Brunswick Days, featuring Clancy Singh Tagore

imageSay hello to my new puppy, Clancy (of the Overflow) Singh Tagore.

Clancy is a ten week old tricolour Smooth Collie. A week ago, on Friday 21st February 2014, I picked Clancy up from the airport. His breeder, Allison Parsons of Adarstern Kennels, had got up at 3 in the morning in order to get him ready for a 4-30 am flight from Perth in Western Australia.


Clancy arrived at the pet freight terminal on a trailer with two other crates. When he emerged from the crate, he looked a bit stressed and subdued, but that’s understandable. After having a bit of a cuddle , I put him in a  milk crate with his cushion, on the front passenger seat of my car.  By that time he was already looking more relaxed and alert. He travelled home well, and we went into my back yard.

Clancy loved it. He had never seen grass before, and he pranced around in it, pouncing on leaves, picking ip stones and checking everything out. I invited my next door neighbour, Eileen, to come in and meet him. She is a dog lover who has had German Shepherds in the past. While we had a cup of tea and some bikkies and cheese, Clancy alternated between having cuddles, playing with his tug toy and exploring the garden. He must have been tired, and he tried to conk out, but he kept waking up and looking at the grass or something else exciting, like a kid at a birthday party, who can’t bear to go to sleep in case he misses something. However, eventually it had to happen (see bottom right).

After Eileen had left he met two other neighbours. Then our neighbour John came over. I would like to count John on our Socialisation Checklist, but unfortunately, the normally sociable Clancy barely noticed John. His eyelids were very heavy and he curled up again and was totally out for the count. We will have to arrange another meeting with John when Clancy is actually on the positive side of conscious. After John went home, I carried Clancy into my bedroom and put his limp body into the little milk crate. He continued to sleep. Soon there was a knock on the door. A tall bearded man called Adam had come around to buy collapsible crate that I had for sale. Adam lives nearby and shows his young Pharoah Hound. Of course, I immediately recruited Adam to greet Clancy (see photo, middle right). Tall Man With Beard… And it was only Day One!

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K9 Nose Fun

Wagging School presents an Introduction to Noseworks Workshop, with Angela Hervey-Tennyson.

Date: Saturdays 27 June, 4 & 11 July 2015

Time: 2 – 5 pm 

Venue: DogZone, 52 North St Richmond. Fully air-conditioned and heated. Plenty of off-street parking

Cost: $100. Afternoon tea provided. 

Look at the details on the web page.

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Paris and Clancy say goodnight

Kaye Hargreaves
Wagging School
Landline (03) 9489-5095 Mobile 0477 975 012

“There is much to learn about dogs. There is also much about people to be learned by studying dogs.” Clarence Pfaffenberger, 1963

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The many ways we misinterpret animal behavior

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Companion Animal Psychology

There has been discussion recently about how trainers promote themselves, and how dog owners can judge whether a trainer is any good or not. Here are some more thoughts.

Companion Animal Psychology

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Zoomies: Why Does My Dog Get Them?

Clancy does zoomies. In his case, he loves to run around at break neck speed, preferably in big circles in the back yard on on an oval. I think this is different from frapping (having frantic random activity periods), which is typical of puppies, who go nuts every so often.

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Companion Animal Psychology

What a wonderful summary of doggy science!

Companion Animal Psychology

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Specially trained dogs alert diabetics to blood sugar

Diabetic Alert dogs are increasingly being used to detect low blood sugar before the person is aware of it. Of course there is a huge demand, as diabetes is very widespread. This article is about a trainer in the US, and mentions a report to a scientific conference. It is really important to evaluate training methods, and what factors lead to success in selection and training of assistance dogs.

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Using electric cattle prod on two dogs nets Edmonton man jail term

It’s good to see a judge using common sense to decide that punishment like this is inappropriate for dogs.

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Historical photos of dogs

I have been interested for some time in historical images of dogs, especially images of the ancestors of modern breeds. It is a shock to see how much some breeds have changed. This picture of a pointer from 150 years ago is recognisable as a pointer. I suspect this is because the breed has been selected for its qualities as a functional field or gun dog, rather than appearance, which tends to lead to exaggerated features.

“A pointer named “Major” is identified as the first known example of a modern dog. A description of the dog was found in a now-obscure 1865 edition of a Victorian journal called The Field. It marks the earliest reported dog breed based on physical form and pedigree.

“The invention of ‘breed,’ physically and imaginatively, still shapes how we see and think about dogs today,” Michael Worboys, Director of the University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, told Discovery News.

Worboys and his team found the information concerning “Major” while preparing a new museum exhibit on dogs.”


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Dogs’ Hormones Adjust to Match Those of Owners

Another study on the intriguing relationship between dogs and people.

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