Margaret on June 30th, 2015

Here is Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope. She is a 17 month, soon to be 18 month old, Bouvier Des Flandres.

Young Bouvier Des Flandres enjoying and doing well in training

Young Bouvier Des Flandres enjoying and doing well in training

She has achieved 2 (out of 2) Best Puppy in Show and 1 Reserve Working Group win. 3 Challenge Certificates out of 3 shows from UK judges Tom Mather, Geoffrey Corish and Derek Smith.

Below is what I sent her breeder, Cheryl Pierpoint, last week.

Young Bouvier des Flandres dog enjoys training

Young Bouvier des Flandres dog enjoys training

All of her documentation was acknowledged as received by The Barbados Kennel Club on March 21st but their official documentation was only received by me last week.

Isabelle has just 1 more leg to complete before she also achieves the C.D. title.

She already easily does the CDX (open) exercises so we plan to progress to that.

She enjoys training and I believe most dogs do.

She works for little treats but also works without anything as she loves training activities.

She also loves agility and she has a natural drive which will help her excel in this sport.

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Margaret on June 20th, 2015

Repeat visitors to Barbados, Jim and Belinda love dogs. This year when they visited they brought down a huge bag filled with mainly dog collars, a lot of which are really nice leather collars. Belinda explained that the dog gifts she brings in from the UK come from several dog lovers, from her area, and dog clubs. This must have filled a large suitcase.

Lots of dog gifts from UK visitors to RSPCA

Lots of dog gifts from UK visitors to RSPCA

We were welcomed by RSPCA staff member, Naresh Belgrave. Sounds as if that organisation currently houses about 65 dogs. He brought out Gracie to meet us. Gracie has been there for approximately 2 years. She was very friendly. There are lots of dogs there that the RSPCA desperately needs to find homes for. People looking to help by taking in these dogs would be advised if they are suitable around other dogs and cats. Gracie is one who would do well as a “one” dog, we were told.

Gracie, at the RSPCA, is still looking for a home

Gracie, at the RSPCA, is still looking for a home

From there we headed to the beauty of the East Coast in Barbados. We stopped at Bay Tavern, Martin’s Bay, and one of the owners explained that they were closed for their annual vacation. Bajans are usually very friendly people and the door to the bar was unlocked so we could get some cold Banks Beer and sit on a beach overlooking the sea. We ate at Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant, Belleplaine where the service and food were also very good.

Bay Tavern at Martin's Bay, St. John

Bay Tavern at Martin’s Bay, St. John

Hope to see my friends, Belinda and Jim, again next year. And I am sure the RSPCA looks forward to their visit again as well.

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Margaret on June 16th, 2015

Basic obedience training is essential to dogs.

Competitive obedience is also great as it can be fun for the handlers as well as teaching the dog new exercises.

But not all dogs and handlers enjoy competitive obedience where they do the same repetitive exercises, like come, heel, sit, down, stand and stay. Yes, they get to a different environment to meet with other dogs in group classes, yes, the dogs get rewards but it can get boring for both dogs and handlers after a while.

And yes, the opportunity is there, in Barbados, to move from one obedience level to another.

With basic obedience training achieved, a dog, if the facilities are there, and the dog is old enough for its growth plates to have sealed to prevent damage to them through jumping, a fun dog activity in Barbados is agility.

It is also good exercise for both dog and handler.

As far as I know, only The Barbados Dog Training Club has the agility equipment and instructors trained to teach agility for dogs in Barbados. The main instructor is Jean Ray. The training here is also in enclosed grounds as in agility, the dogs run off leash.

Major agility trainers/competitors have visited us in Barbados over the years and have imparted knowledge. The two I remember are Kathrin Tasker (UK)of Millbrook Agility Dogs, a top agility trainer, competitor and agility judge and Elizabeth Evans,(USA) of Best Friends Fun Farm, also an agility trainer, competitor and agility judge. Both of these trainers spent agility training time with me and my Bouviers and other dogs and members of The Barbados Dog Training Club.

These trainers would have also have helped the Club’s agility instructors to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for agility training.

