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Club Notices

 

As from 1st July 2017 the club has a new Acting Secretary:

Donna Russell: Email donnab@tesco.net Tel: 01908 560230 before 8PM

NOTICE OF AGM AGENDA

AGM AGENDA 2017

 

Membership fees  are due 1st January each year

Annual Membership Subscription is now £12.00 (single / joint)

Please  send your renewal to Ruth Mullan if you have not already done so.   [RENEWAL Membership Form available to download under Membership section]

Membership Secretary: 

Ruth Mullan,  94 Nortons Way, Five Oak Green, Tonbridge Kent TN12 6TF   mmullan1@sky.com          

 

PLEASE HELP US REDUCE OUR COSTS

To reduce postage costs the Committee would like to be able to distribute club material to Members via email. To this end we are in the process of making a database of the emails we have on file. If you have not given us your email address and would like to receive club material by this route please send details to :

Kirsty Coates :   jokerstar@talktalk.net

For those members who do not have a computer we will of course still continue to send out club notices by Royal Mail.

 

ANNUAL AWARDS 

Members are invited to apply for the Club Annual Awards and Trophies. Points can be accrued between the B.R.A. Open Show in January 2015 and the L.K.A. Championship Show in December 2015

For further details of the awards please apply to the Cup Steward :

Ms Sharon Lovelidge :      sharon_lovelidge@hotmail.co.uk

All claims must be received by 1st March 2016 and the trophies will be presented at the Championship Show on Saturday 26th March 2016.

 

JUDGING LIST

The Rottweiler Club have adopted the Rottweiler Breed Council Judging Criteria and Judging lists, if you were not already on the Rottweiler Breed Council Judging lists you will need to apply to go on the list.

BC Judges Application Form

BC Judging Criteria updated 02.05.2015

WEBSITE

Our website contains a great deal of information on the breed covering health issues, general points, show results, Club rules, Code of Ethics etc.  We have links to other breed clubs and the Kennel Club.

Advertisements can be placed on the website for the cost of £20 for one year.

Send text copy and photos [jpeg] by email to:  Jenny Banham:

tallymanrotts@gmail.com

Fee of £20 to Joyce Summers,   64 The Quarries, Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone, Kent.  ME17 4NJ

 

SECONDHAND BOOKS / DOG MEMORABILIA STALL

With the help of Amanda and Nick this stall has proved to be successful for a few years now, and is usually at our Open show.   All donations of books relating to all aspects of dog ownership and good quality dog memorabilia, are gratefully received.  This is an ideal opportunity to recycle books and possibly obtain that “little gem” you have been searching for!

 

 

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Rottweiler PR

The Rottweiler breed is represented every year at the Discover Dogs area at both the Crufts Show in March at the NEC Birmingham, and again at Earls Court in November, very kindly organised and arranged by Ann Evans Wallett – Rottweilers in Need – www.rottweilersinneed.co.uk

 

These are photos from Discover Dogs held at Earls Court in November 2013:

  [These are Kitty and Tinkerbell – owned by Julie & John Johnson]

[This is Dinky – owned by Vanessa Harrison and his friend]

These are photos from Discover Dogs held at Earls Court in November 2011:

  Joey [owned by Pauline Lockyer] with happy little girl

 

Lois [owned by Jo Barnes] and Joey [owned by Pauline Lockyer]

  Joey and Fendi [owned by Jo Barnes]

 

These photos were taken by John Hubble at Crufts Discover Dogs in 2011

Discover Dogs 2011 -8

 

This is Rudi – [owned by Jo Welch]

 

 

 

This is Barley – [owned by John and Sue Hubble]

 

 

 

Good Citizen Display Team Demonstration at Crufts 2008

This is a cutting from the Ilford Recorder, 2006

PAT dogs

Whilst wearing their yellow jackets as part of the Pets As Therapy scheme, Rottweilers are quite happy to undertake the task of visiting patients in hospital, nursing homes, homes for people with learning disabilities or schools where their happy disposition makes them a welcome visitor.   Each dog is vetted before being accepted onto the scheme.

To find out more about the work of Pets As Therapy –

click here: http://petsastherapy.org/

 

Click on photos to enlarge

 

Puppy Rearing

The new puppy

When you get your puppy home, remember that everything in the big world will be quite strange to him and that he has probably never seen anything quite like it before. He will have left his mother and littermates for the first time and will be feeling very bewildered. Gentle sympathetic and correct handling will enable him to adjust to his new situation with minimum stress, but this requires time and patience. Try to arrange to collect him from his breeder early in the day to allow him time to settle in before nightfall.

Make sure your breeder gives you information about feeding your puppy up to and including adulthood.   Most breeders give a small amount of the food that the puppy has been reared on, to enable any changeover of diet to be gradual so as not to cause stomach upsets.  At 8 weeks, the age most puppies go to their new homes, the puppy should be on no less than 4 meals per day, but some breeders feed 5.

The first night will probably be noisy. A good tip is to leave a radio on or a loud ticking clock. If you give in and take the puppy up to bed, every night will be the same. Also be prepared that he will not be able to go all night without relieving himself.

