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Training in the Rain

Q: What happens at training if it’s raining? A: We get a little wet! Note training is never cancelled due to bad weather. Put on your jackets and wellies and come along. 

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Next Course Dates

Please note the dates for our next adult obedience courses is 22 July Our next Behaviour Management Course for dogs with aggression issues starts on 18 July A reminder that we welcome new pups every Saturday. Pups under 5 months do not need not to prebook. 

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Roadworx on the Beachfront

Ann and Michelle took their Roadworx group for a training session on Seapoint Beach Front. It looks like the dogs (and handlers) had a really good time.    

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Introduction to Flyball For 9-12 Month Pups

A brand New Course at CPDC! Introduction to Flyball for Puppies 9-12 monthsCost is R200 (or R250 if you stay on for Beginners Flyball)Try Outs at 2.45pm on 22 October  Dogs must be ball crazy, in good health, not overweight and friendly with other dogs. 

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Flyball Team Success

Congrats to Chain Reaction (Kylie/Chloe, Roberta/Ben, Lindsay/Moya, Kate/Kujo) on 2nd place at the CHDC show yesterday. All clear runs, and a best time of 23.35s. Well done everyone! 

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Puppy Socialising Helpers Needed

We are looking for volunteer helpers to assist with monitoring off- lead play sessions at our classes on Saturday afternoons. You need to be confident and calm with dogs and be prepared to commit to at least 2 Saturdays a month. Training will be given.  Keen? We are holding an information session at the club […]

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Roadworx does the Waterfront

Probably our most popular course – Roadworx takes our handlers and dogs all over the Peninsula to practise obedience exercise out in the real world. Lots of distractions test the dogs’ concentration.  Unfortunately we don’t run a course in Winter as we tend to get rained out. Eva and Michelle are the innovative instructors behind our […]

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Animal Anti Cruelty League Blanket Donation

Thanks wonderful Cape Province Dog Club doggy people. We managed to donate 75 blankets to Animal Anti Cruelty League to keep shelter dogs cozy this winter.  Special thanks to Alison, who did the delivery and Elisabeth who arranged us a staff discount. 

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RIP Carling

Carling – taken too early at 5 years old. Passed away quietly in his sleep from a heart attack.  Our deepest sympathy to Ann and Jonathan who have been part of our club family from the very beginning.  

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Meals on Wheels Pics

At last! Some pics of the recipients of some our Santa Shoe Boxes that we donated to families through Meals on Wheels. Besides the Christmas gifts, we donate dog food every month to our local branch of Meals on Wheels for delivery with human meals and we have been doing so for the last 20 […]

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Crufts 2016 Part 1

What an amazing experience – 11 of us got to visit the biggest dog show in the world! Thanks to part sponsorship from the club, we set off to visit Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham  in March of this year. We are all dog crazy but each of us has our own specific interest within […]

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What is Hip Dysplasia?

Many large breed dogs suffer from joint pain and one of the possible causes of joint pain can be hip dysplasia. Breeds who are prone to hip dysplasia in South Africa  include German Shepherds, Boerboels, Rottweilers, Border Collies, Labradors, Golden Retrievers and Ridgebacks. If you have any of these breeds, it is advised to sign […]

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I Put My Dog Down Today

He was not sick. He was not old. I rescued him over 8 years ago when he was only 2 months old. And I put him down to rescue him again. Link to Post Sutter would have been one of the 4 million dogs euthanized in a US shelter that year. But instead, he and […]

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Latest Behaviour Course Pics

Our current Behaviour Course handlers are already seeing improvements in their dog’s behaviour after only two lessons. Aggression with other dogs CAN be managed with the correct techniques. We wish we could cure it but unfortunately, we can’t. . 

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CPDC Sponsors an Autism Support Dog

Our club has sponsored Velvet, an Autism Support Dog. Here is some more information about these incredible dogs and the difference they make.   The South African Guide-dogs Association for the Blind is now training dogs to assist people with other disabilities other than blindness.  The specially bred dogs are ready and able to perform […]

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Parking now available in Uitvlugt

Good News! To alleviate the parking problem, we have cleared the lane next to the agility garage which will allow parking in Uitvlugt. You can turn into Uitvlugt from Forest Drive, continue round the circle and straight on – until you see a small grey electricity box which is at the entrance to the lane.

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RIP Gerda

We are very sad to share the news that Gundega’s little Yorkie Gerda has died. She was killed by a larger dog in her local park. We are devastated to hear the news and send out our sympathy and condolences to Gundega and her family. Gerda was an amazing little dog who flew through our […]

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Staff Celebrations

On Sunday we enjoyed a lunch at Suikerbossie to thank all our volunteers for another year of hard work. I can’t quite believe we have been at Pinelands Primary for 20 years!!  

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Feeding the Dogs of Joe Slovo

It is so reassuring to hear that there are still some amazingly dedicated people out there – doing all they can to help animals in need. We came to hear of Avryn Alter, who goes into Joe Slovo township regularly to feed the animal and has been doing so for years. She says she loves […]

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10 Good Reasons Not to Buy a Puppy Over the Internet

The internet has become a super-convenient way to buy almost anything. It is so quick and easy and is accessable at any time of the day or night. Looking for a puppy? Google any breed you can think of and you will find website after website offering advice, breed information and puppies for sale. Tempting? Sure […]

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Could your Dog Become a Therapy Dog?

