Friday, January 27, 2012

Top 10 Reasons Not to Get a Barbet

When I'm out with my dogs I encounter a lot of curiosity about the breed and I try my best to answer questions in a straightforward and matter of fact way.  Lately it seems I've been getting a lot of the same questions such as; what is a Barbet like to live with?  What's the grooming like? It seems that most people underestimate the potential mess and grooming that living with a Barbet entails (especially people that haven't owned a dog before).  I decided to write it all down and in the process came up with my  Top 10 Reasons Not to Get a Barbet  So if you're thinking that you might like to live with a Barbet I invite you to read my top 10 list and if you still think they sound like a good match for you...wonderful.  It's better to make a decision with as much information as possible than to find out that you've made a poor choice ...after you've brought your new puppy home.  

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sophie Earns a New Title...Canine Good Neighbour!

On Saturday January 14th, 2012 Sophie and I headed out to Richmond Hill to participate in the Canine Good Neighbour  (CGN) test that was being offered at 4 Paws Training .The CGN is a title that is offered by the Canadian Kennel Club to all dogs, mixed or purebred that successfully complete all 12 exercises in the evaluation.   It is designed to assess the relationship between the dog and handler and how they behave together in situations that mimic everyday life.  You can read more about this test here CGN Program - Exercise Description 
I highly recommend that all dog owners work towards mastering these 12 steps with their canine companions.  You and your dog will have fun together working towards these goals and in the process you’ll strengthen your bond with one another and set a good example for other pooches and owners in your community. 

Thanks to our evaluator, Lorraine Wilson at 4 Paws Training for helping us to feel comfortable the minute we walked through the door. She carefully went over all of the exercises with the participants making sure we understood what was required and her calm demeanor during the testing helped to put all of the participants at ease. 
Happily Sophie is now CH Neigenuveaux Fleur D’Northrock WC CGN*

*pending CKC confirmation