It is early 2014.
This is a tough economy, with a lot of people losing jobs especially from the Government departments in Barbados and this may be responsible for the people who rescue dogs on the island being very busy. It is always kinder if a person can no longer afford to keep and care for their dog(s) to contact a rescue organisation and ask for help in rehoming than to just dump the dog somewhere away from its home to fend for itself.
The rescue groups, coming from the ARC, the HOPE and RSPCA, the Facebook group Lost and Found Pets, do a great job in helping dogs lost and found and also dogs abandoned in Barbados. I am impressed at the postings done on Facebook by the RSPCA pertaining to finding homes for dogs. Vets also help by allowing rehoming information to be posted on their notice boards.
I am seeing new trainers coming into the dog training pet market. I do not know much about them but they may have practical training backgrounds and experience. To me, to do simple exercises such as sit, down, stand, stay and come, once these trainers demonstrate with their own dogs, and the dogs’ owners are present, this is acceptable. There is also so much information a person can benefit from about dog training and dog behavioural issues through the internet.
The Government department, Animal Control Centre, held an open day on January 21 which was a public holiday. There were a number of speakers, some of them breeders like Sarah Hamilton of Crownridge Rhodesian Ridgebacks and I understand the open day was well supported by the dog community. The open day finished with Adrian Ward of The Barbados Working Dog Association giving a demonstration. Adrian is one of the 2 trainers I am aware of on the island who have received overseas training and who have a lot of experience in training the “working dog” types and can work in the field of protection training of dogs. The other trainer who likes to work with the working dog types is Linda Pearson who particularly likes German Shepherds from working lines and she received training from a top USA trainer, Michael Ellis, last year. I understand that the Animal Control Centre is planning more of these open type days. I was invited by them to attend but had another commitment. I would hope, as I see they are reaching out to the dog community, to attend on another occasion.
It seems popular now in some homes that used to have pedigree dogs now to have a rescue dog and/or a mixed breed. and I have been told by several owners that these mixed breeds and rescue dogs are healthier than pedigree dogs. I have never seen any studies done to prove this and I would imagine that a lot of the “rescue” dogs have behavioural issues, such as being fearful and nervous because of their up bringing. I think that some people feel very good when they rescue a dog/puppy as opposed to buying a puppy from a pedigree breeder. Of course, some breeds of pedigree dogs, are more prone to health problems than others.
Agility, obedience and other dog training is going on in the island as usual. Looking overseas, I believe this is the first year that mixed breed dogs will be allowed at Westminster Dog Show, USA. Crufts, UK, for years, has allowed them. They compete and participate in agility and obedience and other activities.
The Barbados Kennel Club is regarded as a “closed” society by the dog community. This organisation has been seeing a drop in entries for their all breed championship dogs’ shows and a drop in spectator attendance and I do expect the number to drop even further in 2014 unless this organisation operates differently.
The Barbados Kennel Club created an award scheme for the Dog of The Year, and the Best Locally Bred Dog of the Year in Barbados. This was an excellent idea and it was based on points achieved from participating in their dog shows. The idea is good and I agree that it is difficult for everyone to agree on how the points systems work. In 2012, the winning dogs were owned by Andy Taylor, Shiba Inu (imported) and Adrian Maynard, Rottweiler, (locally bred) The Barbados Kennel Club’s website, as of today’s date, still has up the information for the dogs of the year 2011. The Barbados Kennel Club have updated and posted results of dog shows in 2012 and 2013 and schedules for afterwards so the website has been updated but this area ignored.
We are, of course, in 2014. How soon will they update their website when dogs belonging to their own committee have won these awards? From the feedback I have had, there appears to be little interest and concern now in the results of 2012.
Although I like and have respect for the mixed breeds/rescue dogs, I have pedigree Bouvier Des Flandres and one Tibetan Terrier. I do love those breeds and I do enjoy watching the pedigree dogs and the excellent handling at Westminster and Crufts.
I plan to participate in a lot of agility and competitive obedience training in 2014. Once my dogs are made up as Champions, I am one of the ones who will possibly attend fewer Barbados Kennel Club All Breeds Championship Dog Shows.
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This show was judged by UK judge Frank Kane. I was delighted to see Frank Kane again as I had showed Bouvier Des Flandres dogs to him at his previous judging assignment here. Frank Kane with two of my Bouvier Des Flandres
He is an extremely knowledgeable and a top UK judge. I regard him as a judge who is also friendly and polite to exhibitors and is also a judge who tries to help exhibitors by passing on his knowledge of dogs.
He did meet with exhibitors and interested persons after the show where he used, as models, some of the local dogs which came with their owners to the discussion and video presentation he gave on the structure and movement of dogs. Judges when they go over dogs with their hands can usually predict the dogs’ movement, based on the structure of the dogs and this point was reinforced by his presentation.
Frank Kane is approved to judge and award Challenge Certificates to over 100 different breeds in the UK. He is approved to judge all of the groups shown in Barbados such as the Toy, Terrier, Gundog, Hound, Utility, and Working and, of course, Best in Show. Just a few of our breeds in the show ring, that he is not yet approved to award Challenge Certificates to in the UK, but he is approved to judge their groups. Fewer than 60 dogs in the ring for him to critique, along with a few entries in the variety classes.
Of course, a judge judges the dog on the day of the show but it is interesting to look back at some of the critiques done by different judges of the same dogs.
We are missing the lovely pix. taken by my friend Franz Phillips, and also Alex Phillips, who were at the show but did not take any pix. and I also missed Tramaine Worrell and his camera. The group pix. I took but with a small camera as I had the Tibetan Terrier with me who had return to the ring for group judging. Hence, no pix. of the Utility winners.
