So how are your New Year habits going?

March blog by Mark Laker

International Agility Team Manager  -Agility Team GB

So how are your New Year habits going?

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Hopefully you’re still maintaining focus on them…It’s difficult though isn’t it. I’m pleased to report that I’m still on track with mine…well the easy ones like drinking more water, eating more fruit and less chocolate (that is a hard one actually). I still have to work at the tougher habits I want to develop, its so easy to find reasons [read excuses] not to do them. It’s too wet, its too cold, I’m tired, I have other important things to do etc… But I’ve been working really hard to ignore these thoughts and just do it. I’m pleased to say its working and the habits are forming.

Later this month we have the second tryout day for the juniors hoping to be selected for the team going to the European Open for Juniors in The Netherlands this year.

And we also have the second squad day for the adults. Both days will require handlers to pull out their best runs on the day to be in with a chance of selection, especially the juniors as this will be their last try-out day. I’ll let you know how they get on next month and hopefully may be able to announce the team too.

Chinese Year of The Dog

Year Of Dog - 2018

The Dog is the eleventh of all the Chinese zodiac animals. According to legend, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by when each animal arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After they’d finished, they set off to the Jane Empror’s party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. So the Dog became eleventh.

The Dog is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī)(戌), and the hours 7–9 in the evening. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Dog is yang.

In China, it is still popular to name dogs ‘Wàng Cái ‘(旺财), which means ‘prosperous wealth’ and derives from the sound of dogs’ barking(旺旺—wàng wàng).

Honest and loyal, Dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner

Recent years of the Dog are:

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1934

1946

1958

1970

1982

1994

2006

2018

 

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although xū is associated with earth, the years cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

Full details of each year.

YEAR CELESTIAL STEM EARTHLY BRANCH ZODIAC ELEMENT YIN YANG
1934 jiǎ Dog Wood Yang
1946 bǐng Dog Fire Yang
1958 Dog Earth Yang
1970 gēng Dog Metal Yang
1982 rén Dog Water Yang
1994 jiǎ Dog Wood Yang
2006 bǐng Dog Fire Yang
2018 Dog Earth Yang
2030 gēng Dog Metal Yang

Personality and characteristics

A Dog’s most defining characteristic is its loyalty. A Dog will never abandon its friends, family or work.

Honest and just, the Dog is popular in social circles. Everyone needs a Dog friend for advice and help. They’re also good at helping others find and fix bad habits.

Despite how calm a Dog can act, they can be worried and anxious inside. However, they will not let this feeling get in their way. Once a Dog decides on something, no one can persuade them against it.

ELEMENT YEAR FORTUNE
Metal 1910, 1970 These Dogs are traditional and attractive. They have high self-esteem and don’t like receiving help. But they like helping others, though it sometimes causes problems for themselves. They will take over someone’s position and it’ll open up a smooth road to success.
Water 1922, 1982 These Dogs are calculative planners. They focus on building a strong foundation for their future. But when faced with difficulties, they can become very pessimistic. They work hard, but should create bigger goals in order to use their full potential.
Wood 1934, 1994 These Dogs are trustworthy and polite. If given help, they’ll do whatever they can to repay the kindness. They adhere strongly to morals and ethics. Others can find it hard to understand. They do well in jobs that require patience and will keep fighting until they succeed.
Fire 1946, 2006 These Dogs are dream chasers. They generally have smaller dreams that are easy to fulfill, which motivates them to continue on. When friends have trouble, they’ll give advice but won’t set out immediately to help. Every step must be thought out carefully before they act.
Earth 1958, 2018 These Dogs are stubborn and never give up. They aren’t very connected with the world and society. Though stubborn, they respect other perspectives. They believe that as long as they work hard, they’ll make it.

Men born in the Dog year are straightforward and genuine. They are energetic, though they’re more pessimistic inside.Very opinionated, they’re always ready to correct others and defend their stance. It’s not that they want to show off. They just feel it’s necessary to help others realize their mistakes.

These men care deeply for their family. Their stubbornness fades in the face of their loved ones. They work to understand and compromise, resulting in a harmonious family life.

Women born in the Dog year are very cautious. They’re indifferent towards people they don’t like, and don’t trust easily. But once they do, it’s permanent. They are intensely protective of their friends and family.

They are genial and independent. They love outdoor activities and being in nature. However, female Dogs are also hard workers and don’t give up until they succeed. Security and a stable income are their requirements for a career.

Compatibility

Most compatible with Dog: Rabbit, Tiger, Horse

Dogs are the most compatible with Rabbits. They’re attracted to the Rabbit’s kindness, while the Rabbit supports Dogs in the background.

Dogs are often pessimistic and needs a Tiger’s reassurance. Tigers also need a Dog’s loyalty. With Horses, both understand and respect each other’s opinions.

Least compatible with Dog: Dragon, Ox, Goat

Dogs and Dragons clash strongly and are the least compatible. Neither trusts each other and they have intense arguments.

There’s a cold relationship with Oxen. They have different interests and can’t interact smoothly. Dogs and Goats are able to tolerate each other, but there’s not much else.

