Tuesday, 22 July 2014

And now for the sad news.

Wally needs a new home.

This 2 year old Collie
who has been staying with me for residential training over the past few weeks.
For personal reasons, Wally's owners are unable to have him back, meaning he is now looking for a new home.

So what does this lad need ? At the very least :-

A person / couple with experience of the breed is a must.
No families.
A rural home.
The person / couple must be prepared to give time in continuing with his training must have patience in abundance.

Wally is a young lad with issues ( NOT due to his owners), but as I have found, if you work hard you will slowly gain his trust, the issues diminish and with it he obeys commands.

I have put alot of time and emotion into this youngster and we have started to really bond so expect a few tears from me when I say goodbye to him.

If you think you could offer Wally a home with the above and a whole lot more, contact me through FB or my website - 
http://www.cumbria-dog-training.com/
But please, only serious enquiries.

Janet

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

What a wonderful "job" I have.

The challenges thrown up by a dog staying for residential training can be many and varied - that's why they're here in the first place.
Wally, a young Border Collie is a prime example. A real fear of traffic made lead work very difficult, with the young lad pulling furiously, but little by little we are achieving success. These are still early days, but I feel Wally is trusting us more and more and with that will come even better results.
The sight of a loose lead when faced with on-coming traffic is wonderful - well done Wally !


A loose lead on a relaxed dog

The sharpness of Wally's eyes

"Car ? What car Janet ?"

A beautiful young dog giving me his undivided attention.
The BFG -aka Chester- has returned for a few days boarding. By the looks of things, his relaxation in the river was quickly disturbed by Sumo- who can't understand why any dog would want to relax on holiday. Surely that's when you can have more fun than usual ?!
Poor Chester ! He ends up looking broken, sitting on his bottom holding only a small piece of "his" stick. Same time next year Chester ?

Time to relax ......
... before that pesky Sumo bothers me !
One big dog with a stick
One little dog with the same stick
One broken and dispirited dog with the end of his stick !
The feeling I (and Paul) get from training gives us a real sense of satisfaction and the drive to carry on with even the most difficult of dogs. One such dog was Magda, a young Cockerpoo. 
She was very uneasy around other dogs, wouldn't think twice about having a snap at a hand ( through nervousness) and would be the last dog to have outside the house without a lead on.
But how things have changed !
Paul has worked hard with her and she is now a different character. Today he decided that she was good enough to be trusted off lead on a "proper" walk, and to his great delight she rarely went further than a few yards before checking in with him. No interest in sheep or running away either and as usual, he had his camera at hand to record the event !



No lead, just a beautiful view which Magda is enjoying

The freedom to run for miles - but she never does
We've hit the summit, out of breath but happy !

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Me and my girls

Dogs have always been a part of my life, even as a child. But it wasn't until the summer of 2010 that I finally had my own dog.
I collected Tilly, a Clumber Spaniel when she was only 8 weeks old and I think the world of her. Training was not always easy due to her stubborn and headstrong nature but I persevered and she's turned into a wonderful dog and friend.
Last year she had a litter of pups and I kept one - Annie.
On a recent (and rare) day out with just our own dogs, Paul took these two photographs of me and my gang !

This is my advanced training class
Me, Tilly and Annie
The only dog I lack confidence in handling personally is an Akita - and the reason is simple. 
Several years ago I was attacked whilst training. One minute I was standing, talking to the owner, the next I was on the ground trying desperately to defend myself from being bitten (in vain), as the owner finally managed to drag the damned animal off me.
Now you have a little background information, it' s quite clear why these pics of Troy are always with his owner !
Troy came to me today for "sheep chasing" amongst other things, and despite my "hands off" approach, the two hour lesson went very well and was successful. And judging by the 2nd pic, Troy never wants to see another sheep in his life.
Troy, a young Akita
Troy never wants to see another sheep again !

Paul and I are both feeling sad for a dog who isn't even ours.
Blue, a 13 month old German Shepherd, arrived a matter of days ago for 2 months of residential training. Paul ( a fan of GSD's) began the initial work and immediately mentioned that the youngster didn't sit or really walk as he should.
A trip to the vets (with the owners consent) for an x-ray has revealed advanced hip dysplasia and the knowledge that Blue is in a lot of discomfort. So this weekend his owners are coming to collect him and poor Blue has an uncertain future.


Paul’s young lad Sumo has just had his first birthday. If ever there was a Mutual Appreciation Society these two would be in it !

"Is this okay for you Dad "?






Thursday, 10 April 2014

Residential Guests

Sophie has just returned home having spent the past few weeks staying with me as a residential training guest. An 11 month old German Shepherd, she was very responsive and a quick learner which has made it a joy to train her.
At different stages of training Paul took over, just to make sure the she would  do the same thing for him as well as for me, which she did. And on collection, Sophie's owner was met by a new, calmer dog who wouldn't run away ! 

Sophie
Meet Buster, an 18 month old Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles x Bichon Frise).
It took a day or two to see the real dog but now I know I've one cheeky and very affectionate lad living with me. This photograph seems to sum Buster up !
At the moment he's working in my field on the long line but it's only a matter of time before this is removed and he'll have more freedom ..... and I'll be confident that he will return to me on his name or whistle every time he hears it !


