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Pete

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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.
Pete is never happier than when he is outdoors and he really loves swimming.
His latest trick has been to catch and eat a mouse, let hope it was a one off!
He passed his Kennel Club Silver Good Citizen Award in October and is now developing towards his Gold Award.
Thanks to one-to-one, and group online training sessions and the continuous support of the BRAVEHOUND training team, Pete has been improving his confidence levels around people and dogs he doesn’t know. This is a work in progress, and he is getting better every day.
Pete has started to go out shopping again with his socialiser. He is developing calmness in the shops.
Hopefully, when we can meet, Pete will be able to sit his Kennel Club Gold Award, and after a period of broader socialisation activity (shopping centres, cafes etc), he will be ready to pass his Public Access Assessment, with a view to his future with his Veteran.



Paisley

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Since our last update, we have been living under Lockdown rules, but have been trying to give Paisley as much exposure to different environments as possible. She is maturing into a lovely girl. She is a sweet dog who is very intuitive and doesn’t need to be asked to give a hug to anyone who needs it.
Paisley’s hormones around her first season affected her greatly but she is now over that and is very responsive and enthusiastic to training.
Paisley featured in a recent article in The Evening Times: HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/HN4MZDU.
Paisley passed her Kennel Club Bronze Good Citizen Award in October and is now developing towards her Silver Award. Each subsequent award builds on skills previously evidenced with a higher standard of performance expected.
Thanks to one-to-one, and group online training sessions and the continuous support of the BRAVEHOUND training team, Paisley has been polishing up her obedience skills.
Hopefully, when we can meet, Paisley will be able to sit her Kennel Club Silver Award, after which, she will be working towards her Gold Award and Public Access Qualification.



Sadie

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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.
Sadie lives in a rural environment with two other dogs. Recently, she has begun to accompany her Puppy Socialiser on runs. She has no problem keeping up the pace and really enjoys the activity.
If there is an opportunity to be outdoors, Sadie is first in line. She loves her walks with her canine and human companions and supervises the farm work.
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.
Until Lockdown rules are eased, we will continue one-to-one training, and weekly group training on-line.
Hopefully, when we can meet, Sadie will be able to sit her Kennel Club Gold Award, and after a period of broader socialisation activity (shopping centres, cafes etc), she will be ready to pass her Public Access Assessment, with a view to her future with a Veteran.



Ricky

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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.
Since our last update, we have been living under Lockdown rules, but have been trying to give Ricky as much exposure to different environments as possible. He is maturing into a lovely boy. He is playful, cheeky and affectionate in equal measure, and a pleasure to have around. He experienced his first snow in January and had a fantastic time.
Ricky has developed more consistency in his loose lead walking; however, an interesting scent is always going to be a challenge. Thanks to one-to-one, and group online training sessions and the continuous support of the BRAVEHOUND training team, Ricky has been improving in his manners around other dogs when approaching on lead.
Despite Lockdown, Ricky has continued to go shopping a couple of times each week. He is developing calmness in the shops…lots of sit and wait training to maintain social distancing has become part of this routine.
Until Lockdown rules are eased, we will continue one-to-one training, and weekly group training on-line.
Hopefully, when face to face training recommences, Ricky will be able to sit his Kennel Club Gold Award, and after a period of broader socialisation activity (shopping centres, cafes etc), he will be ready to pass his Public Access Assessment, with an view to his future with his Veteran.
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.



Maggie

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Since our last update, we have been living under Lockdown rules, but have been trying to give Maggie as much exposure to different environments as possible. She is maturing into a lovely girl.
She loves to accompany her Puppy Socialiser to the shops whenever she can and enjoys playtime with the children who visit her home.
At a recent trip to the vets, Maggie showed her emotional intelligence by cuddling a vet nurse who was a bit upset. BRAVEHOUNDS are trained to ‘cuddle’ on command, but Maggie didn’t need anybody to ask her to provide some comfort, she just did what came naturally.
Maggie has been learning some general assistance dog skills such as opening doors/drawers and retrieving items. Having initially been very successful in opening the fridge door using a tug toy, Maggie has become reluctant to repeat her success. She is currently re-learning the basics of pulling the tug on command to open the door and will be back on track in no time.
Until Lockdown rules are eased, we will continue one-to-one training, and weekly group training on-line.
Hopefully, when we can meet, Maggie will be able to sit her Kennel Club Gold Award, and after a period of broader socialisation activity (shopping centres, cafes etc), she will be ready to pass her Public Access Assessment, with a view to her future with a Veteran.



Rex

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Rex the chocolate Labrador is named after the search dog Rex who was awarded a PDSA Dickin medal for service during the Second World War.
Rex arrived with his Puppy Socialisers at 10 weeks old. After a couple of weeks of sleepless nights, toilet training, and keeping a constantly hungry Labrador satisfied, Rex and his family have settled in together.
He has encountered other dogs and mixes well with them. His introductions and playtimes are being managed to build his confidence, which is growing daily.
Thanks to one-to-one, and group online training sessions and the continuous support of the BRAVEHOUND training team, Lockdown has not stopped training and socialisation.
Rex is happy to work for both of his Puppy Socialisers equally well. He understands the commands for Sit, Stand, Down, and is learning whistle recall. He knows his name and will always respond when called in case a treat is in the offing.
Recently, Rex has been off the lead in public places where there are no distractions and is obeying commands and refining his recall. His lead walking is a work in progress. Socialisation is key at this stage of Rex’s development, and he is gradually being introduced to different places, people and situations.
Hopefully, when we can meet with trainers, Rex will be able to work towards his Kennel Club Bronze Puppy Good Citizen Award.


Chips

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Mr Chips the golden Labrador is named after US Army dog Chips, who was awarded a PDSA Dickin Medal for his bravery during the Second World War.
He has settled in well with his Puppy Socialiser, is a confident chap, with an inquisitive nature, and is intrigued by new things and experiences.
Mr Chips really enjoys his training and is quick to pick up behaviours. He is also very clever and has learned to tell the time…he knows when meals are due and is happy to alert the household if they are running late.
A media sensation at such a young age, Mr Chips has featured in a Daily Record Article on 30th March:
https://tinyurl.com/36c2fjr5
Thanks to one-to-one, and group online training sessions and the continuous support of the BRAVEHOUND training team, Lockdown has not stopped training and socialisation. Mr Chips is responding well to his training, building up a strong foundation of behaviours and responses.
He is lucky enough to be able to accompany his Puppy Socialiser to work each day, which is giving him a broad range of experiences not only in different places, but with other people and dogs.
Until Lockdown rules are eased, we will continue one-to-one training, and weekly group training on-line. Hopefully, when we can meet with trainers, Mr Chips will be able to work towards his Kennel Club Bronze Puppy Good Citizen Award.
Loose lead walking and venturing into different and slightly busier places and shops are on the agenda for the coming weeks and months to give Mr Chips increased socialisation.


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The PDSA Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honour the work of animals in World War. It is a bronze medallion, bearing the words “For Gallantry” and “We Also Serve” within a laurel wreath, carried on a ribbon of striped green, dark brown, and pale blue. It is awarded to animals that have displayed “conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units”. The award is commonly referred to as “the animals’ Victoria Cross”.

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