One Man and his Blog…

One Man and his Blog…

By Mark Laker

I’d planned to continue writing about goal setting and ideas for conducting annual reviews this month. That was until I watched One Man and his Dog on Countryfile recently. I felt moved to write about the incredible people and their dogs at this year’s finals.

Watching dogs work sheep has always fascinated me

I appreciate the hundreds of hours of training and dedication that must go into working a dog at the top level of the sport.

Karen and I went on a trialing taster day many years ago, we enjoyed it. The dogs we had at the time were hilarious. Millie couldn’t see the sheep, she was totally fixated on us, and Deacon my Border Collie, was apparently a natural, not on sheep though, maybe cows, or Buffalo! he was far too strong for sheep – I think the trainer was being polite and meant unruly!

This year’s young handlers put on an amazing show of professionalism and dedication while competing at this high level. Even when things didn’t go to plan, they continued to focus on the objective and worked with their dogs – I was impressed.

And then there was the judge, our very own Ceri

Karen and I were shouting at the TV “Hey, we know Ceri, she’s famous, we know her!”.

For me, this competition demonstrated top human and dog performers working in unknown and testing conditions – including a motley bunch of sheep, and under the pressure of TV and fellow competitors.

After the immediate ‘wow’ I got from watching these dogs and handlers, my brain flicked into sports psychology mode. I started wondering how the competitors prepare for these events, how do they warm-up (all that whistling must play havoc with your lips), do they visualise the outrun, the drive, how they’re going to pen the sheep. And how do they maintain focus when the performers (sheep and dogs) are working so far away. These questions and many others went over in my mind.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists who were all fantastic and a credit to the sport.

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Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace on 24th, 25th, 26th SEPTEMBER 2021

Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace on 24th, 25th, 26th SEPTEMBER 2021

By Alan Rees

The Four Nations Challenge Gundog International

This year’s event saw the welcomed return of the Four Nations Challenge competition. Three Spaniels and three Retrievers made up the International teams from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. From the outset the warm, dry, still weather conditions was going to cause scenting problems, despite the fact that the event was being held some three months later than usual, it still felt like it was being staged in mid July.

The Welsh running order of Aled Jones with  Brynambor Blaze of Barcudwen , Rhys Carpenter with Lynchside Shikra and Nathan Quinn with Whitebeam Warbler made up the Spaniel team, Aled having to substitute Barcudwen Molly for his young dog. The Retriever team was Alan Rees with Fendawood Ecclestone at Delfryd, Andrew Fisher with Kaliture Rooster and Nigel Probert with F.T.Ch. Stauntonvale Buckwheat of Llangynidr.

This year’s event proved to be one of the closest fought international competitions at Scone Palace, Scotland and Ireland battling it out for the top two places respectively  with England and Wales in a close battle for third and fourth. Three dogs returned a top score of 114, Drew Allen, Scottish Retriever and Spaniels, Ireland’s Raymond Wilson and Wales’ Rhys Carpenter .

The International competition turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag with Scotland registering a win after their fourth place at the Game Fair, England in third place after their previous win at the Game Fair and Wales and Ireland reversing their positions.

Despite the disappointing result at Scone Palace, the Team has shown its resilience, consistency and development, each team member personally supporting each other. This can only bode well for future competition.

It was fantastic to have Ceri and Phil, of CSJ K9, at the event with us supporting the Welsh team. A huge thank you to you both for your generosity and continued support.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a successful up and coming trialing season.

Diolch yn Fawr

Alan Rees

Wales Team Captain

Results and class photos from the Canine Freestyle GB HTM Competition 11-12 September 2021

Results and class photos from the Canine Freestyle GB HTM Competition 11-12 September 2021

By Kristine Hodgson
CFGB Competition Organiser

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CSJ reigns Supreme at the Internationals – with a little help from Champ! CP30 and Go On!

CSJ reigns Supreme at the Internationals – with a little help from Champ! CP30 and Go On!

Congratulations to TOM O’SULLIVAN, RICKY HUTCHINSON, PETER MORGAN AND PETER OG MORGAN AT THE ISDS INTERNATIONAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS.

