24 January, 2024
Great year in store for man’s best friend
MEMBERS of the Tableland Dog Obedience Club (TDOC) are enthusiastically awaiting the first training session of the 2024 year which will be held on Wednesday 7 February.
The club’s last training session for the 2023 year saw a strong attendance by members and their canine companions for gradings, an awards and presentation ceremony, a dog dancing display, dog fancy dress parade and Christmas party supper.
The TDOC was established in 1990 with Michael and Heather Allen and Neale and Mary Bickerton being the four founding members. The club has been training at the Atherton training grounds ever since its formation and has proven to be an invaluable asset to the community.
TDOC chief instructor Fiona Cavanagh said the club was formed as a result of an identified lack of help and support for people who wanted to train and educate their dogs. There were also no dog trials for people who wanted to compete in them.
“The club has helped thousands of people with their dogs over the years,” Fiona said.
“It is a not-for-profit club and all proceeds go back into the club to pay for electricity, training and other equipment.
“Members receive help and support to train their dogs and learn how to work through common problems such as barking, not coming when called and pulling on the lead.”
Members also learn how to teach their dogs to walk correctly on a lead, come when called and as well as basic obedience commands like sit and stay.
“It is also important for dogs to socialise with other dogs and humans, particularly when they are young, so that they are comfortable meeting new people or being around other dogs,” Fiona said.
“This minimises the risk of problems like dog aggression and reactivity towards other dogs and people.
“For members who find enjoyment in competing with their dogs at trial, the TDOC hosts four dog trials every year. These are very enjoyable and are a great way to socialise whilst having fun with your dog.
“TDOC members compete in all disciplines of dog training including obedience, agility, tricks, Rally and Dancing with Dogs.
“We also have a strong junior team with handlers as young as 10 years of age competing at trials with their dogs.”
Ann Moens presented awards to members on the last training session of the 2023 year.
Training starts up again on the first Wednesday in February on the grounds behind the new SES building on Vernon Street in Atherton. Classes start at 6pm. Puppy class starts on the first Tuesday of February at 5.30pm at the same grounds.
End of Year 2023 Results
Best Novice Dog: Vicki Sanders and Jedda (Glenloy One Last Kiss, Border Collie)
Best Community Companion Dog: Andy Kuger and Edna (Kelpie cross)
Best Rally Dog: Vicki Sanders and Jedda (Glenloy One Last Kiss, Border Collie)
Best Jumpers Dog: Zante Foster and Nova (Border Collie)
Best Games Dog: Zanthe Foster and Nova (Border Collie)
Best Tricks Dog: Mia Cavanagh and Bronte (Border Collie)
Best Scentworks Dog: Tayla Arnett and Rubble (Kelpie cross)
Perpetual Encouragement award: Josie Bye and Spice (Kelpie cross Border Collie)