Clean in the house

Rottweilers learn very quickly to be clean in the house. Puppies should not be scolded minutes after making a mess on the floor – their memories are short and limited to events which occurred seconds before.  For toilet training to be effective the puppy should be caught in the act and immediately put outside in the same spot each time, if possible where there is bare earth or grass, and it is important you go out with him and when he does a toilet – praise the puppy lavishly! Eventually the puppy will go to the door and whine to go out. We cannot stress too strongly that the puppy’s nose should NEVER EVER be rubbed in any mess he has made. A puppy should be frequently put outside in the same place each time and always first thing in the morning, after sleep, after food and after play.

Children

Rottweilers are generally extremely good with children, but it is emphasized that children MUST be taught how to treat a new puppy. They should NOT be permitted to tease, to scold or to punish him and his feeding should be done by an adult.  Although young children start with the best intentions in the world, they tend to neglect the rather mundane everyday requirements. Some breeders will not sell a pup to anyone with children under 10.

IT MUST BE STRESSED STRONGLY THAT NO BABY OR CHILD SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE WITH ANY DOG – THEY MUST BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES.

Meeting the people

Many people think that to become good ‘protectors’ of persons and property, puppies and young dogs should be prevented from meeting strangers, being patted by people other than their owners, and seeing anything of the outside world. THIS IS QUITE WRONG; the only result of keeping a puppy in seclusion is to make it shy and wary. It is very necessary to take your puppy about with you as much as possible so that he may become used to meeting strangers, hearing loud noises and seeing unusual things. All these experiences build up his confidence so that he grows up to take everything in his stride. A bold, alert and confident dog always attracts attention and is a pleasure to own.

Mouthing

Something which happens quite naturally and often worries new owners, is ‘mouthing’. This is NORMAL behaviour.  When a pup is with his littermates they ‘play bite’ with each other quite hard. When your pup comes to your home your hands and arms etc. are to him the same as his littermates. Until taught otherwise he will exert the same pressure. If pup grabs a hand or arm those teeth are like sharp needles. DO NOT snatch your hand or arm away quickly. Let pup know he is hurting, say ‘Ouch, that hurts’ or ‘Gently, gently,’ or similar words, always use the same ones. Lift the upper and lower jaw gently and take away your hand or arm. Next time do the same and over a period of time the pressure lessens. This needs kindness and patience, some take longer than others. Do not get pup excited or let children play with him unsupervised. NEVER USE HARSH METHODS. Get advice and help if you need it.

Remember it is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE for an adult dog to mouth hands, arms or any part of clothing; so please ensure it does not happen.  It must also be remembered that when a puppy is teething, that is losing his ‘baby’ teeth and the permanent teeth are coming through, his gums will be sore, and this also causes him to mouth and chew objects. This behaviour can recur at around 9 months of age when the permanent teeth are settling into the jaw.

Other animals

Do not allow puppies to chase cats, chickens, squirrels or other animals as once formed it is a habit which is difficult to break.

Exercise

Pup will get all the exercise he needs on his own, toddling about and playing in the garden. Do not let children chase him or let adult dogs fly around with him. Injuries can result. NO enforced walks for him.   Five or six months is quite early enough to start a gentle walk on a lead, and gradually increase the distance. Bones don’t harden until well over a year or later so care must be taken. No chasing up and down stairs and jumping up into backs of cars.

Gardens

Gardens are lovely, but beware some plants are poisonous, laburnum seeds, foxgloves, rhubarb leaves to name a few. And slug bait can be lethal. Take care. Also pups are fond of picking up stones, be watchful. It is imperative that you do NOT leave pup alone with a collar on. Some dogs have died by getting caught up on branches of shrubs etc., and even on the teeth of another dog in the household. Tragic and avoidable!! Be warned.

Training

Take your pup to a training class, some breeders insist on this in their contract. This will get him used to other dogs and situations. Many clubs run puppy classes which they can attend once their inoculations are completed. These courses run for varying periods of about 8 to 12 weeks, and are invaluable for socialising and accustoming pups to other dogs in a controlled environment. Visit a club or clubs before enrolling and avoid any where handling is rough. Training classes organised by the Kennel Club run the Good Citizen Dog Scheme and young puppies are always welcome.  Make sure that the club has trainers experienced with Rottweilers, not all are, so ask around before you go.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, we would like to stress that it is YOU who make the dog what he is – obedient/disobedient, a pleasure to own/or otherwise. It is easy to prevent bad habits forming, but far more difficult to eradicate them once they have been formed. Start your pup’s training in manners once you get him, always be consistent in your behaviour towards him and in the commands you give. NEVER FORGET TO PRAISE HIM when he has been good – so many omit to do this.  Be kind but firm and you will have a dog of which to be proud.  Always remember that a dog, any dog, is not good at knowing WHAT to do – only what it is ALLOWED to do.

If any problems arise your reputable breeder will offer advice or give you names of people to contact.

THE ROTTWEILER CLUB has many experienced breeders and owners who will only be too pleased to help in any way possible.

This is a wonderful breed and deserves owners who appreciate it.