Bouvier Des Flandres Isabelle enjoying the view from the walk way

Bouvier Des Flandres Isabelle enjoying the view from the walk way

This year, Isabelle is enjoying agility, the obstacles she loves, especially the tunnels, and she enjoys the sequence jumping. She is happy racing around. I still give her small treats but I think she would do all the agility running around out of fun. We do agility training one evening a week.

agility in Barbados

Bouvier Des Flandres, Isabelle and agility tunnel

We missed 2 CD trials, six months apart, as she was in season for both trials so we still have to complete the CD (Novice) title before we go on to the CDX (open).

So besides agility, we are having fun with the dumb bell retrieve and other exercises in preparation for when we can go on to the CDX trials.

Isabelle holding the dumb bell

Isabelle holding the dumb bell

And I am looking forward to when Isabelle gets past the beginner’s agility level so I can try for little videos or photos of her racing around the ring.

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Margaret on May 13th, 2015

The dog rescue and shelter places in Barbados seem to be full. So many dogs are being abandoned and rescued but still breeders keep on breeding puppies without finding homes for them before they breed.

Not all breeders are like that. There are responsible breeders who have a waiting list for their puppies and who do vet the potential homes before the sales.

On a list in social media today is this ad. Yes, the puppies look cute but then again, don’t all puppies look cute.

Why advertise puppies as guard dogs? Most of us should know they are not and they might never grow into guard dog personalities either.

puppies advertised as guard dogs

An example of false advertising in Barbados

People who do not know dog breeds and dogs might actually be fooled by this misleading ad and buy one of these cute puppies expecting it to turn into a “great guard dog” and when it does not, it could end up at the Animal Control Centre or a shelter or even worse.

It is time people become more responsible with their marketing of puppies and dogs in Barbados.

I would prefer to see an ad where it states that the puppies’ sire and dam are great family pets and the puppies could have the potential to be great family pets also and maybe great guard dogs. In the event that the puppies never turn into great “guard dogs” as least then they were never marketed to be such!

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In between the March 25th dog obedience trials and the new obedience training classes starting end April, the B’dos. Dog Training Club slipped in another trial on April 22nd for Novice, Open and Utility.

I was not there as Isabelle, my Bouvier Des Flandres, was in season.

Congratulations to Zoe Marshall who achieved the CD title with the Labrador Retriever, “Tilly”, owned by Susan Leacock, and to Judith St. John who also achieved the CD title with her Labrador Retriever, “Callie”. Jenny Fields was high in trials with her Golden Retriever “Honey”.

Legs of the Utility and Novice were achieved by other participants.

There were no formal dog training classes leading up to these trials so participants worked on their own and with their friends.

Congratulations to those handlers/trainers as well who passed legs of the Novice and Utility.

high jumps for utility obedience trials

Some of the jumps used at utility obedience trials in Barbados

Full classes at the basic obedience level, and Novice will shortly resume at Waterford, along with the informal classes for the Open and Utility.

And, of course, agility classes will be restarting for dogs at all levels.

Tibetan Terrier doing agility obstacle

Tibetan Terrier Ch. Araki Miss Conduct at Calliope C.D. coming through an agility tunnel

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Olivia was once a shy shelter dog

Olivia was once a shy shelter dog

Achieving a CD title is not an easy task for most dog owners as it means training the dog above and beyond basic obedience. The classes attended for the CD are usually the group classes with The Barbados Dog Training Club although there are other dog training areas in Barbados.

I believe that some members of The Barbados Working Dogs Association also have achieved a CD title and they could train on their own grounds but would have to attend at least 3 classes with The B’dos. Dog Training Club before the trials date. The Barbados Working Dogs Association will focus more on IPO training. I believe the BH training qualification which might be offered through that club is similar to the CD title. So far, I am not aware of any BH trials in Barbados but I think it is very good for Barbados to have more than one dog training club.

It is possible also, for an individual trainer, to sit the CD trials, once they comply with the trial regulations.

To get to the CD level, the puppy/dog would have to be comfortable coming off the leash in a roped ring and doing exercises like stand for examination without moving, doing a figure eight on a leash with sits in between 2 people at a natural pace, heeling on and off leash with different paces inside a ring, being left with other dogs on a sit stay and down stay, being confident enough to be left on a sit stay with its owner walking away and then waiting to be called for the recall exercise which includes a finish.

