What's Happening at Corwyn Pointers?

Corwyn breeds Pointers for AKC showing, field competition, personal hunting and family companions. Emphasis on type, temperament, style and drive. This page keeps you up to date on what’s new at Corwyn! Please subscribe to get our updated news as it is posted. You may want to search the archives for some of our older videos.

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Thursday, July 28

Best Dog Ever

I can't believe it's been a year.... Miss you every day

Tuesday, June 21

Magic's Adventure

Jennie came and stole Magic all day yesterday... she went to lunch at an outdoor cafe, got taken shopping all over, and went to visit Elizabeth's cat, Ripley:

Tuesday, May 10

Torch X Rowan - Puppies 6 Weeks Video

Puppies are doing GREAT!  Sleeping thru the night, eating 3 meals a day, playing outside as often as possible.  They are finding that pottying outside is good and fussing when they cannot get there to do so.

Here is the latest video!

Saturday, April 30

Torch X Rowan - Puppies 4 Weeks Old Video

Pups are 4 weeks old and haven't had much outside time due to rain and chilly weather.  Today was fine so we took them out and gave them one of their meals outdoors. 

Thursday, January 14

Money 6 Months

Bet you thought we had disappeared!

Been very busy with the holidays and some construction at our house..

Money and the other pups are doing great.  Nelson showed last weekend and won his FIRST POINT!  Wahoo!  GO Nelson1

Money is coming along nicely with her show training... She will now stand perfectly for exam and is learning to bait.  Gaiting on the lead is still an adventure in organization but she at least knows what to do if not which foot to do it on!

We will start our formal obedience training soon (weather has been bitterly cold) and I look forward to answering the questions Ms. Money sends us.

My new computer is nearly set up now so anyone who wants to send more photos please do!  I will be able to share them here!

Meanwhile, some updates from the others:

Hailey is getting along great with her great-aunt Hannah...
Tebow loves pointing the chickens and playing with his boy.
Banks is learning show training and hanging out with his Ridgeback brother.
Jazz is also learning show training and how to dig craters with her sister, Esme.
Nelson has started showing, as I mentioned, and has now 1 point!
Conagher is an agility star in the making - he loves the tunnel and is now learning to jump 12 inches!

Sorry for the long gap.  Will try to keep up!

Friday, October 2

Money's First Handling Class

Last night Ms. Money had her first show handling class. 

Show handling class is about teaching a dog how to work in the conformation show ring.  They must be stacked (have their feet and legs and body manipulated into the correct position), examined (have the judge go over them thoroughly, including teeth and testicles (if they have them), gait around the ring at a trot (this gait is chosen as it best shows the dogs' structure on the move) and bait (this means looking extremely appealing for the judge so he or she will be completely charmed and forget anything he or she saw that might not be perfect).  OK, OK, baiting is REALLY so that the judge can evaluate the dogs expression, the shape of his or her ears and eyes and get a feel for his temperament and willingness to interact with strangers.  Money however will likely be using her baiting skills for the former, as she is so disgustingly cute...

The MOST important part of taking a baby puppy to handling class is letting them become comfortable around as many people and dogs as you can. Socialization in new situations goes a long way to a well-adjusted, confident puppy that you can take anywhere without worry that he or she will be uncomfortable. Don't wait! The sooner you start, the better!

Anyhow, naturally I did not expect Money, at 3 months of age, to learn all of these skills in one night.  What I wanted was for her to go and see the class, hopefully interact positively with some of the people there, and learn a little bit about being stacked on the floor (thus far we've only stacked her on tables) and be gaited a few times. 

All of that went fairly well,  She was not intimidated by any of the other dogs (not even the two Komondorak, the Dane, the Chow or the Australian Shepherd).  She permitted me to stack her several times and even stood still for the instructor to pet her and play with her face a bit as a preface to checking her bite when she's gone to a few more classes.   She did gait for me on the lead, altho she had some objections to the show lead, which is not quite as loose or comfortable as her buckle collar. 

What she learned best, however, was the handling class involves SNACKS.  Lots of YUMMY, SMELLY, EXCELLENT SNACKS.  She had cheese, chicken, liver, dried lamb, dried fish, biscuits and some kind of liverwurst that I thought was quite gross.  She informed me later that all of it was lovely and we should go back inside and get some more.  

Teaching a puppy to learn to stand still and to bait is a bit of a challenge.  Especially when said puppy is apparently a CHOW HOUND and still has her pirhana-like puppy teeth.  However, we perservered.  I worked on having her WAIT for her snacks by hiding them in my hand.  Nudging her back whenever she grabbed at my fingers soon had her looking expectantly at my hand, which is the end goal of baiting.  When she is fully trained, the idea is for her to walk towards me (and the judge) and stack HERSELF in perfect position with her MOST charming and appealing expression waiting for her treat.  So, learning to stand and wait is a good start towards this.

By the way, there is absolutely NO REASON not to have your show puppy also in other classes for obedience, agility or other training.  Any dog who can learn both sit and down can also learn to STAND in show handling class.  Any dog who has shown that he or she knows it is DINNERTIME just be your behavior can understand the difference between showing in conformation and showing in obedience or rally or agility.  Don't give up that valuable time to get obedience training done just because you want to show your dog.  EVERY single one of my dogs has had training in show handling AND obedience AND field from infancy and they are NOT confused.  

That said, Money heads tomorrow for her first obedience class.  Will keep you posted....