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.




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.