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News, Events & Information - 2008 Archive

16th December 2008  

Wolfgang Update

We are very pleased to update you on Wolfgang, the wonderful dog that hasn't had it easy since coming over to the UK with the never ending efforts by 'The Friends of the Strays of Greece'.

Wolfgang is now in a new home with his new family.

15th December 2008  

Merry Christmas

Merry ChristmasA very merry Christmas to you all from the Tricks 4 Treats team (Jo, Paul, Sue and Sarah).

Even Bo, our black German Shepherd is getting into the spirit of things.

As a reminder to our current courses, there will be a 2 week break over the Christmas and New Year period and the courses will re-commence on 7th January 2009, with the new Agility courses starting 17th January 2009.

29th November 2008  

Stray Dog Sanctuary and Paws (Weymouth)- Christmas Animal Cracker

Saturday 29th November 2008 - 10am - 2pm at Crossways Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, Dorset.
(Crossways is situated between Dorchester and Bovington, approximately 15 minutes drive from Dorset Police HQ, Winfrith.  The village hall is situated on the main road through Crossways, towards Warmwell.  Parking is available).

The Christmas Animal Cracker is in aid of both Stray Dogs Sanctuary (rehoming dogs) and Paws (rehoming cats and dogs), in Weymouth.

We hope to have a Tombola, but we are currently in need of the use of one, along with helpers.  Tombola prizes are also much needed, if you are able to donate anything new and unused, such as good quality books, DVD's and CD's.  Please phone Sandy on 01929 463981 if you are able to help.

We will have refreshments, buffet, pet accessories, Christmas presents, Bric-a-Brac and books, Retro 'new to you' clothing, cakes and much more.
Please support us as every penny really does count!

Good natured dogs welcome on leads.

If you are interested in dog and/or cat rescue and have always wanted to help but didn't know how to get started, come and meet us and perhaps make a difference.

24th October 2008  

Please Help Us Find a Home for Wolfgang

Wolfgang is a wonderful GSD x who has been rescued from the streets of Greece by the Friends of the Strays of Greece, based here in Dorset.

Wolfgang hasn't had much luck with his first home, no ill treatment, but certainly not suited to each other, so is now urgently looking for someone to take him on and give him the life he deserves.

Wolfgang is wonderful in the house, affectionate and calm, loves his toys and is obviously clean. Outside he is strong on the lead, but this is being worked on. He has the makings of a lovely dog in the right hands.

If anyone can help short or long term, please PLEASE get in touch with us.

1st October 2008  

New Agility Field

After searching for a while we have now found a new fully enclosed field that is much more suited to our needs near to Ferndown.  We are very excited to have found such a wonderful spot to continue our very successful fun agility sessions.  As always the list is ever growing, so if you are keen to start fun agility with your dog, please get in touch we will be more than happy to provide you with details.

30th September 2008  

Kennel Club and the Breeding of Pedigree Dogs

This has been in the news a lot following the much publicised television programme the BBC showed about the Kennel Club.

There is a petition in relation to this and if you feel strongly enough to put your name against this petition, please take a look:

28th September 2008  

Sandbanks Beach Petition - Latest Status

Earlier this year, Poole Borough Council was proposing a possible dog control order for Sandbanks Beach which would last all year round. In response to this, Tricks 4 Treats organisied a petition against any changes and to raise people's awareness of what was being proposed which proved to be very successful and were handed into the Beach Office at Sandbanks.

We have, on numerous occasions, contacted the Beach Office at Sandbanks and on all occasions they have stated that they "do not have any further updates ".  We will continue to chase them as after the time and effort put in by many of our clients and their family and friends, we feel that we deserve an answer, preferably one that doesn't change the current state of play at Sandbanks Beaches.  Thank you once again to the people who took the time to fill out the Sandbanks questionnaires and to the people for signing the petition.

Watch this space...

13th September 2008  

James Wellbeloved Tails of Achievement Awards 2008

Has your dog got a Tail of Achievement?  Then he or she, and you, could be winners with James Wellbeloved and the APDT.

With fantastic prizes for dogs, owners and trainers, and a superb gala day out at the even final on Saturday September 13th 2008.

Simply write in with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Daytime and Evening telephone numbers
  • Email Address
  • Your Dogs name
  • Age
  • Breed or type
  • Name and registration number of your APDT Trainer (for Tricks 4 Treats: Jo Conibere MAPDT 00953) and most important of all, your dogs story.
All entrants must be over 18 years old or if younger, must have the signed permission of a parent or guardian.

Please write your entry on a single side of A4 paper, ideally typed or clearly handwritten.

