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Training and everyday events.
|Posted on June 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM||comments (605)|
Must be two years or more, since David Lisett told us about the work he was doing to put together a product that he could feed his dogs and more,
and we knew the product he produced would be something special.
Now we have had our first bags of the food delivered from Chapel Farm, we chose Performance 24+ and I am confident the results will be good and at such a reasonable price my purse will be very happy
All the dogs have either been to the Cuckmere or the lake at least once this week and thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt, and we too have loved it. We chuckle at Tinks little tippy toe into the cuckmere, she is sooo gentle in her entrance into the water, whereas Ellie is like the rest of the gang and just takes an almighty leap into the river.
Jay Jays' work in the water is beautiful to watch, she goes such distances in the water and takes commands/directions that astound me. Though she does it for us, so if we bore her with water work she will pull up the drawbridge,
bless her heart. My fault as I enjoy watching her water work so much I can get carried away.
Having her mum, Mia, there as well, working the girls as a brace is yet another joy I could get carried away with.
We do feel truly blessed with our dogs.
I have also had the pleasure of two Alfinmarsh owners coming for a walk this week, Tracy with Rhett on tuesday and then Vicki with JJ on friday.
It is such a pleasure to have the company of those two women and always a joy to see an Alfinmarsh pup come back for a walk.
|Posted on May 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM||comments (726)|
Well, are two youngest are a year old and it s so hard to believe that fact.
These two sweeties, as you all know are sisters from the same litter and have been left untouched for most of the year.
We took the decision when i had the fall down the stairs, to 'not touch them' until I could run, bend and happily move as one needs to when training
young dogs. Normally we train from the get go, all fun training but still training, and I would be a liar to say I didn't worry as the months ticked by over whether we had made the right decision
We hoped and prayed that it would not be the wrong decision and that with our work we do with each Litter, giving them a lot of stimuli and socialisation before they leave us to go to there new homes, and basically by not doing anything with them that might cause trouble when we did start the training.
We had people say of Ellie that she would have so much trouble all the time with her eye, and touch wood she has had none. I even had one person say that their dog was useless at smelling and not much drive, which they put down to the fact that their dog had only one eye. Our Little Ellie has so much drive and a very good nose and is fully, if not to much., switched on :)
We also have heard over the years 'oh noooooooo you shouldn't keep two from a litter as they will not bond with you' etc. People often say that they keep their dogs totally on their own in kennels so they do not pair with another dog diminishing ( as they see it) their bond with the dog, saying to do all of this just makes it so hard for training.
But we had no issues with Mia and Jay Jay when we kept them with their mother and couldn't see their bond between the two of them getting into the way of our bond with them. The human bond was the worry for me, particular worry as Gary was the one who would do most of the playing with Tinks and Ellie as they grew as I could not kneel down to do so, meaning Tinks at one point was certainly more bonded with Gary.
BUT we have now started training and our wild pups have started their journey to hopefully many many years on shoot having fun with us.
Tinks is bonding well with me and I think she is a little sweetheart who is so like her older sister Jay jay it is uncanny. There seems to be no issues caused by having kept her sister, or through the lack of training over the moths. Yes if I was to do a list of what Jay Jay could do by one years of age and what Tinks can now do, the gap would be huge BUT if we compare them by length of time they have been trained, the boards would be equal.
Neither Gary or I have regretted keeping the two, and they have given us great joy and have enriched the pack individually.
May we also take this opportunity to say
Thank You To All The Alfinmarsh Owners
We have always felt blessed by the people who have become Alfinmarsh owners. They have been wonderful to the Alfinmarsh pups and many have become close and dear friends, we promise to take more care of you all over the following year
|Posted on March 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM||comments (815)|
We have taken the pups to the lake twice in seven days and we have been very pleased with them. Poor Tinky was to brave and dived straight into the lake and gave herself a shock, bless her, Such a brave girl who is certainly now thinking about doing it again but just thinking.
We start the young ones off on the reed beds, this enables them to paddle into the water whilst feeling secure because the reeds make for less splash back, security of normality and it is not so deep that they need to swim, enabling them to keep their feet on the ground.
Ellie very quickly moved on from the reeds beds to diving into the lake, very quickly, and she swims as if she has been swimming for an age where as Tinks because she dived straight into the lake before getting use to the water, is not so far forward but we know in her own time she will turn into a water babe and a great water babe, until then we will let her paddle away in the reeds :)
In the video clip is Jay jays first lake work of this year and Ellie's second session ever. I have also put a little clip of Tinks doing a land retrieve, bless her.
Jay Jays session had to be done all in one go because we had Ellie with us and we didn't want little Ellie to get cold.
Jay Jay done all I asked of her which was very Lucky seeing as I had a back seat driver in Gary, he said when I redirected Jay Jay with an out command that I should have just let her go straight back as I had not, as yet, given her a straight back in that session. I took no notice and still sent her out and then when I reviewed the video saw that Gary was quite right, I hadn't let her have a straight Back, don't you just hate it when you have senile moments, he he he!
Then on the next retrieve I redirected her out and Gary let Ellie paddle in the reeds in the direction of Jays out :) Talk about distraction, once she had corrected herself she needed a back command.
Jay Jay seems very happy of late and I am very happy with her and how we are processing together, roll on the summer.
Ellie was a star, only her second time in the water :))
Tinks as i said earlier is still in the reeds so the clip is of her on the land. I should have NOT said steady to Tinky when she was out on her retrieve, as unless the pup needs it, I like to leave them to it to work it out themselves and to not
get in there way.
