May and the Month for Rain

Yes, I have had to cancel more tracking sessions during the month of May than I have to had all Winter; strange isn’t it?

Last weekend I went with a friend to see Sketch & Bo’s pups again and my, haven’t they grown!  Lou, the breeder has decided to keep the solid red bitch pup as she seems to have wriggled her way into the ‘Pink’ families hearts. Miss Ruby, seems to be the favourite of elder sister ‘Luna’ so it seems that she is the right choice all-round.

Below is a picture of ‘Norman’ looking like a sheepdog and the owners are going to have another puppy bitch from this litter and she is to be called ‘Betty’. Just love the name by the way.



So Toffee’s toe got better although I held her back from  agility for 3 weeks which meant that her first championship jumping and agility classes at the ‘Vine’ show, went ahead without any practice for 3 weeks. I must say that I really enjoyed the whole championship experience and I thought both  courses where really straight forward. I have decided to have fun in this class and not be bothered about people watching which was just as well as Toffee dived back through the tunnel unexpectedly tripping me up resulting in me  falling over her and landing on my back! Well I suppose it always good to get that out of the way!

The scentwork classes are going well and I along with a few friends, have set up a new facebook page called ‘Scentwork UK’. The page is for anyone to join who does scentwork and hopefully to help people with training problems as well as let people know about available training classes.

Today I had a 1-2-1 session with this Chris  and his gorgeous American Bulldog who turned out to be  an absolute fantastic search dog.


Chris & his American Bulldog

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 you are interested and I will pass your details onto Lou.

The outdoor agility season has started and Toffee decided to chase a Monk Jack Deer and came back hopping on three legs. I could see that her foot had swollen so I ice packed it to allow the swelling to go down later to discover that she had dislocated her toe, so no agility and lead walking only for her. pudley-994

Sketch was entered in the ‘Allsorts’ class, the first time that he had run an agility class for 18 months after pulling a muscle in his groin. Well I can only describe his run as rather enthusiastic! It was a lovely course which comprised of straight lines, a couple of turns and tunnels. I have started on a bit of weeve training with him but taking things very slowly.

I ran another ‘Scent’ workshop at Little Revel End Kennels near Hemel Hempstead. Again a great variety of breeds with all dogs showing great enthusiasm for finding the liver treats using their nose. 012Megan, who works at the kennels and came on the course with her gorgeous little terrier, has asked if I could run another ‘Introduction to scent work’ which will probably go ahead in July so check out the ‘Scent workshop’ page for when this is to happen.

I have another ‘introduction to scent work’ this Sunday and after that I am looking at changing the format slightly by offering either 1-2-1 sessions or ‘pairs’ (comprising of 2 people) week days and weekends. I hope that this will give more flexibility to people during the pending holiday season.




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 white. If you are interested in a pup from this litter please contact Ann-Marie

Also, Bo ‘Gunran Chasing Rainbows’ came to visit Sketch again and Bo was scanned, last week and has been confirmed in pup. Lou doesn’t have a website so I can pass on any enquiries if you are interested in a pup from this mating.

On the agility front Toffee is coming back strong from her Winter break although I noticed that she jumped off the ‘A’ frame too high up which not only would result in 5 faults, but could cause injury so a bit of work to do here.

The scent work classes are going well and seem to be getting fully booked whenever I organise one. Yesterday’s session was for beginners again and what a variety of different breeds 3 Working Cockers, “Springer Spaniels, A bull terrier x and a most delightful Jack Russel Terrier. I am planning to do a ‘Scent Work 2’ possibly in May.

Some pictures from the day.

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