Send to: Charlotte Man, Trainers and Events Manager, James Wellbeloved, Oak Tree Meadow, Blackworthy Road, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7PH

For further info please go to the Tails of Achievement Award page at the APDT web site.
3rd August 2008  

MGFT Animal Sanctuary - Companion Dog Show and Family Fun Day

MGFT Animal Sanctuary is holding a Companion Dog Show and Family Fun Day to raise funds. There is Pedigree & Novelty Dog Classes, Stalls, Tombola, Raffle, Refreshments, BBQ and a Bouncy Castle.

Place: MGFT Animal Sanctuary, Church Knowle, nr Corfe Castle
Time : 11am - 4.30pm.
Admission : £2 adult, 50p child (up to 12).

For more information please telephone MGFT Animal Sanctuary on 01929 480474 or see their web site:

2nd August 2008  

The Wag and Bone Show

2nd August 2008 at Windsor Great Park

The show includes nine rings or entertainment centres in which you will discover all manner of things doggy. Every area of the canine world is covered and you are bound to come away with an even better understanding of man's best friend and of course lots of goddies from the Shopping Village.

All profits from The Wag & Bone Show benefit 7 major animal charities - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, The Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, PDSA, The RSPCA and Wood Green Animal Shelters.

For more details about the show, please see The Wag and Bone Show web site.

22nd July 2008  

New Tricks 4 Treats Fun Dog Agility Courses

New fun agility courses are starting from Saturday 6th September. We are currently contacting the people who are on our waiting lists, but if you have not already put your name down and are interested in joining us, please contact us.

For more information about our Fun Dog Agility courses, please see our Fun Dog Agility course page.

22nd July 2008  

Dog Train & Behave Week

From 26th July - 2nd August 2008 we hope to raise public awareness of just how important it is to ensure that your puppy/dog is well socialised and trained to an acceptable standard. Having a socially acceptable pet dog creates an enormous sense of pride in us humans, because we have directed our dogs and shown them the boundaries within the family. This is something to feel enormously proud of, if indeed that level has been reached. Without the basic training and socialisation problems arise. This week is designed to raise the profile of dog training and behaviour. With all the media coverage of dog related incidents it is all the more important to provide the correct level of care for our dogs and prevent such problems from arising.

Tricks 4 Treats run different levels of classes designed to help you to train your dog. Our Novice course gives you the basics to ensure you have good verbal control of your dog. The Intermediate course furthers you and your dogs skills aswell as strengthen your relationship, as for the most part the sessions are completed off lead, therefore increasing your confidence in your dog. Advanced courses push you and your dog even further while giving you and your dog some dedicated time together learning new exercises and tricks. Our fun dog agility courses allow you to enjoy doing something with your dog that gets their minds working, keeping them socialised with other dogs and people as well as keeping you both fit.

See the Dog Train & Behave Week Web Site for more information.

12th July 2008  

The Cold Wet Nose Show

Saturday 12th July 2008 at Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey.

The Cold Wet Nose Show is a celebration of dog ownership, a huge dog party and everyone is invited.

This is a new event where much-loved family pets will be the stars - with fun events, goodies for sale and lots more to see and do.

This event will be raising funds for charities for whom the money will make a significant difference and all dog related charities and welfare organization are actively encouraged to attend.

For more details about the show, please see The Cold Wet Nose Show web site.

20th June 2008  

Please Sign this Animal Saviors Petition

We were recently sent this link and are absolutely disgusted and sickened by what we have seen!  We must warn you that the images presented on this site are very graphic, but do not show immediately on the home page, although there is an image that may cause upset.

By signing this petition you are showing your support AGAINST these horrific acts.  Please sign and pass this link to anyone you know who is equally revolted by what the Chinese are getting away with.

Animal Saviors Petition

19th June 2008  

The Dog Shows are Upon Us

Its coming up to that time of the year with two great shows to go to with your dog and have some fun all in aid of various animal charities.

With lots of great events to watch, activities to take part in and lots of things to buy they are a great way to spend a day out with your dog with like minded people.

The Cold Wet Nose Show

The Wag and Bone Show

8th May 2008  

Ban Puppy Farming

Please sign this petition to show your support to STOP puppy farming on all levels. We need to make the Government aware that this just isn't acceptable, putting these poor dogs through constant breeding until they are no longer able to produce, all in the name of money!

The puppies bred through such methods are taken from their mothers very early and sold to the highest bidder, many suffering disease, worms, major flea infestation, and these are just those that make it!!  None of these poor puppies are looked after by these puppy farmers, they are just interested in a quick sale at the cost of both the Dam and her pups!

