Sunday, 19 November 2017

The One Day Old Puppy

An unnamed one day old puppy lays safe and secure by her mother. Minnie gave birth to four healthy Working Cocker puppies, all of whom have homes to go to.
Over the next few weeks we have the joy of watching their development, starting with them opening their eyes. These coming weeks are truly wonderful and a real joy to watch.

Minnie and pup sleep soundly.
Meanwhile Joss, a 10 week old Working Cocker Spaniel demonstrates just how natural he finds carrying shot game to be ! This photograph was taken over a week ago and it was very reassuring to see that this little lad has a one aspect of his training sorted out already !

Joss with his pigeon
And a tennis ball is always a collectable item !

Friday, 15 September 2017

Sisters

Eighteen month old sisters Evie and Ziggie are very photogenic. Neither of these small Working Cocker Spaniels think twice about running through deep muddy water or into thick brambles if it means retrieving shot game.
But when the day is over and they've been washed, dried and fed, there's nothing more comfortable than the high chair to share.
" Can we try that butter trick ?? "
Meanwhile brother Mick really is the clown. If ever a dog could smile than this one can. A quick nip on his nose from another dog when he was only a few weeks old initially made him made him cautious of his own kind and he lacked a certain amount of confidence. But careful introduction by his owner to the "right" dogs at an early age meant that Mick was soon running about with the other dogs and enjoying every moment of it too. While the running has got faster, it now includes pieces of tree and a smile ! 
Happiness is ....
What is Sumo looking at ? I'll never know !
Sumo
 Charlie looks right down his nose at the camera, suffering while the photographer achieves the "right" shot. Poor lad.
Charlie suffers for arts sake
Having set my stand up, I allowed myself a quick break before the Lowther Show got up and running. Once it did, I was on my toes until 6pm, talking all things dog with some really lovely owners.
Waiting for the crowds at Lowther

August 12th - the "Glorious Twelfth"and Pixie is on the moors enjoying her first grouse shoot. I'm not too sure what that sideways glance is all about but I can say that come the evening she was rather tired ! 

Penny for your thoughts Pixie !
Three photographs of Zara, a young French Bulldog who stayed with me for two months residential training. When the lead and long line were finally allowed off, this little dog showed just how fast she can run - and needless to say, a tennis ball was always the object of her desire !
Zara

Zara

Zara


Monday, 17 July 2017

Rufus is off !

8mth old Hanna is one of my training clients.
She has a lovely temperament and as someone who's owned Rottweilers/Dobermans in the past, I found her to be representative of the breed.
It saddens me that such beautiful dogs can get such bad publicity, largely due to a few thoughtless owners.
Hanna
Recently Rufus stayed with me for two months residential training.
His stubbornness showed itself early on when he point blank refused to sit !
But over time he respected and obeyed the commands which Rachel and myself were using and we were both delighted to hand over such a well behaved and calmer dog to his owner.
Rufus
Meet Border Collie Alfie, who, along with his brother Charlie, is staying with me for a few days.

Alfie
Zara and Gerry came into the stable with me earlier today. While the former was inquisitive as to what I was doing, little Gerry didn't have the same confidence to stand up and be nosy .... but given time !

Zara


Charlie brush up well. These two youngsters are certainly photogenic.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Mick, Betty and Honey too !

Mick, a one year old Working Cocker Spaniel, assumes the position on our old high chair !
He shows great promise for his role as a gun dog, with an enthusiasm and determination for entering any type of cover in search for his training aids. Trained to the whistle, Mick is a very steady, sitting until told to do otherwise, irrespective of the distractions.
But as his face shows, he also has a  mischievous side to him !

Mick

Betty the German Shepherd came in recently for residential training. In truth this was much needed. With no eye contact, she would pull forcefully when out on a lead, and have no interest in anything other than the bleat of lambs in surrounding fields !
Six weeks later and things have certainly changed. All those faults have been resolved and she is now a much calmer girl, listening to commands and actually carrying them out. The following two weeks will be spent sharpening her up, which now we've come so far, I don't think will be too difficult.

