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Heat, sun, blue skies ..... it's got to be Cumbria

After weeks of dull and cold weather, summer is here !
The garden looks great and my lawn has been a real playground for the dogs, apart from in the middle of the day when they take shade under one of the trees.
Two more dogs have arrived for residential training - Millie, a young Irish Setter and Bonnie, a Springer Spaniel.
As usual I'm lucky to have some great dogs staying.
How can I describe them?
Well Bonnie is a Springer - you look at her and she's ready to go, tail wagging furiously, and that's before I've told her what I want.
As for Millie ...... scatty - but in the nicest sense !  The photo below sums her up perfectly.

"Who ..... me ?"
Meanwhile Lucy's training is coming to a close and she'll be collected very soon by her owners, who I've known have been missing her - and with good reason.
This little Border Terrier has made herself quite at home, thanks to Honey's persistence in wanting to play. Her first few days were quiet but when she realised that Honey wasn't going to leave her in peace, she knew she had to get up and run .... and run ... and run !
Since when nobody blinks when they see two small dogs running laps around the settee or the lawn, only stopping for a quick drink before charging back onto the "circuit" for more.
One of Lucy's major problems was her attitude towards other dogs when out on a lead.
She's been a challenge at times but having tried different approaches and in agreement with her owners, I introduced a complete change in diet, which I think is finally paying off.
Yesterday was Exam Part 1 - a walk around Appleby to meet as many dogs as possible. We had one failure when an aggressive dog came from nowhere and she did what dogs do - looked after herself ! But for all other dogs who she could see or didn't pose a threat, the pics below give a very clear summary.
The next test will take place in Penrith and I'm expecting good results again. Lucy is such a different dog to the one who arrived a month ago and I feel so very pleased for her.

"Don't forget what I said Lucy"
Ears down, Lucy is a great example of a calmness.


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