Please show your support and sign this petition, we need to raise awareness NOW!

4th May 2008  

Companion Dog Show in aid of 'Gearing Up 4 Gorillas'

A Companion Dog Show is being held at 'The School Garden', Park Lane, Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset in aid of 'Gearing Up 4 Gorillas' who are a charity that funds a team of rangers in Virunga National Park, eastern DR Congo, a home to critically endangered mountain gorilla.

£1.00 per class entered.

Pedigree Classes (Arrive 10 am onwards, judging begins 11 am)

  • Any Variety Puppy (6-12 months)
  • Any Variety Sporting
  • Any Variety Non Sporting
  • Any Variety Open

Novelty Classes (Judging begins at 1 pm)

  • Child Handler (8-16 years)
  • Crossbreed
  • Rescue
  • Any Variety Veteran (7 years+)
  • Prettiest bitch
  • Most handsome dog
  • Musical mats
  • Irish brace (2 most different dogs)
  • Dog most like its owner
  • Fancy dress
  • Best trick
  • Musical mats (a second chance)

Lots of fun activities, including a fun scurry - a timed retrieve of a dummy. G4G Display, Grand raffle, African gifts, Food and Stalls.

Contact Julie White 01202 822664 or Linda Nunn 07801 531295 (answer machine).

24th April 2008  

Please Help Find Jeoff

Jeoff is a 10 month old Collie cross, black with a white chest, who went missing during a break in at his owners home at Bovington near Wareham, Dorset on the 9th April. Please look out for him.


Unfortunately the Dog Lost web site that notified us that Jeoff was missing has recently been updated and the poster and details about Jeoff no longer appear to be on their system. Hopefully Jeoff has been found and re-united with his family.

11th April 2008  

Please Help Find Colin

Colin is a light brindle and white 10 month old Lurcher, who was stolen from kennels at Church Knowle, Wareham, Dorset on the 9th April. Colin is neutered and microchipped. Please look out for him.


Unfortunately the Dog Lost web site that notified us that Colin was missing has recently been updated and the poster and details about Colin no longer appear to be on their system. Hopefully Colin has been found.

9th April 2008  

Stray Dogs to be Reported to Local Councils

As of Monday 7th April 2008, the Police no longer have a duty of care to accept stray dogs taken to a Police Station, nor to respond to calls involving stray dogs. These duties now lie with the Local Councils.

Found a Dog

If you find a dog you need to contact your local council who will arrange to come and collect the dog and they will attempt to find the owner of the dog and re-unite them within 7 days.

Lost a Dog

If you lose your dog, you need to contact the local council (as well as local vets, rescue centre's and web sites such as Dog Lost). If the council has your dog, there will be a fee for its return.

Local Contact Information

Council Phone Numbers More Details
Bournemouth 01202 451306 (08:30 to 17:15) Dog Warden
East Dorset (Sorry - hard to find a phone number for the Dog Warden) Dog Warden
Poole 01202 261700 (08:00 to 17:00)
0800 506050 (at other times)
Stray Dogs
Purbeck 01929 557270 or 01929 557277 Dog Warden Service


By law, your dog must have a collar and dog tag and the dog tag must contain your contact details (please see the article on our sister site, Your Dogs Needs about Dog Tags and the Law for more information). We would also highly recommend you have your dog microchipped and do ensure you keep your details on the microchip register up-to-date.

31st March 2008  

Urgent Appeal for Rehoming

The Stray Dogs Sanctuary urgently require your help.  They have contacted us today with regards to Ben, an 18 month old Staffie x Lab who is currently staying at the Bridport Rescue Centre where he is awaiting a loving and patient owner.  Ben has the typical Staffie brindle colourings and unfortunately has a deformed front paw, he is a lovely dog who would be better suited to a home that can offer complete one to one, he isn't happy around other male dogs.

If you think you may be able to help, either by fostering or by giving Ben a 'forever home', or you know of someone that might want to help Ben, please contact Sandy on 01929 463981.

22nd March 2008  

Easter Brings a New Addition to Tricks 4 Treats

RooShe has big fluffy ears, but she is certainly not a bunny.

Little Roo, our new German Shepherd puppy has come home.

21st March 2008  

Online Petition Against Possible New Dog Control Order for Sandbanks Beach

The petitions and survey are now closed and have been handed into Sandbanks Beach Office.

A big thank you to everyone who has filled out the survey and/or signed the petition and we will let you know the outcome of what is decided by the council.

5th March 2008  

Crufts 2008

The biggest dog show in the world starts tomorrow, 6th March 2008. If you have never been, we highly recommend it. With lots of events including flyball, agility, Discover Dogs to find out more about your dogs breed, or even to see breeds you may not know exist, lots of stands with goodies to buy for you or your dog and of course the dogs on show.


