Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Socialisation Therapy Walks (10).

To Walk With Dogs
German Shepherd Dogs
C. K9. V. W. G.
The Community K9 Voluntary Walking Group. 

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No Charge it's Free:
 Dog Socialization Therapy.
ATTENTION, NOTICE:  When joining our therapy walks, photos will be taken and put on this web page and other social media sites.
To find out more about the GSD. Click on this Link:  http://www.aboutgermanshepherddog.com


Scroll down to view some pics from last Sundays walk 14th December at M.O.D. Training Camp, Gosport.

This coming walk will be our last one for 2014, the next walk will be on New Years Day 2015 which will be posted here some time before the end of December.

A special big thanks to Emma for helping out.
Wishing everyone a magical christmas and a fabulous new year.
Ron. 
Please Note:
Our walks are aimed with the best intentions to help the dogs that need our care to become more social, calm, gentle natured balanced dogs.
To do this, we need to create a dog friendly environment, part of this, is not letting your dog take control, you must be the leader by (Making him follow; Don’t follow him). I notice that some of you are struggling in this area and possibly need help. I am at hand at any time on our walk to give a helping hand, please ask.


Ron.

Next Walk will be - Date: Sunday 21st December 2014 - at the Following:
Hook-With-Warsash Local Nature Reserve 
Hook Park Road, Warsash, Southampton.

All meet at 10.30 for a 10.45am Start
When arriving at our meeting point, please stay within the PARKING AREA, as the beginning of the walk will be different from our previous one, when we were last here.
Click on this Link as an alternative route to Meeting Point on Map:   https://www.google.com/maps/preview/

Directions

From Fareham West Street, heading towards East Street, at the Delme Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the A27 ramp to the M27/Southampton, once on the M27 heading for Junction 9 keeping to your inside lane, follow the sign the A27 Fareham west, Whiteley, this is a very long exit road. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A27. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the Southampton Road/A27, continue to follow the A27. 
Go through 2 roundabouts, at Bridge Road Roundabout take the 1st exit onto Brook Lane, following the sign to continue to go through the roundabout in Brook Lane, this lane is very long and takes you to the village square near the clock tower which is to your right, go straight across the roundabout onto Newtown Road further down this road is the Warsash Maritime Academy to your right, continue to pass this, the road begins to narrow  at the 30 speed sign passing the little thatched building to your right, now you are in HOOK PARK ROAD, a little further on is a lay-by on the left and up further turn into the left entrance to the Parking Area. YOU HAVE ARRIVED.


Emma has been kind enough to volunteered to take temporary charge and lead the group walks until I have made a full recovery. I will try to be there at the beginning of the walk, please give Emma respect and your full corporation for the sake of the hole group, have a great walk.
Ron.


ATTENTION.   Sunday Walk, 30th November.
There were no particular persons mentioned, but to whom or to those that should be concerned.

As you may be aware, I am not fully recovered from my injuries or fully mobile to complete our Sunday Dog Socialisation Walk. It’s been brought to my notice that there was a nasty, aggressive situation that occurred on the Sunday Walk, 30th November, that caused other members and the public some considerable unease and distress. By being insensitive to others around and not taking full supervision and responsibility for their own dogs, you are not giving your dogs and others a fair chance to recover from any issues they may have. 

If your dog is unpredictable and has a skittish personality or shows any inappropriate behaviour towards other dogs and people, signs of nervousness, aggression, fears or phobias and rank issues, then your dog should be wearing an appropriate fitted muzzle and be on a lead at all times. Our group walks are not there  for dog owners to just let their dogs have a free out of control runabout unsupervised.

We all come together for a good positive purpose we all have in mind, to help socialise the dogs that need help to become calm, social, gentle natured balanced dogs amongst other dogs and people. 

Seeing this change can be enormous, it’s very gratifying and makes  you feel good for them.

The above point in question is very worrying and unacceptable and  also antisocial to the rest of us in the group who take full responsibility for our dogs who join the walk for this very good reason of socialisation therapy.

This is not personal, it’s for the benefit of the dogs that need the help, if you cannot contribute towards making a greater effort by keeping a watchful eye on your dogs and take positive action of responsibility, then you are not welcome to join our group walks.
Ron.


Note:  
If any individual has a big problem or issues with a very simple, polite request to take responsible action necessary to prevent members of the public in becoming concerned  or uneasy with an approaching group of dogs, and you are adverse to this or just uncooperative and cannot comply with this request, then you may be seen as a bad dog owner. This may be reflective on us as a group, it only takes one person to do this. This we don’t want, then you should ask your self why you have joined our group in the first place.

