Took Trek, Cinders and Fart to Stoke on Trent Gundog. Sadly there was only my dogs entered in Breed but Judge Lynn Hunter seemed to like Trek and Cinders. Trek was BOB and Cinders RBOB. Fart was 3rd in Veteran under replacement judge Jinty Gill-Davies. There was a nice camaraderie with the Sussex, Gordon and Yankie folk around the ring. Sheila Rees took Cinders in for the challenge and I helped out Karen Sanders out by taking in her lovely American Cocker puppy into the challenge. It was that sort of show.
Went to Rally last night and Katy's dog Digger a large GSD who she rescued and had up till now not accepted any dog working near to him has decided that Cinders is his best Buddy, so we sat near him during the session and though noisy he seemed better and Cinders just ignored all his antics. We got there only to find the room we expected to be in had been changed and we were in a very room with a lot of echo. We started with just doing heel work and left and right turns and then moved onto a mini course which we were allowed to walk through and then do a practice run. We were then asked to do it again and this time we were videoed and this will be used to help us see what we are doing wrong. Our final activity was to practice the stand and walk around. We stood our dogs in front of the chair on which we put a small pool of treats. We give the stand command and then give a treat. We then do the same and take a step away and give a treat from the chair. We quickly moved to standing behind the chair but in front of the dog and giving a treat from there to being able to treat at the stand command and to walk all the way round the chair and dog and then treat at the end. Cinders focus was totally on the treats on the chair that she wasn't bothered what i was doing.
I then did this with the down command with just having the pile of treats in front of her on the floor. started the same way and very quickly was able to walk round Cinders (something we had been struggling with) so the last time we did it i allowed her to have the full pot of treats on the floor. Have to say i was dead chuffed after this session.
Another early start for the Game Fair Day 2. Had the great pleasure of being joined this time by Elspeth Hazell who brought Tanis' daughter Gladwys to join us in the pen. There were a lot more people there that we met up with again, including the absolutely gorgeous Ethel who is Emily Kenyon new baby. You will notice from the photos that Tanis did his second day as belisha beacon sitting on the table. As soon as people came in they say his Tan highlights flashing at them. Gladwys and Cinders took turns to do some of this duty though both of them preferred the nice warm duvet bed under the table. However we soon noticed that they tended to target the little ones walking round and their hands were the perfect height to reach their heads and chest for a fuss.
We were fortunate that for the most part the weather held off and though we had some damp moments it was really only when most were going home at 4 pm that the rain was a little more persistent. Have to say considering the dire forecast for today the fair was busy.
Have to say that the food on sale was definitely a cut above the normal Fair fare. The pork, crackling and home made sage and onion stuffing roll was wonderful and the salted caramel chocolate brownies were stunning. in fact i brought some home and hubby scoffed one and i took one bite from mine and the next moment couldn't understand how come it had all gone. don't think the remainder will last long.
Got home slightly damp and tired but had some very good interest in the breed and met a few new friends doing DD this weekend too.
Was funny today as i arrived early and decided to trim both Tanis and Cinders feet and ears. Both have been avoiding me so now i had a captive audience. Managed to do a creditable job considering most of the feet and feathering was a bit wet.
A couple of hours later this strange gentleman came over to ask if he could borrow a pair of scissors. Thinking he was going to use it to cut some paper etc, i was going to say no, but he said his Munster had a couple of mats round his ears and the visitors kept finding them so could we help him remove them. His other Munster didn't have all this hair so he wasn't used to checking it or trimming ears. He was sweetly embarrassed to ask so we were nice to him and helped him out.
Karen Partirdge was there too so as a groomer she removed the matts and made him neat and tidy, but i said how come you had asked me. Seems that though he hadn't been there at 8.00 am many others had been and told him i had been grooming and had the required equipment. So we now have a new Game Fair friend in Munsters.
More grooming tomorrow as I am informed that i am responsible for Gladwys feet being tidy.
We are continuing with our Rally Training with Cinders. We are training with Derbyshire School 4 Paws & Agility Centre run by Kim Hunt. Out Trainer is Rebecca Grant and we moved to the new venue at Strutts in Belper.
Rebecca set up 5 courses of 4 or 5 stations so we could do several runs on it and then show her how well we were doing. Cinders was really good at the first couple of courses, but we struggled on the sit, down and walk around. I was trying to cut down on the treats and then pushing the difficulty and this was my fault. I also realised that we were getting close to the end of the session and was getting tired.
We will go back to using treats and making it fun for Cinders next week.