In the above pix. is Ch. Calliope Rita C.D. a very fun loving Bouvier Des Flandres.
She was bred by me and came from two of my imported Bouvier Des Flandres: Ch. Farleycross So Far so Good at Calliope (from the UK) and Ch. Rick Lois From the Dogsfarm at Calliope (from The Netherlands).
I very seldom breed dogs. Both Rita and Rhapsody (Ch. Calliope Rhapsody C.D. who is still my favourite dog ever) came from this litter.
Tumeric is regarded as a root which has all kinds of positives for health use. For humans and also dogs.
Humans have been using it for cooking in their foods for years but besides giving dishes like curry a great taste, Tumeric is becoming very valuable for its possible healing properties.
The video below tells a story of how it helped a dog.
I recently took Rita to the vet to get her teeth cleaned as her mouth smelt foul and she was off her food.
Rita is approximately 9.6 years now and has very seldom visited the vet.
At my request, they did a full blood panel and found everything good as in vital organs like kidneys, liver, etc. but the white blood cell count was slightly off and because Barbados has had a lot of tick fever, it was thought that maybe that could be accounted for with tick fever.
My dogs are on NexGard now but Rita could have had tick fever earlier and might have been strong enough not to show the symptoms unless under stress.
Under the anaestethia, a large hard lump was discovered behind her lips which would have been inoperable. A needle aspirate was sent to the Govt. lab. but I understood later that the chief person at that laboratory was overseas. It was thought that this could be why the white blood cell count was lowish. The two vets at the clinic who examined the cells independently of each other, felt the large hard mass in her mouth could be sarcoma.
Of course, I felt devastated.
I was given antibiotics and anti inflammatory tablets for Rita and told to return when the tablets were gone, in 10 days time.
I gave Rita the tablets prescribed by the veterinary clinic but I also gave Rita Tumeric every day with her food, twice a day and I also steeped sour sop leaves and put the water in her food once a day.
I returned to the vet last week, and this time I requested and saw the chief vet at that clinic. The large hard mass in her mouth had gone.
I don’t know whether this was a large abscess or anything like sarcoma but Rita is full of energy and a very happy dog again.
I still put tumeric in her meals and plan to, at least once a week, give her and my other dogs, sour sop juice from sour sop steeped leaves. I have a sour sop tree on my property.
And I will check Rita’s mouth every week for the next few weeks and hope and pray that whatever was there before does not return.
Excellent article This is worth a read, about dogs and tumeric and its possible benefits.
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Formula One’s Racing car celebrity, Lewis Hamilton, visited Barbados for Crop Over celebrations and festival in August this year. He was seen partying with his friend, our local singing superstar Rihanna, and other friends.
He was also seen having a relaxing and fun filled time in the sea.
Accompanying him were his two English Bulldogs.
Our new import regulations for dogs make it easier for celebrities and other persons to visit Barbados and bring their pets.
Lewis Hamilton can possibly travel with his pets by private jet but he, like everyone else, will still have to adhere to the Barbados regulations for bringing pets to the island.
I hope his English Bulldogs also enjoyed their swimming and had a great time here as well!
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An agility video worth watching
A lovely video, dogs with drive, some are 9 years old, so obviously very fit, well bred and having the correct structure and who have been running for years with experienced handlers.
To get to this level, a top dog would have been training in agility for years. And have an experienced handler.
And the breeds which have the drive to work at agility to become top dogs are also very important.
Expect always to see Border Collies in this sport.
In Barbados, we just run around with our dogs for fun, with the dogs doing agility obstacles and jumps. Good exercise for all as well.
They can get to run in agility after they have received basic obedience training.
There is no judging for agility titles here, just a fun sport.
And no matter how slow the dogs are, I am sure they still enjoy the off leash exercises and social outings.
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Humour in Dog Training
There should be humour in everything, and that includes training dogs.
Dogs are very smart. Some of the very intelligent ones are so easy to train.
I guess if dogs could talk they would say they train their humans as well.
Easy, everyday things, dog owners give treats and other positive reinforcements that will reinforce the behaviour. Sometimes humans give positive reinforcement without realising it with the smart dog.
But sometimes, dogs also need corrections, and the corrections do not have to be harsh.
Dogs remain happy then and get rewarded when they are doing the correct things, after the correction.
Never reward for behaviour you do not want to encourage.
And a dog needs to be shown what behaviour you want as its owner.
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Barbados Dog Obedience trials end for first half of 2015
There were 2 trials, one on June 25th and the other on July 8th.
On June 25th several dogs achieved various legs of the Novice (C.D.) Obedience.
Jenni Wilson with her Boxer Riley successfully completed the final leg and Riley now has the C.D. title.
At this trial Rosemary Coghlan with her Labrador Retriever, Tia, was first and high in trials with other participants passing legs of the CD.
The judge was Sarah Hamilton.
The Barbados Dog Training Club held trials again on July 8th. This is not usual to have trials so close together but most of the participants requested another trial and The Barbados Dog Training Club’s committee agreed to it.
Unfortunately for a few participants, their female dogs were in season and so they missed the trials.
But Isabelle had missed 2 trials because of her being in season, one last year and one earlier in the year, so I was glad of the opportunity to catch up.
Bouvier Des Flandres, Isabelle, was first with a score of 193.5 out of 200 and as this was her final C.D. leg, she also received the C.D. plaque and C.D. title as well as a small trophy for being high in trials and the ribbon for being first.
Isabelle is 18 months old.
I am pleased with Isabelle as this is 2 out of 3 Novice legs she passed that she has placed 1st and high in trials.
And the dogs that have been in the ring with her have mainly been German Shepherd dogs (from Working lines), Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. These are breeds that are known to do well with obedience trials.
Also achieving the C.D. title from these trials was Jennifer Fields with her Golden Retriever, Honey.
The judge was Jenni Wilson.
The trainer was Linda Pearson.
There is only so much training that can be done on a weekly one hour class, especially if it has a lot of dogs, and participants at this level help each other and work together outside of classes.
At the C.D.X. (open) level, Sue Blandford and her German Shepherd dog, Phantom, passed the final leg and so they have achieved the C.D.X. title. The judge was Jean Ray.
There were no formal CDX (open) classes.
Congrats. to all for their achievements, various legs and titles.
Dog training continues to be more interesting with the progress of going on to more advanced dog training and getting great results.
There is so much information that can be found on the internet, online courses, facebook resources or through books to improve the training of dogs as Barbados would not have the availability of the training resources available in large countries.
Again, I have found that the trainers/handlers who are interested in working with their dogs for titles such as the CD and CDX in Barbados are experienced trainers and handlers who enjoy competitive obedience training and are results oriented.
As they say, “see you next time”, as our next time will hopefully be the CDX trials as Isabelle easily does and enjoys those exercises.
Looking at her score sheet, she scored 44 out of 45 for off leash heeling and once she continues like this with heeling plus her ease in retrieving the dumb bell and her fast drops on the recall, she is certainly ready to progress and do very well in the CDX.
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Here is Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope. She is a 17 month, soon to be 18 month old, Bouvier Des Flandres.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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!