Lucky things for Dogs

  • Colors: green, red, purple
  • Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Mineral: emerald
  • Directions of auspiciousness: north, northwest
  • Directions of wealth: southeast
  • Directions of love: south

Unlucky things

  • Colors: blue, brown
  • Numbers: 1, 7, 8

Careers fit for Dogs

UnknownDogs are loyal and obey all orders. They put in their biggest effort to accomplish any task given to them. Because they aren’t satisfied with being worse than others, a competitive job would suit them well.

They are also sensitive to details and have strong reasoning skills. They see the dangers of being in a position of high status. This is why they’re willing to stay in the background and support others. They’d do well in a behind-the-scenes type of job. Dogs are observant and have strong morals. They judge everyone before deciding if the person is trustworthy. This makes them a good candidate for careers such as referees, lawyers and interviewers.

Health and lifestyle

Dogs are healthy overall, but the status of their health often has drastic changes. Though they seem resilient, it actually hides the symptoms that they may have. The smallest colds can put them in bed for days. Be wary of influenza and other contagious diseases during summer and autumn seasons.

They should pay attention to their digestive system during their youth. Their biggest enemy is their unhealthy diet.

Once in the workforce, Dogs will constantly be busy. The stress will lead to headaches and migraines. In extreme cases, it can even lead to hysteria.

To create a strong base, Dogs should begin the habit of exercising early on. Taking breaks as needed and relaxing activities such as yoga are recommended.

Watch our films of the handlers & runs at the North Wales Singles Sheepdog Trial Championship 2017 Double Gather

Welcome to our page all about theNorth Wales Singles Championship 2017 Double Gather at Bryneglwys. We had all weathers – sunshine, high winds and finally a downpour! Here you can see our live interviews with the handlers and watch our films of the individual handlers’ entire runs at the North Wales Singles Championship 2017 Double Gather are now available here from our YouTube channel: Watch, study and enjoy:

The champions of North Wales were father and son, Glyn and Elgan Jones – North Wales open Champion and Elgan Jones, North Wales Brace Champion.

Full table of results below. Find out more information here: https://www.northwalessheepdogsociety…

Interviews with the handlers

Individual runs

Gethin Jones with Maddie – Sheepdog Trial

Allan von Dinther with Jake – Sheepdog Trial

Glyn L. Jones with Cap – Sheepdog Trial

David Williams with Non – Sheepdog Trial


Aled Owen with Llangwym Glesni

Kelvin Broad with Kinloch Levi – Sheepdog Trial

Elgan Jones with Jim – Sheepdog Trial

David Williams with Bob – Sheepdog Trial

Bryn Davies with Lad – Sheepdog Trial

Allistair Lyttle with Jim – Sheepdog Trial

Bryn Davies with Roy – Sheepdog Trial

Arwyn Davies with Peg – Sheepdog Trial

Maralyn McNaught with Sam

– Sheepdog Trial

Llyr Evans with Zac – Sheepdog Trial

Irwel Evans with Bob – Sheepdog Trial


Young handlers

Rhion Owen with Ross – Sheepdog Trial

Erin Fflur McNaught with Moxi – Sheepdog Trial

Arwyn Davies with Peg – Sheepdog Trial

Arwyn Davies with Becca – Sheepdog Trial

Rhion Owen with Roy – Sheepdog Trial

Singles Sheepdog Trial

championship 17/18.08.17 Bryneglwys (Beirniaid / Judge not provided)

Double fetch final 18.08.17
1 Glyn Jones Llanarmon D.C. Cap
2 Aled Owen Penyfed Llangwm Glesni
3 Cyril Roberts Llanwddyn Roy
4 Gethin Jones Llanarmon D.C. Maddie
5 Llyr Evans Swyddffynon Zac
6 Arwyn Davies Bryneglwys Peg
7 Irwel Evans Tyngraig Bob
8 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Lad
9 Allistair Lyttle Donegal Jim
10 Allan Von Dinther Whitchurch Jake
11 Elgan Jones Llanarmon D.C. Jim
12 David Williams Abermule Bob
13 Maralyn McNaught Bala Sam
14 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Roy
14 David Williams Abermule Non
14 Kelvin Broad Llanllawddog Kinloch Levi
Ymdriniwr Ifanc / Young Handlers 17.08.17 < 25
1 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Ross 10
2 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Roy 15
3 Arwyn Davies Bryneglwys Beca 22
4 Erin Fflur McNaught Bala Moxy 23
Ymdriniwr Ifanc / Young Handlers 17.08.17 < 18
1 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Ross 10
2 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Roxy 15
3 Erin Fflur McNaught Bala Moxy 23
Qualifying points – field 1 17.08.17 (morning session) Top 4 into final
1 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Roy 6
2 Cyril Roberts Llanwddyn Roy 8
3 Arwyn Davies Bryneglwys Peg 9
4 Irwel Evans Tyngraig Bob 10
5 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Ross 13
6 Arwel Ll. Owen Penygroes Caleb 15
Qualifying points – field 1 17.08.17 (afternoon session) Top 4 into final
No results provided
Qualifying points – field 2 17.08.17 (morning session) Top 4 into final
1 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Lad 8
2 Aled Owen Penyfed Llangwm Glesni 11
3 Glyn Jones Llanarmon D.C. Cap 12
4 David Williams Abermule Non 20
5 Irwel Evans Tyngraig Fly 22
5 John Ellis Redbrook Gale 22
Qualifying points – field 2 17.08.17 (afternoon session) Top 4 into final
No results provided

 

Getting ready for the European Open Junior 2017

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In the next couple of days we leave for the first of this years international agility championships. the European Open for Juniors (EOJ) in Luxembourg.

