Sunday, 26 January 2014
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
These are just some of the behaviours owners will seek help with their dog and usually they are desperate. So where do they get that help? Many surf the internet, others may respond to ads in local pet shops, some by word of mouth
What I am seeing more and more of is the fall out from people who purport to be very experienced, Professional Behaviour/ Training Consultants, who charge large sums of money and have actually made the dog worse.
Then there are others who claim they have been working with dogs for many years, decide to set up a business, and actually haven't a clue when it comes to dog behaviour. They usually charge a very minimal amount, whilst trying to sell you dog food, dog toys, leads and collars, coupled with Pet Sitting, Dog Walking and a whole host of other services. This should send warning bells as they are dabbling with everything.
The fact of the matter is there is no actual legislation to stop anyone setting up as a Dog Trainer/Behaviourist. So anyone in reality can go out there and work with dogs maintaining they can sort it out when in reality they shouldn't be anywhere near a dog.
There is also an organization very well marketed, that anyone who has the money can buy a Franchise, get 6 weeks training then they are free to work with dogs.
All I would say to anyone if you are seeking help ask as many questions as you can:-
What qualifications do they have
What training courses have they attended
Can they supply references, testimonials and don't be afraid to take them up.
Word of mouth is by far the best way of finding a good Behaviourist/ Trainer
Ask your Vet
Question their methods of training, ie do they believe in positive methods, treats etc.,
What are their views on training aids, choke chains, if they advocate the use of any type of choke chain, pinch collars electric collars walk away.
If it doesn't feel right it probably isn't.
So get the best advice you can, you owe it to your dog
Till next time Px
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Saturday, 4 January 2014
Thursday, 2 January 2014
Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and all the very best for the New Year
There were many highlights of 2013 and some sad ones.
Our School continues to grow and during 2013 we met many new dogs and their owners. It was a pleasure seeing them blossom.
We launched our Field of Dreams Display Team - The Dream Team and how good are they looking. Hopefully many will get to see them in 2014 as we do it for Charity.
MANY SUCCESSES ON THE AGILITY FIELD.
Bob has trained many people successfully over the years and this year again was no exception Jayne Widdess, Sarah Maclean and Roger Teasdale have made the England Team for 2014 in Italy. Well done to them.
Lots of people have seen their rosettes grow and move up the Grades during 2013. Looking at the potential of many handlers and their dogs in training the trend will certainly continue in 2014
Evie is now taking classes and doing really well. This year will be interesting for Evie with her dog Ace, together with Blaze and Roxy, starting in February when she competes in the big International Junior Competition. She has already had amazing success and at the very young age of 13 this is no mean feat.
For 2014 Bob will be doing his own Blog and reporting on the Agility Front on a regular basis with his usual sense of Yorkshire humour.
Re-homing of dogs has again been very rewarding with dogs being taken into fabulous homes. Big thanks to the people who made this possible. Already in 2014 dogs are looking for homes.
Rob Dixon RIP
Sadly in August we heard the very sad news that Rob Dixon had passed away very suddenly. He was a lovely man, with a huge personality and is greatly missed. Rob took us to Crufts this year giving up his whole week-end to drive the bus. Sally with Maisie has to go on without him, but I am pleased to say that she continues to come to the Field and is a part of the Display Team.
Many people had to say goodbye to their dogs, it is very hard and anyone who has dogs will completely understand the heartache this brings with it.
So to everyone here's to a fun filled 2014 at the Field and may all you wish for be fulfilled