Below is Frank Kane’s critique of the dogs he judged in Barbados on November 17, 2013.
Scottish Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Parris’ CH. MILLINGFORD HOLLYBERRY -3 years old, bitch of good type and substance with a good head and dentition. A little long for perfect balance and topline could be helped by better trimming. Sound movement. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Open – Dog
1st – Mr. I. Watson’s CH. COBBYBULL MR. DEXTER – 3 years old, fawn dog in hard muscular condition and he is a good mover. Has plenty of breed type. Unfortunately his dentition is not quite perfect but his other qualities warranted his placing and CC & Group.
Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. J.S. Corbin’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DE RIA VELA – 7 months, with good bone and feet and well balanced. Very slack in topline at the moment which is to be expected and needs time to develop in head. Sound moving and I hope time and maturity will help him.
Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s NANCY DE RIA VELA AT THATCHER – 7 months, with lovely breed type. Well constructed and moves well as a result. Excellent ribcage. Head of good type but needs a little more time to develop. – At this age I would hope she will grow on a little on the leg – but I thought her most promising. CC & BOB & Best Puppy in Gundog Group.
Junior – Bitch
1st – Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s ANGELUSPARKS HEAVENS GIFT TO THATCHER – 12 months, very good breed type and she moves well. Has a good topline, feminine head with good pigmentation and lovely eyes and expression. Just a little long in body for perfect balance but she has time to balance up as she matures. RCC & RBOB.
Novice – Bitch
1st – Mr. J.S. Corbin’s HOTHERSALLS PEACHES ’N CREAM – 5 year old with excellent substance and very good forehand assembly with excellent shoulder and upper arm. Her head is a little narrow and unfortunately her rear is weak with hocks turning in and this slows her movement. In excellent condition and very good temperament. Best L/B.
Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Prof. & Mrs. T. Hassell’s THEBERTON THUNDERBIRD – 6 months, black of good type. Has a quality head with lovely expression. Sound moving on good legs and feet. Needs to settle in topline. Needs time for coat now. Has type and quality. RCC.
Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE CENTAURUS OF ZINZARA C.D. – 6 years, yellow with a lot of breed attributes. Good head and excellent tail. Not in full coat. Good rear action. CC.
Minor Puppy – Bitches
1st – Mrs. R. Coghlan’s THEBERTON TURTLE DOVE AT TREVENA – 7 months, yellow, compact, well ribbed and with good bone and good tail. Feminine head which needs time to develop. Excellent expression. Needs time to firm up in topline but scored in compactness and has excellent rear movement. Best L/B, Best Puppy in Breed and Best L/B Puppy in Group.
2nd – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s THEBERTON TITMOUSE OF ZINZARA – black, litter sister, a little rangier but more forward in head than the winner. Good coat. Like her sister needs to firm up in topline.
Limit – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON – 2 years, black, full of breed attributes in head, coat and tail. Has excellent bone and feet and is sound on the move with excellent forward reach. Just a little long for perfect balance and could be a touch more feminine in head but scores heavily in breed type. CC & BOB.
Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock & Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE FANTINE OF THEBERTON – 2 years, yellow, full of type and sound moving. Excellent feminine head and expression. A little heavy in body and this makes her look a little short on the leg. Good coat. RCC & RBOB.
Retriever (Flat Coated)
Open – Bitch
1st – Miss A. Corbin’s PARADISE CASH AND PRIZES – 3 years, black of excellent breed type. Clean feminine head but her eyes are a shade light. Excellent front action, good ribbing and has excellent stride. Full of breed type. Best L/B. CC & BOB. Reserve in Group.
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D. – 3 years, lovely quality all through and shown in excellent condition. Has a racy outline and deep body and lovely quality to the head. Carries himself well and goes with excellent stride. CC, Gundog Group & RBIS.
Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. & Mrs. P. Gilkes’ CH. KINOLA’S CALYSTA – 5 year old, very houndy and has excellent profile stride and holds a firm topline with excellent tail carriage. Feminine head which needs a little more stop. Eye could be a little darker. Full of breed type. Best L/B, CC & BOB, Reserve in Group.
Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER RADIUM – 19 months, tall lanky dog in excellent condition. Moves well. Needs time to finish in chest now but he is still young. Clean, masculine head and good eye. Very good temperament. CC & RBOB.
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CROWNRIDGE RED REGENT (AI) CDX – 4 years old, strong masculine dog which I liked very much for his masculine head, strong body and deep chest. Unfortunately very tucked up in his rear and falling off severely at the croup which affects his topline. This lost him the CC – RCC.
Junior – Bitches
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CELTIC RIVER FIZZ – 17 months, beautiful bitch for size and type. In hard muscular condition. Excellent head and eye. Good chest for her age. Full of breed type. Excellent ridge and coat. Good topline and correct croup and tail carriage. Full of quality.CC, BOB, Group and Best L/B in Show.
2nd – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER SOL DROP – litter sister, a touch rangier and not as firm nor finished in body or topline. Good ridge and coat, clean feminine head. Not as firm in feet. RCC.
Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. D.P. De B. Boyce’s DONKEMRE THOR – 9 months, very typical in head and ears, coat and tail. Can fill out a little in body and tighten in movement yet but he has time for that. Good bone and feet. Appealed for size and type but needs time. RCC, RBOB & Best Puppy & L/B Puppy in Group.
Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. R.G. & Mrs. D. Alleyne’s HALF BLOOD PRINCE – 2 years, at the lower end of the size scale but he is full of type and moves well. Good head proportions and correct ears. Good coat and tail. His eyes are a little too light. Needs a little more body weight but he has a lot to like. CC & BOB. Best L/B.
