Newsletter: Summer 2011

 

The final part of the year 2011 ended with much activity. The year saw the passing of SPCA Inspector Barbara McClucky. She will be remembered for the valuable contribution she made to the dogs of the Security Industry. 

K9 NEWS

Newsletter of the K9 Training Centre and Kennels

 

CONTENTS

 

EDITORIAL^

Very few people know of the lengths she went to in order to improve the conditions of the security dogs. Due to her hard work, many security companies now understand the importance for seeing to the welfare of their dogs as well as the legal requirements for having a dog unit. We also salute the members of the SANPARKS Honorary Rangers. This volunteer group with the able work done by Sue Smith and her team has achieved something that is a first for this country. They organised sponsorship for the dog unit by raising funds for the purchasing of eight dogs for the Table Mountain Rangers, as well as for vet and food support. Our partnership with them saw the establishment of a dog unit consisting of eight dogs necessary for the safety of our own people as well as tourist visiting our famous heritage site, Table Mountain Nature Reserve.

We said goodbye to three staff members. Firstly, Grant, who moved onto Durban. His input and contribution will be missed .We also said good bye to Darren, who was successful in being selected for a full time job as a Ranger with Table Mountain National Parks. We wish him well with his future plans. Zayaan left us to take up a full time post with Truworths. We thank her for her contribution to the growth in the IT part of our company.

We train dogs with a positive motivational approach. In this edition, we look at ways of dealing with this issue.

I had the good fortune to complete my Pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca and Medina . What an exceptionally uplifting experience for me. I wish to thank my staff for keeping the boat afloat for the month I was gone.

What lies ahead for this year 2012, we have to wait and see. Thank you for having supported us in 2011. I wish you all well for the forthcoming year. Set good goals and work hard to let them be realised.

EDITOR TYPING AND LAYOUT PROOF READER 

SHAAMIL MAJIET JOLENE REINES WASHELA BOHARDIEN 

DOGTRAINERS KENNEL ASSISTANTS MAINTENANCE 

SHAAMIL MAJIET WELLOS SYDRIC MANDLA MGUDLWA 

GIFT MUDZINGANYAMA WILSON NYAKHUWA 

ISMAIL ARENDSE KHANGELANI MANYAMALALA 

OFFICE ADMIN DIRECTOR 

JOLENE REINES SHAAMIL MAJIET 

 

SECURITY NEWS ^

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SECURITY DOG UNIT ^

The Security Industry is a very competitive environment in the Western Cape. For that reason, we often find security companies establishing dog units without proper planning and know how. This leads to companies suffering financially due to under quoting and under budgeting for their services. In order to cope, we find them cutting corners like using untrained dog handlers and dogs, overworking dogs, cutting down on expenses to be spent on the dogs, leaving dogs on site, etc. At the end of the day, the poor dogs suffer due to neglect and cruelty, the quality of service drops and they lose their contracts or dog units closed down by animal welfare structures. For this reason, will I try to lay out the requirements for a dog unit.

The first aspect we need to look at, is the legal requirements for establishment of a security dog unit:

1. REGISTRATION WITH PSIRA (SECURITY INDUSTRY REGULATORY AUTHORITY) (SECURITY OFFICERS ACT)

In terms of this Act, all persons supplying security services must be registered with PSIRA. It also requires that all guarding and other staff must be trained according the Industry standards i.e. have a Grade E to Grade A. or specialized training

2. SECURITY DOGHANDLERS MUST HAVE PSIRA ACCREDITED DOGHANDLER TRAINING (DH1 – DH5)(SECURITY OFFICERS ACT, September 1998 Government Gazette)

Security dog handlers must not only have a security Grade level training but also training as dog handler. This ranges from DH1 to DH5, depending on the site requirements. Training of security handlers must be done by Psira accredited training instructors (or Sasseta accredited instructors (government gazette 24 July 1998/security officers act). This will change with time, when all training will be done by Sasseta.

