- 6 Month Old Jacque Joins The Program
- Our German Quartet Have Their First Get Together
- Confidence Assessments For Our Gsd/Malinois Pups
- Our Senior Pups Prepare For The Devon County Show 2016
- Qwendi Joins Her New Handler
- Comet And Chaos Join Their New Handlers
- Sasha Starts Her Evaluation
1 Jacque Is Donated To The Program After The Death Of His Owner
Peter and his wife Diana had lived there many years ago with many happy memories of his time in the Police and he and Jack Rule were good friends.
Sadly Peter died late last year when Jacque was still very young. Diana continued to look after Jacque but realised he needed more than she could give him. Knowing that Peter would have loved him to have been a Police dog she offered to donate him to the force when he was 6 months of age.
Although we have enough pups in our scheme and do not need any more I could not resist taking him once Diana told me his story.
He is pictured here with his puppy walker Heather who has volunteered to look after Jacque while we assess his potential to be a future Police dog. He has a lovely temperament, is very playful and confident. It is too early to say whether he will make a future Police dog but he certainly looks the part and we will give him every opportunity and support.
The early signs are encouraging and he and Heather did very well on Sunday’s training session.
2 Roz, Roxy, Ronnie, And Rocky Our German Quartet Enjoy Their First Training
In my last blog I explained how I collected them from Germany in early December after they had been bred for us by Alfons Schumeister a well respected breeder near Hannover.
We all gathered at HQ on Wednesday 6 Jan for our first get together. Here they all are getting their first instructions on what is expected of them.
We introduced them to the agility equipment ramps and tunnel and as you can see they couldn’t wait to get going.
They all look very promising and I am really looking forward to watch them develop.
I am in the middle of vetting several new puppy walkers this week and so hopefully we will soon have a permanent puppy walker for Ronnie. As always I am extremely grateful to Annie for looking after him for me.
3 Confidence Assessments For Our Gsd/Malinois PupsI held 2 training sessions on Sunday 10 January 2016. Session 1 was held for our 4 Malinois/ German Shepherd pups who are now approaching 6 months of age. They are at the age when we assess their reaction to environmental situations such as shiny floors, different types of stairs, loud and unusual noises and general confidence.
We did this in the old Exmouth community college and without exception all of the pups did extremely well.
Here are Dexter and Riggs relaxed and calm on 2 very shiny floor surfaces.
An aversion to shiny floor surfaces is a really strange phenomenon because lots of dogs really do not like walking on them. It seems to be a particular problem for dogs who have not received good early exposure to lots of varied circumstances and socialisation such as kennel dogs.
Here Riggs makes his way confidently down steep shiny stairs.
Here is Cato completely unfazed by a loud noisy hoover.
The dogs were not at all fazed by the noise of metal trays being thrown around on concrete floors or the loud overhead noise of the runners being pulled above the ropes in the Gym.
4 Our Senior Pups Preparing For The Devon County Show 2016Memphis, Flynn, Rika, Billy, Lenny and our new boy Jacque all took part in our afternoon training session at HQ Middlemoor.
Memphis, Flynn, and Rika are all now 9 months and from the same litter. Lenny is 8 months and was imported from Germany. Billy is the baby of the group at 7 months and Jacque is a couple of weeks older than Billy.
We started with some article search work which they were all very enthusiastic about and it is an important part of the work of Police dogs locating stolen and lost items of property. Here is Memphis showing real focus, concentration and drive.
Here is Flynn going over the high platform,
and here is Billy posing for the camera.
We also did some work getting the dogs barking on command in preparation for the introduction of searching for missing persons on our next session. Here is Jacque doing very well on his first go at it.
Considering it is Jacques first real training session he did really well and as you can see Heather enjoyed herself.
Rika was well into her first season and so she had to wait until the boys had done each session of their work before she could have her go so as not to distract the boys.
That worked very well until the end of the session when we tried for a group photo then the fun and games began.
Next we did our tracking exercises which we always do on every session because as I explained earlier it is the most important part of our work.
Here is Billy showing intense concentration and I am really pleased with how well they are all doing on this exercise.
Finally we finished on some control exercises in the group concentrating on sit and down stay work. I don’t like to call it obedience because that paints a picture of forced compliance and we want the dogs to want to do the exercises because they want to and are enjoying the experience.
This work is coming along very nicely.
Finally it was time for our group photo and the boys may only be youngsters but they certainly knew all about the birds and the bees and Rika was suddenly the most popular dog there.
Heather did well hanging on to Jacque and finally we managed to get a photo that looked almost normal in the chaos.
5 Qwendi Finally Joins Her New Handler
She is pictured here on the left with Lenny and Roxy in my garden before xmas.
The story didn’t end there because when I took her in to the vets to be spayed via key hole surgery before Xmas it was found she had 2 large cysts in her ovaries and so she had to have full surgery.
After nursing her to full fitness she left me last Wednesday to join Ritchie and is currently undergoing a short re-handling course with him. What we now know is even if her hips had been better for breeding with the abnormalities in her ovaries she would not have been able to conceive any way.
I wish them both good luck for the future. I am already missing her but I have the utmost respect for Ritchie and know he will look after her and will give her the work she thrives on.
6 Comet And Chaos Join Their Handlers Ready For Their Intial Course Starting On January 18th 2016
Pictured above are puppy walkers Colin and Dawn meeting and handing over Chaos and Comet to their new handlers Mark and Andy from Dorset Police.
I am instructing on the course and I will be doing a blog next week introducing all the handlers and dogs.
7 Sasha Joins Me For Evaluation
She was clearly underweight and so I placed her with puppy walker Lyn Parlour to settle and stabilise her and to get her weight back up.
It was arranged that she would join me once Qwendi went to her new handler.
Sasha has now joined me and is settling in well although I think she finds my 8 month old Lenny a pain in the backside due to his youthful exuberance.
Well that brings everyone up to date. I will keep you updated on how Sasha develops and next week I will give you an update on the new Initial Police dog course.
Finally I leave you with a picture of Lenny confused as to how I managed to climb inside the television set.
Bye for now from me (and of course Sasha and Lenny)
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