15th February 2008  

Online Petition Against Possible New Dog Control Order for Sandbanks Beach

The online petition, Beach Users Consultation survey and written petition are now closed.

Tricks 4 Treats has recently joined forces with DWAG (Dog Walkers Action Group) in the fight against a suggested dog ban on Sandbanks beaches.

We currently have a 'normal' petition doing the rounds. If you think you are able to gain much needed signatures a copy can be downloaded and printed out.  Please return the petition to us here at Tricks 4 Treats and we will forward all the petitions onto Sandbanks Beach Office.

Sandbanks Beach Office has also created and recently supplied us with a "Beach Users Consultation" document/survey, which can also be downloaded from this site. Please do download and fill it out and if you can, also hand out a few to others to complete. The document can either be posted back to Sandbanks Beach Office or emailed back to them (address details and email address can be found at the foot of the document). Alternatively, please feel free to send them to us, we are more than happy to forward these onto Sandbanks Beach Office.

We have also set up an online petition on our site which will be printed out and sent to Sandbanks Beach Office.

All petitions and surveys must be completed and returned by Monday 17th March 2008.

Please pass this information on to everyone and anyone!  If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

31st January 2008  

Possible Dog Control Order for Sandbanks Beach

You may be aware that very recently Poole Borough Council have held meetings with regards to dogs on Sandbanks beach.  There have apparently been a number of complaints from parents who have expressed their feelings about dogs on the beaches that their children play on.  It has also been noted that these complaints come from parents with children from 1 - 4 years of age.  We have, for many years, been walking our dogs on Sandbanks beaches with no problems or worries, and now we find ourselves, like so many others nationwide, in the spot light and under threat of having our wonderful beach front walks stopped for good! 

This issue has reached the Scrutiny Board level at Poole Borough Council.  The following is their proposal:

3.1    Leisure Services will this winter begin consulting beach users on all year round dog free beach at Sandbanks. Currently Sandbanks is the only beach that is staffed all year an is the most popular beach.  Discussions with ECPS have indicated that this may be possible as it only represents 10% of the total beach frontage. Further advice indicates that it would not be possible to ban dogs from all the beaches all the time as this is not proportional to the problem.
3.2    Upon completion of the consultation a report would be prepared for Members to consider.  If approved, formal consultation would be required to amend the current dog control order.

Even though it appears unlikely that they will ban dogs from Sandbanks beach all year round, Tricks 4 Treats has set up a petition against the possible Dog Control Order so that we can all continue to enjoy our beaches. The council have stated in their proposal that the area this could affect will represent around 10% of the entire beach frontage, and although this does not sound particularly worrying, it is in fact a significant part of dog walkers access to beach frontage.

Currently we have printed petitions and if you are interested in receiving one to gain much needed signatures, please get in touch and we will be happy to forward one to you.

The current Dog Control Orders can be viewed here:

30th January 2008  

Visiglo LED Collars

With all the dark, wet weather we are experiencing it is pretty inevitable that a fair few of us are walking our dogs in the darker hours, we most certainly are!  In light of this we felt it a wise decision to invest in a high visibility option for our dog so that he can be seen, even when chasing through the fields/forest etc!

After trying out the small barrel type collar attachments that blink, we decided to go with something with much more visibility, the Visiglo Collar.  This collar comes in three sizes and is made up of small LEDs all around the collar, so regardless of where your dog is or which direction he is facing, you can still see him roaming around.

If you are interested in purchasing a Visiglo Collar, please take a look on Your Dogs Needs.

8th January 2008  

Tricks 4 Treats Fun Agility

At long last Tricks 4 Treats has entered the world of dog agility!

We are fully booked at the present time, but due to the popularity of this sport we have an ongoing waiting list.  For those of your that are interested in joining us at some point, please contact us for further information and to express your interest.
7th January 2008  

Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Toys

Need something for your bored dog? Want to make them think and prove their intelligence while both of you having great fun?

The Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Toys are fantastic interactive toys that will stimulate your dog for a long time. All of these toys are very durable, made of a tough wood to ensure hours of fun without being destroyed.

There are several toys to choose from including: Dog Brick, Dog Smart and Dog Tornado (and if you live locally, have them delivered for just £2.00).

2nd January 2008  

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to everyone.

Lots of exciting new things are happening this year including our new Agility courses, changes to our online store, and updates to our existing Novice, Intermediate and Advanced courses - stay tuned...

As always, the web site and the news sections will be updated to keep you informed.