 

This year 500 dogs and their young handlers from 24 countries will be attending these championships that continues to grow in both size and the level of competition.

 

Agility Team GB are sending a team of 24 dogs this year at all three height categories and in the two age groups, children and juniors. The Team were selected in February and have been training and preparing hard since then getting ready for these Championships.

 

You can keep up to date via the KC Facebook Group:
Agility Team GB Twitter feed @agilityteamgb
And for the first time the event is being live streamed: https://www.working-dog.com

 

After the EOJ we have a week back and then it’s off to Italy for the Adult European Open (EO). An exciting month of top agility competition.

 

I’d like to thank CSJ for all their support sponsoring the team. You’ve enabled these juniors to compete with other top handlers from around the world, gain valuable life skills and experience from an international championships and start their pathway to future top level agility competition.

 

Lisa Duggan reports on the CSJ Highland Agility Stakes

By Lisa Duggan

Photos by Samantha Houston – contact Sam on facebook

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Lisa feeds her dog ‘Dee’ on CSJ

CSJ Highland Agility Stakes

Sunday 2 July

Scone Palace… Scottish Game Fair, main ring event

5 qualifiers around Scotland in spring 2017, from the heats of a max. of 5 Small, 5 Medium and 20 Large dogs are invited to Final.  In addition the winner from the 2016 final is invited back to defend their title.

Open to grade 6/7 dogs

Youngest finalist Kyle Davidson and Scream (border collie)… Eldest 60 Peter Elms, 65 Mark Bruce and at 70 Anne Ripley.

Judge Tam Quinn (experienced Scottish agility judge who has judged at Olympia and Crufts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESULTS

Prelim  – invitational run

Small

1)Mark Bruce and Sindy (Jack Russell Terrier)  – defending 2016 winner

2) Anne Ripley and Clova (Schnauzer)

Medium

1) Derek Elms and Kia (merle Collie X)

2)Nigel Staines and Scorch (Kelpie)

Large

1) Kyle Davidson and Scream (Border Collie)

2) Peter Elms and Jynx (Border Collie

Final (full results and photos below)

Small

1) Pamela Keith and Sway (working Cocker Spaniel) (Musselburgh East Lothian)

2) Derek Elms and Bunty (Jack Russell Terrier X)

Medium

1) Nigel Staines and Scorch (Kelpie) ( Lockerbie Dumfries and Galloway)

2) Steven Richardson and Libby (X breed) (Agility Champion, defending 2016 winner, World Agility Open World Champion) Steven Richardson feeds Dee on CSJ

Large

1) Lisa Duggan and Dee (Border Collie) (Stirling). Lisa feeds Dee on CSJ

2) Kyle Davidson and Scream (Border Collie)

Comments from Nigel Staines…

“First time a mother and daughter dog have won as Scorch’s mum won back in 2008.”

“I have appeared at the Highland Final many times over the past 12 years.  I have always referred to the Final as Scotland’s equivalent to Olympia thanks to size of course and large crowd.”

“Zico (AG CH Dragonheart Dark Destroyer AW Gold), won the apparently cursed invitational event (no previous winner of this event had won the main final later on) and then broke the curse and went on to win the final, this was in 2008, a great day, a great occasion, one of the many fantastic memories this amazing dog left for me. Zico qualified for the final every year, Scorch (Morgans Dark Destroyer AW Gold)is 7 years old, is Zico’s daughter, was at the Highland 2016 Finals – Large, placing top 5 in both runs. Sunday was a great day, I got her as relaxed as I could by having her Sire ringside with her (Zuma – An Australian import kelpie, Elfinvale Legend), it was great to relive 35 seconds of the feeling that I was competing with Zico again for that short moment. Steve Richardson who got the reserve is a great friend of mine, Libby owes him nothing as defending Highland Winner and current World Champion and was great to compete against him.”

Large and small winner dogs at the CSJ Highland Trials

CSJ Highland Agility Stakes
2017 final results
large
Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 lisa duggan sherebridge kismet c 34.465
2 kyle davidson scream if you want to go faster c 34.732
3 heather mclean morgans shocking navigator c 35.949
4 steve pegram borderbrook final match c 36.051
5 carol anne duthie incanto in it together c 36.219
6 euan paterson clan chieftan macsweep c 36.285
7 katrina hands just the best jess c 36.333
8 peter elms chikaramor lovegame c 36.393
9 claire todd storms macy be the one c 37.089
10 allan wright no shadow of doubt c 37.253
11 bethany todd morgans R smooth criminal c 37.900
12 karen penman ticky two c 39.980
13 dorothy anderson lalapaws just jude c 40.637
14 elaine brownlie tale of two tribes c 41.408
15 steven richardson morgans digital demon 5 34.456
16 euan paterson preloved glendale girl 10 33.738
17 dane redford rednamuir truly focused 10 36.433
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Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 nigel staines morgans dark destroyer c 36.358
2 steven richardson ag ch no worries sweeps dream c 36.723
3 derek elms calderwood charmer c 38.582
4 jennifer kent ag ch maximus mischief managed c 42.84
5 linda hill crash bang wallop 5 41.793
6 denise clayton scallie marise of vynor e
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Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 pamela keith tiz awesome for devongem c 39.175
2 derek elms calderwood cheeky cherub c 41.889
3 sharon sturgeon carive don biggles c 45.698
4 mark bruce sindy of erskine 10 39.579
5 anne ripley olecrose cotton lavender e