Rescue dogs, unless they were rescued as very young puppies, have probably had a very hard life. A lot of them would have been abused, abandoned and possibly rescued by kind people who might have picked them up and taken them to a rescue shelter. Behaviour traits could be fearful of people and other dogs, and strange surroundings.

To rescue a dog through one of the animal shelters and get it transformed to almost a different dog personality wise through loving care and training is a wonderful achievement, much less achieving a high level of training with it.

Olivia was a rescue coming from the Hope Sanctuary. These are her pix when she was first rescued by Brenda Kaufman and her family. Besides looking starved out, she was afraid of most things, including humans. The pix. on the extreme right is a recent pix, the others tell Olivia’s early sad story.

Olivia, a shelter dog

Pictures of an early Olivia who was rescued from the Hope Shelter

Today, she is a confident happy dog, very affectionate and loyal to her owners. She does not mind being approached by most dogs and people and no longer appears nervous and scared.

Olivia lives in a home with other dogs, some are also rescues, in an area with lovely grounds and caring people.

She is well fed and also runs off leash in agility with The Barbados Dog Training Club. Most dogs love agility and this playful popular dog sport where dogs run through tunnels, tackle obstacles like an A-frame, walk-way, see-saw, do jumps is great fun for them and their handlers.

I am sure there could be other people in Barbados besides Brenda who have “rescue” dogs with the CD title but this one I know as Olivia was on the class with my Bouvier, Isabelle, and Oliva’s owner chose to tell me her story and also send me the pix published here. This is actually Brenda’s fourth CD title with a “rescue” dog.

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Margaret on March 28th, 2015

March 25, was the date for the first obedience dog trials in Barbados for 2015.

A lot of very keen contestants. There were no passes in the Utility and CDX and only 2 dogs competing at each of these levels in the trials.

There was keen competition for the CD title and 11 dogs were in the ring for the CD trials. The breeds were: 3 German Shepherd dogs (from working lines), a Boxer, 3 Golden Retrievers, a Bouvier Des Flandres, 2 Labrador Retrievers and a mixed breed/rescue.

Dogs doing the trials were at different levels. To achieve the CD title,  passes would be needed for legs A, B and C.

Different dogs passed different levels. Different judges are provided by The Barbados Dog Training Club for trials as one judge cannot qualify contenters for all three CD legs.

Dogs in Barbados who were awarded CD titles in March, 2015

Two dogs achieved the Novice title in Barbados in March, 2015

Two of the participants achieved the third and final leg for the CD title. Brenda Kaufman with her mixed breed/rescue Olivia and Linda Pearson with her German Shepherd Dog, Echo.

obedience winners

First winners of the Novice title in Barbados, for 2015

To me, it is great to see a mixed breed/rescue achieve a CD title. There is more about her, Olivia, in the next post.

Training dogs in Barbados

Three top dogs in first obedience trials for 2015 in Barbados

Taking the trophy for first and high in trial was the Bouvier Des Flandres, Isabelle, (Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope, pending BKC paperwork) with a score of 193.5 out of 200. This is her first leg for the CD title.  Isabelle is 14 months old. The passing score is 170 out of 200.

Bouvier Des Flandres goes high in CD trials

Isabelle goes first and high in trials with a score of 193.5 out of 200

She did miss the trials early November last year as she was in season.  As a very young puppy, she would have passed her first CD leg except for the long down and stay where she needed 2 more seconds to qualify!  She has always done very good off leash heeling which exercise fails a lot of participants. Isabelle has always done a beautiful fast recall another exercise which also fails a lot of dogs.

I believe that her training has also helped her do well in the conformation show ring. She received 3 Challenge Certificates from UK judges Tom Mather, Geoff Corish and Derek Smith, 2 out of 2 Best Puppy in Show and 1 Working Group 2.

Of course, those of us who love this breed will hold their breath with obedience trials as this playful breed can always decide to entertain, as I well know, in the ring.  But a Bouvier can work very well at any task. When I look at Isabelle in the obedience ring and I see her eyes which do look full of laughter, I am one of the ones who hold their breath when I take off her leash.

