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There’s a sporting theme at RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre’s dog show and family fun day this weekend (Saturday 18 August) as the British summer of sport continues. 

Ashleigh Wilson, organiser and community fundraising manager for the animal centre, said: “Getting your dog active is one of the most important things an owner can do to keep him happy and healthy, and of course, it’s good for all the family too.

“This summer is definitely the summer of sport in Britain so we thought there was no better theme for our biggest event of the year.”

There will be the chance for owners and their dogs to have a go at agility, something lots of dogs of all shapes and sizes really love that’s a great way to keep them in shape, both physically and mentally.

There will also be grooming stations and discounted micro-chipping, the best way of ensuring that if you and your pet become separated you can be re-united. There will be dog shows to enter including ‘Best Child Handler’ ‘Happiest Dog’ and ‘Waggiest Tail’, children’s sports-themed games and face-painting and stalls selling an array of refreshments, crafts, beauty products and more. All the money raised will go towards looking after some of the most cruelly-treated and neglected dogs, cats and horses in the North East which are being cared for at the centre. 

Ashleigh said: “As part of the event we have organised a horse display, including a parade of miniature Shetland ponies (pictured left), rescued by RSPCA inspectors after being abandoned by the side of a railway track.  Very sadly three of their companions were hit by a train and died.

“All 11 of them needed specialist treatment and training programmes so that we can offer them a second chance at a happy life.” 

The event is taking place at RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre, Beaney Lane, Chester Moor, DH2 3BF. Dog show registration opens at 11.00am and the shows begin at 12.00noon until 3.30pm. Entrance is £1 per adult and 50p per child. 

Ashleigh added: “The staff, but ultimately the animals, are very grateful for the support the community offers us and we’re thrilled to be officially sponsored by the North East Dog Directory, but in turn we also plan on making this an enjoyable day out during the school holidays come rain or shine.”




Notes to editors:


—  Community fundraising manager for RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre Ashleigh Wilson is available for further comment on request

—  Photographs are available on request

—  North East Dog Directory Official Sponsors


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Alfie's Law is a campaign to change current UK prosecution policy for all animal abusers. A petition has been applied for from the home office and we will add that this to my current website as soon as it is authorised.You can read more about this campaign & how you can support me by going to the website i hope you can join me & send in your pets pics to show their support too. thank you...Alfie :)

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Allergy Alert.
WARNING FOR DOG OWNERS- Now that it is nearly summer and it will soon be nice and sunny (it will soon) and we will be taking our dogs on some lovely country walks, please be careful around the rapeseed fields and grass meadows. Many people are unaware that the pollen of the yellow fields of rapeseed flowers can be an allergen to some dogs, make dogs faces swell, heartbeat may race and their bodies itch. It is not a nice experience and in a few reported extreme cases be FATAL.
Grasses in the meadows will shed their seeds which may become lodged in dogs eyes, ears & coats. Some dogs may also have allergies to grass pollens.
Always remeber to groom your dogs well after walks, ensuring that ther are no seeds, mites etc attached to your dogs. However remember to take the usual precautions & ENJOY yourselves.

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With the  recent outbreak of parvovirus in recent months, Vets are recommending dog owners to vaccinate their dogs. They say parvovirus is a severe, highly infectious disease which can often be fatal, particularly in puppies. Dog owners are urged to contact their vet immediately if their pets suffer severe vomiting and diarrhoea. The current mortality rate of this disease is very high.  "Despite intensive care delivered by our dedicated team, just three in ten dogs suffering from suspected parvovirus are surviving."The main symptoms of parvovirus - which can be prevented by vaccination - are severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

Vets have  advised owners of dogs displaying such symptoms to keep them isolated and contact their vet for advice immediately.Every year vets treat hundreds of pets with illness that vaccinations could have preventeOwners are warned not to take sick dogs to veterinary surgeries without appointments for fear of spreading the disease to unvaccinated animals. Dogs suffering with the disease will often need intensive treatments, such as intravenous fluids, and even then they may not survive. Untreated it can lead  high mortality rate of 70%, even in adult dogs that are usually more likely to survive. Vets urge owners to vaccinate their pets against parvovirus and other potentially fatal diseases as soon as possible.  "Every year  vets treat hundreds of pets with illness that vaccinations could have prevented "Often the owners simply didn't realise the dangers facing their unvaccinated pets, and sadly many cases prove fatal. "It can be heart-breaking for owners to lose their pets this way, or to see them suffering from an easily preventable illness." For further information contact us at

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Rudozem Street Dog Rescue (RSDR)

There are many, many street dogs (strays) in Bulgaria that face daily struggles to survive.  Not only is food hard to come by but they are often victims of road accidents and lots of the local people do not treat them very well.  The dogs are often kicked, beaten and poisoned for no reason other than it amuses some people to see them hurt.

