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.

 

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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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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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