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					                   P.O. Box 196                              Fax: 012 - 654 7659
                  Raslouw                                    Tel: 012 - 654 3448
E-mail:, Website: www.ethology

Dear Advanced Students,

I hope you are all well and busy with Assignment 3!

This letter contains information on both the Pretoria and Cape Town Advanced
Dog course seminars (compulsory to attend one!) as well as a few hints on the
presentation you all will be doing at the seminar (Assignment 4) and the
requirements for the final exam case study that you have to submit to pass the
course. Please read this letter and keep in a save place for future reference. (I
will also post it on the, click on ‘events’)

What to expect at a seminar: The Advanced seminars are outcome based
orientated. Besides giving the presentation of your individual case study
(Assignment 4), you will be expected to participate in group work and
discussions that at times could turn into rather heated arguments! You will also
do some practical handling of dogs under the supervision and guidance of Dr.
Hannes Slabbert. Please make sure to watch the DVD on Handling Techniques
before attending as you will also be required to perform some of the tasks. The
dress code for the first two day is smart-casual and casual (preferably jeans
and long sleeved shirts that can offer a bit of protection) on the last day when
the practical work will be done.

What to bring along: Your notes, a pen/pencil and an open mindset! Catering
(‘normal’ and vegetarian) is included, but a little cash or a cheque book can
come in handy: The books by Prof Odendaal will be available at special
seminar prices. Sorry – no credit cards. .

Travel and accommodations expenditures and arrangements are your own

For those of you attending a Pretoria seminar I am including a short list of
guest houses close to Wierda Park N.G. Church where the seminar will take
place. I am willing to assist students travelling to Pretoria by public transport
and who will be staying in a guesthouse in this area with transport to and from
the airport/terminus provided that they arrive on the Wednesday afternoon and
leave on Saturday afternoon. Please let me know in good time should you need
my assistance and make sure to provide me with your time of arrival, flight
number, etc well in advance. Keep in mind that you will perhaps have to wait a
while at the airport as I will not be able to do more than one run to the airport per

day. I will also assist these students with transport from the guest houses in this
area to the seminar venue on a daily basis.

For students attending the CT seminar: I will try my best to assist students
with accommodation but please contact me ASAP.

The Seminars:

The Pretoria seminar: This seminar will be attended by about 20 students. To get through
the programme time management is of the essence and students are asked to be
punctual and to adhere to allocated times for breaks and the individual presentations.

Date: Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 August;

Venues: Day 1 and 2 N.G. Church Wierda Park, 279 Piet Hugo Street,
Eldoraigne. Day 3: Mechem Kennels (directions will be provided at the seminar)

Time: Starting at 8h00 for 8h30 every day. On the first 2 days we should be
done by 17h00 and at about 15h00 on Day 3.

Programme: A detailed programme will be available on the first day. The
following is a broad outline:

Day 1: Issues regarding professionalism and behaviour consultation
(Assignments 5 & 6, presented by Hanna)
       Lectures on dog handling, kennel requirements and aptitude testing
(Assignment 7 & 8, Hannes Slabbert)/
Day 2: Student presentations (Assignment 4)
Day 3: Practical Dog handling, kennel evaluation and aptitude testing.
(Assignments 1, 2, 8 & 9)

Directions to: NG Church, 279 Piet Hugo Street, Eldoraigne.

From Johannesburg: Travel towards Pretoria on the N1.

Just after passing the Shell Ultra City, take the ‘Old Johannesburg Rd’ (R101). At the T-
intersection, turn right towards Pretoria. Travel for about 3 kilometres, pass through 4 robots
and then at the next robot turn left in to Hendrik Verwoerd Drive. Move to the right side of
the Rd, and at the first robot, turn right in to Willem Botha Drive. Continue for about 800m, at
the four way stop, and turn right in to Piet Hugo. Follow Piet Hugo for two blocks, pass a
small traffic circle and the Church will be to you right.

From Pretoria:

Take the N1 (also marked N14 or Ben Schoeman) to Johannesburg. After about 10km, take
the Jean Ave off ramp, at the robot; turn right towards Club View (Lyttelton Rd). Follow this
road in a south-westerly direction for about 2                         km, then cross ‘The Old
Johannesburg Rd’. After crossing the Old Jhb Rd the name will change to Saxby Rd. Follow
Saxby for about I km up to a robot. The road sign will indicate Diepkloof/Pretoria (R114) Take
the slipstream left towards Diepkloof. After about 1 km turn left in to Piet Hugo Street. Follow
Piet Hugo, pass to stop streets and find the church to your left

From The East Rand (R21). Drive direction Pretoria. Close to Pta, take the N1 South towards
Jhb. From the N1 S take the John Vorster Off ramp and turn left towards Centurion. Drive
along John Vorster up to the intersection with Hendrik Verwoerd Drive. Turn left in to Hendrik

Verwoerd, dirve about 2 km, cross the Old Job rd (R101), move to the right side of the rd, and
at the first robot turn right into Willem Botha. Drive up to the 4 way stop (about 1 km), then
turn right into Piet Botha. Drive for about 800 m, and find the Church to your right.

