A National Trust day trip gem.
Set in beautiful Worcestershire, Croome was secret wartime airbase which has been turned into a lovely place to visit.
We went in a group, with my friends, Elsa, Pip and Bob.
Dogs are welcome in the gardens and grounds but not in the house so we had a good run out there instead.
Only allowed in the gardens? Not a problem when you have garden designed by ‘Capability’ Brown – his first commission.
The restored parkland is a joy to walk around and, having been designed so well it has an interesting layout with some great views.
On the day we visited, in between sporadic showers that had us darting for cover, we took advantage of the deckchairs set out around the lake, positioned to take in the best views whilst waiting for our picnic to turn up!
Overall, a lovely site to visit, my first visit to a National Trust location, and one I’ll look to return to. After I’ve had a rest!
Well worth a visit. 🐾🐶❤️
How size matters more than you may have thought….
Size matters. Apparently.
I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone else but one of the biggest training problems I experience is retaining the attention of the dog.
One of the contributors to this lack of attention could be the size of the treats and treat size vs dog size.
George would probably be classed as a medium sized dog when fully grown but, at 6 months old, he is some way off his maximum.
As a result, the size of the treats being used is quite important when it comes to getting and keeping him engaged.
When he does something right he is given a treat to re-inforce the good behaviour but if the treat has been too large, he takes time to eat it. As well as that, George likes to take his time over larger items and eat them away from others. This breaks up the flow of the training.
I have taken to using the smallest treat I can find for training. It’s easier as it’s a very quick treat and it reduces the break of attention.
The longer the training goes on, the more this seems to work.
It’s just something to consider – your dog will want the biggest treat they can snaffle off you but it may not be the best things for the learning.
The importance of meeting…..
It’s important for a dog to have new experiences but chief among them is meeting new people and animals.
George starts his puppy course in 3 weeks so I am trying to have him me as many other folks and pets as possible.
When we first had George, he was nervous of most things and would react defensively to dog, cats and people.
We have walked him a lot, meeting as many folk as we can and encouraging him that all was okay. Taking him into new situations has improved his acceptance of new things and he now actively seeks out new meets.
By having him do this he no longer has any problems with other dogs either, and cats (he is friends with a local Burmese, Bob).
This all bodes well for his course and hopefully he will be less distracted by other dogs and therefore able to focus better.
Food needs a solid foundation….
I don’t eat much restaurant food, I’m more of a kibble kind of guy but I have observed a few odd things.
Food. Some of it ‘looks’ great but watching it being eaten shows it’s far from being great.
Watching a burger 🍔 in a brioche bun disintegrate as it is being eaten doesn’t look like much fun or value for money.
Building food 🥘 should be like building house. Solid foundations. A good soup needs a good base.
You would not build the Empire State Building out of wood and you would not accept a poorly constructed property collapsing around you.
Keep it simple Chef!
Just a short interview with a dog.
As much as George wants to eat it all, don’t believe the hype.
I’ve noticed recently (I’m only 5 1/2 months) that there is a lot of advertising for dog food.
LOTS of advertising. Nearly as much for pet food as there is for human food.
It’s not that I don’t get to see much of THAT food, it’s the animals in them. It’s like the Border Collie mafia have control of advertising.
I know we are easily trained and have expressive faces but we are everywhere .
Now, Collies are beautiful and there are lots of us so using this breed may give you a good market share but the side track, the sub story to these adverts is the hook.
Farm dog, inferred farm produce = ‘Got to be better’
The same as human food. Stick it in a box marked ‘farm’ somewhere and people hoover it up even though it’s probably never been rural since it was slaughtered. I’M more farm than that and left my farm at 10 weeks old!
I just think that, like with human food, people are getting mugged off with an idea that something is more natural than it actually is.
I am not saying don’t buy it, just don’t believe the hype. 👊🏻
The funny side of Christmas detritus…..
So we were moving furniture around in the dining room the other day and, as ever, George is in the thick of things. ‘Helping’ he calls it.
Suddenly he scoops up a little piece of paper that’s slid behind a unit and he’s off.
‘George, don’t eat that!’ I yell, hopefully, after him but he’s already gone out the back door.
Two minutes later he’s back. Back for more? No. He’s got a joke.
‘It’s a cracker Dad, honest’
‘Why did Scrooge score the goal?’
‘What?’ I ask, surprised by the festive theme to the joke.
‘Why did Scrooge score the goal?’
‘I don’t know, why?’
‘Because the the Ghost of Christmas passed!’
‘It’s June 1st!’
‘I told you it was a cracker!’ He laughs.