We do ask of all owners who join our group to put dogs on the lead or make them sit to one side when people walking with or without dogs are on the same path to let them pass. Showing a bit of community spirit would be most helpful.  You have a duty of care to others when in the public domain to ensure that your dogs are not causing a problem for others.

Please keep this up, we have been congratulated on previous walks for stopping and allowing members of the public to pass with their dogs or horses etc, so it is important we continue in doing this, not just because it's polite and courteous but something that should be done, because we 'are' responsible Dog owners! 

 And don't forget a loud shout of ‘Dog Walkers’, ‘Cyclists’ or ‘Horses’, will alert the rest of the group, as to what is ahead, and take the appropriate action. See you on our next walk. 
Thank you,
Ron.


PLEASE READ NOTES OF HI-LIGHTED AREAS BELOW:



NOTE:   If the walk has to be cancelled for some reason it will be posted on here at least 2 hours before the arranged walk. It won’t be cancelled if it is just raining!  So please check here first before you set off.

Please make sure your dog is wearing a suitable dog tag before the walk, by law this must have the owners address and telephone number on and preferably that the dog is chipped and neutered.


ON ARRIVAL: Dogs must be kept either in cars or walked away from the car park until the start of the walk. At times, it can be a fairly busy place and it doesn’t help our cause to have the dogs barking and bouncing about on their leads. It is up to us to make sure that our dogs are not seen in a bad light and to have a large amount of dogs in the car park barking at people and their dogs as they go past and is not acceptable and it’s not fair on the rest of us who spend a great deal of time and effort trying to improve how the public looks at dogs like ours.

Also, please be aware of us as a group when on the walk, sometimes the group get strung out, forgetting it is a dog socialization group walk, some walkers battle at times to keep up with the rest of the walkers and have their limitations, please make every effort to be as one or several small groups in close proximity to each other.  

We invite, and need GSD owners who has very Calm, Social and gentle natured Balanced Dogs to join us on our weekly Sunday Socialisation Walks, these dogs will build confidence in the nervous, aggressive and over exuberant dogs and give them the chance to learn how to interact, stay calm and become more socialise and balance with one another. The GSD is a working breed that needs loads of exercise to stay fit and healthy - just like we do.  This is an ideal opportunity for people to Walk With Dogs.
All breeds are welcome.


BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS:  Some dogs never get to be properly socialised and in the case of rescue or even a hand-me-down cast-off dogs earlier experiences may be mainly negative. Some dogs are left at home for several hours at a time, with the modern way of life that many families are out all day and this can lead to boredom and separation anxiety, Various aggression issues, over excitement, fears and phobias and rank issues which can result in barking and destructive behaviour. Lack of socialisation or nervousness can lead precipitate aggressive or inappropriate behaviour towards other dogs to towards people, at one time dogs were deemed in law to be entitled to retaliate against bad handling, teasing etc., and it was generally accepted that a dog was allowed "one bite", today dogs have to be whiter than white regardless of incitement, poor treatment and teasing. 

If not properly trained, your dog may be a problem element in your family. The biggest mistake most dog owners make is yelling at their dog or hitting them, "Violence begets violence, aggression begets aggression." Remember, your dog doesn’t always understand why he has been hit or being yelled at. Beating and shouting will simply increase the problem, you mustn't make them submit under the pressure of fear. Keep calm and be patient, identifying the source or the reason of your dogs unwanted behaviour is the key to the success story.
MUZZLE TRAINING YOUR DOG:   
How to teach your dog to wear a muzzle, click on this Link: http://youtu.be/6BjPpXer8IE

So please come and join us on one of our Socialisation Therapy Walks. Come and meet new people and make new dog friends. If you have another dog that isn't a GSD, thats fine too, you can bring that one along as well. Great fun for all the family to enjoy.

DOG WASTE.  DO BAG IT AND BIN IT.

To Walk With Dogs Supporters: Please be aware that other dog walkers, joggers, horse-riders, and families may be situated in the same area, we do ask if owners can put dogs on their lead or make them sit to one side when people walking with or without dogs are on the same path to let them pass. Please keep this up, we have been praised on previous walks for stopping and allowing members of the public to pass with their dogs, so it is important we carry on doing this not just because it’s polite and something that should be done but because we ‘are’ responsible GSD owners and others.

DOGS AND LIVESTOCK:
We recommend that you should exercise caution when bringing your dog on our walks, and that you should have adequate control over your dogs around livestock. A flexible lead would be recommended as this will allow your dog to explore, while it enables you to keep your dog safe.

Even if livestock are not present, dogs should be ‘under close control’ always, although this doesn’t necessarily mean on the lead. Dogs should be kept on a lead if owners cannot rely on their recall and their obedience. You mustn’t forget that dogs worrying livestock can be legally shot. On this part of there walk there’s a number of wild and domestic animals roaming free, be vigilant and dog safe.