I did not spend a lot of time training her except for her training at Waterford grounds. At home, I concentrated on sit and down stays and I would leave her in the kitchen and go about domestic duties like watering plants in the patios etc.  And she would get biscuit treats on my return for her stays.

There is also a challenge with female dogs, they can compete in conformation shows when they are in season but not attend classes in agility nor obedience much less compete in trials! So it might take longer to finish them!

The judge for the CD trials was Sarah Hamilton who was one of the participants at the Utility level. The trainer was Linda Pearson, a certified USA trainer who also competed with Echo, one of her German Shepherds.

It was nice at these trials to see dogs coming from the beginner’s class into the ring and also doing extremely well as one Golden Retriever did. It is a very big jump to move from a basic dog training class to the Novice level which involves off leash exercises.

There seems to be a lot of dog training going on in Barbados which is good as maybe then fewer dogs would get rehomed, and/or dumped due to behaviour issues.

Dogs doing obedience in Barbados

Dogs with The B’dos. Dog Training Club doing a sit stay exercise

Of course, people need to understand when they bring home a puppy, that puppies will be puppies so a puppy needs to be supervised and trained from early, especially if it is not in a crate/kennel but resides in the home like a family member.

Top trainers, not just in Barbados but worldwide, usually have their own dogs and love dog sports, agility, ring sports, obedience etc. Those trainers do pass on and share a lot of practical knowledge to the others in the ring with them. And in a class like this one which had all levels of dogs and handlers, Linda Pearson split the class into two which made it more productive for everyone.

So far, in Barbados, the only titles that can be achieved locally are from the conformation show ring and from obedience trials.

I would think that breeders looking for good homes for their puppies would be delighted to find puppy buyers who take the time to train dogs.

Overseas, although there would be more obedience trials, it might be more challenging time wise to title a dog as the distances to travel would be a lot further.  So, we, in Barbados, are lucky with the short distances we need to travel and also with our climate.

Dogs/puppies on The Barbados Dog Training Club’s Basic Obedience also sat their little training tests the same week. I believe this was also a large class.

With The B’dos. Dog Training Club, the objective of the basic obedience dog training class is to achieve training in dog basics such as sit, stand, down with stays, come and also to heel on leash. It is also an excellent opportunity to socialise puppies/dogs in an enclosed fenced secure area in a central location and friendly environment. Some of these owners and dogs will go on to further, more advanced training.

Congratulation to all the participants who achieved CD titles and CD legs and also to the ones who came out for the Basic Obedience friendly test as well.

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The judge was Derek Smith, from the UK, who has judged at dog shows in Barbados twice before this visit. In 2009 when he was last here his comment on that critique was that he had 109 dogs to go over.

March 15th, 2015, he had about 60 dogs in the ring, not counting the variety classes, to judge. There are only a few pix. of the dogs on show and these were supplied through Tramaine Worrell.

I would have thought that this show could have attracted a lot more entries as it might have piggybacked on Westminster Dog Show in the USA in February and Crufts Dog Show in the UK in March.

There were no entries in the Toy Group and there was just one breed shown in the Hound Group, Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Derek Smith’s major winners were:
A Boxer for Best in Show (also Best Locally Bred in Show)
A Rhodesian Ridgeback, Reserve Best in Show (locally bred)
A French Bulldog for Best Puppy in Show
A Rottweiler for Best Locally Bred Puppy in Show

Derek Smith is approved by The Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the following breeds shown here on March 15th: Border Collie, Japanese Shibu Inu, Boxer, Bullmastiff, and Dobermann.

He is also approved to judge the Pastoral, Utility and Working Group and Best in Show in the UK.

When he was here last he put up for Best in Show, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Reserve was a German Shepherd Dog, and Best Puppy in Show and also Best Locally Bred Puppy in Show was a Bouvier Des Flandres.

