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

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Autumn Colours

Enjoying his first experience of Autumn, 8 month old Mick tries desperately to catch any leaf as it falls to the ground.
Initially he was wary of other dogs and lacked confidence, having been too nosy as a pup with the wrong dog !
But Paul helped the little lad come out of himself and at the same time created a dog who is energy and mischievousness personified, as shown in two of the pics.

So near yet so far

Mick's step !

Now they're falling !

Sunday, 30 October 2016

A Pack Of German Shepherds

German Shepherds, staying for residential training, have featured prominently over the past few weeks. They've arrived with a variety of issues though needless to say it's been great fun to work with them all.

Luna arrived recently, anxious of other dogs due to being attacked when younger. She was fearful of all dogs - big and small - and would react on the premise that "attack is the best form of defence",  with her hackles up as she barked and lunged at any dog she cross paths with.

But what a different dog we now have. Gone is the insecurity and wariness of the old Luna, replaced by a calm and confident girl who's since been collected by her owner.

Luna, socialising in Keswick ...
.. end enjoying a break on a walk
Meanwhile Mac has been making tremendous progress. This young lad was full of energy on arrival and was reactive to anything and everything ...... apart from commands !
Roll on four weeks and things have really changed. We now have a loose lead when I walk him, along with eye contact in recognition that I'm the pack leader !

Mac in full flight ... and free of a lead !
Romy is the oldest of the GSD's we've been training recently. This big lad is a gentle giant and having full control over him gurantees that I won't be pulled along the ground by his sheer strength !

Romy

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The Big Wide World

Introducing a young dog to the "big wide world" brings benefits which can last a lifetime. 
An array of different objects coupled with a multitude of noises and smells allows the the pup to become familiar with many things and initial fears give way to confidence, resulting in a happy dog and a relaxed owner holding the lead.
Here a calm Evie and Mick, aged 5 months, meet anything and everything as they negotiate once more everything dog friendly Keswick has to put in their way. 

Evie and Mick
Lily the French Bulldog who's in for residential training is really making progress and is now off lead and coming to the recall. Hopefully the next pic will feature both her and sister Penny sitting on my lawn or field, free of any lead.
Lily deep in concentration
I think we can forget about harvesting this field for now. The recent heavy rain brought about flooding and the depth was actually greater than the photograph shows .... and all this in mid August !
Forget your boots - try and find your waders
While some dogs love water, others enjoy running in it but not getting it in their eyes. 
German Shepherd Romy can't run fast enough while Bert .....
German Shepherd Romy
.... poor Bert. He has to close his eyes !
Bert - hoping the coast is clear !