What a year!
Well autumn is well and truly upon us, winter is around the corner, and the summer has flown by, but what a year it has been so far!
Where to start... The dreadful Covid put a stop to all training from last November to March 2021, so my loyal dog walking clients saw me through a tough few months, until we could resume outdoor dog training. And then I had training coming out of my ears, trying to juggle existing clients and new courses, meant I was teaching every night and 1-2-1 training at weekends. Not that I'm complaining at all, it was great to see everyone getting back into the swing of things, and the weather provided us with a good outdoor facilities at my field in Newbold. I was also hiring the field out to people wanting to practice their recall, or just let their dogs to have a run around in a secure area. This proved very popular and between Puppy and Junior social events, training classes and field hire, the field was in constant use.
Then I got a new addition, along came a large 4-legged baby in the form of a horse. So the field hire came to an end, but I am still able to do 1-2-1 training there, so long as the horse has grass to occupy himself as he does like to be involved.
Summer came and went and to mark the end of the season I teamed up with Amy from The Canine Collective UK to host our first ever Charity Dog Show at Holmebrook Valley park in Chesterfield on Sunday 12th September 2021. We held classes which combined our training disciplines, and had lots of fun in the process. From Scent work, Best Trick, Hoopers, Egg & Spoon Race, Apple Bobbing, Rally Obedience and many more.
Despite our concerns, the event was a great success. With an overwhelming turnout and many people participated in the events and enjoyed the day. We exhibited some lovely stalls from local dog businesses, and raised a substantial amount for two chosen charities.