1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA’S RALPH LAUREN – 2 years, not in best coat and this shows in his topline where he could be firmer and more level. Lovely head and expression from dark eyes. Good tail. His movement at both ends could be better.
Novice – Bitch
1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA VERA WANG – 2 year old bitch of good type with excellent tail and very good head and expression. Not in her best coat and her front action could be better. Holds a good topline. CC.
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK PASSING SHIP – 2 years, brindle, full of breed type and sound moving. Good head and eyes with good ears. CC & RBOB.
Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s JAFRAK DORADA – 6 months, fawn, beautiful bitch all through with correct slight roach over loin and so correct in topline. Beautiful head, eye and ears and excellent movement. CC, BOB, Group & BIS – a bitch of great type and quality.
Japanese Shiba Inu
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. CALICELESTI THE ONE N’ONLY AT MASSIMA – 3 year old in excellent coat and full of breed type. Excellent head, eye and ears and lovely expression. Correct body proportions and good tail. Front action could be a little clearer but liked him a lot. CC & BOB. Reserve in Group.
Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. A. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK NATURAL MYSTIC – 12 months, lovely size and breed type with good colour and excellent head, eye and ears. Needs to finish a little in chest and this shows in front action, but he is young and full of quality and type. CC & BOB. Best L/B.
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK PRETTY SMART GUY AT JAMROCK – 6 years, pepper and salt with excellent coat texture, good head, eye and ears. Needs more depth to chest. Sound movement but his topline could be firmer. RCC.
Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK WHO’S THAT GIRL – 6 months, very promising in body shape and head piece and her coat is of good hard texture. Clean outline and holds it well on the move. RCC & Best Puppy & L/B Puppy.
2nd – Miss P. Williams’ JAMROCK CORDON BLEU – litter sister, very similar in type, size and coat. Not as firm in topline as the winner.
Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK HALLMARK AT JAMROCK – 3 years, beautifully bodied bitch with excellent forechest. Good movement and excellent coat texture. Good head but ears could be tidier. CC & RBOB.
Tibetan Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Miss M. Ashby’s CH. ARAKI MISS CONDUCT AT CALLIOPE C.D. – Black/white of almost 3 years. Very good breed type, squarely built but I would like a little more length of leg for perfect balance. Very good head. Good flat feet – essential for the breed. Excellent coat and topline. Good rear action. Front action could be tighter. CC & BOB.
Bullmastiffs - Puppy – Dog
1st –Mr. B. Lowe’s ROYEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE – 11 months clear fawn with correct black mask. Square skull and good eye. Good bone. A little slack in topline and feet. Sound mover. RCC & Best Puppy.
Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s – HOTHERSALLS’ SAMSON – 15 months of correct size and balance with good head proportions. His topline falls off a little, severely over the croup and his rear action could be better. Good chest and ribcage.
Open – Dog
1st – Messrs. O. Holder & R. Straker’s CH. TREONE DARK SULTAN – 3 years, brindle, very good head and breed type but he needs more body on him and this shows in his topline. Sound moving. Has good type and this won him CC & RBOB.
Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. B. Bascombe’s ZAHARA BULLS KATNISS AT NEXGEN – 17 months, won on her head and bone, but her topline and movement could be better. RCC. 2nd – Mr. M.J. Koeiman’s FORTESQUE ALBERTA – was better in topline and movement but her muzzle is narrow and lacks strength in the underjaw at the moment. If she develops there – and she still has time for this – she can do better.
1st – Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – 23 months, clear, bright fawn, lovely proportions and a good head, although her skull could be flatter. Good topline. Her rear movement is too narrow but I liked her type a lot. CC, BOB & Best L/B.
Dogue De Bordeaux
Limit – Dog
1t – Mr. K. McClean’s RICHELLE’S FIRE STORM – He has a good type and is the correct size for the breed but he needs more confidence in the showring to go higher. Head is of good shape and his eyes are excellent. I hope he will have more training and exercise to tighten his movement and increase his confidence and improve his carriage. BOB.
Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s RENO VOM HAUS EDELSTEIN – 7 months, in excellent condition with very good coat and colours. Good head type which needs time to strengthen. Excellent bone and feet and sound movement. Full of promise.
Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s KEMROROCKS KNOX – 12 months, excellent size and proportions with very good coat and colour. He needs time to fill out in body and rib. Falls away too severely over the croup and this affects his rear movement. Good skull. Eyes could be darker.
Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE – 2 years. Very smart dog in firm condition and going well, excellent topline and good stride. Scored in eye colour and rear action to win this class. Clean, masculine head and excellent type. CC, BOB & Group Winner. Best L/B.
2nd – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK UNO – 2 years, good size and proportions but a little heavy in body today which showed in his topline. Good skull. Eyes could be darker. RCC.
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. A. Maynard’s CH. ASHTORIA OLD BRIGAND – 2 years, good size and proportions but his topline and movement could be better. Strong head with a little too much wrinkle. Good eye. Strong bone and feet.
Puppy – Bitch
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK BENETA – 10 months, very typical, in excellent condition. Good proportions and movement. Feminine, clean dry head which needs a little more time to finish. Good topline. Excellent bone and feet. RCC & Best Puppy and Best L/B Puppy in Show.
Limit – Bitch
1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD AKINA’S FIRE – 26 months, great moving bitch with excellent front and good head. Good chest and ribbing. Could have a little more confidence but she went with a good topline. CC .
2nd – Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY – 3 years, of good size and proportions. Sound mover but not the topline or head of the winner. Good legs and feet.
Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s ELTHOR DARK NESTA AT KEMROROCKS – 3 years, excellent size and proportions. Good coat. Could be a little firmer in front action and topline.
