K9 Scent Trials

I was very recently back with Georgie of K9 Brain Training photographing a Scenting Trial in one of her classically unusual locations, a Transport Yard! The weather took a turn for the worst and the first few contestants looked a bit concerned but soon got into the swing of things!

The sun was soon making an appearance and the location was certainly testing the dogs who were searching for tiny scent deposits of either gun oil or cloves, both used as training scents. It didn’t take long before they were indicating a location.

After some difficult marking and adding up, eventually the victorious contestants were chosen.

Another great day and my thanks to all who got involved and especially the winners. All your photographs can, of course, be found in the Gallery on my website HERE.

Mollie the Munsterlander

What a wonderful breed the Munsterlander is! This was my first time photographing this gundog breed which originates, funnily enough, in Munsterlander, Germany. A sleek and elegant breed it’s an offshoot of the GLP the German Longhaired Pointer. Mollie certainly lived up to my expectations and she was a delight to photograph, even if she decided to dunk herself in a puddle which gave her quite a ‘different’ look!

With a keen nose, Mollie roved well ahead which made it a little difficult getting tight shots but then opened up some opportunities for putting her in a landscape instead.

She came with her great friend Roo, who I have photographed in the past and it was obvious that they were great friends.

Both their owners like the idea of another shoot when the weather turns frosty or snowy and I have to say that it’s a great idea for a slightly unusual shoot that will look great on your Christmas Cards!

Puppies Galore!

Nothing quite as likely to get an awwwwww as 8 squiggly puppies… unless you’re are trying to corral them into a line up? Just finished working on Georgina’s lovely litter and they were a handful to be sure. The photos don’t really show the bedlam, apart from a few?

Eventually we had to get Mum to give them a little feed and then, at last, they began to quieten down. Tula wasn’t too impressed either!

But with full tummies they all started to cooperate… a bit anyway!

At last, the job was done and everyone was happy. I’m sure that the new homes these wonderful little bundles go to will be delighted with the sharp little teeth and needle claws but I’ll be suffering the wounds for a while.

Going to miss these lovely pups but I hope their new owners will think of bringing them back so I can see what wonderful dogs they have grown up into.

More Smelly dogs!

Sorry, couldn’t resist but I have just spent another fascinating day with Georgie Armstrong at one of her K9 Scent Training workshops. This venue was yet another test for both dogs and owners as it was a Transport Yard and an environment the dogs would not be familiar with.

Georgie chose spots amongst huge vehicles, cargo containers and other industrial areas that were available to her. It certainly put the dogs and their handlers through their paces and by the end of the day, a hot one, everyone was looking a little tired!

From my point of view, it was another great opportunity to capture images of working scent dogs and I enjoyed every moment. Some of the images I got were funny…

and others showed just how hard the handler and dog teams were working.

All in all, another brilliant day and I can thoroughly recommend all that K9 Brain Training do to help you keep your dogs brains working and senses honed!

You can find K9 Brain Training here and the full album of images from the day in my Gallery here.