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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 !


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