German Shepherd Dog
Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. L. & Mrs. L. Harris’ CH. MONIFA BRANDI – 3 year old black/gold of excellent type and wonderful front extention and assembly. Needs to fill out a little in ribs and body. Excellent smooth topline. Feminine head which would be enhanced with darker eyes. Great style and reach on the move. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Miss J. Wilson’s SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO – 7 months, red/white, very smart dog in excellent condition. Good head with good stop, foreface and rise skull and good eyes. Good forehand. I would prefer a little more rear angulation. Carries himself well and scores in head and clearness of outline. CC & RBOB. Best Puppy & L/B Puppy.
Open – Dog
1st – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTONS WISH ME LUCK C.D. – 5 years, strong, masculine dog, just a little heavy over the shoulders detracting from his outline. Sound with good bone and feet. A little plain in the foreface. Good skull. RCC.
Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. L. Carrillo’s SUNDIAL’S PACHA MAMA – 7 months, red, stylish mover, head shows promise, just needing to develop a little more chin. Scored in bone, croup and movement here. RCC.
2nd – Mrs. S. Foster’s SUNDIAL SUN GODDESS ARINNA – litter sister who needs to develop more strength in muzzle and develop in stop. Good eyes. Falls off a little too much in croup.
1st – Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN – 2 years, excellent bodied red/white bitch with very good outline and good head. Flies her ears a little. I would prefer just a little more bone. Sound stylish mover when settled. CC & BOB.
Open – Bitch
1st – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N’ PEACH – 3 years, red, well boned with good ribcage. Sound rear. In excellent condition. Needs more rise of skull to finish head. Good eye. Just falls off a little at croup which detracts from topline.
Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. THATCHERS STORM IN A TEACUP C.D. – 8 year old Golden Retriever who is still a very good mover, full of quality, excellent dentition. Feminine head.
Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN – Boxer – all have type and style and quite even.
Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK PRETTY SMART GUY AT JAMROCK – Miniature Schnauzer who has produced his excellent coat texture in his puppies. All are of good size and breed type.
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Let’s be objective. The numbers say it, only 46 dogs in the show ring at The Barbados Kennel Club’s All Breeds Championship dog show in October, 2013. Excluding the variety class and that only had one entry!
At one time these shows could show case over 120 dogs. I believe this is the lowest I have seen the numbers drop to.
And look at the group breakdown: 1 breed in the Toy Group (2 entries by same owner) 1 breed in the Terrier Group (1 entry only) The Hound Group only had 2 breeds, the Beagle (1 only entry) and the Rhodesian Ridgeback. For the Utility, for the group run off, there were only Miniature Schnauzers, (same owners) Akita (1 entry} and the French Bulldogs (same owners). Imagine the once popular Akita which had its own breed club at one time only had 1 total Akita entry in the whole show. The Gundog group had 3 breeds, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever and an Irish Setter. I don’t know the number of spectators at the show but from what I saw in the morning, it was similar to the number of exhibits, very low.
Records show that, at one time, these shows could have as many as nine breeds alone in the Working Group line up, which has always been a popular group in Barbados and also the largest group. The show under the judge Meg Purnell Carpenter had only 4 breeds in the show ring in the once powerful working group: the BullMastiff, the Rottweiler, the German Shepherd and the Boxer. (only 2 Boxers were at the show and 3 German Shepherd Dogs.)
From what I know, the other 5 working group breeds still exist on the island, some of these breeds have very young dogs and others older but could still compete if their owners wished to participate in The Barbados Kennel Club’s Championship All Breeds dog shows.
There is, I am told, at least one recent new breed to the island and also some puppies, another breed, that were imported fairly recently and their breed has been in the island before but I don’t recall if in the show ring. I am not sure if these owners even bother to register their dogs with The Barbados Kennel Club.
The judge who came in from the UK as judge for the October show was Meg Purnell-Carpenter. From what I see, this judge is approved in her own country to award Challenge Certificates to the below breeds which were at our show: Akita, German Shepherd Dog, Boxer and Rottweiler and she is approved in the UK by The Kennel Club UK to judge the Working Group and Best in Show.
This judge has been here before and the records show her putting up, with one exception, the same breeds, as her major winners, 17 years ago! German Shepherd, Boxer, Rhodesian Ridgeback and she substituted the Irish Setter for a Golden Retriever this time.
These lovely pix. were taken by my friend Franz Phillips who spent a lot of time taking and editing them and always allows me to post them on this blog. This blog post also has some lovely pix. taken by Alex Phillips, Franz’s grandson.
Thanks, Franz and Alex.
Best in show was a locally bred Rhodesian Ridgeback and Reserve Best in Show was a locally bred German Shepherd dog.
Below is her critique of the dogs who showed under her:
Scottish Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Parris’s CH. MILLINGFORD HOLLYBERRY – 3yrs, smart, well presented with a good outline, sound movement. I would like to see her carrying less weight and a harsher coat.
CC, BOB and Group winner
Yorkshire Terrier – Maiden – Dog
1st – Mr. S. & Mrs. F. Drakes’ DANIEL-FIZZ Z UDOLI LIBERKU AT SHILOH – 2yrs, good expression, moved extremely well, would have preferred a better coat but it was wet so not showing it off to advantage. CC, BOB and Group winner.
Yorkshire Terrier – Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. & Mrs. F. Drakes’ SHILOH FAITH’S HOPE – 9mths., very immature and unsure, when she moved and settled was sound. I would prefer a better head and expression, feet need attention. Reserve BOB, Best Puppy and Puppy Group winner
Retriever (Golden) – Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. S. Corbin’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DE RIA VELA – 6 mths. Still very immature as he should be at this age, loose but extremely sound, good angulation all through, slightly undershot at present but feel this will correct as his head and jaw matures. Very promising. Res. CC. Best Puppy dog.
