Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bailey goes back to school

My daughter Rachel has been working with me for some months now, both walking and and very occasionally, helping to train dogs (with the owners knowledge). Two weeks ago, she was given the responsibility of turning around the behaviour of young tearaway Bailey, a Cocker Spaniel. He arrived pulling, no recall and having absolutely no eye contact. But with persistence and a little hard work, things are really starting to change !

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Labradors come and go and come again ..

Hugo and Max, my Black Lab guests have completed their training and returned home to Bedfordshire.
Replacing them are Fudge and Bailey, two Yellow Labradors. Both are now off the long line in my field although there's still plenty of training to go before they're good enough to go home. But in the meantime, Bailey is enjoying her freedom !

Bailey enjoys being off the longline

My other residential training guest who currently staying with me is Phoebe. Like the Labs, she's also a young dog.
At the moment Phoebe is always on the lead or long line as her desire to chase after something moving far away in the distance is too great. But given time I'll sort that problem out.
Yet again I'm fortunate to have dogs staying with me who are really enjoyable to train, who want to please and in truth are full of love and affection.

But no day is complete without a Chow Chow. This lovely young girl is only 10 months old and came to my home for her first lesson ..... though was very unsure about Paul and his camera !

One of my day training dogs, a beautiful young Chow Chow
Today I have had the good fortune to work with one of the top five rarest dog breeds in the world - a Stabyhoun, from the from Friesland area of Holland. What a wonderful dog.

This what aStabyhoun looks like :)

I'm watching you !!!.................. My 20 month old Working Clumber Spaniel, Annie.

Following recent illnesses and mishaps with our own dogs, the comment was made that Honey was the "best of the lot".
Not anymore !
Somehow on a walk recently, she broke her back right leg. Due to her size nothing can be done, other than being fed Metacam morning, noon and night. Suffice to say she's now receiving even more attention than she normally gets and is being passed from lap to lap. But as the photograph shows, NOTHING comes between Honey and her food !

Leg ? What leg ? My bowl is nearly empty !

Monday, 9 March 2015

Max, Hugo and Tazzy too !

Meet Hugo and Max, two boisterous 13 month old Black Labradors who arrived a few weeks ago for residential training.
For the first 2 / 3 weeks (!) these two believed that the world belonged to them, but now they realise life's not as simple as that and that the key to everything is respect !
Individually they're great, but I'm now working on the goal of having them off lead together, without causing any mayhem. It's not simple but everyday a little more progress  is being made and we will get there !

A very pensive Hugo
Predator and prey or simply just good friends ? (Charlie is carrying a tennis ball)
If you've not come across an Australian Labradoodle before, meet Tazzy, a young girl who's stayed with me for the weekend. She's had freedom albeit by the use of a long line, but as you can see, wasn't hampered in her movements while playing with little Molly.
Meanwhile Tilly lays in the background, oblivious to everything as she chews her favourite toy !

"Steady Molly, that was close !"
"Ouch ! I said steady !!"

Monday, 23 February 2015

Roma, Molly and Sumo all love winter !

This is our Search & Rescue Mountain dog Roma, refusing to take another step !
Although our 10 year old Border Terrier x Patterdale has a terminal illness, she still has times when her old energy and enthusiasm return, whereupon we all make the most of it.
Roma admires the views !
Take yourself back to your primary school days and remember how it felt to put every drop of effort into winning a race ........ now look at 5 month old Molly and her expressions as she strives to reach Paul and those memories will come flooding back !
Jogging to Rachel but...
the sprint to Paul just 
gets faster ....
and faster ....
Meet one little diva - Lulu.
My Yorkshire Terrier boarding guest struts from one room to another before settling on the most comfortable looking chair. What else did you expect ? Lulu using the floor to sleep on ? Don't be silly !!

20 minutes in the snow and poor Sumo is a dog like no other ! This poor lad was due to go shooting today but Paul decided to stay at home. Just as well really, as I can only imagine what his dog would have looked like after a few hours in the white stuff !

Sumo - weighed down by his ears !
Bobby, one of my residential training guests, loves to have a ball thrown for him, as these pics demonstrate perfectly. Thanks to Rachel for being my willing assistant !
All eyes on the ball for Bobby

Sunday, 18 January 2015

What is the attraction of snow to a dog ?

Bobby, my first residential training guest of 2015, loves trying to catch snowballs. This 9 mth old Border Collie is a model pupil and is really learning fast, although he still needs to let off some steam.

Like any dog that stays with me, play is always controlled, with boundaries never being that great and no dog being allowed off lead without proving to me that sheep and other livestock are not seen as an attraction !

But while I can teach a dog many things, I've not found the secret to tell a dog when to catch a snowball - sorry Bobby !

Next time you have a bad night's sleep, ask yourself, "is it the bed ?". Annie, my 18 month old Clumber Spaniel, hasn't realised that her favourite beds were actually bought for Honey, our Chihuahua !

Aha ! So this is where Honey goes when the lights are off and she can't get in her own bed. Seems sensible to me !

Short stay boarders Milo, Jenna and Halo have no objection to being photographed - in fact I think Milo may be getting a little too comfortable !

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Labradors and water

Splish splash I was taking a bath ! Duke and Tara are not going to let a drop of water spoil the fun in picking up a tennis ball !

Somewhere there's a ball ...... somewhere !!
Duke is nearing the end of his residential training and what a transformation there has been. It took some time to get past his rather arrogant attitude (if a dog can possess such a thing!) but once we did, he's proven himself to be really good company in and out of the house. Well done Duke !

Duke ....
...... enjoys the Autumn sunshine
Two weeks ago Fynn arrived - just ask Paul ! Apparently the young lad was rather a handful, until Paul managed to put one of our leads on him. Since then we have not looked back. He now walks to heel on the lead, sits and stays when told to and just as importantly, gives eye contact to the person at the other end of the lead ! But these are early days and we still have a number of issues to work on, but like so many dogs we work with, Fynn is proving receptive and a joy to train.

The soft eyes of Fynn
..... who is now listening to the "sit" command
Meet Dingo - at 13 years old our oldest residential training guest to date. Prior to arrival she had a history of dog aggression, food aggression and no recall. Her owners were actually walking her very late in the evening to avoid other dogs. She now recalls very well, is fine with her food and gets on very well with other dogs - ignore her solitude in the photo - just believe me !! Well done Dingo.

Who says a 13 yr old can't run fast ! Well done Dingo !

Friday, 10 October 2014

Training dogs not to chase sheep !

My working week introduces me to new dogs and owners all the time, and while I often get emails thanking me for how the dog now behaves, I rarely get a photograph. But that changed this morning and it's made my day ! Zee, a beautiful GSD, couldn't resist chasing sheep and even more alarming, grabbing a mouthful of fleece. So I worked with her on this bad habit and she now has a lot more respect for the animals. But I only did the ground work. Well done to her owner - A - for continuing with Zee's training.

A recent email mentioned a breed I was unfamiliar with - a BRT. The Black Russian Terrier is a mix of approx. different breeds, inc. Giant Schnauzers and Rottweilers. One of their key attributes is a strong protective instinct, which is why the owners had purchased theirs'. But at only 14 weeks old, I didn't have too much to worry about when I made a home visit to help out. The two pics are off the web as I didn't have my camera with me at the time.