Betty

Rachel with a loving Betty

Who else but Honey would think of jumping onto a dog's bed the moment it arrives. This bed was placed outside when Rufus arrived, and our little Chihuahua took full advantage of it being in the sunshine !

Honey

Harry, the Italian Spinone, has boarded with me for many years. He is a quiet and steady lad, until he decides to play with another dog, then I just stand still and hope he doesn't crash into me !

Harry - having a shake.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Life's High Flyers

Ziggy is one of life's high flyers - in every way.
Fran's one year old Working Cocker Spaniel - who she bred herself - is showing all the signs of being not only a very good gundog but of having the potential to be a trialling dog.

Ziggy 
If ever a photograph summed up Honey, this one does.
This bright eyed little Chihuahua likes nothing more than to lay on something soft, be it a bed or a cushion. The only proviso ? It needs to be in a warm spot, preferably next to an Aga !
Honey
Luna went home recently, having stayed with us for two months of residential training. After one or two early set backs, progress was fast and she proved herself a quick learner, remembering what she'd been taught.
These two photographs really do represent this lovely dog and the loyalty she showed us.

Loyal Luna

Luna
If you want a real character around the house, look no further than Louis, an 11 mth old  Shih Tzu. When he first boarded with me a few months ago he was a little nervous, but of course he couldn't stay that way with Cocker Spaniels wanting to play with him - something had to change. And so we now have a very confident little dog who really is great fun.

Smiling Louis

Pippa is a young Black Labrador who's been staying with me for residential training over the past few weeks. I like this photograph, simply because now she can be trusted to recall, meaning that given the right circumstances, she's off lead altogether.

Pippa
Haweswater and the surrounding fells are a wonderfully peaceful area to walk the dogs. Photographs like this make me realise how lucky I am to live in this beautiful corner of England.

Haweswater
Herdwick sheep are renowned for their hardiness and can be seen anywhere in the county. A drop of rain, as seen in the background, will never make these creatures run for cover !
The Herdwick 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Mick has no worries !

If you don't think dogs show emotion, think again. Ten month old Cocker Mick is just too fast for Charlie, and the happiness he feels is expressed across his face in a smile !
Both are enjoying the frost and winter sunshine - something we could only have dreamt about a year ago, as we recovered from Storm Desmond.

Mick - one happy little dog
While one dog is racing at speed and staying on all four feet, another loses balance altogether and rolls down the hill - though never loses grip of the dummy he was sent out to retrieve. This is Sumo, Paul's beautiful little 'Working Cocker Spaniel.
"Use your feet Sumo !"

Time out for me and my dog Pixie.
Pix is a year old Working Cocker Spaniel who's gun dog training has come a long way and I'm very pleased with her progress. I love the eye contact she's giving me.

My own girl, Pixie
A recent residential training guest was 6 month old Lula. After her initial stubbornness had been worked through, she developed into a really loving and responsive dog, calmer and relaxed knowing what was wanted from her.
All eyes from Lula

















Friday, 30 December 2016

The terrible twins

Nine month old sisters Ziggy and Evie know all the best hiding spots. These two Working Cocker Spaniels are full of energy and keen to enjoy life at a pace. But by the end of the day they're starting to slow down ..... thank goodness !
Terrible twins Ziggy and Evie
Butter wouldn't melt in the mouth of this beautiful little dog - would it ??
Evie
Now that's why I've had different coloured socks on today. Thanks Ziggy !
Ziggy 
Bridie arrived from Amsterdam for residential training several weeks ago and her behaviour has really improved. We now have a little Patterdale who can enjoy the Fells as much as we do ..... without disappearing into the distance !
Bridie enjoys freedom on the Fells
Caught and guilty as charged ! Sumo a true look of guilt as he's spotted going up the stairs - then reminded that's not what to do.
It's a fair cop guv.
Driving locally a few weeks ago, I was taken by this beautiful sunset .... and the solitary sheep grazing on the horizon.
Table for one