OWNERS RESPONSIBILITY:  All dogs and owners welcome as usual, but we would ask that all owners please be in control of your own dog(s), the supervision of your own dog is your responsibility and that you have a duty of care to ensure that your dog/s are not causing a problem for others. When we meet and proceed  on our walk, the To Walk With Dogs will not tolerate, be held accountable or responsible for any accident, fight or unwarranted behaviour towards a member of the group or member of the public.

We welcome new supporters and dogs and positively urge them to come on the walk for there and their dogs benefit but we do expect owners to keep their dogs in check.

We all come on the walk to help socialize the dogs and have a natter with like minded people and have a good walk, but if you think your dog(s) maybe a bit snappy or over aggressive like have a lethal dose of small dog syndrome and show any signs of dominance to other dogs or you don’t know how your dog will react to other dogs we do ask that you muzzle it for your dogs and others safety, making sure the muzzle is the right size for your dogProviding your dog has good recall, with your good judgement the dog can be off lead, this will give the freedom to interact and socialize better.

If your dog is unpredictable and has a skittish personality we ask that you either keep it on a lead or a  flexible lead or long line. Please be courteous and respect others by keeping an eye on your dog and being aware of what it’s doing, and take the appropriate action. We do not want to stop people or dogs coming on the walk but we will be left with no choice if a dog is a constant problem.

Walking a Puppy! 
If you ever wondered - How long should you walk a puppy for each day?
No organised walking at all until around 6 months, and then just gradually building up the muscle tone until by a year, provided they've remained sound, they are ready to go!

Puppies do not need to be walked for as long as adult dogs. Puppies can develop hip and joint problems when they are older if they are over walked as puppies. 

A good rule of thumb is 5 minutes for every month of your puppys life. To calculate a very general guideline for walking, walk the pup for 5 minutes for every month of its age. For example a 4 month old puppy will be 5 minutes X 4 months, which =  20 minutes.

Don't go out for longer as your pups bones are still growing and you can cause damage with too much formal exercise. 

For the rest of the time play games with your pup and give him things to stimulate his mind. 
If he's small enough or you are strong enough (!) you could carry him to places to add to his socialisation experiences. 

Don't forget training. Ensure its fun and in the context of play. Practise every day, several times a day for about 5 minutes at a time. Ensure your pup feels as though he is achieving and gets lots of praise. 

Big dogs, such as Goldens, GSDs etc often succumb to hip problems when older. Restricting the amount of formal exercise they get as a pup can help to prevent this.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  We will not be held liable for any cost, damages, expenses, claims and / or judgements that may arise or result from any harm or loss caused by any owner and / or their dog(s) whilst participating in any activity organized  by the (C. K9. V. W. G.) - To Walk With Dogs. You are responsible for your own dog(s).



Here's some adder facts...
Adders are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.  It is an offence to kill, harm or injure them, and to sell or trade them in any way.
Females grow larger than males.  Link:  http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/Adder



Our walks are held every sunday at different locations.

A Pet's Ten Commandments:
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years… Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old – remember, you too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me, please Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.
©  Stan Rawlinson 1993.

To find out more about the GSD. Click on this Link:  http://www.aboutgermanshepherddog.com

K9 Lessons Dog Training, Click on this Link:   http://dogtraininginhampshire.co.uk/index.html 

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Some pics from last Sundays walk 14th December at M.O.D. Training Camp, Gosport.














































Below are some of Emma's Photos.






 Nice photo Emma.


















Photos of Sunday 7th December at Alver Valley Country Park, Gosport.





























 Photos from Emma below.














Photos with part of the walk from Thatchers Copse, Sunday 30th November.





















Following below are some  of Emma's photos.










Some Video Pics from last Sundays Dogs Trust Walk,26th October     YouTube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8mGkXr6w9Y


 Some Video Pics from last sundays walk, 19th October at Alver Valley Country Park, Gosport.    YouTube:  http://youtu.be/1GkOjCHyetg


Video Pics from last sunday 5th October 2014, at  The Hillsea Line.  YouTube:   


Video Pics from last sunday 28th September 2014, at Harting Downs.  YouTube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-vqBqcl5hU


Some Video Pics from last sundays walk, 21st September 2014, at MOD Training Camp, Gosport.  YouTube Video:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Aoido3brsE


Video Pics from last sunday 14th September 2014, at West Wood, Woodland Park.


Video Pics from last sunday 7th September 2014, at Thursley Common, a brilliant Walk. 
Click this Link  YouTube Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY9WEtudeaU


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