3. SECURITY DOGS MUST BE TRAINED BY A PSIRA ACCREDITED DOGTRAINER.

This means that dogs must also be trained and assessed to the Industry Levels . Only accredited training institutions may train and supply security dogs ( Security Officers Act, Sep 1998 Government Gazette)

4. THE COMPANY MUST HAVE A VALID PERFORMING ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT (PAPA) LICENSE OBTAINED FROM MAGISTRATE ON INSTRUCTION BY

ANIMAL WELFARE INSPECTORATE ( ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT)

This act stipulates that any person supplying dog training or guarding with dog services must apply for this license from the magistrate in their area. It is annually renewable and it creates a relationship with animal welfare structures as they need to inspect your infrastructure and sites. This Act is to ensure that the welfare of the dogs are properly considered.

PAPA license requirements include your application letter with your Identity Document copy, animal welfare inspector approval, completing the application form, SA Police Clearance certification, a revenue fee (R50 for new application; R35 for renewal); your dog list as well as your site list

We now need to look at infrastructural needs. For transport, you will need a proper vehicle, as well as a backup vehicle. Vehicle breakdowns can lead to your dogs not getting to sites or standing in the sun , neglected and suffering while they should be at their kennels, resting. This could be a car if you are only transporting one or two dogs, but for more, you will need a trailer or modified van . Vehicles should be in a roadworthy condition at all times. 

You will need trained dogs. Psira has four levels of patrol dogs and one level of detector, so choose the level of trained dog that is suitable for your site. Your options include buying your own dogs, leasing dogs from a supplier who will require you to bring back the dogs after each shift or a supplier who allows you to leave the dog on site. There are problems with leaving dogs on site which include the dogs becoming too used to the people on site and useless for guarding, not getting proper care as staff do not know how to look after the dog properly, dogs becoming too stressed due to overwork and not relieved, not getting any follow up training if training problems arise, etc.

The amount of dogs you will need will have to be more than the sites they work on as they need to be relieved not only to rest but also if they get sick. We work on a ratio of one dog extra for every five dogs working. This also depends on the stress demands of the site. Some sites can be very stressful on a dog due to parasite infestation (ticks), large patrol areas, harsh weather conditions, etc.

The dog unit will need proper staff. The staff should firstly have the correct approach to animals, i.e. have empathy with and love dogs. If dogs are only viewed as objects, it will lead to abuse and neglect of the dogs . This is not only morally wrong but will lead to you losing the site as your service will suffer.

You will need dog handlers for controlling and working with the dogs on site. You will need a manager to supervise the dog operations and a driver for transport Sometimes the driving is done by the manager as part of his job. You might need a kennel assistant if you keep your own dogs. In some instances, this job is also done by the dog handlers. You will need to have an admin assistant to invoice your clients , manage payments received , budgeting for care of the dogs, manage dog information, etc. In all of these cases, staff need to be properly trained and managed. It is also a good idea if staff working with dogs are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that set company standards are kept up.

Training is needed by both staff and dogs. Dogs and all staff need not only initial training but follow up training as well. At least once a month, working dogs and handlers need to be trained in skills they don’t regularly use on site, e. g bite work. This could be done by an in house dog trainer/ instructor or outsourced to an accredited trainer.

The dogs need to be housed in properly constructed kennel. You will need on site kennels where the dogs can rest while on duty. The wooden type of kennels would be good in our weather conditions. You will also need properly constructed runs for when resting the dogs when off duty. This need to be built where they would not be disturbed. This is expensive, so you choose to board your dogs at an established boarding facility, especially if it is a short term issue or you do not have proper staff to see to the dogs.

There are also the sundry equipment that is needed on site e.g. water bowls. scoops, brooms, hosepipes, disinfectant, dog food, grooming and cleaning brushes, etc. Some of these items need regular replacement, adding to your costs.

SECURITY DOGHANDLERS TRAINED ^

The following companies sent dog handlers for training during April to November 2011 viz. Fidelity Security (KZN); Secure co(KZN), Low Profile Security, Executive Decisions, Federal Gaming and Deep Blue Security. In December 2011, we also trained ten dog handlers from the Table Mountain Ranger Unit of SANPARKS.

In April, we trained 23 DH1 and 1 DH2 trainees; May 4 DH1; June 4 DH1; July 3 DH1 and December 10 DH1 and DH2 trainee doghandlers.

