Category Archives: Dog Training

GCDS examining at Govilon, Abergavenny – 25th January 2017

Today I was invited by Canine Connections to examine a Bronze and Silver award for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme at Govilon near Abergavenny.  Such a fab group of dogs and handlers – here are photos of those who passed.  Congratulations everyone!

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Otis and Ronnie with their Bronze awards

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Primrose, Stan, Merry and Duke with their Silver awards

 

First scentwork trial for Phoebe and me

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Today Phoebe and me entered our first scentwork trial over at Brecon. We had three hides to find; an outside vehicle search, inside perimeter search and a container search. She worked really hard and found them all within time and received a Novice Clean Sweep rosette… feeling chuffed!

GCDS examining at the Forest of Dean – 26th November 2016

I’ve had a busy but enjoyable time today examining the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme over at the Forest of Dean. One Bronze, a Silver and a Gold award – well done to all those who passed, such a lovely mix of dogs.

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Ellie and Bonnie with their Bronze awards

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Ziggy with his Silver and Holly with her Gold award

Phoebe Achieves Scent Work Level 3

This evening Phoebe passed her Scent Work Level 3 with Scentwork Wales.  All the searches took place outside and it was a windy evening.  There were three searches that she had to find and the time limit for each one was three minutes.

The first search was a mixed article search which included boxes, handbags, shoes, boots, plant pots, drainpipe etc.  The second search was a vehicle search of a Land Rover.  The third and final search was a perimeter search of the farm yard.

It was fabulous watching her and seeing how her confidence has grown.  She was so focussed and found the scent source quickly with clear indications.

Well done Phoebe – you little star!

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Phoebe sporting her rosette

Toby retires from his Pets As Therapy role

This week Toby retired from his role with Pets As Therapy.  He’s been a registered PAT dog for over eight years and in that time he’s visited nursing homes, hospitals and more recently been a Read2Dog at a local village school. Sometimes the visits have been heart-breaking, sometimes fun but they’ve always been rewarding and he’s made a lot of people smile.  Importantly, Toby has enjoyed meeting people but he’s now ready for a well-earned rest.  The school Head made some lovely comments:    “…We have been so privileged to have time with you and Toby and the children have loved the unique opportunity….we’d love to be kept in touch as it has been such a valuable experience for the children!”

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Toby enjoying his retirement

More sniffing with Phoebe…

Today Phoebe passed her Scentwork Level 2 with Scentwork Wales.  She’s loving it and gaining in confidence with her scenting ability.  The test was in two parts and included a furniture search and a perimeter search.  Each search had to be completed in under three minutes and of course you only get one attempt.

Well done Pheebs!

Laughing so much!

Laughing so much!

Too busy telling Pheebs how well she did to notice the photo was being taken!

Too busy telling Pheebs how well she did to notice the photo was being taken!

Bronze award examining – 10th August 2016

I examined a lovely group of dogs for Tracey Prall, Canine Connections at Govilon on 10th August – a Great Dane, a working Cocker Spaniel and a Welsh Collie.  All the dogs were hoping to achieve their GCDS Bronze award and I’m pleased to say everyone passed.  Well done!

Ebony, Daisy & Duke

Ebony, Daisy & Duke

 

Bronze award testing in the sun – 7th August 2016

I was invited by Tracey Prall of Canine Connections to examine a GCDS Bronze award this morning.  The sun shone and I met some lovely dogs and handlers – these are the ones that passed – well done to everyone!

Tracey with Primrose, JD and their handlers

Tracey with Primrose, JD and their handlers

Silver & Gold examining – 30th July 2016

I examined a super group of dogs today over at Dymock, Forest of Dean.  Well done to all those who passed their GCDS Gold and Silver awards!

Pip, Danny, Arlo, Holly, Keiser & Hudson

Pip, Danny, Arlo, Holly, Keiser & Hudson

Wolf watching – 23rd July 2016

I had an amazing day at Wolf Watch UK today.  If you’re interested in dogs and how they behave then it’s definitely worth a visit.  The highlight was being able to interact with two Canadian Black wolves that had been hand reared.IMG_0798_LR12 IMG_0824_LR12

Silver & Gold awards at Malvern – 11th July 2016

Today I was invited over to Malvern & District Dog Training Club to examine

Silver and Gold awards.  These are the dogs that passed – well done to everyone!

Ellie, Max & Dylan

Ellie, Max & Dylan

Sniffing with Phoebe

Phoebe passed her Scent Work Level 1 today at Brecon Beacons Dog Training & Behaviour Centre – Scent Work Wales.  Well done Pheebs – such a little star!

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Bronze award – 22nd May 2016

I was invited back to Abergavenny today by Tracey Prall at Canine Connections to examine a group of Bronze dogs for their GCDS Bronze award.  I’m delighted to say that every0ne passed – a particularly impressive ‘stay’.  Well done to all the dogs and owners!

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Gruff, Merry, Stan and Ruby

Bronze award – May 2016

I was invited by Tracey Prall at Canine Connections to examine a group of dogs for their GCDS Bronze award over at Abergavenny last night. These are the dogs that passed – well done to everyone!

GCDS Bronze award Abergavenny Community Centre 2016

Flossie, Millie, Mali & Malaika with their awards

GCDS Silver Awards

I was examining more KC GCDS Silver Awards this week at Walford near Ross-on-Wye.  Three dogs passed – well done to everyone.

Meg, Merry and Harry with their Silver awards

Meg, Merry and Harry with their Silver awards

 

GCDS Silver Awards

Still very busy examining and this week it was the KC GCDS Silver Award at Walford near Ross-on-Wye.  Two dogs passed and had very proud and pleased owners!

Pi and Bailey with their Silver award certificates and rosettes

Pi and Bailey with their Silver awards

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme – Bronze Award

I was invited to examine at Walford and Dymock this week for the KC GCDS  Bronze award.  These are the dogs that Passed.  Well done everyone!

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Heinz, Hudson, Pip and Daisy

GCDS Bronze award

Ziggy, Keiser and Arlo

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Examinations

I’m doing quite a few Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme examinations over the next few weeks.  It’s good to be testing across all the awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold.  These are the dogs and handlers that I passed this week in the Ross area. Well done to everyone!

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Flint and Merry

GCDS Bronze award

Jasper, Blake and Sydney

Pets As Therapy Read2Dogs Scheme

At the veteran age of 9 years old, Toby is enjoying a new phase in his Pets As Therapy role by becoming a Read2Dog at a local rural school.

Research has shown that children can become stressed or nervous when reading to an adult or in front of others.  Amazingly, when a PAT dog is present then the child is more comfortable and not so self-conscious.  Ultimately, both communication and reading skills can improve.

Toby visits the school once a week and is enjoying being read to – particularly as he snuggles up to the children on a bean bag and gets lots of strokes!IMG_0304_LR12

Crufts 2015

Crufts Gundog Day… early start to get there in time for KCAI lecture. Then demos and meeting friends old & new.  Finally, finished off the day with a bit of retail therapy.  Well done to Tina Smith and Hermione on receiving their Working Gundog Certificate.

Presentation of Working Gundog Certificates

Presentation of Working Gundog Certificates