Sunday, 23 May 2010

Shearing pictures


Yep all of a sudden she looks a bit naked....all the other sheep were sniffing her and nuzzling her afterwards...was quite sweet to see.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Sheep shearing

As we have started to shear the sheep you can already see one of them without a woolly coat when you drive by. The others will be done over the next few days........Must say the battery operated clippers are not working as well as we had hoped so the shearing takes longer than we would like. But so far the sheepies are very to follow :-)

Demos at Brant Broughton

Black Jack DTC was invited to do some freestyle demos at the village faire at Brant Broughton. They asked for 3 people to do a demo, so Megan with Rogie, Adrian Long with Bramble and me and Wizzy did two demos and at the last demo we also let other people have a go at the sport with some hints and tips. The first demo was a huge success and we had a lot of spectators, but the second demo was at the end of the day so a lot of people had gone home by then. All dogs worked really well and we had a lovely time.

Here are some pictures of the second demo

Adrian Long with Bramble
Megan with Rogue
Hetty and Wizzy

Friday, 21 May 2010

Crazy stuff......

Koda is such a funny boy to do training with. I had decided to click Rogie for walking on a barrel while the thing is rolling over the floor as she is frightened of everything that moves underneath her little feet (pavement slaps that are loose make her jump a mile in the air). But before I try something like that with her I would rather have a bit of experience, so had a go with Violet (not afraid of anything). 

Koda watched and was determined he should have a go as well. So when I finished training with Vi and it was Koda's turn to train (obedience and freestyle) I took him off the lead that was hooked on a ground pen to put Vi on it and turned round to see him laying next to the barrel, looking very determined this was what he was going to do as well......He did really well actually (yes who could resist those sweet little eyes)...but he watched Vi so probably already figured out what to do.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Just got back from ....

Germany late last night. It was the last flight still being allowed to come to London before the airspace was closed due to volcanic ash clouds. It was the last seminar of a series for Obedience Kreisgruppe 06 in the south of Germany. The series of seminars were meant only for trainers to help them teach others how to train their dogs for competitive obedience. It was nice to work with such an enthousiastic group of  people. I hope they will all do well at competitions this year and the following years and I am sure I'll see some back at competitions or another seminar.

Happy training!


what other people say about us

I've added a new page to the website: where other people write about their experiences with our training at seminars or weekly classes.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

holiday in Italy - even during our holiday the dogs need to be trained

Adrian and I were in Italy for a little break and also because I gave a clicker training seminar in Illasi. But even though we are on holiday, my dogs still like to be trained and continue their education. Some pictures of our training sessions below:
Koda doing heelwork

Koda - heelwork

Wizz - retrieve

Back to back

Back to front

Koda - jumping

Holding the stick with 2 paws

Holding the stick with one paw

Wizz having a drink

Skipping / being lame

Skipping / being lame

Koda bowing away from me

Violet kicks

Violet kicking her legs 

Wizz walking on his hind legs away from me

Lausen in the mountains jumping over a tree

Stefano had also organised some herding for us, unfortunately the way they train their dogs was not quite the same as what we do at home and I didn't want to confuse the young dogs, so in the end I only had a go with Violet on my own without the teacher. The field was hidden in between the houses in between the mountains. Pretty impressive scenery to do some herding! Thank you Stefano, we had a nice day !

My little flower boy in Illasi

Violet - just being Vi

How to teach your dog to drive a car

Explanation on how to teach your dog to drive a car has been put on the Black Jack Website :
Teach your dog to drive a car :-)

Friday, 7 May 2010

Training days

We are organising a barrel racing and longe training day on 25th of July and a clicker seminar on the 4th of September. More info on

I hope to see you all there!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Summer Fun Course

Details of our Summer Fun Course are now online. We have 3 handlers places still available.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Agility training last night

Adrian had the chance to take some pictures at the agility training last night. It's a beginners group and it was their 4th lesson and first time on the contact zone.