Saturday, 23 February 2019

Winter Sun

Winter sun cheers everyone up - including Mick, Ella and Sumo. This photograph is a great example of  how these three happy dogs are.

Mick, Ella and Sumo
But with winter comes rain - and what Cocker Spaniel doesn't like water ??
Pixie absolutely loves it .... not that you could tell.




Pixie 
But while the youngsters play, 14 year old Border Collie Misty relaxes on the warm wooden floor of my office.

Misty 
"Bear" the Leonberger stayed with me for two months of residential training.This big dog was a real handful to begin with and the thought of being off a lead was a distant dream. Nevertheless, persistent training paid off  - although the sight of him "charging" kept me alert !



Bear
Peanut is a wonderful young dog. This year old Cocker is such a happy little character and is great company.


Peanut 



Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Training a dog

The training of an adult dog can be very rewarding. It's different to that of a puppy, as it will already be living its life based around certain parameters - usually not very good ones ! Having to gradually change those to a set of positive ones takes time, dedication and alot of patience.

And so as I sit here I can honestly say we have turned things around on another dog. Wilf, a lovely Working Cocker Spaniel, arrived somewhat misguided. But it quickly became evident this youngster didn't have a bad bone in his body - just highly charged and with no manners or commands.


Rachel has worked frequently with him and it's all starting to pay off - no more long line and no more lead. Well done Rachel - and well done Wilf ! 

Wilf
Meet Coco, one of my boarding guests.
Coco is a young Spoodle (Springer x Poodle) and is exactly as the photographs imply - war, friendly and alot of fun.
Coco
Megan is a young, innocent looking Black Labrador who's been boarding with me. She really is a joy to have around and settles in really well with the other dogs.
Megan
Bear is an 11 month old Leonberger, staying with me for residential training.
On arrival, Bear thought it was great fun to jump onto his hind legs and put his front feet on my shoulders ! At 5-ft 3 - on a good day - this was something I didn't completely agree with and felt lesson one should concentrate on this. I'm pleased to say that we're now onto lesson 2 !!

Bear
Paul took this photograph of his dog recently after they had returned from a shooting.
Poor Sumo was so tired he couldn't keep his eyes open long enough for a chew. in truth are dogs no longer get anything rawhide,


Sumo

Paul captured this beautiful heroine in our garden just a few days ago as it endeavoured to find something to eat.
equally unlucky by the looks of things where are the sparrow who was resting on the not filler.


The Heron


Just one of our garden birds ... looking a little hungry !


Thursday, 11 October 2018

A run in the mud

Paul's frequently photographed young Working Cocker Spaniel Ella is now 10 months old and one of the most loving and loyal dogs I've known. If she's not laying near his feet she's discretely trying to get onto his lap - and usually winning !


Ella
When Rosa arrived 10 weeks ago, the last thing we would have done is allowed her complete freedom - and on a Fell !!
But what a difference structured training has made to this youngster. Rachel has helped in turning this beautiful Yellow Labrador into a dog who's a real joy to have around, and in truth who we are going to miss when she returns home shortly.
Rosa
The 25 obstacles spread over 10km of Shap Fells was a challenge like no other. 
The Total Warrior course was fantastic fun !
In doing so I raised over £1500 of money for the charity NASS, who deals with the medical condition Ankylosing Spondylitis, which my husband suffers from.

And if you're going to pair up with anyone, who better than a Royal Marine Commando who just so happens to be my son.
Needless to say, Harry's adage is "pain is your friend" !


Fun in the mud


Recently we had a ditch dug along the length of our field. Little did we know that such a simple task could provide so much fun for one little dog ! 
Paul's lad Sumo looks decidedly unimpressed at having been told to stop digging - and forcing the soil back into the ditch!


Sumo
One year old Alfie is a lovely dog to have around the house. He gets on with every other dog and is just a very loving, gentle little character.
He also happens to be very photogenic.


Alfie
14 week old Etta is a Flat Coat Retriever who I recently had staying with me. I took a shine to this big pup, who is full of energy and a willingness to learn.


Etta




Monday, 16 July 2018

It's Summertime - just ask Ella !