Below is his March 15, 2015 critique:

TERRIER GROUP

Bull Terrier – Dog
Limit – 1st – Messrs. L. & C. Mark’s BLUEPOINT IMPERIAL BLACK, Imp. – Quality Tricolour male in lovely condition, good head with super downface, good neck and he is well constructed and a decent mover. Must learn to show his ears better. Won Terrier Group 1st, CC & BOB.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Dog
Puppy – 1st – Mr. W.A. Welch & Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR’S BREAKING POINT – This is a very smart Brindle puppy, only a baby but full of promise, lovely head with good mouth, super outline, body and hindquarters. He is sound and in lovely condition, won Group two and Best Puppy in Group, CC & BOB.

GUNDOG GROUP

Retrievers (Golden) – Dogs
Puppy – 1st – Mrs. L. Husband’s HOLDERS SAPPHIRE SKY – Eleven months old with a pleasing head on good neck and has a decent outline, good front and hindquarters, goes a little close behind. Won Best Puppy in Breed and Best Puppy in Group.
Limit – 1st – Mr. J.S. Corbin’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DE RIA VELA, Imp. – Has some quality in head and a lovely neck and outline, shown in good condition and a very good mover if a little proud of his tail. Won RCC.
Open – 1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. FENWOOD LOUIS VUITTON OF THATCHER C.D. – Imp. – Rising six years so very mature, has a super temperament, has a pleasing head and good expression, very good in outline with a good coat, good hindquarters and tail, sound on the move. Just got a little bored. Won CC.

Retrievers (Golden) – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Mrs. A. Barnett’s THATCHERS RIVER DANCE – Nice puppy typical in head and eye, balanced in outline, decent mover.
2nd – Mrs. J. Fields’ HOLDERS RUBY FIRE – Liked her head on good neck, typical in outline, starting to coat, quite good behind but her front is not her fortune.
Open – 1st – Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s ANGELUSPARK HEAVENS GIFT TO THATCHER, Imp. – Good one, so very feminine, lovely head and kind dark eyes, good neck and topline, very well made with super movement. Won CC & BOB. Just faded a little in the Group.
2nd – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. AMIRENE MIDSUMMER DREAM OF THATCHER – 6 years old with a pleasing head and very good colour, carrying too much weight, which made her roll in movement, but she is sound and shapely. Won RCC & RBOB.

Retrievers (Labrador) – Dog
Novice – 1st – Mrs. A. Elliot’s MARANATHA BAILEY – This yellow dog is full of quality, lovely head and dark eyes, super body and ribbing, lovely legs and feet, lovely neck and outline, strong, powerful mover, just a touch proud of his tail. Won CC, RBOB & Reserve in Group. Well done, liked this lad a lot.

Retrievers (Labrador) – Bitches
Novice – 1st – Mr. E. Maynard’s PITNEZE PRINCESS LEA, Imp. – Quality Black with a lovely head and darkest of eyes, super neck, front, legs and feet, so well balanced in outline with a super body and tail and shown in gleaming condition, excellent movement. Won her CC, BOB & Group 1st. Just tired a little when it came to Best in Show
Limit – 1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s THEBERTON TITMOUSE OF ZINZARA – Lovely Black shown in super condition, very pleasing in head but would prefer slightly darker eyes, good body and outline with super tail and she is a very sound mover. Can just lose her topline a touch at times. Won RCC.
Open – 1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON, Imp. – Lovely type black again, shown in lovely condition, liked her head and eye very much, lovely bone and feet and a very good mover, just a touch long in body and can lose her topline at times.
Retrievers (Flat Coated) – Dog
Limit – 1st – Miss A. Corbin’s CANDIDACASA WATERLOO, Imp. – Lovely type with a pleasing head and lovely eyes, good neck and balanced in outline, shown in gleaming condition, good rear movement, could be just a little stronger in front. Won CC & BOB.

Retrievers (Flat Coated) – Bitch
Open – 1st – Miss A. Corbin’s SH.H. Paradise Cash and Prizes C.D. – Head is just too fine and eyes could be darker, coat colour could be better and moves wide in front and close behind. RBOB.

