Summer Fun with Devon Dogs

At the begining of August. Car full to bursting, my boys and I headed off to Westpoint Summer Camp, held by Devon dogs for a week of training and competition!

WestPoint Show ground near Exeter is a great venue and the Paignton Dog show is also held at the end of the week and over the weekend giving lots of variety for dog lovers.

I attended the camp for the first time last year and had such a good time I was definately going back this year. The camp is run every year by Devon Dogs.

Its a great venue, lots of space to wander with your dogs, use of  on site shower and toilet facilites. Plenty of walks in the surrounding area and plenty of pubs and shops near by.

The camp starts on the Monday and everyone arrives sets up and meets in the evening to get to know eachother and find out what thier agenda for the week is. There are plenty of different training subjects to choose from.  Foundation skills for puppies, Life skills, Motivation and play, Agility, scent work and much more!

Tuesday, to Thursday are training days and there are plenty of additional training sessionsthat can be booked during the evenings and on Monday and Friday.

If you love puppies then there are always loads to say hi to and cuddle.

 

Young dogs find the enviroment fun and relaxed.  There are plenty of course for those wanting to start doing agility with their young dogs or just learning great life skills with postive reward based training methods.

Even the young humans can have fun. Here is my youngest following in my footsteps and having a go at action shots for the first time.

The guest agility trainers this year were Selena Bray & Martin Tait. I was lucky enough to have workshops with both of them and they were brilliant. I love learning from different trainers and picking the best ways from each that suit both me and my dogs.

I predominanty go for the agility training, especially as I have two young dogs. Start line waits, grid work, turns, handling skills, contact work, its all available. Training with enthusiastic trainers and with like minded people, it is such a great way to learn.

All breeds are welcome so don’t be put off by the collies, even though some do show off!

In the evening you can join the evening seminar or just go and relax. There is a pub meal out one evening for all attendees, friends and family and a BBQ on the last evening.

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If after all the training you want to put your new found skills into practice then the Paington Agility Show runs for four days. Sat- Tuesday along side the Dog show. There are many trade and food stands to be visited and the courses are always challenging and fun.

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Schools Back

If your kids are not back at school already then as mine they will be soon. We have had a very full and busy summer and after a having a leaking water pipe at home soaking the floors and walls of our house, it is all now nearly completed and we are moving back in.

Just sat here tidying some stuff up and found an image of my Collie Maya in Feburary 2017, Dogs Today Magazine. I have been fortunate enough to have been selected for their section, “The Best Dog Photographs in the World” section numerous times.  Look out for the September issue!  Its a great magazine.

This image was taken up on the Ridgeway on a stormy day. I like the fact that you can just see the sheep behind her. Although she does Agility she was bred to work sheep but was not so keen on the idea!

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Summer Camp at Westpoint Arena

The summer holidays started and a little break away for myself and the dogs to Summer Handling Camp with Devon Dogs. Not to mention there being lots of photo opportunities!

Photos from the camp are available on my website. Click here to access and all profits go to Agility against cancer for Yvonne Goode

Although I have done several workshops with Devon Dogs it was my first camp. So off I headed to Westpoint Arena near Exter, call full to bursting and hoping that it would stop raining and I would survive the week in a three man tent with the dogs!

I can tell you now that I loved every minute of it and have already booked to go again next year!  So if you are interested, read on and then book up soon as spaces will go fast!

The camp starts on Monday with the arrival from mid-day onwards and a welcome meeting late afternoon with Pimms and cake!  A goodie bag from Devon dogs and the all important schedule for your week!

The Summer Camp attendees get prime camping positions above the training rings which would later become the Competition rings for Devon Dogs Agility show held Sat, Sun, Mon and Tues after the camp. Giving you four days of putting your training into practice!

Although not provided by Devon dog,  electric hook up was available if required via the site for a very reasonable price. The was a very nice shower block at the main arena. A 5-minute walk or you could easily drive down there.  There is plenty of space for walking the dogs.

So what happens at Camp….. Everyone is given a schedule of their lesson for the camp, lessons are Tues, Wed and Thursday and everyone has two, two hour workshops each day. There are also 1-2-1 slots that can be booked Monday – Friday.

Allocated in accordance with the preferences you provided prior to the camp starting. In between you are welcome to watch the workshops you are not attending or you can use any equipment that is not being used in the lessons to practice. You can also opt to chill out with your dogs or go and get any shopping you may need.

There are seminars each evening and then an organised BBQ, Quiz night and pub meal.

While you are not in a workshop there is plenty to do. You are welcome to watch the workshops you are not attending or you can use any equipment that is not being used in the lessons to practice. You can also opt to chill out with your dogs or go and get any shopping you may need or take a trip to the beach!

Tea and cake is available from late morning through the afternoon in the Marquee and Lesley Purgh from Colimanor was there with her trade stand for doggy treats, toy, harnesses etc.

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What training is available. Here are some but not all of the options….

Weaves – Learn to Weave, G1-4 Weaves, Weave Proofing & Sequences for G5-7

 Foundation and Life Skills – Foundation, Flatwork & Fun, Focus Fury, Recall 101, Shaping, Naught but nice survival skills, Puppy School, Loose lead walking, Become a better dog trainer. Chase and impulse controls.

Agility – Grids for competition and young dogs, G1-4 Handling, G5-7 Handling, European Handling, Front Crosses, Blind crosses, Ketschgers. Motivation, attitude and drive.

Conclusion – a thoroughly enjoyable week, blessed with great weather, fantastic people, trainers, dogs and venue. Lots learned and I had a fantastic time at the Devon Dogs agility show on the Saturday and Sunday running really nice courses in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Keep your dogs safe.

As you may know if you follow my blog, I have three lovely Mutts which I adore. I walk them at least twice a day everyday and we do training in between. My new dogs are still very young and my youngest is not entirely happy to have other dogs in his face.

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This is play but it could so easily be a situation to avoid.

Having not had a dog before that is bothered by other dogs it has opened up a new world to me of how so many people have little or no control over their dogs off lead and are willing to allow their dogs to approach others without checking if they are friendly first.

If I am out walking and there is not a wide open space to allow my dog to find his own space then I put him on the lead. Generally putting dogs on a lead will make them more likely to react to another dog so I avoid this where possible but sometimes on a small track or if nearing a road there is no option.

It worries me  how many other dog owners will watch me call mine, put on the lead as they approach and still they let their dog bound over with no attempt to recall them despite my efforts of asking politely to get their dog. I am usually greeted with “he is very friendly”, that may be the case but if the other dog is likely not to be then you putting your dog at risk and also the other persons if a fight were to break out! When I say “but mine is not” there is a panic to get the other dog by which time it is usually too late!

I have not had any bad incidents in this situation but that is because I read the other dog and try to avoid letting mine practice the bad behaviour that I don’t want like barking, lunging etc but this is very difficult if the other dog is bounding around me wanting to play!

So please dog owners out there, please think about other dogs as you approach them. If they are on lead or being put on lead it is usually for a reason.

 

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