Western Cape Beagling – 2013

Hi All,

 

I have had a number of enquires and many eager people wondering about when the beagle runs for this season are commencing, so I thought I would drop everyone an email to get things started.

 

Firstly, please note that as of this year, I (Christine) will no longer be organising the beagle runs.  Due to other commitments, I will just no longer have to time to organise the runs and give it my full attention.  Many of you know Liesel Grey, Merlot’s owner, she will be taking over from me.  Should there be anyone interested who could assist her with the tasks, please let us know.

 

Welcome letter

 

Below is a copy of our welcome letter for all newcomers.

 

 

2012 Results

 

A recap of the 2012 results are as follows:

 

1st place – Basil (109) – 246 points

2nd place –  Ronald (119) – 144 points

3rd place (joint 3rd) – Merlot (13) & Benjamin (12)– 97 points

 

4th place – Sonya (19) – 65 points

5th place –  Phoenix (96) – 57 points

6th place –  Tikita (16) – 46 points

 

2013 Season

 

Our first run of the season will be early in May.  Liesel will be in touch with you all to confirm a date.

 

 

WELCOME LETTER:

A warm welcome to you from us!
WHO ARE WE: A bunch of Beagle owners, who recognize the strong scenting instinct in
our hounds and are willing to brave wind, cold and rain to give them the opportunity to
put these instincts to work, in a safe and social environment.
As 21st century, mostly suburban, Beagle owners, we do not partake in live hunts as is
customary. Instead we use a scented rag(the drag) to mark out a circuit, section by
section, for the hounds to track. They are rewarded, on successful completion of each
leg with tasty bits of “sausage”. Attempts are made to encourage the hounds to work as
a pack, however, their living apart does hamper these efforts. Such dynamics are what
make our modus operandus different from traditional Beagle hunts. Hence the focus on
each Beagle picking up and successfully following a scent trail to completion, rather than
the pack working as a team to locate and follow a trail. Our main objectives are
therefore, to allow the hounds a morning of scenting on the run, to inform and educate
about this rather misunderstood breed, whilst networking with other Beagle owners
and to have some outdoor fun. Anura Farm makes the perfect venue.
We try and have a prize giving at the end of each season where, prizes are awarded at
the end of each season for: most successful trailing hounds (1st
; 2nd &; 3rd places) and
most improved hounds. Beagling Season begins around mid May and ends around
September, as successful scenting requires wet, cool conditions.

 

BEAGLING PROTOCOL: 1. Runs need to start as close to 08:00 as possible
2. A fee of R10,00 per dog, per run is charged, to pay for
the sausage; the aniseed oil; prizes and a Christmas
present to thank the Farm Owner for the generous
use of their farm every season.
3. On arrival, it is best to keep all Hounds off their leads
and away from the Restaurant, until the call to start is
made. This is mainly because all animals will respond
to any threats by fighting, or fleeing(the fight or flight
response). If they are on leads, their only option when
feeling threatened is to fight. Whenever there are
more than 4 dogs in the same place, a phenomenon
known as Pack Mentality kicks in, which means that
males will instinctively begin competing for
dominance. If free, the process takes its natural
course and less dominant dogs will soon submit. If
trapped on a lead, the instinct to fight will be greatly
heightened. Once on their leads, allow some distance
between dogs, until they are released for the run.
Should you feel that you have a particularly dominant
or aggressive hound, please rather keep such a hound
on a lead, but then move away should another hound
approach. For more info. on dog behaviour and cooperation, we recommend a book called “The Dog
Listener” by world renowned dog trainer Jan Fennel.
4. Each Beagle owner is responsible for his/her hound/s
for the duration of Beagling runs.
5. Please ensure the care of and respect for Farm
property and fellow Beaglers.
6. Those accompanying trail drags need to remain 2 to 3
paces in front of the drag, to avoid contamination of
the scent.
7. Please RSVP for Beagling by the Thursday lunchtime
preceding the run, for catering purposes.
8. The only requirements for membership, is to own one
or more Beagles and to co-operate with the few, but
necessary ground rules incorporated as Club Protocol.

