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Pete, the Black Labrador is named after Collie Peter who was awarded his PDSA Dickin Medal in 1945 for locating victims trapped under blitzed buildings while serving with the MAP attached to Civil Defence of London during World War II.
Bravehound Pete is maturing into a handsome young man, he is lucky to have many friends to help with his socialising. The pandemic unfortunately has had an impact on his training and socialising. Pete can at times be a but unsure of people he doesn’t know and was for a short time unsure of children. We have been working loads on this and things are so much better, his confidence grows every day.
Pete has recently passed his Kennel Club Silver Good Citizen Award. He loves training and is well on his way to working towards his Gold Award. Each subsequent award builds on skills previously evidenced with a higher standard of performance.
Pete loves having his BRAVEHOUND tabard on and immediately goes into work mode. We have visited lots of shops supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and hairdressers, he has not been fazed by any of it.
We are continuing Pete’s training towards achieving his Gold level, and building his confidence around strangers, especially children. We plan to get out and about into some busier areas and start his journey with public transport with some very short bus rides. That will give him some new challenges for his training, which he just loves.
Paisley the Golden Retriever is our newest recruit and is named after the Scottish town in honour of the Paisley Branch of the Royal British Legion as she was purchased thanks to their generosity.
Paisley learned lots from her human and canine companions. She has built up a lovely bond with her Puppy Socialisers and enjoys her training time with them.
She has passed her Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze level and is now working towards Silver. The Kennel Club Awards gradually build on basic skills, and each subsequent level adds a bit more complexity or requires a little more self-control from the dog.
Paisley has shown a natural aptitude for her future career as a Bravehound. Recently, she went to comfort a student who was angry and upset by climbing on to their lap and putting her head on their chest. A real display of her emotional intelligence.
Paisley is very sociable and gets excited when meeting people so is working on keeping 4 feet on the floor.
Continued socialisation and exposure to different environments is key to Paisley’s future role, and training towards her Kennel Club Silver Award is also underway.
Sadie the black Sprocker Spaniel is named after Sadie the Labrador who was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal in 2007 for her outstanding gallantry while serving as and explosives search and rescue dog in Afghanistan in 2005.
At home, Sadie loves human contact, especially cuddles & will lie on your feet when you are sitting down, to make sure you don’t move without her knowing about it!
Sadie lives in a rural environment and has lots of exposure to the animals on the farm. She will go outdoors given any chance, and helps oversee the feeding of the poultry, pigs and sheep, all of which she ignores.
Sadie passed her Kennel Club Silver Good Citizen Award in October and is now developing towards her Gold Award. Each subsequent award builds on skills previously evidenced with a higher standard of performance. She is progressing well towards her Gold Award and is working on her consistency in loose lead walking, and off lead heel work.
The Bravehound training team are working with Sadie regularly in person and via online training, giving hints and tips to cement her skills.
Sadie has been practising her recall, learning to ignore distractions. She is responding well to her training, even though there are deer and birds around to distract her.
Additionally, Sadie has been venturing out to the shops. She behaved beautifully, sitting patiently in the checkout queue waiting for her turn.
Sadie will be training hard towards her Kennel Club Gold Award, and building on her socialisation over the coming weeks.
Ricky the Sprocker Spaniel is named after Welsh Collie Ricky who was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal in 1947 for keeping calm and carrying on his duties when wounded in the head by a mine while on mine clearing duty in Holland. His actions saved the rest of his section from injury.
In his home environment, Ricky is a lovely, carefree dog. He enjoys training for praise and treats and is always up for a play with his ball or his squeaky toys. He enjoys being around people and will ‘visit’ on command with them by putting his head on their lap for some pats and scratches.
Socialisation has been one of the key activities for Ricky over the past few months. He’s been out shopping, building his confidence in strange environments. During these outings, he’s met lots of different people and loves the attention he gets. Our walks have taken us to some busy car parks and roads, and Ricky takes it all in his stride.
Ricky achieved his Kennel Club Silver Good Citizen Award in October, having worked very hard on his obedience training. He is now focusing on the Gold Award, which builds on the skills he has already evidenced, with a higher level of performance expected. His loose lead walking is developing nicely, although his spaniel nose does distract him occasionally.
Our thanks go to the friends of the late Professor David Alexander, formerly Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research at Robert Gordon University for continuing to sponsor Ricky’s first year as a BRAVEHOUND recruit. We are grateful for your support.
Over the past few months, Maggie has been building on her obedience skills, and learning a few tricks to spice up her training regime. The impact of Coronavirus has curtailed some of Maggie’s normal activities. She continues to develop her social skills in a range of different environments, within current guidelines to give her as broad an experience of life as is possible.
Being a Golden Retriever, Maggie is typical of her breed and loves the water. The Scottish weather suits her perfectly, and she loves rolling around in the mud when out on rainy walks with her canine companions.
Maggie is currently in season and is receiving lots of TLC from her Puppy Socialiser to help her through what can be a confusing time for a young dog. Once she is through her season, it will be back to training as usual.
Maggie passed her Kennel Club Silver Good Citizen Award in October and is now developing towards her Gold Award. Each subsequent award builds on skills previously evidenced with a higher standard of performance.
She is progressing well towards her Gold Award, and her main area of development is in reducing her vocalisation. Following one to one sessions with members of the Bravehound training team, Maggie has improved her behaviour in this area.
Maggie’s Puppy Socialiser can’t wait to resume coffee shop visits and shopping trips which have been significantly reduced in recent times. Building towards her Gold Award with lots of obedience and skills training is also on the agenda