KENNEL CLUB REGISTERED IMPORTANT NOTICE
Prestwick and District Dog Training Club AGM Wednesday 26th October 2016, 7pm at Ayr Cattle Market. Regular obedience training will be cancelled on Wednesday 26th October 2016 due to the AGM. All members welcome, please come along and support the club; some of the Club Trophies will be presented on the night including ‘Dog of the Year’: info to follow!
Committee Vacancies: there will be at least 2 vacancies on the committee if you would be interested in applying please let Bernadette (Club Secretary) know by sending an e-mail to this address noting your interest by Wednesday 12th of October.
Agenda Items: Any items for the agenda should also be sent to the Club Secretary, Bernadette, by Wednesday 12th October. Refreshments and light buffet will be provided at the end of the meeting, as well as an opportunity for people to catch up and have a chat. Look forward to seeing you there!
Well done to this years PDDTC award winners!
The Taz Trophy is for the best veteran dog who is still competing in agility.
This year won by Rocky and his owner Gillian Benny. Well done you both!
The Tara Shield goes to the best flyball dog of the year and is won by Janice Mitchell and her dog Lani. Well done!
Midge won Dog of the Year, trained by John Munro. Well done for a wonderful year in flyball and agility for you both.
Karen Vaughan won the Savannah Salver as the Best Pet Handler in Obedience, with her dog Pippa. Excellent work!
The Katy Quaich trophy is for the best junior handler in obedience and this year has gone to Harriet Myrtle and her dog Alfie. A warm congratulations to you both!
There was also an honorary life membership given to Ann Tomlinson (left) in recognition of her years of hard work for the club. This was presented by Bernadette Docherty (right), retiring chairperson.
As some members are aware the committee has decided to change the club’s obedience trainer, and this has also necessitated a change of night to Wednesday.
This decision was reached after careful consideration over many months. There were also discussions with our current trainer about possible changes to our current approach.
Committee members have received feedback from many people that our obedience training was not meeting their needs to help develop well behaved companion dogs. While those members interested in more advanced training for competition seemed satisfied, they were in the minority. Therefore in order to meet the needs of as many people as possible, and to improve attendance, we decided to make the change.
Our new trainer, Alison Hunter, has worked with the club in the past and is focussed on helping people train their dogs to be well-behaved family pets, and also to help prepare dogs for further training in, for example, Flyball or Agility. Her classes will be active and fun and provide opportunities for socialisation for both dogs and handlers!
Wednesday classes will commence on November 18th 2015.
We are very sorry that these changes will disrupt some members’ obedience training and have discussed with our current trainer the possibility of future workshops or short courses for those interested in competitive obedience.
In the meantime we hope as many of you as possible will come on Wednesdays and enjoy training with your dog.
The club will be holding a Silver Good Citizen test for those that have gained their Bronze award. The test will be held on Tuesday 10th of November at 18.30 at Ayr Cattle Market. There will be no obedience training that evening. Further details about the Good Citizen awards can be found on the Obedience page.
The club will be holding our Annual General Meeting on the 27th October at 7.00pm at Ayr Cattle Market. All members are welcome to attend.
Some of the graduates from the club’s most recent beginners’ course. Well done to you all!
A new flyball beginners course will begin in September 2015. Persons who are interested may give their names to Jim Blackley. More details can be found on the Flyball page.
Well done to this year’s Prestwick and District DTC award winners. At the top left is Harriet Myrtle with Alfie having won the Katy Quaich for best junior handler in obedience and top mid is Bobby Wilson and Pippa – the best veteran dog still competing in agility, winning the Taz Trophy. Olwyn McShane and Dougal appear top right having won the Yakima Runner Trophy for best agility dog and handler. Ainslie Martin is centre with Percy winning Flyball Dog of the Year, and bottom right is Debbie Prince with Poppie who was awarded the Meggie Trophy for best performance by a member at the club’s obedience and agility shows. Bottom mid is Danielle Van Son and Tan having won the Batchelor Salver for the most improved dog in obedience, and bottom left is Abby Smith with Harvey who won a special award from the flyball trainer for effort, commitment and perseverance in the face of significant challenge. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Best Pet Handler in Obedience.
Presented this year to Jessica Edwards with her rough collie Lola – Well Done!