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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Happy New Year…..

Happy New Year to you all. It’s always scary when I have to make a New Year folder for the next 12 months of photographic sessions not to mention those that I take for myself.

There are some exciting things coming up for Mel Taylor Photography but will be saving those gems for later in the month…

The camera’s have spent Xmas away getting cleaned for the New Year and I hope to collect then early this week as new bookings have already started to come in for January.

Typically January is a quiet month for photographers but for those like me that have children, not much gets done in the Xmas holidays so I always have a backlog to catch up on and the dreaded “Tax return” that I am sure will be highlighted on local radio every 5 mins for the next 30 days…. yes I know the cut off is 31st January!

I had a very busy 2015 and was thrilled to be published in Dogs Today magazine in the Best Dog Photographs in the world section.  As I had not realised that was happening I have got behind with sharing so I thought I would take this opportunity to catch up.

Its a really good Dog magazine and I can recommend it for a good read with many interesting articles.

October 2015

October 2015 cover

The image in this one is of Buzz, my Mini American Shepherd. He would have been around 7 months in this image.

The bluebell woods make a wonderful place for images. You can never quite plan shoots for them as depending on the weather they appear at different times and catching them at their best is always tricky.

Action shots can be quite difficult too, especially in wooded areas where the light might be poor. The Bluebells were early in 2015 and so the leaves on the trees were not completely out giving a much better quality of light in the woods.

Getting this image took a little while as I was on my own, with my other dog too. So getting Buzz to sit and wait the other side of the log while walked to the other side and got down on the floor for the low level perspective was not so easy! A few attempts were needed. Wait is not his one of his strengths and  at his age with many distractions around him it was a bigger challenge. Not to mention that he has a mind of his own!  My agility coach will vouch for that one!  But we got there and Butter wouldn’t melt!

Dogs Today October 2015 image

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