Amazing Frisbee Cup | Amazing Frisbee Dogs

By Jos van Sluis, Iceborders

Results of the event of 6 and 7 May 2017

Throw & Catch Open Class

Perry van Mulukom

Piper          Ned

Melanie Fydrich

Trouble      Ger

Claudia Wagstyll

Rufus        Ger

Throw & Catch Starters

Karsten König

iMac       Ned

Alex van der Meulen

Tuttie     Ned

Diana Slavenburg

Bandit    Ned

Freestyle Combined Open

Melanie Fydrich

Trouble     Ger

Angela Tederke

Pepper     Ger

Marjolaine van Arkel

Chubby    Ned

Freestyle Combined Starters

Ilonka Kruitbos

Kensi       Ned

Sharona Pijl

Blitz         Ned

Susanne Kuipers

Pim         Ned

 Find out more

“It’s all about Focus!” Mark Laker

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“Photo by Debbie Mangles-Steel (another CSJ feeder). Debbie caught this great action shot of me and Devo in the Tunbridge Wells Championship final; which unfortunately we didn’t win. ” Mark Laker
After a very exciting Performance Weekend this year’s international agility teams have been selected
This years judge AJorge Pires from Portugal set up challenging course that tested the handlers across a variety of areas needed for the international competitions. Of course our selections are not just based on one weekends performance. The five month assessment process helped us filter down to those handlers who performed well across all the areas we focused on.
You can see the full list of handlers on this years teams here

So now the hard work and the training begins. Over the coming months the Coaching Team and I will be supporting these handlers in their preparations building up to what for some will be the biggest agility championships of their agility careers.

 Meanwhile the domestic competitions are in full swing

My young dog Moog is still learning about the competing and developing his agility skills. My competition dog Devo is in good form, we’ve qualified for the Olympia semi-finals and two Championship finals; we’re having a good start to the season.
I find myself having to work extra hard at keeping to ‘the plan’ during the competition season. Its so easy to get carried away with the fun and thrill of running my dogs that I sometimes forget what my main focus areas are for this year. And when that starts I get carried away and not focused on the competitions that I really want to do well in.
Its all about focus!

Kizzy Calms Down and passes KC Bronze test

2017-04-14-PHOTO-00000003Press release – 26.4.17

CSJ receive testimonials every day from delighted customers, but the message from Donna Waring about her stressed and barking puppy Kizzy stood out as dog training classes had refused to help because Donna is totally blind.

Other dogs barking at Kizzy had caused her to retaliate and bark back, which then escalated into a fear of small dogs and she would bark every time she passed one.

Donna worked hard with her by introducing her to dogs of various sizes and putting her on CSJ’s acclaimed Calm Down! herbal supplement.

When she finally found a dog club willing to allow them to attend Donna told CSJ, “I took her along and all my hard work and Calm Down had done its stuff. She was absolutely fine and just barked twice the whole of the time we were there.”

The following week the group were doing a Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze test and Donna entered Kizzy just for practice…but she passed!

Donna told CSJ, “This is the best calming product I have ever tried. Don’t get me wrong, you have to put the work in. But if you work hard and use the product in conjunction, you can achieve a lot.”

Attached: photo of Donna Waring with Kizzy.

Try Calm Down!: Order from your local stockist

April Report for the Arfon WGC Retriever Test

DSCF0737The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their first test for AV Retrievers on Sunday 9th April 2017 at an excellent new venue Plas Llanddyfnan, Talwrn, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr Paul Hogarth and the headkeeper Mr Steve Cadman.

The judges were Mike Allen, Dave Gallimore and W F Williams. Many thanks to our hosts for allowing us to use the ground the, judges and all the helpers and the competitors for their support who all contributed to making it a successful day, also CSJ and Gary McCarthy our sponsors.

