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Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all had a good Christmas with your dogs and you are ready to get training again.

Membership renewal is due on 1st January

Prices have remained the same as last year:-

Single member £12, Joint members £16, Junior member £8

Please renew as soon as possible, forms are available in the Clubhouse.

At the end of 2018 we had a bumper number of Good Citizen Tests and the results are below.

We held our annual Fun Day on Sunday 2nd September. It was a great success, good weather, good food and a good time was had by all. Many thanks to those who helped to make it such a fantastic day. There is a wonderful montage of photographs from the day hanging in the shop area provided by Peter Liggins and individual photos are available to order from Peter.

This year celebrates 90 years of NAABTS (originally NATS) and our guest of honour was Jerry Rhodes who is our oldest and longest standing member who joined in 1953 and has held almost every position on the Committee since. He was President until he retired five years ago to take life a bit easier and he still attends our AGM and other functions.

There were stalls held by Guide Dogs, Pennine Pen, Oldham Mountain Rescue, Dogs Trust, Gourley’s Vets, Howl Emporium and IAATA Missing animals assistance.

We had a cake competition won by Julie Sidgwick who made an amazing selection of cakes including a vegan and a gluten free, and Jessica (Jean Lee’s granddaughter) made dozens of cup cakes. Afterwards the cakes were offered for sale by the slice or as whole cakes.

There were lots of fun competitions, waggiest tail, best trick, best dressed dog, best puppy, prettiest bitch and dog but the favourite seemed to be musical hoops which had to be repeated as it was so popular.

We had an Agility course and two Rally courses for anyone to have a go.

There was a food stall by Barty’s serving hot food and drinks and Grandpa Greene’s ice cream stall, both of which were very popular.

Last month we had Silver and Gold Good Citizen assessments judged by Jackie - in the rain.

Harriet with Mimi, Janet with Holly and Pauline with Rocco all passed Silver.

Neil with Roy, Jonny with Betsy and Viv with Roxy all passed Gold.

Congratulations and well done everyone!


We have had a couple more Rally competitions, at Holmes Chapel and Newton Heath, and Jean and Maddie are racing ahead with yet two more 1st places and a full score of 210 and are now in level 2.

Denise is doing her usual thing with either Excellence or NQ, depending on whether she is paying attention to the signs!! In level 6 with Glo she came 4th at Holmes Chapel, and 2nd at Newton Heath, just pipped at the post by another competitor being 17 seconds faster. With Elsi at Newton Heath she came 1st in level 4 with a full score of 210. She has already achieved a level 6 Excellence title with Glo so now she is just working on reaching the same with Elsi and enjoying the challenge of level 6 courses.

Jackie, who also has a level 6 Excellence title came 3rd at Newton Heath in level 6.

I went to Holmes Chapel but after I passed a sign I forgot what it said and did the wrong thing and was NQ’d. It is easily done!! Still worth going though.

Last month Julie Barrett (the Rally O guru) ran a training course at the Club which was good fun and very instructive. We are hoping to have her help in running a Rally Show here at the Club later in the year.

Our next competition is at the end of December so there is plenty of time to practice if anyone else wants to have a go.

Dog obesity by kind permission of the Kennel Club

Obesity - or excessive body fat resulting in an overweight condition - is sadly an extremely common and preventable problem affecting our pets, with more and more cases seen every year.

Canine obesity is in fact the most common nutritional disorder seen in dogs.  As with humans, it's caused by an imbalance of taking in more energy than giving out. This can give rise to a persistent and potentially life threatening energy surplus.

How to know if your dog is overweight

Signs of canine obesity include owners struggling to see or feel their dog's ribs, spine or waistline; abdominal sagging; a bigger, rounder face; a reluctance to go for walks or lagging behind; excessive panting; and the dog appearing tired and lazy. Grossly overweight dogs may even need assistance getting up and down, in and out of vehicles, and often refuse to move or play games.

Problems associated with obesity

Vets see these problems all too often, with obese pets posing greater risks from anaesthetic and surgical complications, heat or exercise intolerance, complications from cardio-respiratory disorders, hormone problems, skin disease, cancer, urogenital disorders, even early death. Canine obesity may even contribute to tracheal collapse and laryngeal paralysis too.