 

BRIEF EXPLANATION OF HOW RUNS WORK:
1. We all gather on the farm around 8am.
2. It usually takes 10 minutes or so to get everyone & everything sorted before the runs
commence.
3. A whistle will be blown and all dogs are to then be put onto their leads.
4. A group of around 5 people (maximum) willhead up front with the drag (mutton cloth
soaked in an aniseed oil mixture) and lay the trail. This usually takes around 10minutes;
depending on the length of the trail. We always want volunteers to go upfront so
should you wish to join,please feel free to come forward. Whilst the drag is being laid,
all beagles are to remain on their leads and stay at the startingpoint of the trail. The
startingpoint for each trail and from where thedrag is laid, is indicated by the means of
a red flag. It is a good idea to let your hounds sniff the scent around the flag. This
should help them follow the trail.
5. Those accompanying traildragsneed to remain 2 to 3 paces in FRONT of thedrag, to
avoid contamination of the scent.
6. When the group laying the drag reach the end of the specific trail, they will notify the
main group who will then get ready to release thehounds. It is important that the
group upfront remain a quite aspossible and hidebehind the trees vines etc. The idea
is that the beagles follow the scentand not see orhear the people upfront.
7. The process for releasing the hounds is as follows.
a. First whistle = allhounds (still on leads) to startingpoint near flag.
b. Second whistle = take hound off leash but still holdingonto the hounds collar
c. Third whistle = release hound
8. Once the houndshave set offon the trail, the group will then walk to meet up with the
people upfront laying thedrag.
9. When the hounds reach the end of each trail they are rewarded with a pieceof
boerewors for the efforts. The first 5 hounds to come in each get a scoredepending on
the place.
10. A whistle will be blown again and the hounds are to be put back onto their leads.
11. This process will be repeated for 5 – 6 runs.
12. After the last run, it is imperative thatall hounds are placed back on the leashes, prior to
heading back to the vehicles. Very close to our starting point is a restaurant, and the
hounds who arenot on leashes always end up in the kitchen!! Nose in the air!
13. With regards to the scoring, these scores are tallied at the end of each Sunday session
and each season. (we do have a trophy for the top hound each season and runner
prizes!)

 

SOME HELPFUL HINTS:
Tick prevention before and after Beagling is essential to avoid Billary.
Regular exercise between runs and seasons ensures hounds are fit for Beagling.
Be aware that once hounds have been Beagling, they associate trailing a scent with
reward and will be prone to running off on walks if a scent is discovered. To avoid
hounds being lost or run over when going for walks after starting Beagling, stick to
familiar areas away from traffic. Leads also come in handy.
Come Beagling, equipped with warm clothing, rainproof jackets and gum boots.
Bring water and a towel for your dogs, they will be most grateful after a long, wet run.
Dog leads, plus a spare or 2, are vital for Beagling.
Remember to bring some cash for Beagling fees
Feeding your hound before, or during a run will lessen his/her drive to run for the
reward.
Make sure hounds get a whiff of the scent at the start of each run.
Come as often as possible as this improves teamwork amongst the hounds.
Bitches on heat create serious distraction on a run. Best to leave them at home until all
is clear. Once clear, a little Vicks rubbed on the hair-covered part around the “fan”, will
ensure a hassle-free run, for 1 to 2 weeks after heat. (Do not apply to hairless skin, as
this will cause burning and irritation – NB!)
Friends, family and kids are most welcome.
The barking and baying of hounds, before a run, is normal and should be encouraged to
motivate them. This gets the adrenalin flowing for the run/chase.
Beagles are most co-operative if they know they have a “Pack Leader” in the home
environment; if given regular exercise; if not left alone at home for long periods at a
time, and in general, treated fairly.
Contrary to popular belief, with patience, understanding and correct teaching methods,
Beagles can be trained. They are more than worth the extra effort.

2 Responses to “ Western Cape Beagling – 2013 ”

  1. Carmen Wing says:

    Where and when can I register my beagel for the run??
    Thanks Carmen

  2. Bob n Sharon Browell says:

    Good to hear of possible Western Cape Beagling tacking place, we have our second Beagle and are interested in taking part with the Beagling. Our female Beagle is just 4 months old, maybe a bit young yet, but please keep us informed of the next Beagle drag.

    Bob n Sharon Browell

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