Results

Puppies up to 12 months
  • 1st – Christopher Joseph Pilkington with Shadeoak Major lab dog 29.5.16
  • 2nd- Jackie Mchugh with Teeshot Nesta lab bitch 20.4.16
  • 3rd – Harvey Jones with Skiffle Legend lab dog 6.5.16
  • 4th – Gill Awty with Higgscroft Cedrus Libani lab bitch 22.5.16
  • COM – Paul Murphy with Elsmore Paige lab bitch 2.6.16
Puppies up to 18 months
  • 1st – Christopher Pilkington with Shadeoak Major lab dog 29.5.16
  • 2nd – Jackie Mchugh with Teeshot Nesta lab bitch 20,4.16
  • 3rd – Gill Awty with Higgscroft Cedrus Libani lab bitch 22.5.16
  • 4th – Danny Wells handling Ian Griffiths’ Mossborough Flint lab dog 29.11.15

Novice

  • 1st – Paul Murphy with Lady Emma of Shamrock lab bitch
  • 2nd – Kim Dutton with – Shadyacres Teardrop lab bitch
  • 3rd – Victoria Waterfield with Kenquartz Dame Sibyl lab bitch
  • 4th – Elaine Chappell with Wapsac Wagtail lab bitch
Open
  • 1st – Paul Murphy with Lady Emma of Shamrock lab bitch
  • 2nd – Victoria Waterfield with Brenjon Harry lab dog
  • 3rd – Paul W Travis with Brackenbird Lucas lab dog
  • Coms – Harvey Jones with Ty Newydd lab dog, Morwenna Hext Howe with FTCH Labdon Lewis of Minstead lab dog
Photo: L-R back D Gallimore (Jundge), W F Williams (Judge), Paul M Travis, R Harvey Jones, Morwenna Hext Howe, Mike Allen (Judge), Victoria Waterfield
Front Paul Murphy, Jackie McHugh

Cats go wild for CSJ’s new cat food!

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PRESS RELEASE

CSJ’s nutritionists aimed to formulate protein, fat and carbohydrate content close to that preferred by cats and of a natural diet in CSJ’s new Command Purrformance feeds.

In two complete extruded rations – for Active Adult cats and for Mature cats the crunchy texture (which helps promote healthy teeth and gums) and high percentage of animal fats and protein has sent cats into raptures in trials.

Command Purrformance for Active Adult Cats is suitable for all and preferably active adult cats and may be fed as part of the daily diet to kittens. With ingredients including poultry meal, sweet potato, marigold flowers and spinach it is formulated to help maintain urinary pH near to optimum when fed free choice, help maintain muscle mass and help support healthy heart and eyes.

Command Purrformance for Mature Cats is suitable for all and preferably ageing and geriatric adult cats. Containing a mix of animal proteins, enhanced protein quality and quantity to help maintain muscle mass in old age, the blend which includes duck, poultry, salmon, green lipped mussel and cranberry extract has the benefit of healthy ingredients yet with a yummy taste – which is so important to all cats and often lacking in a mature cat food.

Made in Britain and packed in 1kg metallised foil sachets with a 12 month shelf life and an RRP of £5.50 new Command Purrformance for cats is an eagerly awaited addition to CSJ’s renowned natural dog food, herbs and treats ranges.

For more details, talk to your local stockist

 

 

Berwyn wins best puppy in breed at Crufts

by Sarah Finch

Field Trial secretary for the Brittany Club of Great Britain.

We’re a big fan of your food – its pretty much the only thing my boy will eat. He’s finishing off a bag of Fit and Fast!, then he’ll be moving on to Hike On! as we increase our training before the shooting season. Brittanys hunt wide and fast, so they cover a lot of ground. Plus my boy only has a small appetite, so he needs the calories. He’s also having the Salmon Oil, and he gets some of the Kronch Bar if we’re out all day. He’s a picky sod, but he loves the salmon food – so it’s nice to have a range of options that are all salmon-based. He’s doing really well on the food too – going nicely in the field and looking good for the show ring, he got best puppy in breed at Crufts.

My boy’s name is Jassendue Manet’s Medley, pet name Berwyn. He was 10 months at Crufts and 8 months in the hunting photos.

Find out more about about berwyn’s favourite CSJ products:

Fit ‘n’ Fast

Hike On!

Salmon Oil

 

Not even a tree can get in the way of Team Spalding’s success

By Colin Spalding

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We attended our Final race of the season at Bowlands Trails near Blairgowrie at the weekend and on a very technical, wet, muddy trail.

I was out first on the bike with Dexter and in very difficult conditions for the bike. I had a high speed crash which resulted in me having a head on collision with a tree which resulted in my helmet being cracked all the way through and me with heavy bruising to the left hand side of my body. I managed to complete the trail and lie in 3rd place.

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After medical attention, I decided to continue with the rest of my races that day and finished day 1 with a 2nd in the 2 dog nordic scooter and 1st in the 1 dog open scooter.

On day 2 although i was still very sore we had 3 good runs and we moved up to 2nd on the bike and first in the 2 dog nordic scooter and 1st in the 1 dog open scooter. Once again we are so proud of our dogs and what they have achieved this season they have exceeded all our expectations.

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We would like to thank CSJ Canine Specialist Foods for their support and products that have kept the dogs in peak condition throughout the season.

Main achievements for season 2017

3 teams selected to represent team GB in the European Championships. Dexter in the 1 dog Bikejor, cupar in the 1 dog scooter and Diamond and Granite in the 2 dog scooter

Diamond and Granite – Winners of 2 dog Aviemore 2017

British championship overall race series

  • Dexter getting a bronze medal in the bikejor
  • Cupar a silver in the 1 dog scooter
  • Diamond and Granite silver in the 2 dog nordic scooter

We also placed in the top 3 in every race we entered throughout the season.