One British family are now trying to change that in the town of Rudozem.  Diane and Tony Rowles moved to Bulgaria in 2007 with their family and were horrified about the treatment of these dogs.  Unable to ignore dogs that were clearly starving, they began to feed them out on the streets.  Before long, they had started to take some of the dogs into their home where they could treat them for fleas and worms and try to help them learn to trust humans again.  In 2009, the Foundation Rudozem Street Dog Rescue was formed.  Since then over 200 dogs have been found new loving homes in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the UK and even New York! 

In 2010, a fundraising campaign allowed RSDR to buy a building in a local village which is now being used as a shelter and home to over 140 dogs and cats.  However, the building is not fit for purpose and needs significant refurbishment.  Most notably, the roof is in serious disrepair and was made unsafe during last winter when heavy snow resulted in emergency props being used to hold the roof up.  Unless RSDR can get the roof fixed in time for this winter, the dogs may be at risk of serious injury or death if the roof collapses.

A recent quote from a builder means that RSDR needs to raise 24000 Euros in total with each of the three sections of the roof being able to be completed separately if need be.  Without this vital work, the safety of the dogs is in jeopardy.

If you can help with a donation or would like to see more of the work RSDR does, please visit our website where you can make secure payments using Paypal or direct into our UK bank account. 

Please, help us to ‘Raise the Roof’ and provide safe and secure accommodation for the animals in our care and help us to help them.

May 2012

Julie Lewis

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How great – a dogs nose

By David Maxwell Graham Davies

There are so many articles written about our ideas concerning the evolution of the dog or how a dog should be trained. I have added to these myself, however I contributed to something the other day and someone responded with the words ‘same old, same old!!’ At first I was annoyed, not a little hurt (aw diddums!). Then I thought – this person is absolutely correct! As a trainer I am not that interested in whether a dog originated from a kangaroo or a goldfish, and as for training. No matter what system we prefer at the end of the day it will work so long as there is something in it for the dog whenever it does what we task it with doing. How we achieve this is as dry and academic as what religion we think is best. In my view if we believe in God the rest doesn’t (to me) actually matter!

So I though instead of cluttering up cyber space with yet more ‘same old same old’ I would start writing again, sharing experiences I have enjoyed (and some not) with dogs I have owned, handled, trained, and borrowed. Perhaps eventually these may be added to my humble little book Thanks Inky, tales of a police dog handler;  ISBN-13: 978-1425996574. I will still write the occasional training article, but on topics such as scent work, covering tracking, trailing and searching. This is because too often from my perspective authors of these topics are working trials enthusiasts. Since retiring from police service, all my dog training is for fun. Some of my friends own dogs to compete with and just happen to love and enjoy their company. I love them and enjoy their company, and like to give them some meaningful fun so I compete with them!! This means the way I train a dog is quite care free, relaxed, often without form, and sometimes I ‘just do it and see what happens!’ The interesting thing is it usually works and without all the pomp and ceremony of my more professional friends!! I skip from one exercise to another when training my own dogs. The only kit I use is a lead and collar, oh and a toy of some kind, often a safe looking stick the dog has grubbed up, more often my lead is used as a tugger or search article. This is because I go for a walk and suddenly decide – this looks a good spot for some fun interaction. A track for my dogs is often actually what we call a seek back. I get my dog to follow my footsteps back from where we have come from! When I decide he/she has done sufficient or when they need a buzz I lob a toy (the stick) over its head so it finds it as it seeks back following the ground scent I left earlier. I would even train new dogs I was running on prior to becoming trained police service dogs in this way. I have been assured by experts I will ruin the dogs for tracking. Well I am making a promise here and now. I have handled six patrol dogs in my time as a police handler. Five were started tracking in this ad hoc way. All of my dogs were excellent trackers, all achieved advanced standard in all disciplines, and all caught a good amount of criminals from tracking. None of them seemed to me to be confused. If we are relaxed in how we train a dog, the dog will enjoy it, and if it enjoys it it will more than likely be good at it! 