Oh by the way my 'out' is command for left or right :)
Please excuse mama mia having a moan whilst Tinks did her retrieve, but ha, even the old girls can have a moan once in a while, he he he!
|Posted on February 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM||comments (690)|
The sun is being kind this week, for this time of year that is, and we are very grateful. I am also very grateful for little Ellie, she has been the Key to bringing Gary into training and it is so nice to have someone out there with one, for some of the time. She is also an angel when I put her Lubrithal Eye Gel into her eye once a day, not that she has had any trouble with it since the original and only eye infection the little girl had when a tiny pup, the eye drops is a lubricating fluid to aid in moisturising the eye and the third eye lid so it will go on every day just as my face cream does :))
Ellie is also a fantastic cuddle monster and when I watch her and Gary together I have very high hopes for them as a team, and one just looks at her and one can't help but smile.
We have walked the girls up the lane together this week, and I think the way it will go over the summer is that I will train Tinks in the morning and possibly Ellie if Gary does not get the time, though that will be separate training. Then in the evening we walk the girls together, Gary with Ellie and myself with Tinks doing throws for one another, teaching them patience and to work together.
Tinks is just so Like Jay Jay in manner and hopefully in style and drive that I look forward to becoming a team with her, I just hope the 'winter of no training' will not ruin it for us. She is also like Jay Jay in being an escape artist as the little toe rag jumps the fences to get into the back garden, she also has a single bark going on that will have to be stopped, bless her. Often over the bay horse in the field that stares at Tinks, Tinks Stare back and then 'Yap', then quiet, then 'yap' he he he
|Posted on February 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM||comments (879)|
Well, Tinks and Ellie finally had a week of training, nearly every day, Gary training Ellie and myself trainning Tinks. Knee held out thankfully so it is now a case of getting on with their training whilst strengthening my knee etc.
They got their puppy certificates last week, we took them to the wonderful team that is Linda and Erik, friends of ours who run training classes nearby http://pawsdogtraining.co.uk/
We went to socialise the girls as although they were socialised when they were with the whole litter because of the fall they haven't had much socialisation since. Jay had her bronze kennel club certificate by the time she was 5months (I think, give or take) but we have to remind ourselves that I trained Jay jay from the get go, we have only just started training Ellie and Tinks.
Tinks fell in love with Erik, still Tinky likes all people, though bless her she was so scared of this yappy dog it was ridiculous, he he he!
Ellie was a sweetheart for her Gary and they looked so good together it warmed my heart.
|Posted on January 22, 2012 at 7:20 AM||comments (556)|
We took the girls on shoot yesterday and to add to a good day one of the puppy owners came along with their 18 month old Alfinmarsh Forrest.
He will be joining the shoot now and his wife will be joining with her cocker, which is great as it means we will have the added joy of having another Alfinmarsh on shoot.
Thoroughly enjoyed the shoot working the girls together, especially in my favourite areas which is the mixed cover crops and the dense coarse bushes.
Though what I wrote in the previous up-date, that I was worried that temptation may start to pull Jay Jay forward with so many of the other shoot dogs working forward, DID happen. My angel Jay Jay who has for a long time now hasn't been herself pulled forward whilst working and talk about deaf ear, bless her.
Most of the time though it was a Joy to work the girls.
I worked a small mixed cover crop strip with a chap who had brought his lab on shoot for the first time, therefore was on lead. Gary was with Mia... in the woods on the side of crop.
If it had been a trial, the first half of the cover crop the judge would have said about Jay Jay 'Lovely, lovely dog' she needed no whistle worked beautifully and put a couple of birds up stopping at each one :)
Second half of the cover crop the judge would have tapped me on my shoulder and said 'sorry Miss but can you regain your dog and leave' he he he :)) Mama Mia joined me 2/3rds in and the girls worked the crop together beautifully :))
All in all, mama Mia = fab :) Jay Jay = some good sections some really naughty, naughtiest she has ever been.
Leconfield Field Trial on the 9th
What a cracking bunch of people there was at the trial, Gary and I chatted, caught up and had a giggle while we waited for our run which was not for a while seeing as we were number 15th to run.
After the shoot day we knew that whilst Jay Jay looked stunning most of the time she worked, that she was/is going through a teenage stage but little did we expect her to do what she did.
As soon as we started our run Jay Jay hit onto scent, I thought 'yes' we could have a good run here, FAMOUS LAST WORDS. Within minutes she flushed a pheasant out of the brambles, sat as the gun shoot at the bird, the gun missed the bird but it flew low and landed quickly in the brambles. Jay babe, bless her presumed it had been shoot and without waiting for my command ran in to retrieve it. Yep, that was the end of the trial for us and poor Gary was in pure shock as he said 'she has never done that before'! Well she has now Gary he he he
|Posted on January 1, 2012 at 8:07 AM||comments (795)|
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|Posted on October 25, 2011 at 11:12 AM||comments (1977)|
Well this hop along person, me, managed to do some training with Tinks this afternoon.
Gary is over the moon with her and commented on how pleased he is with the pairing between Mia and Ftch Deepfleet Jay. The pairing seems to keep giving us good dogs, for as Gary said, Tinks hasn't had any training and yet it's all there, drive, desire, honesty, and fingers crossed style.
In these two clips below you see her drive and desire. In two parts because after hunting for a long time for a newbie she came back to me and Gary thought I would end it there, but i didn't.
Tinks had so much drive and desire for the ball and had been hunting for such a while I really wanted to give her the reward. So I gave her a back command and of she went once again. When Gary saw i had sent her back he started the camera up again and caught her going back and achieving this time. I was so pleased with her keeping that drive all through that time and remembering the location for all that
3rd clip is of Tinks doing another retrieve after the above one, in the same place to get a clean retrieve :) Well done Tinks
|Posted on October 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM||comments (1134)|