This week has been a nice gentle start into the New Year as training classes do not start again until next week. With all the rain we have had recently there is a lot of water about. It’s so wet that thankfully the mud is washing right off the pups at the moment, as soon as it starts to dry out a little bit it will become all sticky so that will be extra fun.
This week I have been enjoying a number of walks around Horsham, my favourite one has been around Chesworth Farm. Although it is pretty boggy in some areas once you get up on the hill, I just love the view.
I’ve looked after some wonderful dogs for walks, home visits, pet taxi and 1-2-1 training.
However, the biggest break through this week is to do with my little rescue girl. For the first time since I’ve had her (nearly two years) she went to the vet and was able to be touched by the vet without a muzzle on. For those that have dogs that have a similar struggle with the vet you may be able to appreciate the sheer landma...
What a year 2015 has been. Usually I get to the end of a year and think….”well not much has happened, everything is the same”. Not this year! At the beginning of the year my dogs started in Grade 2 at agility and one is now Grade 4! He has even placed second in a national league and will get a lovely bit of crystal in a few weeks to really round off his collection for 2015. I am so proud of him.
I completed my Diploma in Dog Behaviour, it’s been a bit of a labour of love trying to fit it in around all my training commitments but that is what distance learning is all about, so I’m now choosing my next course. I’ve also joined the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme. Although it will take a while to build my portfolio and become a fully fledged accredited instructor it is a goal out there that I can reach and be proud of, so watch this space.
I also qualified as an Agility Club Approved Instructor First class, which was something I never ever dream...
Today I was invited to meet Ringo an 11 month old English Bull Terrier x Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is currently in foster care. Ringo has been in a couple of foster homes and a failed rehome. He is a very energetic young lad that really needs to learn good behaviour. Ringo’s fosterers contacted me to assist with some basic pet dog training. When I arrived Ringo was very enthusiastic, and was jumping up and mouthing at my hands and arms. I have suggested some training exercises to assist in resolving these issues. Ringo was also introduced to clicker training, which he picked up very quickly. By the end of the session Ringo was happily offering sit and down and was learning some self control techniques. His fosterers now have some exercises they will be practicing and I am sure that Ringo will soon be a very well behaved dog looking for his forever home.