 

DOMESTIC TRAINEES ^

*Congratulations to those who qualified (indicated by *) A reminder that the Basic Obedience training course done by us, is on par with the international Canine Good Citizen Test. 

AUTUMN SEMESTER: MAY-JUNE 2011 

BASIC OBEDIENCE GROUP 

1. Edgar Wilmore (Colonel)*
2. Joslyn Manuel (Sebatian)*
3. Naadir Daniels (Jock)*
4. Sherryl Goodson (Joey)
5. Clare Rock ( Ben)*
6. Zubayr Limala (Charlie)*
7. Ricardo Groepe (Debbi)*

PERSONAL PROTECTION GROUP 

1. Greg Kloots (Savanna)
2. Monika (Arabella)
3. Gavin

D. SPRING SEMESTER; SEPTEMBER-OCT 2011 

A. PUPPY CLASS 

1. Farron Van Wyk (King)
2. Siddique Raybin (Lupo)
3. S&E Vivier (Euro)
4. Sara Ruiters (Samir ,Pasha)

B. BASIC OBEDIENCE GROUP 

1. Sharon Salie (Zeus)*
2. Donald Godfrey (Max)*
3. Lulu Mtati (Frisky)*
4. Khaya Mtati (Gyro)*
5. Maliek Davids (Samie)
6. Waseem Salie (Apollo)*
7. M.Sauliegh Arendse (Junior)

C. PERSONAL PROTECTION 

1. Kelly Schilder ( Fang)
2. Maliek Davis (Samie)
2. Arshad Amod (Chocky)
3. Rochelle Marchesini (Samson)
4. Greg Kloots (Savanna)
5. Rushdien Abrahams (Tao)
6. David James (Max)
7. Kismea Adams (Simba)
8. Monica (Arabella)
9. Gavin Stringer (Jaco)
10. Leon (Rex)
11. Edgar Willmore (Colonel)

 

SUMMER GRADING ^

HOW TO GET YOUR DOG TO INTERACT WITH YOU ^

  • ENGAGING the dog refers to the stage where we get the dog to pay attention to us. We need the dog To FOCUS its attention on us in order to carry out certain tasks we expect from it. This could simply be to obey an instruction or even ignore a distraction (e.g. another dog passing by)
  • BONDING is the emotional relationship the dog handler builds and has with the dog. Without engaging the dog, there can be no bonding.

In order to engage the dog, we need to determine the dog’s reaction to certain sensory stimuli i.e. how does it react to certain things that affect or trigger its senses. Once we know the dog’s “weakness”, we can use this to either motivate the dog or avoid problems.

The most common sensory stimuli (trigger) we focus on are auditory, olfactory/ smell, taste, touch, social, visual , movement and conditioned stimuli. We need to know if the dog reacts positively i.e.it likes the it or reacts negatively i.e. dislikes it.

Auditory stimuli are those factors that affect the hearing of the dog. It could refer to the reaction of the dog to your voice or any other sound.

Olfactory refers to those factors that affect the dog’s smell. It could be your own body smell, perfume or even smoke.

Taste refers to those factors that can affect its taste. It could be the its food, polony , biltong,etc.

Touch refers to the factors that the dog can feel through its skin. Example are patting, rubbing and brushing .

Visual stimuli are those that trigger the dog’s eyes e.g. moving toy, running water, torchlight, etc.

Social stimuli are those stimuli that affects its social reaction with you through playing, fetching a thrown object, playing tug. It triggers more than one sense organ.

Movement /motional stimuli triggers more than one sense organ and it includes activities like running, jumping, swimming, car rides, etc.

Conditioned stimuli are those aspects that a dog has been expose through training e.g. whistle, clickers, seeing the bite sleeve, etc.

If the dog appears to like the stimulus, it would either look at, barks at, reaches for or increase its activity. If the dog does not like it, it would move away, bark at it aggressively or fearfully or stiffen its body.  

USING POSITIVE STIMULI FOR MOTIVATIONAL TRAINING OF YOUR DOG ^

The stimuli can be used to get a certain response from the dog in training a new exercise. We could use the stimulus to LURE the dog to give us a certain reaction e.g. . in teaching a dog to sit, we could keep a tasty treat in our hand , tell it to “SIT” , lift the hand with the treat if the dog wants the treat and thus causing its head to move up, causing it to sit. Once it sits, mark the correct behavior by clicking with your clicker or a praise word (e.g. Good Dog) and then reward it by giving it the treat.

