A huge thank you to judge Nancy Talbot, USA for appreciating our young girl at the show in Köping
and making her BIG-2! ❤️
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Becca was BOS to the group winner! Congratulations to Madeleine Edin and your gorgeous boy.
Quick update on the work with each dog at the moment: Becca will be in season any day now and due to that we are quite stagnant in our work, just adding extra throws while she is retrieving.
Ebba has been working on 10-20 meter long retrieving three or more in a straight line, stopping on signals while stressing with throws, retrieving in shallow water and swimming shorter distances, obedience in beginners class, short rabbit tracks, search squares and hindquarters control.
Iza has been working on long swims and retrieving, obedience close to hunting fields, mallard (she has no problem with the female ones, it's just the males that isn't her favourites) and details, details, details in contact while heeling...
Hagel is learning her name and the clicker, quite tasty she thinks 😉
I don't know if we will bee prepared for competition on Friday but we are definitely going to Koping for the show as I have bought a showcase/trolley that we have to pick up there. It's not just about Iza being focused enough, it's about me keeping my pain in check so that I can support her and be a teammate and not a bruden for her to carry 😶
This time around Becca swum, fetched and retrieved - didn't try to give the bird 🐦 just anyone 😉 and got her 9 points in the water trials.
Sometimes you forget your goal with dog owning and breeding in the middle of the work. To us it is important that a dog is adaptable, confident, has the ability to read it´s owner and is safe with children.
- Adaptable to the world that it is today, because so many breeds are made for a cause that used to be and that cause and the world of today is not always suited fo one another. Yes a dog can guard but not harm...
- Confident, by that I mean it shall have courage but be without sharpness and edge. So that if something happens it shall think twice befor acting. That way it will not panic and do rash actions in the moment of the heat.
- The ability to read the owner is a double edged thing, I want a dog that follows and is easy to direct, but that do not get to worked up when the owner get stressed or un confident. (That is a tricky combination for any breed).
-To be safe with children does not mean that it will stand any type of pinching or cruelty, it means that if miss treated the dog will walk away. And it does not mean that the dog will not harm a child when jumping, happening to scratch it wit a claw or tumble in to it or while waggling the tail happen to whip it. That is life with any dog and it shall be a case of giving the dog room to be a dog.
But in general that is the base for all breeding plans and breeds in our life, and if one of these criteria is not full filled, that dog, breed etcetera is out of plans. But there are so much more that is to consider. Is this what I have grounds for to train, is this breed typical or is it this individual that represent these characteristics? Can I do this well or better than average? Do I have the knowledge to help others in this? We do not breed if the dog is more than average, it shall bring the breed forward, not just multiply it. Then it is not breeding it is just making more.
Then there is that little other piece to consider, is this what I am suited to do? Breeding is not just whelping and planning litters,
- you have to work with your dogs,
-help the ones buying the puppies how to best work with their dogs
-take care of the dogs, trimming, physical exercise etcetera
-trialing is an important part for us whether it is hunting, showing or what ever the breed is suited for.
Which breeds we will have in the furure and what dogs we will breed out of, that is always open for debate and a works progress.
Every dog is an open book until one chapter is closed or the dog proven failure in one part or another of our criteria. That is the only thing that is definitely certain ;)
Ibland glömmer man sitt mål med att äga och föda upp hundar när man är mitt uppe i arbetet. För oss är det viktigt att en hund är anpassningsbar, stabil, har förmågan att läsa sin ägare och är säker med barn.
- Anpassaningsbar så att denfungerar i världenså som denser ut idag, eftersom så många raser är gjorda för en uppgift som brukade finnas och det arbetet och dagens värld är inte alltid kompatibelt med varandra. Ja en hund får vakta, men inte skada tex...
- Stabil, jag menar att det ska ha mod, men vara utan skärpa eller vara vass. Så att om något händer ska det tänka två gånger före den agerar. På det sättet kommer det inte att få panik och göra utslagsåtgärder i när det hettar till.
- Möjligheten att läsa ägaren är en tveeggad förmåga, jag vill ha en hund som följer och är lätt att styra, men som inte stressas upp när ägaren blir stressad eller osäker. (Det är en knepig kombination av förmågor att försöka få fram i någon ras).
- Att vara säker med barn, betyder inte att de ska behöva stå ut någon form av plåga eller grymhet, det innebär att om någon behandlar hunden illa så ska den välja att gå där ifrån, men utan att försvara sig. Och det betyder inte att hunden inte kommer att skada ett barn när han hoppar, leker genom att råka riva det med en klo eller tumla in i den eller att den viftar så hårt med svansen att den kan råka piska någon med den. Det är givna händelser som kan ske i livet med en hund och så ska det vara om en hund får vara hund.
