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April: the month for cold mornings and warm days.

April: the month for cold mornings and warm days.

Sketch and Bo’s puppies arrived and a bit of a surprise this time with 3 red puppies and two black and whites, 1 dog and 4 bitches. Bo is doing her usual brilliant job at being mum and the puppies certainly look content and well fed. Two of the puppies are going to people who had pups from the last litter as they are so pleased with them. There is one red bitch still available so contact me if...

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Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

So March is here already and after what seems like a long winter signs of spring are here at last. To start with some good news, Amber had 4 gorgeous puppies which were born earlier than expected. A bit of a rainbow litter, as expected from Sketch, with one tri-coloured bitch, yes the first time he has produced a black tri-colour!, one sable dog, one blue dog and one blue sable with streaks of...

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It’s January and plenty is going on!

It’s January and plenty is going on!

Well the first ‘scent’ classes started last Thursday 8th January and we had 6 eager teams with a whole variety of different breeds. We started the session with ‘pairing’ the scent with food in a shoe box and when the dogs got the idea we added up to five ‘un-scented’ boxes making the choice for the dog more challenging. All the dogs were then introduced to luggage by placing small pieces of...

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Level 2 & Level 3 UKTDA tracking tests

Level 2 & Level 3 UKTDA tracking tests

I assessed 5 teams today, two doing L3 and three doing L2. Again the dogs included many breeds – a Golden Retriever, 2 Spaniel crosses, GSD, and a Collie. We started with a draw for the two L3’s tracks and first up was Di and her GSD dog Finn. Finn appeared to struggle on the first leg casting several times before he settled down and found the first two articles quite easily. Finn was...

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A Busy Few Weeks

A Busy Few Weeks

A lot has been going on over the past few weeks which is why I haven’t been able to update the blog so regularly. First is that I shall have been involved with setting up a new ‘scent work-shop’ which is to be held on 4th December at Arncott Village Hall near Bicester. The work-shop will show handlers 3 scent games which will teach their dogs how to find things, scent discrimination and scent...

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Long Compton BAGS Trial

Long Compton BAGS Trial

I laid 4 TD tracks on the last day, Sunday, at the 3 day BAGS Working Trial.   The weather was forecast as being rain free but the wind got up and it made the day quite cold. I wasn’t all that hopeful for competitors to succeed at the tracks I was about to put down as earlier looking at the results from the previous two days, only one competitor out of 20 had managed to complete the track and...

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