In man work, the pup that has a strong urge to chase a moving rag, can be coaxed to bite the cloth by moving it around the dog once you have given it the “ Get him” command. Once the dog bites and hold the rag in its mouth, mark the behavior by verbal praise or clicker and play tug with the dog.

We can use the stimuli that the dog LIKES to motivate him to obey us BETTER and FASTER. We do this by REWARDING the desired behavior once the dog reacts correctly. This not only REDUCES THE STRESS of the situation but also gets the dog to focus more on you. It therefore becomes useful to get the dog to IGNORE DISTRACTIONS. It leads to the dog enjoying the interaction with you, building an even stronger bond with the dog.

Example of using stimuli to reward the dog includes verbal praise; patting and rubbing the dog’s body, giving it tasty treats, throwing the ball for the dog, playing tug with the dog, running and playing with the dog, , playing tug, playing with ball , squeaking its toy, clapping hands, etc.

When we are training a new exercise, we could reward the dog every time after it shows you the reaction you want from it e.g. Tell it to sit, once it sits, praise or click then reward with the stimulus

The rewards can also be given at random times once the dog has mastered the exercise. e.g. it can sit stay and you give it the stimulus reward only after it had done the fourth or fifth stay for you. This keeps the dog focused because it does not know WHEN it will get its “bonus” for obeying you.

The stimulus reward can also be given after specific sets of exercises had been completed e.g. after it had completed all its Sit stays, you play with it. This helps to reduce the stress during training so that you can now start the next set of training exercises with a relaxed dog.

Jackpotting is when you give your dog more than the normal amount of rewards e.g. instead of giving one piece of polony, you give it a hand full. This is again a very good random reward and motivates the dog to focus as it does not know when to expect “ Christmas” again.

It helps to use different rewards at times. It cuts out a boring routine and helps to keep it focused. It teaches the dog not to become dependent on one type of reward. You never know when you run out of tasty treats. It equips the dog handler to use different methods to keep the dog motivated at all times. It also helps you with problem solving e.g. the dog that does not want to release the ball . By offering it another treat, e.g. food or playing tug after telling it to “Leave” , you can teach it the “Leave “ command.

With working security dogs (police, army, private security) and personal protection dogs, it is a good idea to gradually phase out food as a treat as it could expose the dog to bribing or even poisoning. In their case, playing tug or throwing a ball is a better option.

DOMESTIC HANDLER CALENDAR 2012 ^

AUTUMN SEMESTER 

25 FEB – 31MARCH

14 APRIL- 26 MAY

26 MAY GRADING 

SEPTEMBER (SPRING) SESSION 

1-SEPT- 6 OCT

13OCT-1 DEC

GRADING-1 DEC 6 

 

BOARDED TRAINING ^

DOG OWNER ARRIVAL  BREED TRAINING COURSE 
CHILLI R.JACOBS 4/4/11 ROTT B-OBED
MAXIMUS C.VAN DIJK 21/4/11 BOERBOEL B-OBED
SAM- M/DER KINDEREN 21/4/11 GSD P-PROTECTION
BAXA IRAAN 21/4/11 GSD B-OBED
ERNIE L.GERSHOWITZ 16/5/11 WEIMERANER B-OBED
ROUGER VICTOR 23/5/11 GSD B-OBED
SHOGAN IAN 30/5/11 GSD B-OBED
YASSO C.PETERS 10/6/11 GSD B-OBED
NIKITA A.MINTIN 8/07/11 ROTT B-OBED
MAX A.MINTIN 28/6//11 ROTT B-OBED
EMMA L.SEDEMAN 11/7/11 GSD B-OBED
LUCKY MR LOTTERING 11/7/11 GSD/CROSS B-OBED
RUSTY S.NICHOLSON 01/8/11 GSD B-OBED
DARCEY L.DOYLE 22/8/11 GSD P-PROTECTION
MIA R.JACOBS 15/8/11 GSD B-OBED
VINTON K.PALEKER 19/9/11 B-BOEL B-OBED
REX GEORGE 3/10/11 GSDCROSS B-OBED
BUTCH GEORGE 5/9/11 GSD CROSS B-OBED
SASHA` W.MARIAS“ 5/9/11 B-COLLIE B-OBED
BAXTER SANPARKS 23/9/11 GSD SEC-PATROL
VOLJIN F.VERMEULEN 3/10/11 HUNGARIAN VIZLA B-OBED
CHURCHILL A.STICHLING 31/10/11 SWISS SHEPHERD P-POTECTION
HITLER Z.PARKER 31/10/11 PITBULL B-OBED
NELSON G.LINKS 1/11/11 GSD B-OBED
ZORRO M.ADAMS 14/11/11 S-HUSKY B-OBED
ILIADA A.STICHLING 17/11/11 S-SHEPHERD B-OBED
SHIBA S.RAJIE 12/12/11 GSD B-OBED
CEASER N.PARKER 5/12/11 LAB B-OBED