Irish Setter – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D., Imp. – Very elegant yet substantial dog with a lovely head and beautiful eyes, well made and has the typical “Irish” outline. Not in his best coat and condition today and did’nt move as I’m sure he can. CC & BOB.
HOUND GROUP

Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Dogs
Open – 1st – Mr. O. Holder & Master K. Holder’s CH. CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD – Lovely head, dark eyes and super pigment on this dog, reachy neck and lovely outline. So well constructed which shows in his sound athletic movement. He was shown in gleaming condition and so well handled, has good ridge and crowns and looked the part at all times. Won CC, BOB, Hound Group & Reserve Best in Show. Well done.
2nd – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CROWNRIDGE RED REGENT (AI) CDX – Rising 6 years and a little heavy now, pleasing head and pigment, super ridge and crowns, very well bodied, not quite the scope over the hindquarters, but he is still a good mover. RCC.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CELTIC RIVER FIZZ C.D. – Lovely bitch, very sound and athletic mover and of beautiful type, has a lot of quality, good ridge and crowns and shown in lovely conditions. Close decision between her and the winning dog. Won CC, RBOB and Reserve Hound Group.

UTILITY GROUP

Utility group judgiong

Handlers lined up for Utility Group judging in Barbados

The breeds in the above line up are the French Bulldog, the Japanese Shiba Inu and the Miniature Schnauzer. Also in the line up was the Akita but unfortunately I have no photo of it to share here.

Akitas – Dog
Limit – 1st – Mr. D.P. De B. Boyce’s DONKEMRE THOR – Well built very dark dog with lovely bone and feet, well balanced in outline, good neck and topline. Just a little over-done in head but lovely dark eyes, moves a touch wide coming towards. Won CC & BOB.

Akitas – Bitch
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mr. F.C.A. Blackman’s SHIREOAKS ROYAL REIGN – Very attractive nearly all white baby, pretty head with lovely dark eyes, super neck and outline, well coated and good temperament, must firm up in hind movement. RBOB.

French Bulldogs – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK PASSING SHIP, Imp – Quality Brindle of lovely size, beautiful head, eyes and mouth, super correct topline, shown in beautiful condition and he is a very good mover, handler must learn to get him to show and move much better as he is capable of great things. Won CC, BOB & Reserve in Utility Group.

French Bulldogs – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s JAFRAK WOWING THE CROWDS, Imp. – Adorable rich dark Brindle of considerable quality, lovely head with darkest of eyes, good neck and outline with lovely legs and feet, shown in pristine condition. This is the one I would have taken home. Handler must teach her to move and show much better. Won CC, RBOB, Utility Puppy Group and Best Puppy in Show.
Open – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK DORADA, Imp. – This quality fawn is very typy in head and eye, she has a lovely shape and is very sound moving, could have slightly better hindquarters. Shown in lovely condition, looked quite unhappy today and did’nt perform as I’m sure she can. RCC.

Japanese Shiba Inu – Dogs

Shiba Inu at a dog show with its handler

Shiba Inu and Andy Taylor

Junior – 1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA NO ONE GREATER – Really loved this super quality Black and Tan. He has a lovely head and ears with darkest of eyes, lovely neck and topline, well balanced in every way and has super legs and feet, shown in beautiful coat and condition. He was well handled to win CC, BOB & Utility Group 1st.
Open – 1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. CALICELESTI THE ONE N’ ONLY AT MASSIMA – This light red is a pleasing size and has good structure. Head is of good type if just a touch fine for a male. Feet could be tighter, good outline and he is sound if just a touch close behind. Won RCC & RBOB.

MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. JAMROCK NATURAL MYSTIC – Has a touch of class in head, eye and ears. Very pleasing to go over with lovely body and ribbing. Moves well behind but a little wide in front, coat texture particulary leg hair could be harsher. Won CC & BOB.

MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS – BITCH
Puppy – 1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK STIR IT UP – Quality puppy with a lovely head and darkest of eyes, just a touch long in loin, otherwise a lot to like. Lovely body and limbs, just refused to co-operate with handler at all either moving or showing. RBOB.

WORKING GROUP

dogs at a dog show in Barbados

Working Group dogs at a dog show in Barbados

Just a few of the working group breed dogs, either relaxed or getting ready for UK judge Derek Smith as he did move them individually as well as a group Left to right, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bullmastiff and Dobernmann.