For more information visit our website

Border Terrier Club Open Show

2017Jed BIS, RBIS &amp; BPIS winners with judge_2

By Judith Fawcett

Open Show, 25th February 2017, Jedburgh

I would like to thank your company on behalf of the Border Terrier Club
for your very kind sponsorship of our Open Show on 25 February in
Jedburgh.

I am pleased to advise that the show was very well attended with a good
entry of border terriers and a very good atmosphere around the ring.

Here’s a link to the Border Terrier Club website showing the results of
the show and confirming your very kind sponsorship:
http://www.theborderterrierclub.co.uk/jedburgh2017.html

Many thanks once again.

Judith Fawcett
Sponsorship Steward

For and on behalf of the Border Terrier Club.

Ceri Rundle talks about ‘A Way with Dogs’ on BBC Radio Wales

Watch A Way with Dogs: http://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

Did you hear Ceri on BBC Radio Wales this morning? Here she is: speaking live to Caryl Parry Jones on BBC Radio Wales about our new  sheepdog trial film series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ available on 14th November 2016 on: http://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

You can listen here at 49.04 – 55.04 on BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07zf8cq

Listen to our recording of the show here:

ceri-mike-bryony-watching-jrQuotes from Ceri

“I wanted to produce something that reflects the sport”

” When we talk about clever dogs, I always assume they mean bitches”

“I called on a friend  and a very, very good handler, Aled Owen”

“Obviously my father would have normally been here on hand to support and criticise… H. Glyn Jones… was well known. He had two dogs, Gel, who was trained in Welsh and Bracken who was trained in English… the public took them to their hearts””

“We’re looking for a nice controlled run… straight lines… tight turns”

Ceri and her father – H. Glyn Jones

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Introducing Jeannie Gee and her Amazing GeeGee Dogs

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At nearly 30, Jeannie has a range of qualifications and experience under her belt

A Bachelor of Education specialising in Foundation Stage AND ICT in Teaching, managing her own team in ‘Commissions’ (Pensions & Insurance) and finally ‘Estimating’ (number crunching and formulas) in Underfloor Heating has all lead to a strong understanding of approaching challenges at as many different angles as possible.

Always crazy about animals, especially dogs

Jeannie grew up spending most weekends and holidays around her grandparents’ large groups of Working Labradors, Irish Water Spaniels and Springers. At a young age, she was discouraged from pursuing dog training as a career, because there was “little money in it, and no security”.   However, Jeannie did get her first dog whilst still at school, a strong but complex rescue terrier who taught Jeannie that positive reinforcement was magical. From then, she went on to trick training, obedience, flyball and agility, learning as much as she could from the dogs she encountered until 5 years ago she finally bit the bullet to become a self-employed dog trainer.

Well, that was the plan. Two and a half years ago, Jeannie was approached for a photoshoot with two of her dogs who wowed the photographer so much that she spoke to Charlotte, a friend of hers in the media.  The rest they say, is history. Jeannie’s first proper media job was a long, complex day, with her dog, Kheva, working alongside a cat she had never met. Charlotte was so impressed that now, over the past two years of working together, they have completed almost 100 projects together – working dogs, cats, chickens, parrots….. basically, any animal they can source.

Jinty on a Bus

It is a complex job, with not every dog or owner being suitable

Jeannie prides herself in being a positive only trainer and handler, even when the pressure is on, using creativity to get the job done. Her experience ranges from Christmas Dog Movies, to Food Packets, Music Videos and Hollywood movies (not released yet !). Check out just a few examples of their projects:

  • Arlas “Boot Camp Doggy”
  • PDSA “Regular Donation Ad”
  • Tom Chaplin’s “Midnight Mass” (get the tissues)
  • M&S Christmas 2017 ad
  • Tescos Christmas 2017 Ad “Snooze”
  • More Than “Bark in the Park
  • More Than “Doggyssentials”
  • Secret Life of Dogs Series 2
  • Christmas 24’s “Merry Woofmas”

Aside from TV work and training dogs, Jeanna competes and trains in agility, conformation, and obedience

In 2018 she and her dogs have won Best of Breed, Best Bitch (x3) and Best Puppy in Breed (x5). At Three Counties, they even achieved Pastoral Puppy Group Three! Also counted among their successes are winning the Special PreBeginners (obedience) Grand Final at Crufts, and winning out of PreBeginners at a subsequent show. In June 2018 they had their first agility win, taking them into Grade 2.

Jinty – JRT Cross – 7years. Kheva – Pyrenean Sheepdog – 5years. Rumour – Mini American Shepherd – 4years. Dora – English Springer Spaniel – 2years. Ditto – Pyrenean Sheepdog – 8months.

Instagram @GeeGee_Dogs

Facebook pages: 

Kheva the Pyrenean Sheepdog Of GeeGee Dogs

Put Your Paws Up Dog Training & Trained Dogs UK

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID00yLkTt_4&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U6AQZ0F8vo&feature=youtu.be

Kheva

Kheva

Report from the Clwyd Retriever Club Annual Open Working Test

By Bronwyn Roberts

Results of our Annual Working Test for Open

We held our OPEN Annual Working Test today (8th July 2018) at Hendre Llwyn Y Maen Farm By kind invitation of Mr Robin Crossley.

