers courses to train new instructors for our club. We are always indebted to our team of helpers who volunteer their time to teach classes, assist our members with problems and work behind the scene to make our club work. We are very lucky to have had a good ongoing relationship with Pinelands Primary School . With their permission we have managed to build two clubhouses and a permanent puppy enclosure. We feel we have a responsibility to our community and so we have always contributed to charity right from day one. Our main aim always is to make our club a fun place to be for our members and of course their dogs.