• Welcome to the Dog's Blog... this is a chance for me to update friends, clients and those just browsing on life as a self-employed trainer in the Surrey Hills in the middle of a lockdown.  In these unprecedented times, I hope that I can share with you some of my thoughts, tips, dog news and personal challenges as we try to live through this global pandemic.  It's as much for me as it is for you!

  • 8th April 2020

    Sitting here watching the daily update with the glorious sunshine pouring through the windows so that I can see the Surrey Hills, you would never know we were in the middle of a global disaster.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be writing a lot.  And when I say A LOT, I mean a lot.  

    I'll be writing the book I promised earlier this year.  Chapter one is written but I need to work on the rest of it.  

    There's my studies with module 4 of my Canine Behaviour Management Diploma to complete.  I nearly gave it up but looks like I have the time for it now.

    And then I'm doing my weekly email and updates on the website.  

    But I've found it very relaxing.  I've been emailing (yes, very old school) friends with long emails to reconnect with them.  And suddenly, video conferencing has meant that my family has been able to have a good old chat and time together despite the distances.  I did think about doing online courses but, to be honest, everyone and their dog (pun intended) has jumped on the band wagon and I'm not that confident about technology.  I did my first video consult and it went okay but I need to clear up the lounge and get my own dogs to do what I want when I want!

    I even took part in a video seminar for a day.  Was weird being in my bedroom all day and talking to the other delegates and watching the slides.  Between you and me, I was wearing my slippers and the coffee tasted better than usual!  Plus the commute was much easier.  This time it was a course to become a registered instructor for the Dog Training College to teach their Canine Body Language course.  And I am now registered!  So as soon as I can, I'll be setting up some seminars for owners and other trainers to come and learn how to talk to your dog.

    Finally, I did end up washing and clipping Edie's hair.  She hasn't quite forgiven me but at least she can see to give me the skunk eye.  I have learnt how to groom a Bedlington before but I'm really not that good at it.  And now I know the difference between a pet cut and a show cut, I'm even more critical!  See what you think from the before and after pictures.

    Top tip of the day: Make sure you groom your dog out every day.  When the groomers reopen (and how can they not be essential) you won't want your dog getting matted and ending up with a really short number one all over.

    Until next time,

    Sara x