We started preparing for the county show several weeks ago. We will be supporting the Devon and Cornwall Police dog display team.
All 7 of the C litter came along to the training session and we are all pictured here getting ready for our tracking sessions which we always do at the start of every training sessions.
For those of you who do not know what tracking is I will explain. Tracking is the following of the trail left by a person walking across the ground. As a person walks or runs away from the scene of a crime or a missing person walks off from an area they leave an individual trail made up of their footprints on the ground and their own individual smell. We train the dog to follow this invisible trail.
We start by laying a small trail of food in the footprints of a person who walks off. Once the dog becomes proficient at this we gradually phase out the food and the dog is rewarded for finding the person who has walked off with his/her toy. We start the training on grass and gradually over time we progress to tracking on more difficult surfaces like tarmac and concrete.
Pictured here are 3 of the teams doing their tracking training.
|Cosmic and Linsay|
|Comet and Mark|
|Callie and Annie|
|After the tracking training the teams make their way very excitedly towards the agility training area.|
|Everyone busily practising their skills and more importantly building the confidence and sense of achievement in our young pups.|
Here are some pictures of the teams practising their agility exercises.
|Mel guiding Copper over the ramp|
|Linsay doing the same with Cosmic|
|Noel Gallagher lookalike Paul doing the same with Charlie|
|Cagney in the tunnel|
|Jill guiding Cagney over the walkway|
|Colin doing the same with Chaos|
The picture below show some of the pups on various floors and stairs.
We also assess their reaction to some loud and unusual noises such as the overhead runners on the climbing ropes in the gymnasium and a large metal pole dropped behind them. We are not worried if the pups are initially slightly flighty but we do expect them to recover and investigate the noise in their own time.
I thought I would finish by showing we are not always fair weather handlers as pictured here are some of our hardy walkers practising several weeks ago in the pouring rain.
|Dawn and Comet on the walkway|
|The group getting on with the task|
Next week I will give you the latest update on Brodie who is at the St David’s veterinary practise this week undergoing his second hip replacement.
Bye for now. Paul