Tuesday, 7 February 2012

So proud of the Devongems.....

So with due day arriving I thought I had better update both blogs in case I never get a moment again. My agility babies, the Devongems are doing fantastically I have to say and I am so proud of them all.

Here are a few of my favourite recent photos, I am biased in my love for these collies I know.....

Many people have been enquiring about our 2012 litters, please see

Re Free I LOVE the Reef pups however I am considering using Riot Matts Devongem boy or a very close relative. We are also waiting to see what Frees sisters pups are like so are keeping our options open. We also need to keep in close contact with Frees breeder as we really value her input.

Poppy is a friends dog and the pups are brought up in her home but we will be homing them as we have a lot more contacts and will find these pups only the BEST homes. We are not worried about agility status, more great active, understanding and well cared for busy environments, agility is a bonus but not the most important thing.

Our own dogs have been having a ball, the farm is moving along nicely and developments at Bowerland are great. We love living here even if it is hard work at times - it is great to see it all coming together so nicely.

If you have any up to date photos please send them over, hope to see you all soon and hope you are getting ready for the 2012 competition season or if not enjoying the great February weather.

If you havent had our training info email carole@devondogs.co.uk to be included next time:

Canine Behaviour day – for all of you who have a want to understand more about your own dogs, we have an excellent day on 18th February which will cover relationship building for both puppies and adult dogs, with our excellent Dog Behaviourist Jan Windsor. This day should be full of variety as well as great for those of you that want to add it to your CPD. Her Day 2 on 4th March – How do dogs learn? This will cover Classical and Operant Conditioning, Aversive and Rewarding Reinforcement, Stress, Anxiety & Depression, Counter Conditioning & Extinction. This day is aimed to refresh and renew your understanding of dog behaviour, both for professionals and those who are interested in their own dogs learning. It is a day not to be missed with invaluable learning opportunities.
Life Skills dates – the next one we have available is on 12th February, we currently have 2 spaces available. This is invaluable for all young dogs, and dogs currently in obedience/foundation training. The next date is 14th April and we cannot recommend these days highly enough.
Walk the Course – our February DD membership offer is a great one. We are offering you the opportunity to buy one – get one free. The Walk the Course workshops are paramount to your learning of how a course works, and being able to talk through the various exercises in a comfortable atmosphere.
Kamal Fernandez Obedience Maestro – we have one working space left on 12th February, this is a must for all of you who are developing attitude with your agility dogs. The day is aimed to cover lots of motivational and control games to add to your box of tricks. He is not only an entertaining trainer, but a vastly knowledgeable one and we are very fortunate that he has travelled down to the South West especially for Devon Dogs. We also have unlimited spectator spaces on both 11th and 12th February.
Sian’s next workshop is on 31st March. The Young Dogs group is completely full, however there is currently one space on the Grade 3+4, one space on the Foundation, and 2 spaces on the Grade 5-7. If you or anyone you know of that would benefit from Sian’s championship and international level expertise, please come back to me.
Her partner Anthony Clarke is also visiting on 3rd March and he currently has one space on Young Dogs, and 2 spaces on Flatwork. Again if you are interested contact me asap as we expect these spaces will go quickly now that we have let people know of their availability.
Training on the Ring day is on 17th March, this day is invaluable to all customers and we thoroughly recommend it. The day is not only of huge value to your learning but also an opportunity to meet and talk to lots of other like minded folk.
We also have the Lakers visiting on 10th March for the day, Karen working with Relationship Building, and Mark working with Pushing Your Course Work, we currently have one space available on Karen’s day and 2 spaces available on Mark’s day. They are also visiting us on 25th March where Mark currently has space in his G3-4, G5-7 and G3-7 and Karen currently has some space on all of her workshops.
Lastly Jo Tristram is with us on 8th March, here G4-7 group is full, however she currently has space on her Contacts and Weaves, G1-3 and Young Dog sessions.

 I am sure I will see you soon,