Skill, talent and superb training has created the champions of the ISDS International Sheepdog Trials in September 2021 at Aberystwyth. Each top handler chooses to feed their winning dog with a highly nutritious, natural diet from CSJ:

  • Tom O’Sullivan from Ireland with NorthHill Tess, who won the International Supreme Championship. Tom feeds Champ! and Go On! Herbs
  • Ricky Hutchinson from England with Jonah and Denwyn Moya, who won the International Brace Championship. Ricky feeds Champ! and CP30
  • Peter Morgan from Northern Ireland with Mossee, who won the International Driving Championship and became Reserve Supreme Champion.  Peter feeds CP30 and Champ!
  • Peter Og Morgan from Northern Ireland won the Young Handlers Championship with his dog Tip. Peter feeds CP30 to his trials dogs

Champ! Adult is our highly popular, cost effective recipe, formulated for adult working dogs or active dogs.  Extensively used by champions for champions throughout all dog sports. More

CP30 is a super premium hypo-allergenic, high energy dog food for very active dogs, bitches in-whelp and puppies using salmon as the main ingredient. This ration has gained a great reputation and loyal following by champions in the various dog sports. (15 kg sack). More

Go On! has fast become a firm favourite among top agility, flyball and racing sled dogs. ‘Go On!’ is a natural ‘Competition Mix’ for active dogs. (300g foil pouch) More

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An acronym you may have not seen before – SCCAMP.

An acronym you may have not seen before – SCCAMP.

By Mark Laker

Last month’s blog ended with an acronym you may have not seen before – SCCAMP. It’s like the SMART goals you often hear about along with the GROW model and many other terms used to help people set goals, targets, plans etc.

SCCAMP stands for:

Specific: Our brains need to be very clear about what they’re working on.

Controllable: Write goals that you have control over I.e. whether you can go

 training 2,3 or 4 times a week.

Challenging: A useful guide to set challenging goals is to consider whether you can see the goal, but not touch it. If so, it’s likely to be challenging.

Achievable: To be the next US President, realistically, is that achievable.

Measurable: You’ve probably heard it before, ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’. You need goals that you can measure your success, even if that’s visibly ticking them off as ‘done’.

Personal: Your goals need to be set for things you really, really want to achieve, not something others have told you ‘Should’ do. E.g., your trainer says you should train to run a half-marathon to build up stamina, although stamina isn’t something you need a lot of for your sport.

Using this framework may seem overly complicated, however I can assure you it’ll be time well spent and will save you a lot of time spent re-writing. It will also save you energy on activities that don’t produce the result you’re looking for and, when you tick them off as ‘done’, it’ll be rewarding.

Over the years I’ve used many different goal setting systems, apps, software and techniques, I could probably write a book about my experience…that’s an idea… However, I’ve concluded that there is no one correct way. Everyone’s needs are different, everyone has different methods of learning and different motivation triggers.

As we come towards the end of the summer, it’s a good time to start thinking about your Annual Review (more about this next month), whether that’s in a sport; your career; projects you want to achieve at home; new hobbies or other interests. Meanwhile, try using the SCCAMP method to get your goal setting juices flowing and let me know how it goes.

Mark

Congratulations to Hector – new show champion at Driffield Championship Show

Congratulations to Hector – new show champion at Driffield Championship Show

By Debra Harker

I’m thrilled to say Hector got his important third CC and BOB to make him a Show Champion and subject to Kennel Club confirmation, he will be known as Show Champion Hernwood Achilles at Ettrick JW. Exclusively fed on CSJ since a puppy and current being fed on CP24.
Absolutely over the moon 😊

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CSJ gets ever greener!

CSJ gets ever greener!

CSJ are delighted that their couriers, DPD, deemed the UK’s most sustainable delivery company, are doubling the size of their all-electric Green Fleet.

DPD have ordered 750 Maxus edeliver vehicles and are already delivering green to UK cities.

As an eco-conscious company CSJ are committed to an ongoing process of making their business as green as possible and actively seek to work with like-minded suppliers and partners.

CSJ’s owner and founder Ceri Rundle says, “We are consciously looking at everything we do and recently started encouraging customers to cut down on their number of deliveries by for example ordering in multiples of 2 bags so halving the deliveries and delivery costs to themselves.

Also, earlier this year, we re-launched our Billy No Mates! flea, tick and mites easy use tincture in a bottle made from recycled milk bottle tops!