Common canine problems suffered as a result of obesity include diabetes (where the pancreas fails to secrete enough insulin in order to regulate blood glucose levels); heart disease (caused by high cholesterol levels); as well as arthritis directly affecting mobility, making it even harder for your pet to lose weight.

Until fairly recently, fatty tissue was thought to be just a relatively lifeless energy store and insulator; but we now know it secretes hormones affecting appetite, inflammation, insulin sensitivity and bodily function, as well as influencing water balance and blood pressure leading to kidney disease and high blood pressure.

Factors contributing to canine obesity

Excess energy is stored primarily as fat but many other factors also contribute to canine obesity including age, sex, reproductive status, inactivity, owner's decisions on dog's food intake, diet and palatability, environment, lifestyle, and any underlying disease that impairs exercise and results in excessive weight gain. Some breeds, appear to have a higher incidence of obesity, indicating that genetics may play a major part, with unneutered adult dogs often weighing less than neutered dogs of the same breed too.

Neutering is usually carried out at a young age - the same time as a natural decrease in growth and energy needs. Oestrogen also slows down fat production, with predictably decreased levels post spaying, so owners who are unaware of this change and continue to feed their pets the same amount of food will usually see a weight gain in their dog.

Like us, aging dogs become less active needing less daily energy too, so it's no surprise that if food intake is not decreased proportionately, they can easily pile on the pounds.

Feeding table scraps and other fatty treats may encourage many pets to overeat and gain excessive weight; in some adult dogs, up to half the calories they need are supplied as human food, particularly in toy breeds.

Surprisingly, few owners are still unsure about how much to feed their dog, failing to measure food accurately, and sometimes in denial about how much they feed. The size of cup used to measure dry food and the size of bowl used for feeding also affect the amount of food fed to a dog; with owners given a large cup and bowl often providing more food than when a small cup and bowl are used.

The social setting of meals can also influence eating behaviour, with most dogs increasing their food intake when eating alongside other pets in what's known as 'social facilitation'. That said, being an 'only dog' has also been associated with the risk of obesity, which is probably due to being spoilt rotten by its owners.

Ways to prevent obesity

If your dog is overweight then carefully start changing his feeding habits; increasing exercise (e.g. more or longer walks, or take up a canine activity such as agility or flyball); looking at the type of food and his intake; creating a feeding plan; and incorporating regular visits to your vet for weight loss advice and to have free weight checks and record your success.

Diets rich in protein and fibre but low in fat are typically recommended for weight loss, as it gives the dog the feeling of being full, but also provides them with more energy. Replacing traditional treats with carrot sticks is a great healthy way to start.

Divide your dog's daily amount into several meals and try not to feed them too late, as they won't burn many calories when sleeping.

Ensure every family member is given their own pet feeding instructions and never leave any food lying around. Remember, when introducing a new food, do it gradually over a seven-day period, mixing new food with the old, and always check the daily recommended amount.

Avoid feeding scraps from the table or any leftovers, and always check the daily recommended feeding guide on the packaging and weigh out the daily amount at the beginning of the day. You can then give 'treats' from this amount during the day, so you don't overfeed.

When your animal starts to lose weight, you will notice he is happier, more inclined to exercise, and has a lot more energy. So don't hesitate to book an appointment with your vet for advice and a healthy eating plan that helps your dog battle the bulge.

This article was written by Marc Abraham and was originally published in the Crufts Magazine.

We will be getting some dog scales soon so if you want to check your dog’s weight you are welcome to use them, just ask in the shop to arrange it.

We are still looking for more assistant trainers so if anyone would like to help please see Harriet our Training Co-ordinator and she will get you started.

If anyone has any questions about the Club, how it is run, or any other questions, you can e-mail we will do our best to give you an answer.

If anyone has anything they would like to share in the next Newsletter please send it to me at by 1st January 2019.


Newsletter No. 27

- January 2019

Newsletter No. 26  -  October 2018