It was nice to see the Working Group line up with two breeds we do not normally see: The Border Collie (Barbados has no Pastoral group so these dogs would be included in the Working Group) and the Giant Schnauzer.

Border Collie – Dog
Puppy – 1st – Ms. S. Blandford’s PEPPERBOX ZIRCONIA, Imp. – Head a little fine but has lovely dark eyes, balanced in outline with good length of leg and tight feet. Good neck and lovely coat and condition, needs to tighten in movement and not to be so proud of is tail. BOB.

Bouvier Des Flandres – Bitch
Junior – 1st – Miss M. Ashby’s CHEPAM VALENTINA AT CALLIOPE, Imp. – Very good one, lovely head and dark eye, super well ribbed body, sound, fluid mover shown in lovely coat and condition. Won CC & BOB.

Bullmastiffs – Dog
Limit – 1st – Mr. B. Lowe’s ROYCEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE, Imp. – Real stallion of a dog, lovely head and mouth, strong bone and feet, lovely body and topline, shown in hard, fit condition, really motors round the ring, sound and with tremendous reach and drive. Touch long in loin and a little proud of his tail but very impressive. Won CC, BOB & Reserve in Working Group.

Bullmastiffs – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – Lovely headed bitch with dark eyes and good mouth, good neck, front and feet, good body and hindquarters, but moves close behind, not in top condition. Won CC & RBOB.

Dobermanns – Dog
Novice – 1st – Mr. M. Forde’s SADDLEBACK’S ACCUS UNO – Nice head and eye on this B/T, good front and feet, shown in lovely condition, decent mover, handler can help him more. Won CC & BOB.

Dobermanns – Bitch
Novice – 1st – Mr. M. Forde’s SADDLEBACK’S APRIL RAIN – Nice type of head but needs a darker eye and little more neck. Lovely condition and a decent mover with good feet. Won CC & RBOB.

Giant Schnauzer – Dog
Novice – 1st – Mr. T. Bynoe’s BELLGARD GETTO AMOROSO – This Black is lovely for type with a super head and lovely dark eyes, strong neck, lovely front and feet and super body with big ribs and very good hindquarters and good coat, needs to gain a little confidence, moves a touch narrow in rear and a little wide in front. Won CC & BOB.

Rottweilers – Dogs
Minor Puppy – 1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK MATCHO – Nice dog shown in lovely condition, typical in head and eye, lovely neck, front and feet, lovely body, coat and condition, sound with good quarters. Won RCC.
2nd – Mr. L. Lavine’s GUNIS BLUE FILOU – Very much a baby. Has super bone and feet, nice head and eye, needs to come up on leg a little and is a touch throaty, nice move though.
Puppy – 1st – Mr. R.T.J. Lavine’s WAR MACHINE – Strong, powerful head with good mouth, like a darker eye, good bone and feet, well bodied, decent mover. Handling could be better.
Junior – 1st – Mr. O. Holder’s MONIFA STAND AND DELIVER – Very pleasing in most departments. Good head and mouth, lovely neck and front, good body and ribbing, good mover.
2nd – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK IGOR – Pleasing in head, lovely neck, excellent condition, very good mover. Would not be handled properly.
Maiden – 1st – Mr. N. McClean’s KENT RIDGE SUZUKI’S DRIVER – Very masculine and has a lovely head and strong bone and is very typical, well made and a powerful mover who was shown hard and fit. Could co-operate with his handler better. Won CC & BOB.
Novice – 1st – Mr. P. Waterman’s DERSIEGER DATZ ODIN AT BRANDY WINE – Shown much too fat. Low on front legs, decent head and hindquarters and has flat feet, drops his topline on the move.
Open – 1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE – Very nice type of dog with a poor handler, pleasing in head and eye, good condition, moves wide in font and elbows out.