Ceri adds, “Last year’s March Covid 19 lockdown illustrated what a huge difference the lack of traffic made to air quality and the environment in a very short time and this reinforced our determination to continue to strive for sustainability and green opportunities in every step of our processes.”

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When your dream doesn’t come true

By Mark Laker

We had a dream to sea kayak into caves on holiday in Orkney this year.

I also wanted to catch up with my relatives in Orkney and Banffshire so a road trip was planned to include sea kayaking into The Gloup.

During our holiday we covered 1435 miles, 2 countries, 4 ferries, 3 river walks, 8 beaches, a forest and stayed in 7 different places… phew.

Previously our dogs have been trained into enjoying our hobby of agility and had all done quite well at that. Going on a ‘normal holiday’ identified new skill sets to be addressed.

Staying overnight in our dog vehicle or different Airbnb’s wasn’t anything new to them – we were just out of practice because of various lockdowns.

They hadn’t been brought up on loose lead walking, essential in strange places and rural areas where there may be livestock and around beaches which had cliffs and nesting seagulls. Prior to the holiday and during the various lockdowns we all became masters at walking on lead. When off lead for all the above reasons they also needed a 100% recall.

The only dodgy moment was when we were walking on a shoreline path and I was chatting to my cousins. I noticed somebody on the beach about 10 foot below us saying something about lovely dogs. I. looked along and saw all four of them balanced on a cliff edge close to a seagull nest complete with cute baby seagull. Luckily no angry parent seabird though.

I walked as calmly as I could along the path to where it branched off to the rear of this cliff and managed to call them quietly back the way they came with no harm done – not even to the seagull chick which obviously wasn’t on their list of something to eat!

The dogs were stars and the work put into their behaviour worked out.

As we all know the weather can’t be trained, and the Saturday we were due to go kayaking was very windy – too windy for sea kayaking. That dream had gone, however, we had a lot of fun practicing and building up our skills ready for this adventure, they will come in handy for future expeditions.

Figure 1. The Group from above

The Game Fair 2021, Home Countries International Competition, Ragley Hall

The Game Fair 2021, Home Countries International Competition, Ragley Hall

By Alan Rees

It was great to be back at the Game Fair, after a two year break, due to the pandemic

It was excellent to meet up with friends, new and old, competing with their dogs; Some dogs, not having competed for two years.

The ground and tests were well thought out with some very technical elements, while conditions were at times challenging, with scenting and the cover proving to be trying at  times. Compliments to the two Spaniel judges and two Retriever judges and also to Steve Smith and his team. This is indeed a difficult job.

Over Saturday and Sunday, in a very keenly contested International  competition

Overall winners were England, closely followed by Ireland and  Wales,  and then Scotland. There was fantastic individual performances,  for Wales, Spaniel handler Nathan Quinn returning an impressive winning score of 113 out of Maximum 120, being awarded top Spaniel at the event. Likewise a fantastic performance from Drew Allan, of Scotland returning a score of 117 out of a maximum of 120, winning the top Retriever and dog overall.

The spoils were shared evenly, with Wales winning the top Spaniel team at the event, Ireland winning the top Retriever team, and yet another highlight for Wales was Rhys Carpenter’s performance in the run off for top Spaniel team.

The handlers representing Wales were as follows:

Winning Spaniel team Aled Jones, David Pither, David Gregory, Rhys Carpenter, Nathan Quinn and reserve Julie Thatcher.

Welsh Retriever team, who came a creditable third were Andrew Fisher, Nigel Probert, Mike Jones, Alan Rees, Nigel Probert and reserves Jane Middle and Wendy Glue.

A big personal thank you to CSJ K9, Ceri, Phil and the whole team for your continued support and encouragement. You were sadly missed at the event this year and hope that we will be back together as a full team at Scone Palace in September. DIOLCH YN FAWR IAWN.

One special comment from the team – the coats are a big hit, everyone loves them!!

Breaking News

Before the start of the Game Fair I decided, with Aled, that the top three Spaniels and Retrievers would represent Wales at the Four Nations International Gundog Challenge at Scone Palace in September. The team named is as follows –

Spaniels – Rhys Carpenter, Aled Jones, Nathan Quinn ( reserve to be confirmed)

Retrievers – Alan Rees, Andrew Fisher, Nigel Probert ( reserve to be confirmed)

Alan Rees

Wales International Team Captain