PAT organises therapeutic visits by pet owners who volunteer to take their pets (mainly dogs) to visit people in hospitals, hospices, retirement homes, frail care facilities, special needs schools residential centres, and a variety of other venues. PAT visits bring company, support, comfort, pleasure, stress relief and stimulation to those living either permanently or temporarily […]

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Study finds ‘life in the old dog’ for pet owners

Dog owners over the age of 65 have fitness levels a decade younger than their biological age, according to a new study. Authors of the research said public health officials should introduce “dog loaning” schemes so more people could benefit from a canine friend. The study of more than 500 pensioners found that those with […]

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Toxic dog food products recalled

Cape Town – Food manufacturer Foodcorp is recalling several of its dry dog food products from supermarket shelves after some were found to be contaminated by toxins. Bobtail, Dogmor, Bonzo and “certain dealer own-brands” manufactured by Foodcorp have reportedly been ordered from the shelves nationally. The contaminated batch could cause vomiting in dogs and low […]

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Fun at Lat Waai

A note from the organisers of the open day at Lat Wai to our Demo Team: Your professionalism is strongly applauded. You came in, set up quickly and were well organised. Your standards are high, displaying true love, passion and commitment for the work you do with your dogs. What a joy to see your […]

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10 Tips for Choosing a Great Rescue Puppy

  Help a dog in need by choosing a rescue puppy instead of a pedigree pooch. To make sure you make the right selection, take note of the following tips. Make sure your chosen puppy is/has/comes with: A reputable shelter or rescue organisation – Do your research and visit a few before you even look at […]

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10 Golden Rules when Choosing and Raising a Guarding Breed Puppy

Guarding breeds have been developed to protect us but taking a large, powerful dog into your home comes with a huge responsibility. That cute puppy can grow up into a very dangerous weapon. Prevention is always better than cure.  Take one puppy only. Raising two pup together means that neither can reach their full potential. […]

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Mom, Please Can We Get a Puppy?

Selecting  the best dog for your children is a very important decision that can have far reaching implications for your family.  You need to make sure that the dog you choose is going to be the best match possible for your family’s lifestyle, temperament, and budget.  Here are some things to consider when choosing the […]

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Gillian and Zoe compete in the Agility World Champs

  One of our instructors, Gillian Blem and her dog Zoe will be competing at the Agility world Champs in Laag-soren, Holland in May from the 7th to 11th.  It is organised by the IFCS which is an international organisation for dogs who are not only pure breed dogs.  Dogs from 18 countries, including the […]

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It’s all in how they’re raised

“All puppies are blank slates.” “If you do everything right with your puppy, you’ll have a great adult dog.” “If dogs have behavioral issues, we should blame the handle end of the leash.” These are common misconceptions I hear as a trainer, and they make me so very sad. Behavior is a combination of nature […]

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The Controversial Issue of Head Collars (halters)

Sue McCabe I made the decision last year to introduce the Kennel Club Good Citizen Puppy Foundation & Bronze level awards to my training classes.  I’m certain that the basis is there for a great training idea in theory.  Both levels teach basic manners, handling and life skills which should make living with your dog […]

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10 Myths about Dog Behaviour

Doleful eyes, hunched body, drooping ears: Fido must be feeling sorry about something—right? Not exactly, according to Decoding Your Dog, a new book from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Drs. Debra Horwitz and John Ciribassi, experts in the field of veterinary behavior, write about what this look really means, and uncover nine more common […]

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Littermate Syndrome

Getting two dogs at the same time seems like a great idea. Dogs are social animals, and a dog who will be alone all day can easily turn to destructive behavior or become anxious. Two puppies can entertain each other and keep each other company. So, what’s the problem with bringing home two puppies at once? […]

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Valhalla Park Assistance

Our club has donated R5000 to the Animal Anti Cruelty League to assist with the work they are doing in Valhalla Park after the devastating fire that  destroyed many shacks on 23 December, leaving 1500 people homeless.  

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Famous Dog Race Results

FAMOUS ADULT DOG  RACE RESULTS  – 14 DECEMBER 2013 LARGE DOGS 15 40 METRES DOGS NAME HANDLER PLACED TIME Km/hr LOLO Ajit Daya 1ST 4.12 34.95 PIPER Casey Ward 2ND 4.21 34.20 GRACIE Erna Maas 3RD 4.30 33.49 SIAM Julie Tobiansky 4th 4.46 32.29 ZOE Yolande Harrison 5th 4.54 31.72 MURPHY Margot Wilke 6th 4.63 […]

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Roadworx

Our Roadworx group has been spreading the dog training message all over town. Their last session for the year was a walk through the Biscuit Mill on a busy Saturday morning. Special Thanks to Eva and Michelle.  

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Meals on Wheels

Thanks to everyone who packed Shoe boxes for our Meals on Wheels pet owners. What a privilege it was for us to spread a little joy. Rynette and I attended the Meals on Wheels year-end function and got to meet some of the folk who received our boxes. We also got to hear how the […]

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GPS donated to Animal Anti-Cruelty League

One of the inspectors at the Animal Anti-Cruelty League in Epping, had his GPS stolen out of his vehicle. He needs it to be able to respond quickly in an emergency. Our club bought a replacement GPS and Michelle Martin went to deliver it to them recently.      

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Richwood Bush Project

Thanks to everyone who helped with putting together the hampers for the pets of the Richwood Informal Settlement. Tracey Bruton is working closely with the horse owners of the community who have been really receptive of her help. Besides providing food and accessories, our club has also sponsored a visit from the Animal Rescue Organisation […]

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Meet the Dog Who Knows 1000 Words

When people ask me how smart my dog is, I say that she has about the intelligence of a toddler. Chaser is a 9-year-old border collie who knows 1,000 words, but any dog is potentially capable of reaching toddler-level cognition and development, including learning the basic elements of language. Thanks to her language learning, Chaser […]

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