More photos added

What better to do on a wet day than update the web site and Facebook pages and upload photos to our Flickr account.  Our gallery of MODC photos is here.

I’ve now uploaded lots of photos from the Helping Hounds visit as well as older photos from previous events.  Click on the “Albums” menu to see groups of photos and the “Camera Roll” menu to easily find photos from previous years.

If you have photos taken at club events that you are willing to share, please put them on a CD or USB stick and hand them to me (Deb) at the Membership Desk most Saturdays.


September newsletter published

The September 2017 edition of Paw Print has been emailed to all financial MODC members.  If you did not receive an email advising of this please let me ( know as a small number of emails bounced due to incorrect email addresses.  The latest newsletter can be found on the Newsletters section our web site.

AGM and 2017 Committee

Twenty-four members attended the Annual General Meeting of the Club tonight at the club rooms.  Following the ordinary business of the meeting (President’s report, Minutes of 2016 AGM, Treasurer’s report) all positions were declared vacant and the election of Office Bearers proceeded with Robin Cooper (MODC Patron) as Chair.

The following members were elected to the 2017 Committee:

President: John Shepherdson

Vice-President: David  Pell

Secretary: Pam Ford

Treasurer: Ian Donaldson

Enrolment Officer: Deb Abbs

Ordinary Members: Keither Coppen, Dianne Doughty, Greg Doughty, Michael Caspar, Stephen Jude, Sharon Stennett-Marriott.

A presentation to Fred and Joy Brueckner followed in recognition of their long-term service to the MODC.

The evening finished with a light supper provided by 2016 Committee members and others.  Many thanks to all who attended and to those who provided supper.

AGM coming up

The Annual General Meeting of the Mornington Obedience Dog Club will be held at 7:30 pm 27th February, 2017 in the Club Room, Cobb Rd., Mornington.

Business to be conducted:
1) Ordinary business
2) Special business
3) To adopt the annual report for 2016
4) Election of Office Bearers for 2017
All welcome !!!

Online Photo Gallery

I’ve now created and added over 500 photos to a Flickr account to enable the sharing of MODC photos. Currently there are photos from 2016 normal training days and special events such as the Members’ Day, Fun Days and the Trial and from our participation in the 2017 Mornington Australia Day parade.  Over time I will upload photos from earlier (2011 -1 2015) events and hopefully the 2016 awards night at Moorooduc Estate winery.

If you have photos taken at club events that you are willing to share, please put them on a CD or USB stick and hand them to me (Deb) at the Membership Desk most Saturdays.

Our gallery of MODC photos is here.

Why does your dog wag its tail?



Dr Karl uncovers the curious hidden meanings behind your dog’s tail wagging.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl is a prolific broadcaster, author and University of Sydney physicist. His new book, Dr Karl’s Short Back and Science is published by Pan MacMillan. Follow him on Twitter at @DoctorKarl



THE DOG HAS been man’s best friend for thousands of years – so you’d think we’d know how to read its emotions. When the tail is stiff, the ears are tucked in and the body is held tight, most of us recognise it as a warning sign to keep away. Conversely, if the dog’s tail is wagging and the ears are pricked up and the body is wriggling like a can of worms, then it’s probably safe to pat the dog.

But what about those occasional cases when the dog bites, even though the tail is wagging? Luckily, recent research has given us a subtle clue to read in the give-away wagging of the dog’s tail. It happens because the nervous system of an animal is not perfectly symmetrical. Both the nerve pathways that run into the brain, and the brain itself, are wired up in a non-symmetrical way. For example, most male dogs have a strong tendency to be left-pawed, while the females have a weaker tendency to be right-pawed.

The tail is a mid-line structure, pulled by muscles on each side of the body, which are in turn controlled by the left brain and the right brain. Sometimes the different sides cooperate, and sometimes they compete – this means that you should easily be able to see any behaviour that tends to one side or the other.

In a study, when a dog saw its owner, the tail wagged on both sides of the centre-line, but far more to the dog’s right than to their left. When they saw a random human, the effect was not as pronounced, but still more to their right than to their left. However, when they saw a large, dominant, unfamiliar dog, the tail wagged far more to their left than to their right.

If the tail wags to the dog’s right, then it’s alright to pat, scratch or play catch with the dog. But if the tail wags to the dog’s left, well, it’s best left to itself.

This article was originally published in the Sep-Oct 2016 issue of Australian Geographic (AG#134).

You thought it was cold last Saturday – you were right

I don’t know about anybody else but I found the weather last Saturday extremely cold. Get a look at these observations from the Bureau of Meteorology to see just how horrible it was.  Thankfully the cold was slightly alleviated by hot sausages from our monthly sausage sizzle (thanks John!!) and our normal weekly fun in the puppy pens and on the field.

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