Fitting training time in with my own dogs can be a bit challenging some days. But I’m pleased to say that today has been lovely and not only did Vodka and I get so share a solo walk by ourselves, but we also fitted in some foundation agility training with Martin too 🙂 But I
Over the weekend I saw a competitor get angry at their agility dog for being too excited and making a mistake during a run. Many people commented about how they agreed that this simply wasn’t on and that agility was just for fun. That dogs shouldn’t be punished for making mistakes as they don’t choose
I’ve been to an agility show today, and the actions of one competitor is playing on my mind. Their dog made a mistake on one of the pieces of contact equipment and they yelled at it in a very threatening way “Don’t you ever do that again!” before getting their dog to complete it again. They then added insult
Perhaps the question should be – why NOT insure your dog? Because does anyone want to be in the position of making difficult decisions about the treatment plan of their beloved dog with the financial aspect looming large in the background? I know I don’t – quite frankly it’s stressful enough seeing them ill or
Each and every day a dog impresses me with some aspect of their intelligence. One particular skill that I think they’re very good at is their ability to count the number of treats they’ve been given for a particular task – or the lack of them 😉 You see dogs aren’t so different to us.
I enjoy running the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen dog training scheme as I think it’s helpful to have goals to reach. I find it encourages people to focus on honing their dog training skills. And in an increasingly dog-unfriendly world, I think it’s important that us responsible dog owners do our best to fly the flag for
Everyone I teach has different ambitions and dreams for the relationship they have with their dog. They range from new owners with their first puppy, feeling their way through the minefield of training advice; to top-flight agility competitors with their eye on specific competition prizes. Each ambition is equally valid, despite being poles apart. And
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been paying good heed to this quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana. Whilst I love my job passionately, everyone needs a break to recharge their batteries and spending time with family and friends is a great way to do just that 🙂 Our holiday was quite eventful as you’ll see from
This question should really sit alongside questions such as “How long is a piece of string?” 😉 Perhaps the question isn’t just “When’s the right time?” but more, what other factors are involved in making the decision. Financial – can I afford the best food, training, insurance and veterinary care for this new puppy or
Personally speaking I like nothing better than a cuddle with one of my dogs on the sofa at the end of a long day 🙂 But I can see why people don’t always let their dogs join them on the sofa – and I respect their reasons for doing so. It’s all about personal preference.
I’m sure local dog owners will agree with me in saying that this hill fort that overlooks the village of Yatton, is a lovely place to walk your dog. I have always accessed the hill via the car park at the bottom of the hill which is at the end of Henley Lane (see image below).
It’s been a while since I last wrote as not only have I been busy, but I’ve also been processing a vast amount of information since the visit of our American speaker Suzanne Clothier. Quite honestly I’ve been finding it difficult to know where to begin to explain the profound impact she has had on
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This is one of my favourite woods to walk the dogs in, as there is so much to explore – plus the great disabled track around the woods is perfect for both children’s buggy’s and wheelchairs/ disability scooters alike. The woods are beautiful at every season in the year, and the changing landscape makes it such
Firstly, sorry for my absence last week – add a cheeky foster puppy to the mix of an already busy household, and watch your spare time disappear into a black hole 😉 Hopefully I have a new home lined up for her now, somewhere that she’ll be happy and settled and become someone’s ideal family dog.
Are you or is someone you know looking for a new young dog for gun dog or agility work? Remi is a 9 month old, high energy, intelligent and biddable medium sized dog. She has not yet been spayed, but she is microchipped and up to date with her vaccinations. I would require her future owner
The KCAI Career Zone in Partnership with PRO PLAN had a very successful second year at Crufts 2014, with positive acclaim from delegates and peers on the informative seminars and learning opportunities offered. 2015 will see informative and thought provoking lectures from esteemed guests, covering a variety of topics that will interest all who work
This is one of my favourite exercises to teach, and by far the most useful on a daily basis. A dog that understands to get on it’s bed in the face of distractions, is a nice, easy dog to live with. By teaching our dogs this simple cue, we can reward them for doing what
Happy February already – the team and I were kept so busy last month that January just flew by! 🙂 Our Home Visit & 1-2-1 offers proved very popular, and it was lovely to be able to connect people on an even more personal level. That had me thinking about what you all might appreciate
Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Ian and Rose with their sparky little Miniature Schnauzer puppy Indy 🙂 Ben Fitzgerald & Melissa Harding with handsome Alfie the Labrador puppy 🙂 Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Awards Nicola Pilling (Daybreak Instructor :-)) with her two superstars Ricky (9 months old) & Skye (3 years old this month!). Sandra
Training going well and fancy having a go at an agility competition? Here’s a guide to what you’ll need to do to enter your first agility show. 1. Kennel Club First off your dog must be registered with the Kennel Club, either on the breed register or on the activity register. If your dog is a
We all want a happy dog don’t we? Seeing them content makes us happy and they’re less likely to cause us unnecessary stress and anxiety if all is well in their world. But I know from the people I meet through private consultations and home visits that living with a dog isn’t always the wonderful experience that they
Today has been a sad morning as my good friend Sara had to make the decision to say goodbye to one of her elderly standard poodles. Hugo aka KC Registered ‘Curly Clown’ was just over 14.5 years old and had lived a charmed and happy life. I had the pleasure of meeting him along with
For some reason my family have always referred to this particular walk as Belmont Hill woods. But so that you are able to find and enjoy these amazing woods, I am using the better known and accurate name of Ashton Hill Woods instead 😉 This is a lovely walk to tramp around, with a range
I’ve found the dogs I’ve lived with and worked with to be some of my best teachers. The biggest and most important lesson they’ve shared with me, is just how the devil is in the detail 🙂 You see dogs notice EVERYTHING and they respond accordingly. Sometimes with maddening results. But they’re not being difficult, they’ve
Following on from my blog post about the BBC’s program, I’m interested to know what my readers think. Is dog training optional? Certainly the amount of training that each owner may want to put in might vary. There’s clearly a difference between how much time you might put in with a dog you wanted to
My lovely dog walker Clint has an equally lovely wife who made my dogs these delicious biscuits for a Christmas present. All the dogs thought they were fantastic, and were very keen to train for them over the holidays! They also last for a couple of weeks when stored appropriately – in a tin or
Recently the BBC aired a 2-part program called ‘6 Puppies and Us’, which followed the development of 6 puppies and their new owners during the young dog’s first year. On the whole, the dog loving community were up in arms about it – disgusted by the way the puppies were being brought up and the
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin Personally I believe that the main reason I have failed at New Year’s resolutions in the past is because I didn’t prepare properly. That’s why January’s challenge is all about Preparation. You see I might want to make an amazing chocolate cake that I’ve
Towards the end of last year, a few readers commented that they would love me to set them a regular training challenge. I thought this sounded like it could be a lot of fun. My instructors and I regularly challenge each other with a new trick or skill that we’ve seen or heard about. What
Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to 2015 with as much excitement and anticipation as my team and myself. We have a lot planned for you all, and a great place to keep track of all our upcoming events is on our Daybreak Dogs Facebook page here. In
This week I’m looking forward to the Christmas break as it means some lovely, long, lazy days spent with my family – which naturally for me includes my dogs. I consider myself very lucky to live in such a beautiful area of the world where there are some wonderful dog walks right on my door
Need some advice Koda and Sky walk OK individually but put them together and it’s a nightmare, both competing for front position. Its now not pleasurable to take both dogs out on my own. They do settle after about half an hour, by which point I have 2 red wrists and a bad back. To