EVENTS FOR THE PERIOD MAY TO DEC 2011 

(Photos should be available on our website www.k9kennels.co.za from 15 Feb 2012) 

SAPS DOG EVALUTION 17 MAY 2011: 

The South African Police Dog School Roodeplaat assessed some of our dogs . Seven dogs were selected for X rays and eventually three were bought from us, viz. Assos, Vector and Bulwyf. All three dogs proved themselves well for dual purpose (patrol and sniffer). Later two other dual purpose dogs viz. Gio and Alex were also selected, but sold to SANPARKS.

SANPARKS PRESENTATION@SIGNAL HILL DONATION OF DOG: 25 MAY 

Since 2005, our dogs have been used to keep the slopes of Table Mountain safe from muggers. Earlier this year, the Sanparks kennels were expanded with the addition of six extra kennels. I attended the opening ceremony of the new kennels. The building of the kennels were sponsored by Waterfront Rotary. We donated one of our patrol dogs, Rocky, as part of our social contribution to the safety of Table Mountain. At the same time, the Honorory Rangers started an initiative of finding sponsors for purchasing of patrol dogs for the ranger dog unit.

SANPARKS AWARD PRESENTATION IN CONSTANTIA NEK: 05 JUNE 

On 5 June 2011, we were awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Honorory Rangers of Table Mountain. This was to thank us for the contribution we had made to visitor safety in the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. This was handed over to us at an event at Constantia Nek. The other recipient of an award was the VOB Athletic Club, who sponsored Orbit, the other new dog for the dog unit.

STAFF AWARD PRESENTATION: 9 JUNE 

On this occasion, two of our kennel assistants, Wilson and Khangelani, received their diplomas for completing their DH1 course.

EUKANUBA TRAINERS WORKSHOP: 13 JUNE 

Grant and I attended a workshop for trainers organised by Eukanuba Dog food company.

WINTER PERSONAL PROTECTION DOG GRADING: 11 JUNE 

Our winter grading was held , with only two handlers , viz. Greg and Monika turning up. Both of them were successful in their Personal Protection Dog grading VIZ. MONIKA AND ARABELLA PPD1 and GREG AND SAVANNA PPD2. Well done to both handlers. Their hard work paid off

TRAINER FITNESS ASSESSMENT: 22 JULY 

This year we introduced a compulsory fitness assessment for all dog trainers. This is to prevent any injuries and maintain staff fitness. All three trainers managed to pass.

SPONSORSHIP OF DOGS FOR SANPARKS: 5 JUNE-2 DEC 2011 

The Honorory Rangers of Table Mountain, a volunteer group, managed to secure sponsorship for ten DH4 patrol dogs . We donated the first dog, viz. Rocky. Eight dogs were sponsored by various groups that donated money to purchase the dogs from us. Our part of the deal was to supply the dogs at a discounted cost. Another dog, Baxter, was donated to Sanparks, who paid for its training. According to my knowledge, this was a first time that dogs were bought and sponsored by a group not for its own use. My praises goes out to Sue and the rest of the Honorary Ranger group who had worked so hard to secure the sponsorship, Hilton and Paddy for believing in our training methods, the sponsors who gave of their hard earned money to make table Mountain safer for all. In many of these cases, there were presentations held for the sponsorship. The first was on 4 June 2011, when Orbit was handed over to Sanparks. Some of these events were also highlighted in local newspapers. The last two dogs were collected on 2 December .