Retriever (Golden) – Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. FENWOOD LOUIS VUITTON OF THATCHER – 3 yrs. Good head and expression, good construction just a little short in upper arm, well muscled movement, sound just a little wide coming towards me. CC, RBOB.
Retriever (Golden) – Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s NANCY DE RIA VELA AT THATCHER – 6 mths. Feminine head and expression, good construction all through, would just like to see a little more body length, very sound on the move. Res. CC.
Retriever (Golden) – Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s ANGELUSPARKS HEAVEN’S GIFT TO THATCHER – 11 mths. Feminine head and expression, lovely outline, extremely well balanced, good construction, well conditioned and very sound. A youngster of great promise. CC. BOB, Best Puppy in breed and Best Puppy in the Gundog group.
Retriever (Golden) – Novice – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Corbin’s HOTHERSALL PEACHES ‘N CREAM – 5 years, shown in good hard condition, would like a more feminine head and expression. Hind movement needs improving. Best L/B in group.
Retriever (Labrador) – Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE CENTAURUS OF ZINZARA C.D. – 6 yrs, lovely dog, well constructed and balanced, good head and expression, good firm topline, very sound hind movement, unfortunately was lame on his front leg so had to withhold on the CC when sound would be well worthy of top honours.
Retriever (Labrador ) – Limit – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON – 2yrs 6 months, lovely feminine head and expression, good clean outline, well constructed, extremely well balanced in all ways, good topline which she held on the move, in superb coat and condition very sound. CC, BOB & Gundog group winner.
Retriever (Labrador) – Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock & Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s LINTHWAITE FANTINE OF THEBERTON – 2yrs 6mths. A quality bitch good outline, very balanced ,well constructed and extremely sound, good head and expression. I just preferred the head and expression of the CC winner. Res. CC & Res. BOB.
Irish Setter – Open – Dog
1st – Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D. – 3yrs 6 mths. Lovely outline in super coat, good head and expression, very balanced, shown in excellent order, well constructed, sound on the move. CC & BOB.
Beagle – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. & Mrs. P. Gilkes’ CH. KINOLA’S CALISTA – 5yrs.6 mths. Very smart, extremely balanced body. Would prefer a little more definition on the head, very sound moving. CC & BOB.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER RADIUM – 15mths. Very promising youngster in superb order throughout, good head and expression correct construction, well muscled, lovely outline, very sound on the move. CC & RBOB.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. O. & Master K. Holder’s CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD – 2yrs 6 mths. Another well made dog, good head and expression, correct angulation, sound moving. Would just like to see him in harder condition.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CROWNRIDGE RED REGENT (AI) CDX – 4yrs. Good head and expression, shown in good hard condition, sound on the move, well constructed although I would like to see a better hindquarter. Res. CC.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CELTIC RIVER FIZZ – 16 months lovely bitch full of quality with
correct feminine head and expression, super front and rear angulation, excellent topline, absolutely sound on the move, well muscled and conditioned. I was pleased to award her the Bitch CC. BOB. Hound group, also Best in Show which she so deserved. I was interested to note that the dog CC winner and this bitch are litter mates. Best locally bred Exhibit in Show.
2nd – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER SOLO DROP – Another full of quality, litter sister to winner this bitch has the same construction and balance, just lacking the firm top line of winner. RCC.
Akita – Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. & Mrs. R.O. Alleyne’s HALF BLOOD PRINCE – 2yrs 5mths. I am sorry to say this is a very poor specimen of the breed. It had a poor and untypical head, lacked bone and substance. He had no muscle Tone whatsoever.His movement was incorrect. Having said all that, he had a clean coat and an excellent tail set, most of all he is a wonderful pet. BOB
French Bulldog- Open – Dog
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK PASSING SHIP – 3yrs good head and expression just a tad long, otherwise well constructed and balanced, good on the move, feet need some attention. CC & RBOB.
French Bulldog – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s JAFRAK DORADA – 15 mths, very feminine, excellent head and expression, well bodied in good order throughout, sound moving. CC, BOB & also Utility group winner.
Miniature Schnauzer – Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK NATURAL MYSTIC – 11 mths. Very smart youngster, good head and expression, excellent coat, well constructed moved, well shown in extremely good order. Very promising future. CC, BOB & Utility Puppy group winner, also Best Puppy & Best L/B Puppy in Show.
Miniature Schnauzer – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK’S HALLMARK AT JAMROCK – 3yrs.6mths Good body proportions, side gait sound, moving wide behind, coat good, would like to see a little better head expression. CC & Res.BOB.
Tibetan Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Miss M. Ashby’s CH. ARAKI MISS CONDUCT AT CALLIOPE C.D. – 2yrs.6mths. In good coat and condition, I would like to see a more balanced outline. She is a little short in the leg, her hind movement was good, front movement poor, her nails require attention. BOB.
Bullmastiff – Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. B. Lowe’s ROYCEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE – 10 months, lacking a little in confidence which he seemed to gain as the day progressed, a promising puppy who is very sound moving, he has the promise of a good head, just needs to mature. Best Puppy and Best Working Group Puppy.
Bullmastiff – Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s HOTHERSALL’S SAMSON – 13mths. Mature head, good front and shoulder placement, holds his topline on the move, powerful hindquarters, very sound. CC & BOB.
Bullmastiff – Open – Dog
1st-– Messrs. O. Holder & R. Straker’s CH. TREONE DARK SULTAN – 3yrs.Good head and expression with clean body outline, sound moving, would like to see a firmer backline with more body weight and condition. Res.CC. & RBOB.
2nd-– Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn’s CH. BRAEAARON AT ARDHUB TO HOTHERSALL – 6 yrs. Large head with a good expression, although very sound extremely overweight which made it difficult to assess him properly.