Eight month old Ella is part dog / part otter. This is her usual style for getting into water - providing it's deep enough. On this occasion there was a purpose, with a yellow ball bobbing on top. Only trouble is, despite her eyes being on the subject, the final pic shows that she rather overshot the mark !



Whoops - overshot the ball completely !


When Rosa arrived 10 weeks ago, the last thing we would have done is allowed her complete freedom - and on a Fell !!
But what a difference structured training has made to this youngster. Rachel has helped in turning this beautiful Yellow Labrador into a dog who's a real joy to have around, and in truth who we are going to miss when she returns home shortly.



On our secret walk .....

...... so secret we never meet anyone else.



14 week old Etta is a Flat Coat Retriever who I recently had staying with me. I took a shine to this big pup, who is full of energy and a willingness to learn.
14 week old Etta, a Flat Coat Retriever

With the generous help and time afforded by a local farmer, our field has been cut. 95 bales later, it is now clear and once more being used to help with training.
97 bales of good quality hay from our field


It's in the eyes !
Paul's lovely lad Sumo has been caught where he shouldn't really be and doing something he shouldn't really be doing !
Is that his bed ? I'll leave you to decide, but on the second pic .......


...... Sumo has been exploring the newly dug ditch - until he was told to stop, as he was slowly filling it in again !

Don't worry Sumo -- we love you really !!

The expressions that Meg and Bess show sums them up. They are very alert and full of fun. Without doubt, great to have around !

"Where's the fun - where's the action ?"


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Fran Ardley the Gun Dog Trainer

While Rachel is a trainer and partner in Cumbria Dog Training, my other daughter is a professional in gun dog trainer.
Fran has been training dogs for owners from all over  the UK, as well as being asked to judge dogs in in the very male world of trialling. Not bad for a young lady still in her 20's !




Paul's six month old Working Cocker Spaniel Ella loves riding in the cars. She has tremendous spring in her skinny legs and gets into the back of the Hilux with little effort. It's a different story when it's time to leave. She's been trained never to jump out but to be patient and wait for her owner to pick her up, thereby preventing injuries ..... and vets bills !!


When are we going to be there Dad ?

Boarding dogs Charlie and his brother Alfie are staying with me for a few days, and as can be seen, a ball is something that creates a real bond.
These two young dogs are lovely characters.

Is this the cool way to carry a ball ?
Scarlett, a young Cavapoo, stayed with me recently. Initially a little nervous, she was introduced to calm dogs who accepted her immediately. That gave her confidence and we soon saw a different dog. Well done Scarlett !

Scarlett 




















Sunday, 4 March 2018

It's Snowing !!!!!!!




Mick likes snow. And Mick also likes running.
So when the opportunity presents itself, I doubt you'll see a happier dog anywhere !              

One happy little character 2 yr old Mick 

A momentary break for Sumo and Mick.


Sumo & Mick
Okay .... not everyone likes the cold winds from the East, and snow blowing over their heads. Honey chooses to stay warm in her bed ..... until late April !


"Wake me up when it's warm again - outside !"


14 week old Ella loves the white stuff and is determined not to be left behind.....

........ even if that means running after Sumo looking more like a Polar Bear than a black puppy !




Bella is all eyes for a snowball - although it appears her mouth isn't as big as she thought it was !





"Does anyone know who the Pack Leader is ??"









Monday, 15 January 2018

"Smile - and don't drop the ball !"

This is a picture of Paul's Working Cocker Spaniel named Sumo, holding a training aid - in this case a rabbit ball.
It was interesting to see how Sumo's behaviour - as a full male - changed once Paul took on another full male dog. 
Having been a very calm character, he slowly started to guard his owner, with the inevitable "handbag fight". 

Finally (!), Paul made the decision to have him neutered. 

And as he proudly tells me, he has his "old Sumo back".


Sumo
Meanwhile the pups have all gone to new homes. It's a quieter place without them but I miss that little something only a puppy can provide. I'm not quite sure what it is - maybe the softness of the coat, their inquisitive attitude and a desire to investigate places they should go to !

Nevertheless, these three photographs are some of the last I took.