Accommodation in guesthouses close to the N.G Church Wierda Park. Please visit the websites,
make your decision and arrange directly with the guesthouses.
Heideland:       Tel: 012 660 0241,                 Website:
Mahanya:         Tel: 012 654 9935,                 Website:
Ngena:           Tel: 012 653 0673,                 Website:
Innjoy:          Tel 012 654 9998,                  Website:
                 e-mail: &
                 This is a very upmarket brand new guesthouse – a bit more expensive, It is also
                 very close to a small, upmarket shopping mall.

Should you get lost – our telephone numbers are 012 654 3448 & 072 575 8586

Cape Town: This seminar will be attended by about 10 students and the tempo
will be a little bit more relaxed.

Date: Wednesday 2– Friday 4 September

Time: Days 1 & 2: 9h00 for 9h15 – 16h00
      Day 3       9h00 for 9h15 – 13h00

Venues: Day 1 & 2: The Hall at the Bellville Public Library. Day 3: Grassy Park

Programme: Day 1: Issues regarding professionalism and behaviour
consultation (Assignments 5 & 6, presented by Hanna)
       Day 2: Student presentations (Assignment 4) Lectures on dog handling,
kennel requirements and aptitude testing (Assignment 7 & 8, Hannes Slabbert)
Day 3: Practical Dog handling, kennel evaluation and aptitude testing.
(Assignments 1, 2, 8 & 9)

Directions to the Bellville Public Library: From CT: Take the N1 and then the Willie van Schoor
off-ramp. At the T-junction (robot) turn right. The name of the road will change to Durban Road
(R302). Follow Durban Road up to the junction (traffic light) with Voortrekker Road and turn right.
At the first robot, turn left into Boston Road and then immediately left again in to Carel van
Aswegen Road.

From Paarl on N1: Take the Durban off-ramp and proceed as above.

Directions to Grassy Park SPCA: Take the M5 towards Muizenberg. Continue up to the Grassy
Park off ramp; take this off ramp and at the junction turn left. Continue (and be on the look out for

the SPCA sign!) and then turn right at the next traffic light. Cross a street and then find the SPCA
to your right. There is safe parking available.

I think I have covered all the important issues, but please do not hesitate to
contact me should anything be unclear or should you need assistance of any
kind. I will try my utmost to assist and answer questions. Should you want a
more academic input on the content of your presentation, you are also welcome
to contact Hannes Slabbert directly.

Kind regards,

Hanna Odendaal

Hints on Assignment 4 – the presentation.

These are just guidelines not fixed rules.
1. You can do your presentation in Afrikaans or English.
2. Start with short back ground of the case you are dealing with. You are
welcome to improvise should there be missing information – like the name of the
dog etc.
3. A brief summary of the breed and perhaps a picture as well – especially if it is
an unfamiliar breed – is a good idea.
4. Please follow the format of the written report and be sure to put information
under the correct heading. Do not forget the prognosis and follow-up!
5. You are welcome to use power point, hand-outs, pictures etc to enhance your
presentation. There will be a laptop – so just bring your presentation on a disk.
However if you are using ‘Vista’ it is perhaps advisable to bring you own laptop
as it is not always compatible with the older version on my laptop.
6. Avoid generic resolutions and be specific in your recommendations. For
instance: if you want the owner to exercise the dog, explain how often you want
it done and the activities you recommend. If prescribing toys, tell which ones you
want them to use – better still, show us!

Time limit: 15 min for the presentation and 5 min for discussion and
feedback by Dr. Slabbert.

Advanced Exam Case study:

Every student should get involved with a real problem behaviour case and
submit a complete report on the problem as a case study. The report should be
according to the guidelines in the note.

Please do not use your own or the animal of a close family member.

The typed report should be about 10 A4 pages, 12-font, one-and-half spacing,
2,5cm margins around the page and justify the text. Provide a cover page with
your full name and address in the same way as for the assignments. Submit the
report to Dr. Hannes Slabbert.

Dr. Hannes should receive the report not later than 15 November 2009. Please
register your case study, make sure to make a note of the track number and
mail to:
Dr. Hannes Slabbert, 1302 Breyer Ave, Waverley, 0186

Dr Hannes takes the following into account when marking the exam case
    Initial contact with the owner of the problem animal: Date and how the
       contact was established (referral through the vet, etc)
    Interview dialogue; on video, tape or transcription on paper
    Behaviour report: Correct format and use of appropriate approaches
    Follow up visit/telephone calls, dates are important
    Final outcome: or did the case need more consultations
    Type of case: The challenge the case posed (i.e. house soiling,
       aggression, destructive behaviour, fear of loud noises, etc) and the effort
    Videos or photos: relevancy to the case is of utmost importance
    Timely submission: Best Practice will only be awarded for students who
       submit their case studies before 30 November 2009.

NB: Students get used to receiving high marks for assignments and are often
disappointed if they do not get ‘Best Practice’ for the exam. Please keep in mind
that the exam is much more complicated than the case studies that you have all
done during the course. You are now dealing with an actual client and a real
animal. The mark you get for this case study is the final mark for the


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