Buster

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

My residential training guests

Meet Dolly, a young German Shorthaired Pointer who's a residential guest of mine. She really is a lovely dog and has grown in confidence over the past three weeks. On arrival she wouldn't sit to the command and never have stayed - how things change !
Her willingness to please has made Dolly a real pleasure to work with.

Dolly enjoys a blow dry
Ten month old Sophie arrived only a few days ago for residential training. A German Shepherd, she had started to make her owner's life somewhat of a misery with her antics and behaviour.
Paul, who likes German Shepherds, has been helping me to train her and we agree that she is on her best behaviour with both of us. Sophie's road work, heel work etc. is really good and I think this photo says alot about her. Being early days, she is not off the lead but being trained in our field on a long line which in time will come off when we're confident she will come to the recall every time.

Sophie
Recent floods have been a welcome relief for some dogs, fed up with walking in continuous rain ! My dog Annie floods them more than most !

Annie the Working Clumber

Now here's a dog in a hurry ! Paul's 10 month old Working Cocker Sumo is a water babe through and through.
But what's he in a rush for ?

Why the rush Sumo ?

Now this looks interesting. But what's he looking for ?

No snorkel needed

Good grief  - how did he know that was there. He really has a fantastic nose on him when he can smell through water !

Treasure found

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

BIG DOGS .... and little ones

Rottweilers are a majestic breed though bad press over the years has tarred them as a dog to be wary of. But as the past owner of a beautiful – and soft – Rottie, I believe that a lot of it has been unjustified. 
Recently I worked with 10 month Anna. This beautiful rescue dog had travelled with her owners from Cheshire for one of my day courses and was a joy to work with.

A proud looking Anna

Last week I had clients who'd travelled all the way from the Isle of Bute for one of my day courses. Lara, a Mastiff, and her owner stayed locally, allowing them to be wide awake for the day ! It was wonderful to work with a very dedicated owner and his young dog who'd been collected from a rescue centre just two months ago.
Lara .........
........ paying attention at the right time.

Meanwhile Bonnie has gone home. She arrived in September for residential training and stayed much longer than usual due to her owners commitments. She was somewhat lost when she arrived though slowly Bonnie became an obedient and confident little dog. I'd really become attached to her and saying goodbye was a tearful affair ! But that's what dogs can do.
A last hug with Bonnie before she went home for good

Working down the size order of dogs, my next guest is Lulu, the Yorkshire Terrier. Yes she is cute, to use an Americanism. Trotting around the kitchen with her jumper on, I call her name and she comes to me with a smile on her face. Sadly she is not a fan of other dogs so shies away from playing with them ...... in favour of a nice warm lap !!

Lulu

Another recent guest was Cedar, the Brittany Spaniel. Give her an inch and she'll take a mile but she is a very loving dog. She always wants to please which makes her a real pleasure to have.

Cedar

And finally meet Nellie, the car surfing dog. She is one of Fran's Working Cocker Spaniels. Fran's three dogs would accompany her on her gamekeeping duties with the older two in the back and the youngster in the front. Trouble is daredevil Nellie sometimes looked for an adrenalin rush. A closer look at the photograph will show it doesn't get much better than having an 8 month old brother at the wheel !!

Nellie on top, Cash at the wheel and Maddie playing it safe at the back




Friday, 3 January 2014

It's been rather wet

The recent weather has dominated things at Toddle Cottage, as the photograph further down shows. The rain and floods are one thing but when the winds become gale force for hour upon hour, it sadly restricts the height Paul can walk the dogs at. However, road walks ensures that heelwork is kept up to scratch !

However, meet anxious looking Arthur, who has travelled up from Bristol to spend a few weeks with me.
This little lad has plenty of behavioural issues, but given time I'm confident that I'll be able to sort most of them out and give him a new lease of life.

One concern he arrived with was a sudden need to bite one of his legs when out for a walk. It's wondereful that the little dog  seems to have forgotten about this and is enjoying being out ..... now for the next problem !

Arthur

Two photographs featuring Honey, a lovely young Lab who's also just arrived for residential training.
The first few days showed me that I had a rather stubborn youngster on my hands but we've now gone past that stage and are now working on the basics with very satisfying results.

Honey
....... and again


It's hard to imagine that only 4 hrs before this photograph was taken I was in the field training one of the dogs. At the time, only the far end was flooding, but as you can see, things changed rather quickly !

It's been raining !

Paul took this photo of Annie as she sat on my lap (dog trainers do have a soft spot!), looking at me turning the light on. He always seems to have his camera close at hand and noticed just how much my 6 mth old concentrating.

" Watch what happens when I pull this !! "

And finally, Paul was very pleased with the new bed I bought for his young lad Sumo. Unfortunately his dog viewed things differently and proceeded to treat it as a bone ! But his loss is another's gain - though quite why Charlie thinks "his" new bed needs a peep hole is beyond me!