New Acrylic Coasters Showcasing Canine Champions of Old Available

Each coaster features a champion dog from the late 1800’s.  The dog is pictured on the front of the coaster and there appears some text on the rear.  This text usually gives the name of the dog and it’s owner.  More details regarding shows won and other details are included where we have been able to ascertain these.

Each coaster measures approximately 10cm (4″) square with rounded corners.

See more HERE


Is The “DOWN” Command Important?

It was the busy time of day
The autos rushing every way,
I saw a friend across the street
An old time friend I longed to meet.

And so I started as one should
Across the street from where I stood
But I had scarcely left the walk
When mercy, how a horn did squawk!

I humped my back, I dropped my tail
And in my fright I had to wail
I wasn’t hurt you understand
I just thought it was my land! My land!

A kind man stopped and patted me
I was so scared I couldn’t see
But oh, his touch so good and kind
Just pushed my troubles all behind

Now when my sight returned to me
My friend was gone; he fled you see
The next old friend I long to meet
I’ll let him come across the street.


Yes I think the Down” command is probably one of the absolutely essential commands that you use. Imagine that your dog is, say, twenty feet away and heading for a busy street. If you can simply shout “DOWN” and your dog drops to the floor, then you can confidently say that your dog has accepted that you are the master. You will also have averted what might have been a very nasty situation.

Be sure not to confuse the “Down” command with the “Off” command which means to get off the furniture or whatever else he is on at the time.

The importance of this command has become realised by many professional trainers, and has consequently featured in many events like, obedience trials and even agility competitions. It has also been credited, if taught early enough, to prevent aggression in dogs.

When you take your dog for a walk one thing you don’t want is for your dog to act like Cujo (The rabid dog in Stephen King’s novel) when you meet another dog. Teaching the down exercise is the start to a well trained and polite dog.

So there you have it. Teaching the “down” exercise establishes you as the master. In fact when a dog is showing aggression the “down” is an exercise that we really need to concentrate on to make it 100% reliable.

The Let Down

For months he had been her devoted admirer.  Now, at long last, he had collected up sufficient courage to ask her the most momentous of all questions.
“There are a lot of advantages in being a bachelor,” he began, “but there comes a time when one longs for the companionship of another being – a being who will regard one as perfect, as an idol; whom one can treat as one’s own absolute property; who will be kind and faithful when times are hard; who will share one’s joys and sorrows -”
To his delight he saw a sympathetic gleam in her eyes.  Then she nodded in agreement.
“So you’re thinking of buying a dog?”  She said.  “I think it’s a fine idea.  Do let me help you choose one!”

Children Friendly Dogs

Do you ever wonder what would be a great dog to get for the family since they have children. They’re looking for a dog that is child friendly and will make a good addition to the family. Of course there isn’t one particular breed that’s the best for everybody but I do think that these  are probably favourite.

Let’s begin with the Labrador Retriever. To put it simply I love labs. Labs are great dogs and they usually love everybody. The fact that they have a short coat means they are easy for grooming purposes, however keep in mind that they will shed quite a bit.

For an active family a lab is a great dog. Labs love going for hikes, long walks and even enjoy all types of water sports. To put it simply when it comes to water labs love to swim.

If you’re going to get a Labrador however keep in mind that they are very much puppy like until they reach maturity at approximately 2 ½ to 3 years of age.

Second on the list is the Golden Retriever.  Goldens are usually a little bit calmer than the average Labrador. However both make excellent obedience dogs and are easy to train. Because of their longer coat Goldens do require more grooming but it’s not that difficult.

If you have somebody in the family who’s allergic to dogs then a better choice for you might be a Goldendoodle or a Labradoodle. Just like their name implies they are a combination of either a Golden and a Poodle or Labrador and a Poodle. They come in various sizes and colours depending on the size and colour of the Poodle.

If you’re getting a Doodle because of the hypo allergenic benefits you will need to ensure that is at least a third generation in order to reap those benefits.

So far everything we’ve talked about has been a large dog so I want to give you one dog that is smaller if that’s what you and your family are looking for. I think the dog that’s perfect for children and will really make them laugh is the Pug. Yes Pugs come in two colours black or fawn, they’re small and are intended to be lapdogs. They’re usually very loving and are easily trained. So if a small dog for the kids is what you’re looking for I think the pug might be an excellent choice.