We would like to thank our judges for the day Glenys Caldwell, Mrs Thelma Draisey, Mr David Robertson & Mr Neil Appleton.

Well done to all the competitors and many thanks to all the helpers who came it is very much appreciated and we would not be able to run our tests without you.

And a big thank you also to our generous sponsor C.S.J

Open Results are as follows

1st Catherine Allsop with Glasybont Springing Teal

2nd Victoria Waterfield with Brenjon Harry

3rd Judith White with Minstead Costello

C of M Scott Marland with Greenbriar Tame

A photo of all the winners and the judges

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 A photo of catherine Allsop the winner of the Mary Roberts trophey for the Top Dog

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Results of our Annual Working Test for Puppy & Novice

Held on Sunday 24th June 2018 at Plas Isaf, Halkyn By kind invitation from Mrs Price & Mr Ian Jones .Our thanks go to the judges Mr P Smithies, Mr S North, Mr P Travis & Mrs G Hargreaves-Jones.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the helpers that came on the day and to all those involved in setting the tests before hand as without you we would not be able to run our tests.

And a big thanks you also to our generous sponsor C.S.J

Well done to all who competed and to all in the awards.

Puppy 6-12 months

1st Lee Murphy with Shadows Arch

2nd Frank McAdams Poters Wood Tormund

3rd Keith Porter with Porterswood Missandei

Puppy 12-15 Months

1st Gareth Lewis with Gwrychbedw Cherokee

2nd Linda Scott with Brocklebank Carson

3rd Ian White with Malty Ucha of Minstead

Novice

1st Neil Dutton with Glencambus Oshen Warrior

2nd Gareth Lewis with Brackenbird Dragon of Gwrchbedw

3rd Bob Clay with Siyah Sambucus of Oncote

C of M Karen Parkinson with Torrisdale River

The winner of the Whitter trophy for being the highest scoring dog on the day  was Lee Murphy with Shadows Arch scoring  77 out of 80

A photo of the winners & judges

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Inspired by the World Cup, next week we travel to The Netherlands for the European Open for Juniors…

By Mark Laker

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I’m writing this months blog from the garden at 9pm in the evening sat here in shorts and a T-shirt enjoying a warm evening. The weather has been amazing. Too hot for some and perfect for others. Next week we travel to The Netherlands for the European Open for Juniors and the weather seems set to continue there.
 
Many team members have been acclimatising their dogs to the weather as its set to continue in Austria when we’re there in three weeks time too.  While I accept some dogs struggle in the heat, I’ve seen how dogs can acclimatise and if treated sensible take it in their stride.
 
So its the junior competition first and our YKC team are looking confident. Their last training session went very well and they have had plenty of practice on the type of courses they can expect to be faced with.
 
One a different but related subject, q few handlers have commented to me recently how inspired they’ve been from watching the World Cup. From my own experience no matter whether you follow football or not, the sporting principle is the same. It’s about drawing on all your strengthens and skills to deliver a world class performance.  What professional sports people / athletes do is take this to a higher level and go in too much greater depth of analysis than most of us, this is where we can learn.
 
So I hope the teams going to the competitions in Europe this month feel extra inspired and show us what great athletes they are as we compete against some of the best in the world.
 
You can keep up with the European Open for Juniors here and the European Open (adult championships) here.
 
Enjoy the weather.
Mark Laker

International Team Manager

 

Sheepdog trialling IS a sport

By Ceri Rundle

I read a post earlier in which someone said that sheepdog trialling was not a sport. In my opinion it is and should not be perceived as being something negative either. ‘Sport’ in general can bring communities (even the whole country at times) together where people/handlers compete against each other and strive to be the best or to get better. This then inspires others to get involved, enjoy the sport and improve themselves to hopefully one day beat these same handlers/sportsmen.

Over the years this competition has improved the handling skills and level of training put into our dogs that are like athletes nowadays with improved welfare, knowledge of nutritional needs and general health and condition. Even simply worming of pups/dogs years ago was alien to many people. A trial can be a really fun place with lots of banter and handlers mixing in to help make the competition a fair test – well that is what we strive for (and achieve) at Bodfari.

Anyone who isn’t willing to muck in has a choice and it is their loss. People will always make the time-old argument that the dogs of today are not as good as those of yesteryear… In some respects maybe but that is probably attributable to the fact there are fewer shepherds ie the dogs getting less rough work. Those dogs probably wouldn’t even have set paw on a trials course until they were nearly 3 years of age.

Nowadays there is far too much expectation and pressure put on youngsters that are really still only pups in their heads. So many do not get the proper chance. However the standard of handling/training generally IMHO has greatly improved. How many years ago was it where many dogs failed to Turn Back at the International or did it very badly? Nowadays, the handlers train for it. Some might argue that the dogs today are trained purely for running trials courses – yes maybe but many are still working for their living too. The likes of Ricky Hutchinson etc have top quality stock and use their dogs to manage them on a daily basis but they can then go out and win. Who wants to go to a trial and see a plain farm dog, maybe tail in the air, working? It might be an absolute star of a dog working at home on the flock but….horses for courses… Anyway those are my muddled thoughts this morning…!