A brilliant fun way to train tracking or rather a more loose style called trailing is to hunt family members and friends with your dog in a type of hide and seek fashion, except in stead of allowing the dog to run free (searching) we use a line and preferably a harness. There is often argument as to whether we should work a dog into the wind or with the wind behind it. This in my opinion is personal choice. If I am free searching then I like the wind blowing towards my dog, but anything such as tracking or trailing I like the wind coming from behind the dog and handler. I want my dog to concentrate on the scent rising from the ground, and not smelling the hidden person or article ahead of it on the trail.  In the early stages I am not concerned if the dog can see what it is trailing for. I want to build a system into the dogs head that when it’s restrained on this harness it can pull like billy-o. I recently assisted John Rogerson on his 2012 CSI India course, and both the above ideas of mine caused rumblings amongst some of the students. They were not incorrect, but neither was I and I have caught and convicted numerous criminals with dogs I have trained in this very way.

When a dog comes across an article bearing scent and the wind is coming from behind we get a wonderful indication as the dog goes over it, stops and turns around. All we have to do is make a huge fuss of the dog for being such a clever thing, and then task it with moving on. I then place a food treat a few feet further along so the dog gets a quick reward following restarting from the article for going in the right direction.

So how can we start a dog trailing?

Get a harness for best results and use this from the beginning.

Have a long lead of about 15feet to begin with.

Find a reliable assistant that will do exactly what you ask them to do

A pot of treats and a toy (my stick will do, but I like a cloth the dog can tug on for this)

Have a dog that loves you, because you are going to be the first person your dog trails to locate!

If you use yourself for your own dog in starting trailing and searching it will improve your recalls also!

With all the above in your grasp jump into your car and go to a lovely quiet spot in the country or on an industrial park in the early hours. Actually you can do this anywhere at any time, but less distraction to start with is best. I also guarantee you people will be curious as to what you are doing and you will get nothing done due to well meaning people talking to you, and your dog.

Pop the harness onto your dog and have some fun together. This harness has to mean FUN!

Now have your friend hold the dog by the harness. Do ensure your dog is familiar with this person and happy to be with them before doing this.

Back away from your dog calling it and showing it a toy or food.

No need to hide yet – you are building blueprint for the dog to follow.

Indicate by a prearranged method (non verbal is best) to your helper to let go of your dog and as they do so get them to give the cue or signal you are going to use when trailing your dog.

When your dog bounds up to you get down to its level and have a great game with it. Feed some food if you like abut do play!

Three or four of these games will do for now 

Take the harness off and go for a walk.

Following a break in training pop the harness back onto the dog

Clip the leash onto the harness

Get your helper to hold the leash close to the harness

Walk off as earlier but go further away.

Again – signal to your helper and this time have them allow your dog to literally drag them to you. They may need gloves, this dog is going to pull and we don't want burnt hands!!

Once the dog gets to you play, play, play (this is why I like a cloth or small towel)

Repeat this again once or twice.

Have an interlude and then set up a third time

This time have the wind behind the dog

Find somewhere that you can get out of sight or if not, lay on the ground face down. Remember a dog is closer to the ground than a standing human so just because you can see something ahead of you doesn’t mean the dog can, especially if the ground is undulating. Another issue that arose in India. I would have explained but I won’t explain to someone that’s arguing with me when I instruct!! I refuse to help the unhelpable.

This time the helper can’t see you indicate as to when to go so have a pre-arranged cue. I usually say give me 15 seconds from disappearing from view, then come look for me.

If ever your dog seems confused just call out and help it learn, it will soon come to you, unless of course it hates you!

Now all you have to do is build on the above making it slightly more challenging each time.

Progress to the dog seeing you walk off, but then the helper places it back in the vehicle for a few moments. You can now start leaving a scented item such as a T shirt you wore last night to bed etc at the commencement of the trail/track. Even if your dog doesn’t seem to notice this I promise you that its olfactory system will not have missed it! The theory is the dog is now learning to follow the scent of the person that left the scent article at the start!

Make your trails longer and longer.

Now either go back to basics using a new helper to act as hidden person but progress quicker than before or continue as you are doing but have another helper walk with you and have them leave an item (or two) they have worn, as scent articles, one at the start and one mid way. You go with them but have them reward the dog when it finds you. 

If all’s going well you can now start to handle your own dog on the trail and search for your helpers.

This is huge fun for your dog and great fun for a family to do together when out on a recreational walk. If children are hiding always have an adult go with them, and if a child handles a dog, especially a big one I suggest a second line that an adult controls!

The beauty of this method over searching off leash (although this is great fun also) is your dog is under control as its on a leash and harness, so even a dog with recall issues can do this, and guess what. Its recall may just improve due to the way this method is started!!

Now go and have fun with your dog and its family, that’s what dog ownership is all about! Oh what's that we own multiple dogs!!  Then how about they all learn this game or why not allow the helper to go ahead for a walk with the other dogs and you come and find them with Fido following a 10 minute head start!!  This is fun not competition!


This article was written by David Maxwell Graham Davies of Happy Dogs North East.

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