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                                                                                              September 2017

School News
August Class was 5 weeks.... Six dogs joined us inside our warm hall, with a youngish German Shepherd working indoor/outside to give her a break.  The advantage of having two instructors worked well as one of our 'pupil dogs' really wasn't yet ready to join in Classto a full class situation but still made great progress with her two handlers.

This is a good example why we endeavour to educate folk that early dog-dog 'socialisation' is important but only when it is controlled. It is US that our dog should be building a relationship with, not fostering uncontrolled play other dogs.

Play should be conditional upon good behaviour... and that comes from managed interaction and, as we often espouse, the earlier the better. 

Our Cairn Terrier learned to watch his owner, our youngest class participant came with 'kids' all of whom became better handlers of their young charge (as did Mom and Dad). Our Border Collie-X learned 'calm attention' while the other dogs in class all made great progress with handlers acquiring a set of skills and techniques that stand them all in great shape for more learning ahead. Who would have believed they would all be in together for the Class Photo....
Life Skills Class
Dog Jokes   Ha! Ha! Ha!

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
—Christopher Hampton

I've heard that dogs are man's best friend. That explains where men are getting their hygiene tips.
—Kelly Maguire

One man walking his dog met a friend on the street who admired his pet. "
I just bought him for fifteen hundred dollars," said the owner.
"Isn't that a lot of money for a mutt?" his friend asked.
"Why, he's not a mutt! He's part Airedale and part bull."
"Yeah, what part is bull?"
"The part about the fifteen hundred dollars."
Newsletter Article

Animal Assisted Therapy
These days, the concept and merit of animal assisted therapy is well known and accepted, even if large-scale research studies on the emotional aspects of the topic are still relatively scarce. It’s hard to pinpoint when the therapeutic potential of animals was first recognised, but many credit Florence Nightingale, an influential figure in the development of modern nursing, with discovering the significant anxiety-reducing effects of small pet animals on children and adults living in psychiatric institutions.

In the 1930s, Sigmund Freud nudged the field forward when he began using his Chow, Jofi, during psychotherapy sessions. His findings in turn lent legitimacy to a paper on animal assisted therapy submitted by child psychologist Boris Levinson at an American Psychological Association meeting in the early 1960s.
 
Decades later, AAT programs can be found in nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, disability services, residential facilities, as well as some libraries and schools. And we know for a fact that animals are good for our physical health. By their mere company, they reduce our blood pressure, slow our heart rates, facilitate faster healing, and improve our life expectancy.

But there are strong indications that the positive effect of canine company extends to emotional and mental trauma, too. Dogs seem able to connect with children with autism, and patients with Alzheimer’s. Petting a dog is cited by many mental health professionals as a catalyst that can help people otherwise silenced by grief and shock to open up.
 
But why? The precise biological process behind the effect eludes researchers, but several theories exist. One component is a dog’s complete absence of judgment. Calm, well-trained dogs (and other pets) provide gentle physical affection and quiet presence, which allows patients to focus their attention away from internal trauma and external environments—like hospital rooms or psychiatric institutions—that can exacerbate fear and loneliness.

Some describe it as a “healing space” accompanying the dog, in which AAT recipients can feel safe and secure, and therefore better able to express themselves and connect with healthcare providers. The takeaway? As research into AAT continues, dogs seem destined for greater recognition as therapeutic partners.
Healing CompanionsHealing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives is the first book to profile the power these extraordinary dogs have to transform lives.

This groundbreaking book provides a window onto the new world of Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs), and how they can offer a second chance at life to some of society’s most vulnerable people. DOG READ on YahooGroups is welcoming the author in Sept. 2017. Come & join the list ... 
Doggies Links

Do Adult Dogs still recognise their mothers?  My question is, do dogs recognise their brother? Our other dog Holmes, may have met his littermate when we went to agility when he was 7. They barked at each other like they wanted to settle a past bet!  At any rate, I love Stanley's conclusion! 

Why is my Dog Barking? A nice article to explains the various dog barks and what they mean. Important to know the difference, and I'm sure that if you know your dog well, you'll notice the differencDog looking in mirrore. 

What Do Dogs See in Mirrors? They're not looking at themselves, but mirrors aren't meaningless to dogs
Quotes:

The shortest distance between two points assumes you know where you're going. -- Robert Brault

A poem by Erica Jong, "Best Friends":

        We made them
        in the image of our fears
        to cry at doors
        at partings -- even brief
        to beg for food at table
        and to look at us with those big
        aching eyes
        and to stay with us
        when our children flee.
        And sleep upon our beds
        on darkest nights
        and cringe at thunder
        as in our own childhood frights.
        We made them sad-eyed
        loving, loyal, scared
        of life without us.
        We nurtured their dependency and grief.
        We keep them as reminders of our fear.
        We love them as the unacknowledged hosts
        of our own terror
        of the grave -- abandonment.
        Hold my paw
        for I am dying.
        Sleep upon my coffin.
        Wait for me,
        sad-eyed,
        in the middle of the drive
        that curves beyond the cemetery wall.
        I hear your bark
        I hear your mournful bark
        Oh, may all the dogs
        that I have ever loved,
        carry my coffin
        howl at the moonless sky
        and lie down with me sleeping
        when I die.
Next Classes

Life Skills Classes 
For puppies and older dogs. Learn how to teach and instil manners in your dog in a relax and fun atmosphere. Small classes. Indoors. Dogs don't meet and greet. We want your dog to pay you attention! 
September 6, 13, 20, 27 7pm-8pm
More information and Registration


Scent Detection Class
Get your dog working for you! Have you lost your keys? Your dog can find them with a bit of training. Come and have some fun!  
September 6, 13, 20, 27  8pm-9pm
More Info and Registration
Homestay Dogs of the Month
Heaps More pictures on our Facebook page
Natalie and the dogs
Apple walk
Betty
Ruby
Sea running
the nakeddog
Adult Dog Wanted
to join a small active family. Must be social, healthy and child-friendly.

We have a family looking for such a dog. Email us.
what?
Never-leave-off-leash
Lyttleton market
Ralph bouncing down
The pair
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