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  • Working sheepdog wins Crufts Canine Freestyle championship

    Who said you’ll ruin a sheepdog if you allow it to do tricks? It’s one thing knowing that a dog you’re helping to train as a sheepdog has won some of the greatest Heelwork to Music competitions in the past . . . but when that dog (and man) win Crufts (AGAIN) it’s quite breathtaking. […]

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  • Uggh! . . . More snow,

    Just when we thought the ground was drying up nicely and there were even small signs that the grass was beginning to grow, down comes the snow again. I hope this won’t be a setback for our first sheepdog training class on the 6th March. The weather forecast is not too bad, so all should […]

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  • Barking mad – a lesson in dog training

    Barking mad – a lesson in dog training

    I was thinking about dog training – on Saturday night, actually. Gill has long believed that the best thing to do about bad behaviour is to make it unrewarding, usually by simply ignoring it. This works well in the case of a first offence, especially with puppies that are really only craving attention. (This only […]

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  • Training sheepdogs . . .

    I may have suggested before that I don’t always agree with Gill and Andy’s training methods. Well, to be fair it’s the whole idea of training that I disagree with, but given my privileged position within the household training is something I’ve managed to avoid, pretty much. You’ll often hear dog trainers say that the […]

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  • Those puppies!

    Gill took me to see Jill’s puppies last night. They were 16 days old, and to celebrate they had their third consecutive day of worming. Poor little grubs, but their eyes are open now and what am I saying, “little”?  They’re HUGE! The bigger of the girls is almost as big and heavy as me, […]

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  • A dog friendly pub in Caunsall?

    A couple of weeks ago I was taken out for lunch by Gill and my doting aunties. They live in Stourbridge, and as we drove over I thought I could guess how this would turn out. You see their idea of a good lunch usually involves mussels and white wine, and the sort of restaurant […]

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  • Puppy progress.

    Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with us about the puppy disaster. You’ll be pleased to know that Jill and her surviving puppies are doing really well now. The pups’ eyes are open and they’re starting to move around a lot more. Soon they’ll be into all kinds of mischief.

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  • Do I detect a hint of spring?

    Yesterday was such a lovely day! There are snowdrops in the garden and some of the buds on the shrubs are just beginning to grow. It’s still very early, of course (there was heavy snow in the south east yesterday) and things can still get very cold indeed, but every day the days get longer […]

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  • The injustice of it all . . .

    You know I’m not a great fan of border collies, and even less, of sheepdogs, but the puppy disaster that happened to Jill and Eli’s litter shocked us all. I wanted to write something on the blog but just didn’t know what to put. Now, things have settled down, the puppies’ eyes are open and […]

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  • Very bad news . . .

    Apologies for the delay but it’s very difficult to bring yourself to announce really bad news and we’ve certainly had a big shock with Jill’s litter of puppies. Jill’s a wonderful character, she’s playful and fun loving. One of her tricks involves chasing her stainless steel water bowl around her pen (or preferably the yard). […]

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