Happy Christmas 2011!

December 21, 2011

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Happy Christmas to all my clients, friends and family!!

Please send in your dog Christmas photo’s for the blog?

Special thanks to the Friday morning puppy group for dressing up for their last class! The weather was wicked hence we retreated into my utility room for our session, the planned games were replaced with behaviour theory. As you can see from the photo’s,  it was a very serious session 🙂

All my groups know they are special and unique, the Friday pups are now the special dressing up group!! I think there will be a queue to join them!

Wilbur the Pointer belongs to Jane, he loved wearing his hat! Ozzy the Cockerpoo belongs to Louise! Chips the Border Terrier belongs to Amy, both these guys loved being dressed up!

I won’t go into what makes the other groups special here, all I can say is they know who they are!

Thank you to everyone for giving me their support this year, I look forward to seeing you all in 2012!

Mollie lives with her family in Takeley, if you live in the area please keep an eye up for her, she is a dear little dog and I know her family are beside themselves with worry! I have a photo and their phone number if anyone can help please?

Emma writes:

Mollie is black body with tan legs (looks rather like a teddy bear).

Ross was walking them both along the Flitch Brewers End Takeley yesterday morning around 10am but Mollie never returned.

We had a call from Hatfield Forrest to say a man had our Mollie but after waiting all day it wasn’t Mollie!

I wondered if anyone had mentioned to you they had found a dog in the last few days?

We have informed the dog wardens in Uttlesford and Herts.

She is not microchip-ed 😦

Happy birthday Harley!

October 28, 2011

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Thank you to Smita for sending in the photo’s of Harley growing up, what a handsome boy he has grown into! I think this is a great idea for the blog to feature the puppy’s growing up, I think we just need to add some video’s to demonstrate how clever he has become too! Send in your growing up photo’s please?

Now I just need a camera person? 🙂

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Roxy and Diesel are in the Tuesday evening class together and it is definitely love! Diesel is rescued GSD who came to classes originally because he had some aggression issues with other dogs! You wouldn’t know it now! Don’t you just love how he is getting as small as he can to get on Roxy’s level?

Listen out for me on BBC Essex next Thursday 3rd November 2.15pm to 4pm, if you miss it you can listen in for the following 7 days on the iplayer

I was discussing at class the other week with Fiona and Sue (Thursday morning group) about their different expectations they have on their boy and girl dogs, both Sue and Fiona have one of each. They both reported they were always delighted with their boy dogs and quite the reverse with their girls, and yet from the outside both these little girls are trying their very best to please a great deal of the time! Interestingly Sue and Fiona reported their husbands were much softer on the girl dogs and more demanding on the boys in the home!

I know that this can be the case with children, that is Mothers are more critical of daughters and vice versa, whereas Dad’s give the girls an easier time and are more demanding of the boys. Has anyone else got a view on this? I can’t say I have really thought about this before, I am watching myself now with Pie and Betty, I will report back!

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Dog training classes have an issue that other evening class don’t experience, at least not that I know of? How many soft furnishing course tutor’s have students ring them to say, “I can’t get there this week, can I send my husband instead”? Or cookery tutor’s asked “I am poorly, is it okay if my son/brother/aunt/neighbour comes this week”? 🙂 I know you are smiling now! But however often I tell people that they are the ones learning, they still think the dog is being trained! And yes I have had a request for all of the above surrogates to bring the puppy to class!

I know that Mum’s get fed up with taking responsibility for everything domestic, believing that at least someone could get involved with training the puppy! The reality is it really is the handler I train, and this dog training lark is a skill, it is learning to communicate with another species and teach them to be obedient and good mannered! In fact the more people involved in  the training the more  the process is slowed down! For every person involved in the training, the poor puppy has to learn yet another set of physical and verbal commands, how hard is that?

The truth is that if one person takes on the job of training the family pet it will all work out fine, promise! The dog gets trained faster, everyone in the house gets to learn through observation, (there is nothing like a bit of successful dog training to get everyone mimicking the able dog trainer). I have witnessed first hand how, when my clients stop wanting involvement from the rest of the family and get on with the job themselves, success comes rapidly, the dog suddenly starts to get it! As a result the rest of the family want to walk or train the dog, because they are a joy to take out!

These photo’s feature the Thursday class, theyhave taken on all the training and are very successful in their dog training!

Edna and HarleySid is perfect!


Badger and Lucky

Not watership down!

September 6, 2011

It is sadly that time of year when the rabbits have Mixie again! I luckily saw Betty “playing” with a mixie rabbit in the garden this week, lucky because I was able to let her know that I didn’t like her doing that! I would have liked to have put the poor creature out of its misery, but sadly I cannot find that ability in me.

There was no way I want Betty to learn how to kill any creature, she won’t know the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy one. Plus once she learns to enjoy the kill her recall for me would be come unreliable and I would be concerned that she could end up chasing a rabbit across a road! by seeing the bigger picture I can avoid creating problems later on.

By viewing all dog behaviour through a magnifying glass many of the dog behaviours I am asked to help with never have the chance to develop!

Butter wouldn't melt!

A sad blog today, dear Jan lost her old lady Labrador last week. However long they are with us they always manage to go too soon!

Jan writes:

Amber 22nd March 1997 – 19th August 2011.



Amber was the only chocolate Labrador I have lived with and  I enjoyed and loved her very much!

I remember fondly going to Kings Lynn to choose a chocolate Labrador puppy and you were there with your brothers and sisters, running around the garden. You were the inquisitive one and very nosey and cheeky.My heart was taken straight away and I brought you home that day to meet Bonnie and Tess who both looked after you.

Amber was very faithful and loyal and I miss her dearly. She was a dog that you did not leave doors ajar as she would be off out on the street to have a roam but I always found you (luckily)

I Still have all my wonderful memories and photos of my first chocolate Labrador, but Susie, Lady and I miss you very much and now you are at rest after a wonderful life!