Bullmastiff – Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mr. M.J. Koeiman’s FORTESQUE ALBERTA – 11 mths. I would like to see a stronger head she was of good construction and sound on the move but really does need to mature. Best L/B puppy in breed.
Bullmastiff – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. B.A. Bascome’s ZAHARA BULL KATNISS AT NEXGEN – 15 mths. Would like to see a little more development in head, good forequarters, hindquarters weak, steep croup, poor hind movement.
Bullmastiff – Limit – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – 21 mths. Fair outline, sound moving, lacks muscle, weight and condition.
Rottweiler – Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK COCHISE – 8 mths. Very immature, expressive head, good shoulders and hind angulation, a little long at present, very sound., good coat. Best Puppy in breed.
Rottweiler – Puppy – Dog
1st – Miss P. Ramsay & Mr. K. Streek’s FORTESQUE BALLY – 10 mths. Head good all though would like a slightly smaller eye, well shaped body, he needs ring training as I really could not assess his movement as he was moving so erractically.
Rottweiler – Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE – 2yrs.2mths.Smart dog good head and expression, well laid shoulder, level top line, well constructed, strong hindquarters, sound moving. Res.CC & Res. BOB.
Rottweiler – Open – Dog
1st – Mr. A. Maynard’s CH. ASHTORIA OLD BRIGAND – 2yrs 6mths.All male, strong head good expression,
well angulated throughout, very strong hindquarters, with plenty of power, sound moving. CC & BOB.
2nd – Dr. W.L. Welch’s CH. JUFFTHER DREAM LOVER – 5 yrs. Not quite the head of winner, would prefer
him a little shorter, other than that a good quality dog who is well constructed, in good order and sound.
Rottweiler – Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK BENETA – 8mths, lovely outline head feminine and still developing good angulation with a lovely outline sound moving
Rottweiler – Limit – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s ELTHOR DARK NESTA – 3yrs.4mths. Good head and expression, well balanced body proportions with good angulation, moved soundly, in good order throughout. CC.
2nd – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD AKINA’S FIRE – 26mths. Good head with correct front shoulder placement, would like a little more angulation in hindquarters, movement a little loose. Res. CC.
3rd – Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY – 2yrs. Not as good in head as first two, reasonable balance, loose in movement.
Rottweiler – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s CH. ELTHOR DARK JASMINE – 4yrs. Head good, reasonable construction,lacks condition and muscle and movement needs tightening.
German Shepherd Dog – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. P. Williams’ BRIVAL MEDUSA – 12mths. Reasonable head and expression, incorrect front angulation, extremely loose hocks. I could not assess her movement properly as she needs ring training.
German Shepherd Dog – Maiden – Bitch
1st – Mr. R.L.A. Weekes’ SHOTAAN PHENIX – 18mths. Very feminine extremely balanced and sound she and her handler need a little more confidence. Res.CC & Res. BOB..
German Shepherd Dog – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. L. & Mrs. L. Harris’ CH. MONIFA BRANDI – A quality bitch of excellent type, lovely head and expression, correct angulation, balanced and sound when she settled, in excellent order.
CC & BOB. I was pleased to award her the Working Group and Reserve Best in Show.
Boxer – Open – Dog
1st – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTONS WISH ME LUCK C.D. – 5 yrs. Shown in good hard condition, good head and expression, to be critical would like to see a little more angulation all over, sound on the move. CC.
Boxer – Open – Bitch
1st – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’s PRETTY N PEACH – 3yrs. Good head and expression well balanced with good angulation, sound movement, well presented, CC, BOB & second in Working Group.
Stud Dog – Variety Class
Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s CH. BRAEAARON WALLACE AT ARDHUB TO HOTHERSALL Well balanced and all together.
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Greetings All. Does anybody know of any available medium / large size dogs that would make a good guard dog but also child friendly? We are looking for either a pup or fully grown dog (that has been around children) but haven’t had much luck
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So many puppies came with wagging tails to the class. Twenty three puppies were booked for this class. I did not count them on Saturday but I imagine over twenty puppies with owners turned up.
I did start formal training with this club with the Tibetan Terrier “Tibby” when she was four months old and she used to zoom all over the place, when taken off lead and she had a great time in the enclosed environment. It helped expose her to lots of other dogs in different circumstances But there was no puppy class at that time so she was on the Basic Obedience class with some puppies but also adult dogs. She was already trained by me to do basic commands so the class was intended for her to socialise and have fun!
When we completed the Basic Obedience Class, we went on to the Novice, CD class. She was still a puppy and still used to zoom all over the place. But I was not looking for a Tibetan Terrier puppy to pass any legs of the CD; it was just laying the foundation for when she settled down as an adult.
Because the Puppy Obedience class was so large, I went there on September 7th, as a club member, to help with the first day. And I love puppies!
The class had breeds like Boxer, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Jack Russell. I think the largest breed numbers came from the Labrador Retriever litters bred by Sue Leacock and also Ezra Maynard.
It is very important to socialise puppies from as early as possible. And these classes are great for them. They get to meet and play with other puppies in a different environment from their home and get exposure to all kinds of different things. Because of the large number of puppies, this class will be split into two so everyone can get lots of individual attention.
This class could also prepare them for the next Basic Obedience class with The B’dos. Dog Training Club in 2014 which would introduce them to basic commands. But the most important thing is for puppies, at this stage, to be well socialised. And that is what this class is about.
Other classes starting in September, 2013, with The B’dos. Dog Training Club would be a Basic Obedience class and an Advanced Obedience (Novice CD) class.
These dog training classes with The B’dos. Dog Training Club are usually very well supported by the Barbados community. Their recent flyer did also say “Best prices in town”.
