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HFA members undertake activities to promote responsible dog ownership. Below they share news stories of their undertaking and successes

Off to Crufts

All from Help Fife Animals DTC are wishing three of our young members all the best of luck when they compete in the finals of the Young Kennel Club's Heelwork to Music and the Freestyle competition at Crufts 2015.

Jamie Dryburgh with Sasha, Katie Gill with Rory and Amy Jackson with Jess all qualified by entering KC Heelwork to Music competitions held around the country in 2015 to gain enough points to be in the top ten dog and young handlers teams to be invited to the compete at the biggest dog show which takes place in Birmingham from 5th-8th March 2015.

The photograph shows Katie and Jamie during their last preparation training session before their big day.

YKC 2015
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First KC Rally Judges Seminar Held at HFA

On Sunday 29th June 2014, history was made at our dog training hall in Leslie. Flo Williams very kindly presented the first ever Kennel Club "Requirements of a Rally Judge" Seminar. We all learned a lot from Flo, and thank her sincerely. After the seminar came the exam, and I'm happy to report that all 9 Scottish delegates passed. Here is a picture of us proudly clutching our certificates. Back Row, Susie Galloway and Ian McLean. Front row, Margaret Hudson, Lyn Armour, Katie Gill, Anne McLean, Flo Williams, Elaine Miller, Amy Jackson and Linda Elliot

KC Rally Obedience Trial - 12 October 2014

Fife Animals DTC hosted its 3rd KC Open Rally Competition on Saturday 28 June 2014 at Gilvenbank Park, Huntsman's Road, Glenrothes, Fife. This outdoor show attracted over 60 entries at level 1, 2,3 and 4 with many Fife Animals club members gaining qualifications at level 1,2 and 3 and placed rosettes in the competition at these levels. This event is becoming a must in the KC Rally Obedience calendar attracting entrants from the north of Scotland and the north of England as well as the central belt of Scotland. Photo shows rosette winners in one of level 1 competitions.

Rally -June 2014

KC Rally Competition Level 1 Rosette winners

Rosette winners in one part of level 1 of the KC Rally Competition held on 28 June 2014 at Gilvenbank Park, Glenrothes.

Rally Competition

Rally Obedience Signs Video

HFA has created a video to demonstrate the signs used in KC Rally Obedience competitions organised by our Club and others in the UK. The video features club members Margaret with Ruby and Ian with Brig. The video is being shared with Rally groups on Facebook in the hope to raise awareness of this exciting new dog sport and encourage more people to enter our competitions.

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SKC Beginners Obedience Competition

Well done to our SKC Beginners Obedience finalists 1st Kim Donaldson with Millie 2nd Claire Murison with Archie 3rd Jane Holland with Kodi 4th Carol Hawkes with Skye In the junior section 1st was Nikki Patterson with Maddie and 2nd was Ruaridh Findlay with Rowan

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Heelwork to Music Fun Show 2014

Fife Animal Dog Training Club held a Heelwork to Music Fun Show on 15 February 2014. The show attracted a bumper number of entries of 112 from dog and handler teams from Fife, Edinburgh and Midlothian, Glasgow and the West Coast, as well as from Aberdeen.

All of the entrants had a fun day entering classes showing off their Heelwork and Freestyle routines. A first for this event was a Heelwork to Music Rally class where teams of two handlers and their dogs followed a timed set course of Freestyle moves.

The committee of Fife Animals DTC thanked everyone for making the event a great success and looked forward to seeing them all later in the year when it plans to host a KC Heelwork to Music Show. The photograph shows the entrants in "The Big Night Out" busking class.

Take Your First Step into Competitive Obedience

Help Fife Animals Dog Training Club will host a heat of the Scottish Kennel Club Beginners Obedience Competition at the Dog Management Centre, 6 High Street, Leslie on Saturday 29th March 2014. This is a great opportunity for people who have started to train their dogs in obedience to take their first step into competitive obedience as last year's finalists and winners found out. Both the winners in the Adult section and the Junior section of the competition, which took place at SKC in Edinburgh, were Help Fife Animals DTC members who had gained entry to the final via last year's heat held by our training club. Katie Gill with her Labrador, Rory and Susie Galloway with her Cavalier spaniel, Daisy picked up their winning trophies and rosettes at the show. For more information about the heat visit the forthcoming events page for the rules and competition exercises. To enter email your name and contact details to fifeanimals@aol.com


Obedience - SKC juniors
Rally Success

Rally Success

Two of our dog training club members and their dogs have recently competed in Rally Trials at Lune Valley and Lytham,

Ian McLean and Susie Galloway successfully qualified all three dogs at Lune Valley. The next weekend at Lytham, Susie and Daisy won first prize in their class, and Ian McLean followed suit by coming first in his class with GSD Brig.

Well done.