Rottweilers – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK KENDRA – Really liked this one, lovely head and super eye, long neck, strong topline, very well balanced with a lovely body and sound, powerful movement, in lovely condition and so well shown. RCC.
2nd – Mr. T. Worrell’s AMAY’S CARISMA AT TROPIC – Very striking markings on this baby. Lovely head, super body and condition with good hindquarters, moves close behind though.
3rd – Mr. K.A. Mason’s AMAY’S CALYPSO – Head a little fine and mouth a little off, good neck, lovely body, decent mover, poor handling.
Junior – 1st – Mr. O. Holder’s MONIFA SHADES OF PINK – Lovely bitch of correct type, short backed with good legs and big ribs, lovely head and dark eyes, shown in gleaming condition and a good mover. Won CC & RBOB.
Maiden – 1st – Mr. R. Bascombe’s KENTRIDGE MISS MAYWEATHER – Nice type of head, but would prefer a darker eye. Touch long in couplings but keeps a good topline.
Open – 1st – Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY – Pleasing in head but would prefer a shade darker eye, very well made with good neck and lovely body. She is sound but poor handling held her back on the move.

German Shepherd Dogs – Bitch
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mrs. B. Kaufman’s TORSSON HAUS AVA – This very dark Black and Tan is very raw and has a lot to do, very nice for type but would like more of her althrough. She is a pretty shape, a decent mover and was in lovely condition. Won BOB and Best Puppy in Breed.

Boxers – Dogs
Open – 1st – Miss J. Wilson’s SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO – Lovely head and eye with a super mouth, excellent neck and such a square, clean cut outline, very well conditioned and with a fine coat which was beautifully presented, lovely legs and feet, good ribs going well back, firm topline and a bang on set on of tail, on the move he came alive and drove round the ring with soundness and verve, looked as smart as paint. Won CC, BOB, Working Group & Best in Show. Best L/B Dog in Show. Very worthy winner today.
2nd – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTONS WISH ME LUCK C.D. – Touch of class about this tall elegant Red and White, found his head a little too fine but has a super mouth, good neck and well made with good bone and feet. Shown in gleaming condition. Just moves that bit close behind. RCC.

Boxers – Bitches
Junior – 1st – Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s COBBLERS ROCK CHINA BELL – Plainish deep Red shown with a little too much weight, nice type of head if a touch fine, mouth just a bit too undershot. She is short and tall and a good mover once she got going.
Novice – 1st – Miss S. Foster’s SUNDIAL SUN GODDESS ARINNA – Super coloured deer Red, lovely head and mouth, shown in super condition. Good neck, square well ribbed body, uses herself well on the move. RCC.
Limit – 1st – Mrs. L. Carrillo’s SUNDIAL’S PACHA MAMA – Lovely deer Red with pleasing head and darkest of eyes, very good mouth too, well conditioned and so well balanced in outline, good mover but could have a little more sparkle.
Open – 1st – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N PEACH – Plainish marked deep deer Red, liked her head and good mouth but felt her expression could be more typical, only minimal though. She is tall and short with a good front and feet and shown in hard, fit, gleaming condition. Lovely body, good ribs, just like stronger hindquarters. But she is sound on the move. Won CC & RBOB.
2nd – Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN – Very flashy Red and White, shown in good condition but much too fat. Such a shame as she is a nice bitch, would not respond to handler, so movement hard to assess.

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Margaret on February 10th, 2015

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The above has been floating around the dog communities on Facebook. I do not know where it originated but the subject of exercise in puppies and young dogs and growth plates is an interesting and important topic.

I have always been told by top overseas breeders that the best exercise for puppies and young dogs should be running around in the garden and playing at home. Yet there are people who believe that they are doing their puppies a lot of good by taking them for long walks on hard surfaces, introducing them to jumping and other physical activities. Damage,through exercise, to a puppy and/or young dog can be done to the growth plates which are not yet sealed.

For a sport like agility, it makes sense to introduce the puppy to obstacles like a low A-frame, low walk way, open weave poles and tunnels and to avoid letting the puppy do agility jumping. It is okay to have the jumps so low that it can walk over them to be introduced to the word “jump” or “over”.

For large dogs, one should be even more cautious. I think the above diagram is helpful in pointing out the areas of concern and the length of time involved for the growth plates to seal. Damage done to the growth plates may be difficult to heal and repair so it is better to be safe and cautious than sorry later on.

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