THE LONGER we live and work with dogs the more we find out about them, and this was brought home to me last weekend by several little things that proved how much dogs are capable of learning, and how much of what they learn stays with them.
AS I SAID last time Chippenham (Slough) DTC held its championship show on Sunday July 6 when the club was also celebrating its 60th anniversary so many congratulations to all concerned.
HAVING been training dogs since I was young I have been lucky enough to have some different types of dogs. I say lucky because if I had not had such a wide variety of breeds and characters I wouldn’t have learnt as much as I perhaps would have if...
We were really looking forward to the Surrey championship PD trial, not just because it was a first outing for Venus in WD, but also with a two night break and only one stake to work, it meant that we could enjoy quite...
RUGBY DTC Championship and Premier Agility Show was held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire in beautiful countryside. The championship judge for the large dogs was Julie Buchanan who is also reknown for her jam making skills.
Not surprisingly, when we did our recent demonstration on working trials at the village fête one of the exercises that prompted the biggest reaction, and the one that resulted in a burst of spontaneous applause, was the agility section.
The Northern Alsatian and All Breeds Training Society held its championship show on Saturday June 28 coupled with an open show on the Sunday.
With the competition season in full swing it is important to keep your dog happy and healthy so that it can work at peak performance in the ring.
We always look forward to the Wessex championship trial, held in one of the most beautiful parts of the country in the middle of summer, and this year was no exception.
Teaching your dog how to jump may sound like a bit of a strange idea as we all know they do it naturally, or can they? It is the skill they will most use when working in agility and so it is vital that they perform this skill to the best of their...
As the day for our working trials demonstration at the local fête drew near we hit a bit of a snag when we went down a week or so before the event to look at our venue.
The next championship show on our ‘ticket’ circuit was St Mary’s DTS on Sunday June 8 but the club also held its open show the previous day. The weather wasn’t good for the open show but it certainly improved for the championship show the...
Competing in a show can be quite a scary thing for some new handlers to do, so often they might perform a training round in the ring at a competition rather than compete.
As many of you will know from previous articles I have had to revisit my sendaway and redirect training with Lunar due to the fact that she seems to have lost her way literally in this exercise.
Well, what glorious weather we have been having lately, I’m sure our friends in the showing world are loving the fact that those outdoor shows are not pouring with rain for once.
AXSTANE AC championship and premier agility show was held on June 14-15 and holds small and medium championship classes on the Sunday which were judged by Andrew Dicker this year.
At the end of May, the second May bank holiday weekend, we had Exeter DTC championship show on May 24 and Waldridge Fell DTS championship show on May 25.
Over the years I have had various breeds of dog and really enjoy the challenge of finding out what makes them tick. The first dogs I trained as a child were a couple of Westies who being terriers were not easy to motivate and train.
Last weekend I went to an obedience show which was happening just a few miles away from us over three days. I initially went for two reasons, one to see a dog who I am interested in using for my next litter...