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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Want a great holiday with your hounds?

If you are a dog owner like me that would rather not put the dogs in kennels but take them with you  on holiday or just want a break away with the dogs then you wont find better than Bowerland Holiday Cottages. I can’t recommend them enough and you need to book early to avoid disappointment!

A dog haven in the Devonshire countryside just outside of Okehampton.

I was asked to do some photography for the website whilst doing some training with my younger dog. It was my first visit and I was fortunate enough to stay in the lovely Annex.

There are two cottages to choose from. The Annex and the Old Dairy. They are both dog friendly, very comfortable and each have enclosed gardens.

The Old Dairy is a charming cosy cottage all on the ground floor and suitable for multiple dogs.. a maximum of six are allowed!  So that is a huge benefit!

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There is a large enclosed and private garden with private gated entrance.

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The Annex is where I stayed and suitable for a maximum of 2 dogs. It is large and airy and has everything in it you would need for your stay. I didn’t want to come home! My visit was in January and it was lovely and warm. It like the Old Diary is well equipped with everything you need and more!  The additional touches are lovely and a reflection on how lovely the owners are. You would never know that either of the accommodation allow dogs, they are spotless and bowls, a towel and treats for the dogs are a lovely touch.

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The Annex also has its own enclosed, gated garden. It is not a big as that in the Old Diary but plenty of room for two dogs and just a few steps  away have a large paddock that is kept exclusively for those staying in the cottages to use and there is a gate at the far end which leads to the most gorgeous woods!

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The Paddock is gated and fully enclosed and very well sheltered on all sides. Plenty of room for playing and training or just lazing around in the sun.

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There are lovely walks all around. My favourite  for this visit was the woods but I have been back since then and Meldon Reservoir is well worth a visit. (see below) The moors are only a stones throw away.

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If like me you want to do a little more with your dogs than just take in the lovely scenery around then you are right on the door step for Devon Dogs, which provides training for everyone and all abilities. Agility, Obedience, Life skills, puppy classes, 1:2:1 sessions, class lessons, you name it they do it and all the staff are knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. There is a huge indoor barn to so it really is an all year round venue.

The perfect place for a doggy holiday.

Oh, and did I mention, kids can go too!

For more details

Bowerland Holidays visit  – bowerlandcottageholidays.co.uk

Devon Dogs visit – devondogs.co.uk

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