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Monday 9 March 2015

Crufts 2015

Well we didn't have a stand this year at Crufts but we were certainly kept busy. We had some fantastic chats with many of the other stands and have some very interesting filming lined up for the next few months.

We also tried Riley the German Long Haired Pointer out with a GoPro to get a 'Dog's eye view' of Crufts. Riley wasn't at all phased by the camera on his back and he certainly seemed to enjoy the extra attention it earned him!

Thursday 5 March 2015


Today we filmed a number of interviews with Orthopets in Gloucestershire. They sell orthotics, prosthetics, karts, harnesses, boots and even toe grips for dogs. Rod explained everything to us very clearly and we have come away with a far greater understanding of the options there are available to dogs with a variety of conditions. These videos will take a while for us to edit as we will need to travel around the country to film the dogs using the various pieces of equipment, but we will get working on it asap!

Sunday 1 March 2015

Filming Obedience

Today we went to visit Russell Becque in Hampshire who sets up Obedience practice rings for competitors to have a go at training their dogs in a situation 'in between' their standard training class, and a competitive ring.

We filmed some great cut aways for our videos with Kamal Fernandez, with breeds ranging from Border Collies and German Shepherds, to some fantastic Bernese Mountain Dogs.

March 2015 is live

This month we visit another little known gem of the Kennel Club - The Kennel Club Gallery - containing, amongst many other treasures, the famous cup for Best in Breed that will be awarded this month at Crufts.  We also learn about The Kennel Club's involvement with the Be Dog Friendly scheme. 

As always, we like to bring you information about activities to enjoy with your dog and this month we look at Canicross Safety and Handling Skills in Tracking.

We're also looking at another product, this month: the Magloc - an ingenious device for attaching a lead to a collar or harness just by pointing it in the right direction!

Finally we have some handy training tips for you: how to remove a reliance on rewards, especially useful when competing; how to direct when and where your dog scavenges, so he doesn't find anything horrible of his own; and how to teach your dog to ring a bell when he wants to go outside.  We're full of good ideas!