And they do get good results which is also very important. Word of mouth recommendation and repeat sales are ranked high in advertising.
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Dog lovers in the world, especially Americans, watched to see what breed of dog would become the new dog in the White House with President Obama and his family. Would it be a pedigree dog or would it be a rescue? It turned out to be a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo and now Bo is joined by a 12 month old female Portuguese Water Dog who is named Sunny.
Looking back at other USA Presidents’ dogs not in the above video and all of the below listed dogs did not get to live in the White House:
Ronald Reagan had a Bouvier Des Flandres, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Siberian Husky and a Belgium Sheepdog.
Jimmy Carter: a Border Collie and an Afghan Hound
Gerald Ford: a Golden Retriever
Richard M. Nixon: a Poodle, Terrier, Irish Setter and a Cocker Spaniel
Lyndon B. Johnson: Beagles, a Collie
John F. Kennedy: Mutts, a Cocker Spaniel and a German Shepherd
Dwight D. Eisenhower: a Weimaraner
Harry S. Truman: a Cocker Spaniel and Irish Setter
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Scottish Terriers, German Shepherds, an Old English Sheepdog and a Mastiff
A Portuguese Water Dog is not a common breed but I was told that one was recently imported from the USA to Barbados.
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There are several places where a person can rescue a puppy/dog in Barbados from an animal shelter instead of obtaining one from a breeder.
Some of these puppies/dogs are found wandering the roads and/or beaches and may be brought to one of the rescue organisations by kind people.
The main organisations I am aware of which have the opportunity for dog/puppy rescues in Barbados are:
The Hope Sanctuary and The Arc are no-kill shelters, non profit organisations and are run through the help of donations and fund raising. They also have volunteers who help walk and take care of the dogs. Sometimes their facilities are both so full I am told they have advised people at times that they are unable to take in more dogs. These dogs may include pure bred medium to large size dogs as well as the small mixed breed dogs.
The above organisations will neuter the dog and I believe may also inspect the home the animal is going to before they release it. They will also assess whether it will get along easily with other animals such as cats and other dogs. The rescue dog will be treated for ticks and fleas and worms before it goes to its new owners.
RSPCA is a veterinary facility. It also seems to do an excellent job of promoting its rescued/abandoned dogs through its facebook page and it provides photos of the people who are taking home a “rescue” from their facility.
RSPCA Barbados contact: Tel: #426 3077
The B’dos. Government’s Animal Control Department does have dogs brought into its facility but I would think it might have a time frame that the dog can stay there before being euthanised.
Animal Control Centre contact: Tel: #425 1033
I know of several people who found mixed breed puppies, especially in the country areas and kept them. One person found a puppy tied to her fence and kept it. The person who tied the puppy to her fence probably knew that she loves dogs and would take care of it. Much kinder than some of the other alternatives.
One of my neighbours opened her door one morning to be greeted by 3 puppies which someone had placed over her fence. She kept them and they are shown, as adult dogs, in the below pix. She has become very attached to them but was not looking for a puppy/dog when they arrived.
Some of these dogs are in these facilities because their owners have moved, sometimes left the island, are deceased, can no longer afford to keep a dog , no longer want them, or they are puppies from the dogs which survive in the countryside and other areas on their own.
A lot of them will make excellent pets. Some will have their issues: they might have been abused and it may take some time and loving care for them to adjust to their new homes. Some might already have had basic training and might also be very easy to train and be very loyal to the person who has rescued them and is now caring for them.
I have come across a few of these rescue dogs as they have trained with my Tibetan Terrier on various classes with The B’dos. Dog Training Club.
Some of these “rescue” dogs enjoy agility classes at The Barbados Dog Training Club which seems to help them a lot in developing confidence. The mixing and also socialising with other dogs in an enclosed environment and training seems to do wonders for them. The “rescue” dogs receive treats and/or toys as positive reinforcement for their participation in jumping, and doing the obstacles such as tunnels which most dogs love, in agility classes.
Tibby’s obedience class at The Barbados Dog Training Club also has rescue dogs achieving and working towards the Novice and Open obedience titles. To gain these titles is not easy but it shows what can be achieved with these rescue dogs and with the right owners and training.
All types of people in Barbados have “rescue” dogs, they are people with large properties and people who live in small homes. They are locals and they are expats, What they have in common is that they seem to love dogs. Some people who could buy any breed dog prefer to rescue the local ones and give them a good home.
My Tibetan Terrier arrived from the UK in a wooden crate which I would not be using after her arrival and I put a for sale leaflet on a vet’s notice board. I had an immediate response from two women who had each rescued dogs on the beach, had fed and cared for them and were taking them home to the UK. The first person who came to my home had an extremely nervous dog and I agree the barking of my dogs which were put up probably frightened it further. That small dog she found on the beach and befriended could have fitted into the crate but the owner was just as nervous as the dog and without lifting the dog said the crate was too small!. The other person has a friendly larger rescue dog which walked into crate (I did reward with a treat) and that rescue from Barbados did travel home to the UK in the crate with its owner being friendly enough to send a thank you e-mail and to let me know they had arrived safely in the UK.
Nice to see that not only Barbadians rescue dogs in Barbados but that Bajan dogs are also getting resettled in other lands!
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Sometimes a litter of puppies might include a “swimmer” and that is a puppy that appears to be unable to stand and try walking like other normal puppies in a litter. The “swimmer” puppy will have its legs and arms outstretched and be unable to sit and stand like the rest of its litter. Interesting that the therapy used to help the “swimmer” puppy includes water therapy and swimming. But then again, I think we know that water therapy is good for most conditions.