PADDY GORDON, HONORARY RANGERS AND SPONSORS 

 

SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE, CAPE TOWN CANINE THERAPY AUG – SEP 

As part of our social commitment program, we conducted a dog therapy program with two of the children from SOS Children’s Village. Due to the success, they are now looking at linking up with PAT (Pets As Therapy) on a more consistent and broader level to include more children at the SOS Children’s Village.

STAFF PRESENTATION: 6 SEPTEMBER 2011 

Staff development and training is an important issue at our kennels. Staff are continuously trained and assessed. On this day, Wilson and Khangelani were presented with their DH1 diplomas. Well done!

INSPECTION BY PSIRA AND SPCA 16 SEPT 

On the day that we were busy doing a demonstration for Sanparks for dogs to be selected for Table Mountain’s Ranger Dog Unit, we were given a surprise quality assessment by both the SPCA as well as the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) inspectors. We appreciate their criticism and input as it helps us maintain the standards we set. Luckily, the minor problems indicated by SPCA could be easily solved. The PSIRA inspector could not find any fault.

ANNUAL CARTHORSE SOCIETY SHOW: 24 SEPTEMBER 

We sponsored the venue for the Carthorse Society’s annual Show. They held their annual Daisy Day show at our kennel grounds. Well done to this group of animal lovers who really made a positive impact in improving the plight of the working cart horses. Well done also to the horse owners who looking after their animals.

STUDENT FOR JOB SHADOW PROJECT: 26 – 28 SEPTEMBER 

For three days in September, we had a high school student, Kayla, who did her job shadowing at the kennels. I hope she learnt a few things about the functioning of a business. We also thank her for her help at the kennels.

FIDELITY SECURITY (KZN) COLLECTED THEIR DOGS 26 SEPTEMBER 

On this day, the trainer and staff of Fidelity Security (KZN) collected the eighteen dogs they purchase from us for their new contract.

ANNUAL TWILIGHT TEAM RUN: 6 DECEMBER 

The Community Chest Twilight Team run had become an annual event for us. The monies we donate goes to a good cause and the event is great fun for all, despite our entry amount being less this year. We still managed to muster ten entries plus our mascot , Lulu(My granddaughter). Aris Souvlaki also did not disappoint with its delicious shwarmas and souvlakis afterwards. We look forward to have a bigger turnout for 2012.

STAFF LUNCH: 13 DECEMBER 

At our annual Christmas lunch, we formally bid farewell to Darren and Zayaan, who was leaving us. Gift was also awarded with his DH4 dog trainer certificate.

SUMMER PERSONAL PROTECTION DOG GRADING: 10 DECEMBER 

Three handlers and dogs were graded for their competence in personal protection. Well done to all three who passed their grades:Edgar and Colonel (PPD1);Monika and Arabella (PPD2);Leon and Rex(PPD2)

SANPARKS DOGHANDLER TRAINING: 19 -23 DECEMBER 

Ten Table Mountain National Parks Rangers were trained in DH1 and DH2 dog handling skills. This was the next step following the purchasing of their new dogs.

ACHEIVEMENT OF VON THARANHEIM GSD KENNELS 

The Abrahams brothers breed GSDs and have been training with us over the past few years. Congratulations to Toufiq and Yazeed of von Tharanheim German Shepherds on their achievements in the show ring this year. Two dogs bred by them and trained by us, viz. Assos and Bulwyf, were sold to South African Police Dog School , Roodeplaat.

Their show achievements include Cape Town show: Brooke(4th) , Bixie(5th) and Bella(6th); Durbanville show: Dakota (2nd) ;Vita Nova show: Dexus(2nd), Diesel(3rd),Dakota(4th), Demi(2nd) and Didi(3rd) at good Hope show: Halla(2nd); Diesel(2nd), Dexus(3rd), Demi(2nd), Didi(3rd),Crixus(4th). Cape Town show: Halla(1st), Demi(1st), Didi (2nd), Diesel(3rd) Dakota(4th)