Our picture shows Susie with Daisy, and Ian with Brig (GSD) and Breagh (Border Terrier)

HFA to hold first Scottish KC Rally Obedience Show

Following on from holding successful fun Rally Obedience shows, Help Fife Animals is to host Scotland's first Rally Obedience KC Registered Competition on Saturday 29th June 2013 at Gilvenbank Park, Glenrothes Fife.

Entries are now invited for the event by visiting the forthcoming events page and downloading the schedule and entry form.

To get entrants ready for the show a seminar has also been organised giving them the chance to meet one of the judges and hear what is expected in the show ring. The seminar will be held on the Friday night before the show and places can be booked at this by downloading a booking form from our Forthcoming Events page.

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Scottish Kennel Beginners Competition 2013

Members of Help Fife Animals took part in a heat of the Scottish Kennel Beginners Competition. The final will be held at the SKC Ingliston show in August 2013.

Visit the past events page to see the photographs of the senior and junior finalists.


Rally Obedience Fun Show - Oct 2012

Help Fife Animals held its first Rally Obedience Fun Show in October 2012. Over 60 dogs and their handlers took part in the event which saw three rings set up and two competition classes. The picture shows the winners of the class with no food or toys allowed in the ring. This class was aimed at those who had previously entered obedience competitions or had completed the KC Good Citizen to Gold level.

Due to the success of the event another event is planned for 1 December with a view to hosting the first Scottish KC Rally Obedience competition in summer 2013.

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Rally Obedience Fun Show - Oct 2012

The picture shows the winners of the class with allowed food or toys in the ring at the Rally Obedience Fun Show.

Good Citizen Test Night September 2012

Another successful good citizen test night was held on thursday 20th Sept 2012. We had entrants at all levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and the standard was high, with many dogs and handlers heading home with their all important certificates.

Well Done All.


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SKC Obedience Places

Four club members competed at the finals of the Scottish Kennel Club Beginners Competition in Ingliston, Edinburgh in August 2012. They represented Help Fife Animals having been placed at a heat hosted the club earlier in the year.

A big congratulations goes to Jackie McKeon who went on to be place 4th with Chuahuahua, Tia and to Ian Smart placded 6th with Golden Retriever, Cassie.

SKC Obedience Places

Ian Smart and Cassie with their rosette for 6th place

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SKC Obedience Heat

Scottish Kennel Club Beginners Competition.

A heat for this competition was held by Help Fife Animals on Sunday 8th April. The top four adults, and the top two juniors from this heat will represent HFA at the finals in August at SKC Show held at Ingliston Showground near Edinburgh.

Our winners were

1st Carol Reekie with Flat Coat Retriever Flynn

2nd Ian Smart with Golden Retriever Cassie

3rd Jackie McKeon with Chuahuahua Tia

4th Pauline Fraser with Labrador Brewster

March 2012 Test Night

Good citizen tests were held on March 1st.

The standard was high, and 24 out of 26 dogs gained passes and certificates.

Well Done

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KC Good Citizen Bronze Tests success

Help Fife Animals Dog Training Club members undertook KC Good Citizen Bronze tests in October 2011 and celebrated their success by displaying their certificates.

The photograph shows Nicola with Kendal and Grace with Rosie

KC Good Citizen Bronze Tests success

HFA Members show their certificates for the KC Good Citizen Bronze Test gained in October 2011.

Photograph shows Bronze award Liz with Sage and Chris with Ellie


KC Good Citizen Silver Tests success


Members of Help Fife Animals Dog Training Club were celebating their success in October 2011 when they undertook and successfully passed the KC Good Citizen Silver Test.

The picture shows Mary with Myrtle, Lynn with Millie, Tracey with Wilf, Pauline with Brewster and Sharon with Harvey.

KC Good Citizen Silver Test Success


Members of Help Fife Animals Dog Training Club were celebating their success in October 2011 when they undertook and successfully passed the KC Good Citizen Silver Test.

Photograph shows Jackie with Tia, Pauline with Rebus, Linda with Sheba and Barbara with Dennis.


KC Good Citizen Silver Test Success

Members of Help Fife Animals Dog Training Club were celebating their success in October 2011 when they undertook and successfully passed the KC Good Citizen Silver Test.

Photograph shows Mel and Avie.

KC Good Citizen Silver Success

Members of Help Fife Animals Dog Training Club were celebating their success in October 2011 when they undertook and successfully passed the KC Good Citizen Silver Test.

Photograph shows Tracey with Oscar


Amy & Jess's winning season

This summer Help Fife Animal's members have been busy entering dog training competitions with many of them achieving great success. Amy Jackson and her crossbreed, Jess have done really well at Obedience, Grooming and Heelwork to Music. Amy tells us a bit about how proud she is of their summer achievements:

"I have been very busy throughout the dog competition season this year and am very proud of what Jess and I have achieved.