 

New series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ coming soon…

Watch ‘A Way with Dogs’ 2017- Sheepdog Trial film series and get ready for  the new series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ 2018 – to be filmed in September 2018. More

https://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

The CSJ Highland Agility Final

By Virginia Harry

Fiercely fought heats throughout the year culminated on 2nd July with the CSJ Highland Agility Challenge Final. 

Held at the Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace, Perthshire, dogs in all 3 height categories – Small, Medium and Large – competed in a preliminary round in the morning before the Grand Final in the afternoon.

The judge, Mark Bruce, designed 2 super courses. He comments, “The morning course ran well with competitors having to move to get their dogs round the back of obstacle 4.  Round the back of 10 was a lot easier  and the rest of the course was quite a blast and involved a lot of running for both competitors and judge!”

Preliminary Round Course Plan

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Large Dog Results

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Winner Euan Patterson with judge Mark Bruce. All photos courtesy of Sam Hepburn Photography.

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Fabulous weave action from 2nd placed Lisa Duggan’s dog Dee.

Medium  Dog Results

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Group shot prelim winners

Preliminary round winners Derek Elms, Euan Patterson and Erin Inverarity with judge Mark Bruce and CSJ representative

The CSJ Highland Agility Final

32 dogs competed in the final round.  Judge Mark Bruce comments, “This course was much easier to judge.  I wanted a fast, exciting crowd-pleaser.  The only obstacle causing a few problems was 11.  The crowds really enjoyed watching the very fast runs. The set-up was challenging.  We had 30 minutes at 7.30am to set up the course, mark it out and take it down again until we were on at 10.45.  Then we had 45 minutes to rebuild the course, walk it ,run all the dogs and remove it again and do it all over again for the afternoon’s final!  I loved judging this event.  It was great preparation for my first Champ judging appointment coming soon!”

Final Round Course Plan

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Large dog results

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Euan Patterson and Crazee on their way to victory. All photos courtesy of Sam Hepburn Photography

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Medium final winner Derek Elms with judge Mark Bruce. All photos courtesy of Sam Hepburn Photography

Tricia commented, “Well Jive is definitely on fire at the moment 🔥
Not only winning Champ this week making him Agility Champion he
also goes and wins the CSJ Highland Final….Huge thanks to CSJ for sponsoring this event. I just love it! It’s a great day out at the Scone Game Fair. So much to do! And we get to do some agility. A perfect day 😁 Thanks Lisa Duggan for all your hard work and continuing to organise this event.  Loved the dinner plate sized rosettes from Norton Rosettes.”

Small Winner

Small final winner Tricia Elms with judge Mark Bruce. All photos courtesy of Sam Hepburn Photography

Small Dog Results

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More photos from The CSJ Highland Agility Final

See Sam Hepburn’s Preliminary round photos
Check out photos of the final on Facebook

Scone Palace Four Nations Challenge 2018

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In the sweltering heat at Scone Palace the second Four Nations Challenge
took place on Saturday the 30th June 2018.The standard of dog work, both
Spaniels and Retrievers, was exceptional.

The course set for Spaniels was challenging with simulated pigeon flushes,
bolting rabbit, fences and a difficult water retrieve, which caused a
problem for a number of dogs and handlers.

The Welsh Spaniel Team, with Aled Jones returning 111 out of 120, Dave
Williams close on his tail and Paul Roberts, in his first international,
stuck to the task and returned a creditable score for the team.

Top Spaniel Team was Scotland, then England, followed by Ireland and Wales
The Retriever course was again very challenging. The England team were
untouchable with top Retriever Laura Hill on 106, followed by Scotland,
Wales and Ireland.

The overall Team placings were –

England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Thank you to Ceri, Phil and CSJ for your generous sponsorship and support
over the weekend.
Now the focus turns to the Game Fair at Ragley Hall at the end of July.

Alan Rees

Welsh Team Captain

Sheepwatch UK conference

The Sheepwatch UK conference took place in Petersfield on Friday 22nd June 2018.

There were an impressive number of high calibre and influential people present, including MPs, representatives from DEFRA, the Rural Crime team, the North Wales police force, the Alpaca Association, the Butterfly Conservation and many more.

We gathered together to plan how an amendment or chance can be made to the law which will enforce more care to be taken to protect livestock from stray dog attacks.

The attacks happen all over the UK and can result in severe damage and cruelty to livestock, that can result in harsh financial implications to farming communities.

If you see a sheep that has been a victim of a dog attack, please dial 101 now

The more incidents that are reported, the faster statistics will grow and the greater the likelihood that Sheepwatch UK can encourage and amendment to the law to help protect livestock, farmers and farming communities. So, if you see a sheep that has been a victim of a dog attack, please dial 101 nand report the incident right away.

Take the lead

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A campaign has been launched called #takethe lead encouraging everyone to put dogs on a lead, when near farm land.

Many ideas were discussed, including educating schools, offering dog and sheep acclimatisation courses and more signage. The Sheepwatch UK committee will assess all the ideas and direct the next course of action. In the meantime, please do all you can to promote and share #takethe lead

Terena Plowright talks about the UK Sheepwatch Conference 2018

Ed Hawkins proposes a new course of action

A few slides from the North Wales police force describing the current situation

Find out more about Sheepwatch UK