Sunday, 24 October 2010

Lily, Touch & Retrieve

Lily is a great little puppy, keen and eager to learn!


Both very short videos, but in both she is doing something else before the touch - she finds moving away from a person not quite so rewarding when she's not got something to retrieve. Awww....



And retrieving - we tried a few objects, and it seemed to be the treat pot she was most interested in bringing back! So I could open it for her I expect...

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Getting to Know You

My first attempt at a montage, I got a bit carried away and it's a bit long sorry! It has two year's worth of lovely, lovely dogs saying hi to each other.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Jemma: Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross English Bull Terrier

Approx 7 years old.

Navestock (Brentwood/Romford border) Essex/Havering area.

Poor Jemma has run off during thunder last night when let out to the toilet. My brother is her owner and he lives in a mobile home on a farm/industrial units and she has bolted.

She is very scared of fireworks and loud noises, so we are very worried about her this time of year. She has a very thin coat so will be very cold.

We just want her back.

Jemma's Dog Lost page

She is very good with children and people, but not always reliable with other dogs. Please help spread the word!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

14 year old Pedro

Isn't he a cracker! And the wonders of computer trickery, I hoovered the carpet on the photo. ;)

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Dogs with Jobs

In days of yore all dogs had a job, even if it was just to keep your feet warm. Our dogs today are very pampered, and mostly want for nothing. But this is the equivalent of a person sitting on the couch all day watching television. It might be okay as a treat, but every day it's not going to do you any good.

My Fred has lots of jobs - perhaps not as satisfying as the job his breed was bred for, but at least he's occupied in a good way. My favourite is fetching printing from the printer (so that I don't have to get up from the couch, d'y'see?).

Photo quality is appalling, but you try taking a photo of a moving terrier when he's got places to go and things to do!

Waiting patiently for the paper to pop out. The printer waking up is his cue to go and wait. 
 On his way to deliver...

Here it is Mum! Aren't I a good boy?

So, now you know. If you get a letter from me and it's a bit crinkled at one edge, Fred's been working as hard as I have.

Don't Just Take my Word for it, Here's What the Clients Say...

Your service is reliable and you always communicate to me if something has happened with Dilly. She has not been a destructive dog - your service contributes to a happy & contented dog.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Don't Just Take my Word for it, Here's What the Clients Say...

Dexter is like a different dog since he's been walked by you - all in a good way. He is much calmer, more relaxed & happier. He doesn't chew our sofas or carpet anymore!

I couldn't recommend Linda more highly. Dexter is always happy, tired and sleeps for hours after his walks.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Instant Triple Recall

I use Stay Close as a command to get dogs back to me quickly and stay close to me until they are released. This overlaps a bit with the ComeComeCome recall, but I use that more to get dawdling dogs back to the pack and they don't have to focus on me. Had I thought things through more I would not have done it like this, but Stay Close evolved from the close competition heelwork I taught Fred.

Stay Close is hazard avoidance - if there isn't time to get dogs back on leads, this works very well to get the dogs out of any potential trouble.

Fred has known this one for a long time, Scamp and Bobby are relative newbies, but are already VERY reliable. I couldn't record an actual hazard, as things are still too new for me to not focus 100% on the dogs, but we're getting there!

Just see how quickly the dogs turn to me and start coming back. Video is only 8 seconds.

I can teach any dog to do this.