Men i allmänhet är det basen för alla våra avelsplaner och raser i vårt liv, och om en av dessa kriterier inte uppfylls, är den hunden, rasen etc. borta ur våra planer. Men det finns så mycket mer att tänka på. Är detta vad jag har mark nog för att kunna träna, är denna individ rastypisk eller är den den här individen som representerar dessa egenskaper? Kan jag göra det bra eller bättre än genomsnittet? Har jag kunskapen att hjälpa andra i detta? Vi avlar inte om hunden är mer än genomsnittlig, den ska föra rasen framåt, inte bara multiplicera den. Då är det inte avel för oss, det är bara att göra fler.
Då finns det den lilla andra biten att tänka på, är detta vad jag är lämpad att göra? Uppfödning är inte bara valpning och planering kullar,
- du måste jobba med dina hundar,
-hjälpa dem som köper valparna hur man bäst arbetar med sina hundar
Ta hand om hundarna, trimma, träna etc.
-Trialing är en viktig del för oss om det är jakt, visning eller vad som helst som rasen passar för.
Vilka raser vi kommer att ha i framtiden och vilka hundar vi kommer att använda i avel, det är alltid öppet för debatt och en del av arbetet.
Varje hund är en öppen bok tills ett kapitel är stängt eller hunden visat sig misslyckad inom ett eller annat av våra kriterier. Det är det enda som definitivt är säkert ;)
Yesterday was all about making the partridge chickens yard larger, more long term adjusted and a real home. When we built it last year we isolated the old milk room and built the yard fence for a more temporary use. It was just a passing through out to the real life, but after seeing how others has made real homes and found that our chickens tried to return to that yard all the time, we decided that this will be their home all year around.
So we are making the yard three times as large, wind shielding, 🦊 safe and electric ⚡️ fences as well. The fox stop is composting nets on the ground under the walls. That has worked super at our little yard at home. We will either have to build that one larger as well or move the chickens (if they hatch) later. I guess having 5 partridge in the garden can be quite useful. I'd like to have two rabbits 🐰 as well just as distractions while training.
As we do not have any quail at the moment and Iza just retrieved them all the time, they became quite pointless. They just flew once or if we were lucky, twice and then they became a retrieve instead of anything else. And as our daughter Leontine is extremely allergic to eggs we can't eat the eggs either, and quail are productive!
I'll try to get some pictures of the new yard when it's finally finished.
We did some water work yesterday to! And Becca did Retriever jumps into the water 💦 So happy to see her start to love the water! Iza is more of an utter 😆 but the retrieving has to be more complicated now to get her tagged. Ebba found the dummies way to wet far out and decided to take a walk along the lake, which made her walk and then swimming three times as far out and just happened to come across them and picked them up on the way back 🙈😆
Avoiding work can be a great way to get the job done 🤣
If Friday and Saturday was all about showing and showing off, Sunday is for water work, retrieving and building the partridge chickens new garden. A bit less glamorous and a lot more grounding ❤️ We are really looking forward to see how many of the eggs our adult partridge hen keeping warm that will hatch!
Summoning the shows of the weekend 2x Best of Breed, CACIB and BIG-3 with our lovely Patouche Mirabelle turning 16 months on Monday thank you Patricia Rush and Sandrine Flaux for making her and her parents ❤️ And a huge thank you to judge Rony Doedjins for believing in her!
The little gorgeous Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy in the picture below is a girl who we are really looking forward to welcoming! Her name is Double Coat's Vivienne Westwood "Hagel" from Kaj and Catharina Lindstrom is her breeders. She will arrive here in a about a week.
Yes I guess we'll have to be a bit schizophrenic to work with 4 different breeds at a time but there's so much fun to try in life ❤️
Today is all about ego boost and pampering, well I guess Becca disagree with me about some of it. Nail clipping is not a ego boost nor a pampering treatment in her opinion, but the first two projects were in her liking though. First indoor heeling, they all love that as it's easy, is quick and fun. Small steps, patterns and details in position is fun in both their and my opinion.
Then I took one dog at a time spread out 12-14 dummies over the kitchen floor and then asked to have the dog putting them in my hand to get a treat. Easy and fun for Becca and Iza, quite a hard work for Ebba. Then we did that all over again and now you could see that Ebba still is a bit bothered of her tooth changes and chose the light ones first and the heavy ones in the end.
Now it's shampoo and trimming for the show tomorrow. Well not for Ebba nor Becca, they just have to go through the motions anyway. If I'm nervous 😩, yes definitely it feels like she has done so well in the show ring that it has to be a bit too good. 🙈
iza was not herself at all tonight at the obedience competition so after failing the heeling totally, doing a decent coming in she wandered of. And before she decided to do anything else, I stopped it there.
Lucky me that both Emma and Emelie, my previous instructors were present and made us go through the motions with a bunch of treats and rewards. Just what Iza and I needed. ❤️❤️❤️
Well all of us write here, both humans and dogs ;) At least that was the plan but it seems it´s mostly me Robyn who´s attached to the keyboard...