- The C Litter Undergo Their Police Dog Assessments With A Surprise Return From Cagney
- Qwendi Joins The Initial Police Dog Course
- Brodie Is Looking For A New Home
- Memphis, Flynn, Rika, Billy And Lenny On Their Recent Training Day Together
Cagney, Comet, Cosmic and Charlie Undergo their Suitability Assessments for the January 2016 Initial Police Dog Course
|Comet and Cosmic|
We started with 7 pups in our C litter pictured above on one of our early training days from left to right Chaos, Charlie, Callie, Copper, Comet, Cosmic and Cagney. I later released Callie, Copper and Cagney from the program mainly because I didn’t think they would have the size needed and the tenacity and determination to be Police dogs.
Callie and Copper went to excellent homes with Police officers in Devon and Cornwall and Cagney was kept by her puppy walkers Terry and Jill.
Chaos our most promising pup also had to be released 2 weeks ago when he failed his hip x ray which depressed us all. I am going along on Thursday this week to meet his prospective new owners.
On a positive note several weeks ago I popped around to see how Cagney was getting on with Terry and Jill. To my delight she was completely different than the dog I had seen several months before. Although still small in stature her attitude and determination and boldness had improved dramatically.
Terry and Jill were only too happy for me to have another look at her work potential. She attended a training session which was so successful I invited her to join her siblings Charlie, Comet and Cosmic on the 2 day assessments.
I am delighted to say that all 4 dogs passed their assessments and will now be placed with handlers to start the course in January.
The assessments are very intensive over 2 days where we look at their work potential, boldness, enthusiasm, hunting drive, tenacity and temperament. We already know a lot about them from our development program but the assessments look a bit deeper into their ability to cope with stress.
|Comet "What are we playing today?"|
|Charlie "ello, ello what's all this then?"|
Searching for outstanding property or criminals and missing persons is key area of our work and
|Comet "I think I left them around here"|
|Cosmic "Found you, found you, your turn to find me know?"|
|Cosmic "You want me to climb that?"|
|Comet "Have you noticed how careless humans are? They keep losing things!"|
One of the tests assesses the reaction of the dogs on being surprised by a strange figure jumping out from behind a tree as they approach it. We know they will have varying degrees of flight while they assess the situation but we are looking to see if they can recover their composure.
|Cosmic "Wow, sorry... grrrrr...woof"|
|Cosmic "Do you want to play hide and seek too?"|
|Charlie "Hi, is Cosmic under the blue?"|
Another test that assesses their nerves and recovery involves a flowerpot man suddenly flying from the floor up into the air as the dog approaches.
|Cosmic "Woof no sorry that's wrong, flobbalobbalob"|
Cosmic can be seen here assessing the situation
Cagney is assessed here showing real determination to engage with the criminal with a committed bite on the sleeve.
Cagney hears the noise while playing with Andi then checks out the noise and then continued playing.
|Cagney "I want it, I want it"|
|Cagney "Oh its just you with a gun"|
Cagney is also pictured here really digging down amongst the leaves and foliage to locate a hidden article.
|Cagney "I did ask if he had looked properly, bet he didn't!"|
Qwendi Joins The Current Initial Police Dog Course
As mentioned in my last blog Qwendi my German import bitch failed her hip X ray for breeding suitability. Fortunately her hips have still been passed as suitable for her to work as an operational Police dog. The current Initial Police dog course are in week 10 of their 13 week course. Because I have already completed lots of individual training with Qwendi since she was a pup she is able to join the course at this late stage.
She is pictured here in the centre with the other course dogs. Top left is Harry, top right is Daz, bottom left is Jet and bottom right is Bebe. The course is going well and all dogs are well on schedule for their assessments in 2 weeks time. I will report on how they all get on with their assessments.
Brodie is Looking for a New Home
Brodie is pictured here with his puppy walker Mike at the Devon County show in May this year.
I think that everyone is aware that Brodie from our B litter has 2 brand new hips and is now effectively a fully functioning dog with a long future ahead of him thanks to the skill of Orthopaedic surgeon Peter Attenborough from St David’s veterinary practise.
Although our surgeon thinks he is now fit enough to be considered as a working dog we have decided that after all he has been through we don’t want to take any risks with his health. He is a very large energetic, powerful dog with a nice temperament.
Because of his strength and enthusiasm we would prefer a home where his new owners have experience of handling and caring for a large dog. I am happy for any interested parties to ring me on my mobile 07494407037 to discuss any queries they may have.
Memphis, Flynn, Rika, Billy and Lenny on their recent Training Day TogetherOur September 2016 group really enyoyed their last training day on an unusually hot sunny day in Plymouth. We covered tracking, article searching, recall's, sit's, down's, speak on command and also looked at their reaction to a very strange looking figure sitting down on a chair in a field.
Well none of the dogs found our unusual man very scary as you can see here with Memphis
|Memphis "Got any treats?"|
|Billy "Really - whatever!"|
Rob does his Lester Piggott impression.
|"yep, that's right hold me back!"|
|"odd smell this"|
|"Ooo I wouldn't do it like that!"|
|"Look you hold it like this and then..."|
|"Ooo fuss time with a possibility of a hug"|
|"I could do this all day"|
Phil then did some excellent work with Memphis on his sit, down and recall's
|"Another treat please"|
|"yep, I did gooood"|
Flynn doing an excellent recall to me he obviously loves anybody.
|"Fuss and hugs that's what we like"|
|"Will I get a treat?"|
|"Billy maybe right, but I prefer to..."|