I have qualified in Young Kennel Club Starters and Elementary obedience at Crufts.

I have also qualified in the Crufts grooming competition.

In October 2011, I will compete with other semi finalists for the KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme Special Pre Beginners Stakes Final held on Crufts Saturday 2012

I have won The Best Junior Handler of the Year award, also The Best Scottish Handler of the Year (a new award which I am the first person to win.)

I am very proud of Jess as she has won special pre beginners classes twice this year.

Now I just have to concentrate on practising for Crufts; hopefully we both do really well."

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GC Bronze1 April 2011

Members gain the KC Good Citizen Bronze Award

10 Members of the Help Fife Animals Club recently gained their KC Good Citizen Bronze Award. Photographs show the proud members and their talented dogs with their certificates and rosette.

Members gain the KC Good Citizen Bronze Award

GC Bronze3 April 2011
GC Bronze4 April 2011

Members gain the KC Good Citizen Bronze Award

Members gain the KC Good Citizen Bronze Award

GC Bronze5 April 2011

HFA visits Buckhaven Primary School


Help Fife Animals members were recently invited to give a talk on responsible pet ownership to pupils at Buckhaven Primary School. The children were shown how to handle some young kittens, they were allowed to pet some of our dogs, and even do a bit of trick training with Border Terrier, Breagh. The importance of cleaning up after your dog was high on the agenda, and some of the kids showed us how it should be done.

Buckhaven Primary School Visit

Cuddling one of the kittens who are seeking new homes.


Buckhaven Primary School

The schoolchildren meet German Shepherd Dog, Brig.

Buckhaven Primary School Visit

Some tricks with Border Terrier, Breagh.


Help Fife Animals benefits from Safety Initiative


Help Fife Animals were amongst some worthy causes who benefited after workers at a Fife firm showed a 'safety-first approach is always the best policy'.

Through its safety incentive scheme Burntisland Fabrication Ltd (BiFab) and its client Conoco-Philips awarded HFA with a 500 cheque after its workers were rewarded for having improved safety at work, with cash being made available for distribution to local good causes at the end of a recent contract.

During a recent contract the workforce addressed unsafe activities and identified opportunities for improvement.

Distribution of the awards was based on nominations received from the workforce and a formal presentation of the 500 award to Anne McLean, Chairman and Ian McLean, Secretary of HFA took place at the BiFab's office in Burntisland.

We're Now Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

Everyone will remember how cold it was in the winter of 2010. None more so than our Help Fife Animals Committee who has been struggling to keep the old boiler in our Dog Management Centre in Leslie going during this time.

However, with the help of a bequest and the assistance of a Fife Council capital grant fund the old boiler has been replaced with a new more economical efficient one.

Anne McLean, who chairs the Help Fife Animals Committee, said "Having hot water in our Dog Management Centre is vital for keeping our training hall clean and hygienic. The new boiler will also help prevent frozen pipes if we ever have winters as cold as last years without leaving us with a massive fuel bill"

Se added "Fundraising is getting harder and harder these days so the bequest and the Fife Council Capital grant could not have come at a better time."

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Off to Crufts

HFA members Janet Young with her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retreiver Cairn, Callum Ferguson with GSD Ozzy, and Chris Mackay with Springer Spaniel Jura are off to compete in the world's largest dog show which takes place in Birmingham NEC from 10-13th March 2011.

Other members of the club will be travelling down to spectate and support the competiting members

HTM Fun Show

Help Fife Animals held a very successful Heelwork to Music Fun Show on Sunday 13th February 2011 with fun and novelty classes organised. Competitors come from the East and West Coast of Scotland and the North of England to the event. Congratulations to HFA club members who won rosettes in the classes including Amy Jackson with Jess, Anne Stewart with Zymi, Jeanette Fyfe with Zeigy and Barbara Wyse with Dennis.

Fun Show 2011 - Jeanette

Puppy Foundation complete

Congratulations to Andrew and Holly who recently passed the KC Puppy Foundation course.


KC Good Citizen Awards

Help Fife Animals Members sat their KC Good Citizen awards in March including their Bronze, Silver and Gold. Photographed are the members who sat their Bronze award with their dogs and the Award assessors.

KC Good Citizen Bronze Awards


KC Good Citizen Bronze Awards


Proud of their Puppies

Lesley with Cocker Spaniel, Monty and Rose with her crossbreed Bichon/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Belle successfully completed the KC Puppy Foundation Course. They attended our Help Fife Animals training class for the 8 week course learning basic obedience and puppy socialisation. Both Lesley and Rose with the puppies will now join the class working towards the KC Good Citizen Bronze. The puppies and their owners are photographed here with their certificates and lovely purple rosettes.

Rose and Belle with their KC Puppy Foundation Rosette

Rally Success
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