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.
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
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!
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!
Gruff, Merry, Stan and Ruby
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!
Flossie, Millie, Mali & Malaika with their 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
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 awards
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!
Heinz, Hudson, Pip and Daisy
Ziggy, Keiser and Arlo
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!
Flint and Merry
Jasper, Blake and Sydney
Toby’s really enjoying his role as a Read2Dog for Pets As Therapy. He visits a small, local, rural school and the children who read to him really do get a lot out of the sessions. We had such a lovely visit today as he was presented with a package which contained a Christmas card that the children had made with a fabulous picture of Toby – they’d all written messages inside. Plus there were also some Christmas presents… what a lucky dog!
Toby showing off his presents!
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!
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
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Tagged 2015, crufts
On Sunday 1st March I was invited to take part in a Spaniel gundog training day with the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club. The guest trainer was Martin Kilminster who is also a trainer with the Mid-Western Gundog Society.
I took one of my Cockers, Phoebe, who although a show strain is displaying an aptitude for gundog work. It was an excellent day and Martin’s ‘quiet’ style of positive training went down well – especially with a group of raring to go Spaniels!
We were also introduced to using place boards which can help with building in steadiness in your dog’s training. Place boards are an innovation from the US and Phoebe certainly picked up what to do very quickly. Martin also demonstrated how they can be used to teach your dog to quarter – again Phoebe took to this straightaway. Place boards are now at the top of my ‘wish list’!
A big thank you to the WSSC for inviting me – a really enjoyable day with great company and lovely to see lots of ‘Welshies’.
Yesterday, I travelled to Runcorn in Cheshire so I could get a good night’s sleep before being assessed today by the Kennel Club as a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award Examiner. It’s the ultimate test as an examiner for the Good Citizen Dog Scheme but I’m pleased to say that I passed. I’m now an ‘A1’ listed GCDS Examiner and can examine Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
Who won the Gold?
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Well done to members of my GVDTC Thursday Obedience class who took their GCDS Silver award today. The weather was very wet but I’m delighted to say that nine dogs passed! Congratulations to Natasha Harrison & Rufus, Kathy Williams & Barney Rubble, Bill Harman & Maddie, Tina Smith with Judy & Hermione, Jenny Shore & Jumble, Gail Clark & Gem, Carol Lloyd & Sox and Heather Suff & Ben. Special thanks to the examiner, Anne Weston. Here’s a photo of the group.
KCGCDS Silver Award – October 2014
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Tagged dog obedience, dog training, Gold, Gold award, Good CItizens, hereford, herefordshire, Kennel Club, obedience training
I’ve updated my training schedule to show the new classes, additional training and the GVDTC in-house instructor course I am running with Anne Weston.
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Well done to members of my GVDTC Thursday Obedience class who took their GCDS Bronze award today. Everyone passed and it was lovely to see such a mixed group of Spaniels; a Clumber, Welsh Springer, Working Cocker and two English Springers! Congratulations to Sarah Cundy & Blossom, Tina Smith & Judy, Gail Clark & Gem, Kathy Williams & Barney Rubble and Natasha Harrison and Lulu. I’m very proud of you all. Special thanks to the examiner, Anne Weston and to club members for allowing us exclusive use of the club grounds for the award. Tim is working on the photos but for now here is one of the group.
KC GCDS Bronze Award – October 2014
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I had a fabulous day on Sunday at Kingstone dog show. The dogs were well-behaved (the owners were too) and the sun shone. Thanks to Kate and Sue for asking me to Judge the show. You can see photos taken by Tim Dale Photography here. On the day, the show raised £345.00 for Longtown Mountain Rescue and I understand there will be a cash donation from Bulmer’s Cider of £200 to add to this – excellent!
On Friday I travelled to Hockley, near Southend, Essex as the following day I was assessed by the Kennel Club as a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Silver Award Examiner. It was a long way to go but thankfully worth the effort as I’m really chuffed to say that I passed. I’m now an ‘A’ listed GCDS Silver Examiner. Next I’ll be going for Gold!
Unfortunately, it looks like the rain is set for the day and as there is no cover at Poston Mill and the ground is too slippery for agility I have reluctantly decided to cancel today’s class. See you all at GVDTC on Thursday.