The breeds that I’ve mentioned here are certainly not the only breeds that are good with children, however I think you would do well to consider them first. When it’s time to get that new dog for the children why not do some research on Google and find the one that you think would fit with your family the best.

Six Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Training

Six Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Training

Many people are not sure which is the best way to train their dog. The following o addresses that question and hopefully give you some ideas what to think about. .

1. If have a small dog is training absolutely necessary? Certainly every dog should be trained so it knows the house rules. It also established you as the master, or in his eyes the pack leader. However, socialization is just as important as training, and you have until the dog is 5 months old to get it done.

2. Can dog training actually be done effectively at home rather than a group class? Absolutely! In fact, it’s my opinion that at at-home lessons are much better than a group class simply because your dog isn’t distracted by other dogs and the strange surroundings.

3. At what age should I start obedience training? Usually the best age to train a dog is probably about 16 weeks. By that time their brains have become like little sponges and they have not yet had time to develop too many bad habits.

4. Is it really important is it to train my dog? Yes, very much so. As mentioned earlier it establishes you as the master. Without this training you may well end up with a dog that is out of control with lots of very annoying bad habits. However with a nicely trained dog you will be able to enjoy it for it’s entire life.

5. Do all breeds respond to training in the same way? No, some dogs take longer and some dogs require a bit more work but they are all trainable. It depends what your dogs breed was bred for. However one thing that I am happy to share with you is the fact that most trainers will claim that they have never seen a dog that could not be trained.

6. My dog was thrown out of his group obedience class, is there still hope? Yes there is. It was probably the case that the surrounding temptations were more alluring than the trainer. Many people simply don’t take the necessary time to train their dog. To train your dog you need to work with it at least once a day for a simple 15 minute session. Twice a day is even better. Repetition is the #1 principle of dog training. If you will take the time to socialize, train and exercise your dog you will have a furry friend that you can enjoy for life.
On the CD available HERE you will find an ebook entitled “Your Dog”. In that ebook you will find a list of the dog’s limitations and a list of the owner’s limitations. I think that part of the book demonstrates that in many cases the owner is in more need of training than the dog is!

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Dogs Trust Events Dec 2017

Here are the planned Dogs Trust promulgated events for December  as I understand it:

2nd  Dogs Trust Evesham’s Christmas Fair, 1 – 4 pm
2nd  Dogs Trust Merseyside’s Christmas Fair 12 -4:00pm
2 – 3  Dogs Trust Kenilworth’s Christmas Fair, 12 – 4:00pm
2 – 3  Dogs Trust Leeds’s Santa Paws weekend 12 – 3:00pm
2 – 3  Dogs Trust Darlington’s Christmas Fair, 12 – 4:00pm
3rd    Dogs Trust Canterbury’s Christmas Fair,, 12:00 – 3:00pm,
at  Swalecliffe and Chesterfield Community Centre, 19 St. John’s Road, Swalecliffe, Kent. CT5 2QU
3rd   Dogs Trust Manchester’s Christmas Fair, 10:00am – 4:00pm
3rd   Dogs Trust Newbury’s Christmas Fair, 12:00 4:00pm
3rd   Dogs Trust Glasgow’s Christmas Fair, 12:00 – 3:00pm

5 – 6   Dogmobile at Tesco Supermarket, Barnstaple. EX32 8PG
6th      Dogs Trust Ballmena’s Christmas Fair, 6:00 – 9:00pm
6 – 7th   Dogmobile at Chelmsford High Street, Essex CM1 1BE
10th        Dogs Trust Bridgend’s Christmas Fair, 11:00am – 4:00pm at Pencoed College Sports Hall Pencoed CF35 5LG

12 -13   Dogmobile at Asda Supermarket, Ferring, Littlehampton,     BN12    6PN
13 -14th   Dogmobile at Bournemouth Square, Bournemouth Town Centre, BH2 5LY
19th   Dog School: Vet Professional CPD Event Body language and Low Stress Handling 6:30pm at Evesham Dogs Trust, tickets cost £5.00  booked through Evenbright.

The above information is given in good faith and is believed to be correct at the time of issue. Please do not email me with queries about the events as I have no connection with the Dogs Trust organisation. (Other than to sponser a few of their dogs!)