Most “swimmer” puppies may be put down once the breeder realises the condition and struggles with the condition but to no avail or the puppy will die on its own. This video and the link below shows hope for this type of puppy.
The background behind the swimmer syndrome is a puppy that seems to be malformed, and unlike its litter mates will remain flat while nursing and have very restricted movement. Normal puppies have lots of movement and will nurse on their sides. The pup with the problem will have a flat chest.
I have heard of, in Barbados recently, a litter of puppies which were all “swimmers” and left behind a disappointed breeder and people who were looking forward to getting a puppy from the litter. There are various theories as to why a litter has these malformed pups, some say it is genetics, nutrition of the bitch was lacking, the environment in where the puppies were whelped. But I don’t believe that the cause is known for certain.
The earlier the flat chested puppy is discovered, the better the chance the breeder has of trying with it. Suggestions being to put this pup on a nipple full of milk and when it is sucking, turn it over on its side. It will take patience and supervision but it is important to not allow it to lie flat on its chest with its feet spread out.
Other thoughts which might help could be to massage the “swimmer” puppy’s limbs and body to build muscle tone. If the other puppies have started to try to walk, the “swimmer” could be hobbled.
I hope this video and the link above will give new hope to breeders with pups of “swimmer syndrome”.
A pupppy in a very recent litter of a small sized dog was recently saved in Barbados using some of these methods. It took a lot of time and patience and caring on the breeder’s part and he told me that he plans to keep the puppy which is now walking and running.
The more knowledge a breeder can acquire, the greater the chance of saving puppies and I think it is wonderful that this knowledge can be shared through the internet.
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In an ideal situation, new born puppies are completely taken care of by their mother. However, sometimes, humans need to step in to help and ensure that in the case where the puppies mother might be unable to feed them successfully, they still get milk. A bitch might have mastitis, or another infection, or a large litter of puppies and the weaker pups might easily get pushed aside by stronger siblings.
It is always important to ensure that a new born puppy gets its first milk from its mother as that milk contains colostrum which contain essential antibodies which will protect it against possible bacterial and viral infections. And afterwards, if the puppies need to get milk other than their mother’s, tubes, or bottle feeding of the puppies may take place.
This video shows another way and seems to be an excellent idea, especially for breeds which are very small.
The bottles used to assist puppies are usually doll type bottles with small rubber nipples which are easy for the newly born puppies to suck from.
The below YouTube video shows a novel idea with a small breed, Yorkshire Terriers, and here the puppy is hand fed as it learns to suck its milk from a sponge. The video gives details of the various items used in this exercise. Of course, some of the items might need to be searched for to be obtained but this method seems a good idea for helping to save a puppy’s life.
In Barbados, we might have to be careful about using the bags shown in the video as they might keep the puppy too warm
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Congratulations to Sarah Hamilton and her two Rhodesian Ridgebacks who passed the open, CDX, at trials held through The Barbados Dog Training Club this week.
In the pix. are Ch. Crownridge Red Regent (AI) C.D., C.D.X. and Ch. Broani Chiku at Crownridge, C.D., C.D.X. with their obedience trophies.
The CDX consists of off leash exercises such as heeling, the figure of eight, drop on recall, retrieval of dumb bell on flat, and also over high jump and broad jump. The sits and stays are for 3 minutes with the handler out of sight and the down stay is for 5 minutes with the handler out of sight. The dog must complete these tasks with the handler using either a voice command or a hand signal.
Passing the final leg C and now achieving the Novice title are Jean Ray’s Golden Retriever, Heidi along with my Tibetan Terrier Tibby.
Congrats to Jean and Heidi and to Tibby.
Tibby, Ch. Araki Miss Conduct at Calliope, achieved a score of 185.5 out of 200. The passmark is 170. So we did improve on the scores for the other legs, A and B and we got a perfect score on the recall and the stand, sit, and down stays. This Tibetan has always done a super fast “come” on a recall. I trained her to improve on her finish in my kitchen with little treats.
We lost our points on the heeling exercises which I must perfect more. It is so important to keep the dog in the ring and focused that I prefer to lose points, especially in the off leash heeling, rather than lose the dog. This is a very fun loving Tibetan Terrier.
The CD, Novice, has a heel on leash, as well as off leash, with the figure of eight being done on leash. The other exercises are done off leash.
Passing various legs of the Novice trials on June 19, 2013, were Sarah Hamilton with yet another Rhodesian Ridgeback, Amanda Corbin with a Flat Coated Retriever, Jenni Wilson with a Dachshund, Linda Pearson with a German Shepherd dog, Jutta Moore with an Irish Setter, and Sue Blandford with a Papillon.
A very successful evening for participants and the trainer Rosemary Coghlan.
I believe the special beginners would have also had a trial, without scores, at the end of their classes but the puppies/dogs would all be kept on leash.
It seemed like a very nice large class of 13 puppies, all kinds of breeds including mixed breeds, with Jenny Fields doing the basic training, assisted by Jenni Wilson and Lynda Husbands replacing Jenny Fields when Jenny was off the island.
Once the CDX title is achieved, plans can be made to go on and try to achieve the utility title which includes areas such as scent discrimination.
I believe Sarah Hamilton will now work towards the utility title with her Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
There is so much useful dog training information available on the ‘net, through group forums, and other social media forms as well as dvds, and e-books, that a person who understands how to train their dogs and works at it can pass, once they know how to motivate their dog(s) and they understand how to teach the required steps. Of course, it is a lot of work and a challenge at these levels.
These is no formal dog obedience utility training in Barbados that I am aware of but experienced trainers in Barbados, once they pass the C.D.X., can work towards this level.
Utility involves a lot of directional work, and the use of hand signals. This is the final and highest level of obedience titles to achieve.