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Just a thought

“But never allow what you read or what you know to blind you to your own vision, and never allow what you have read or heard shape what you see or experience.” which apparently comes from Advice to Young Artists in a Postmodern Era by Williams Dunning.

This thought is so true for most of our endeavours in life: for the breeder, and for the judge, for the trainer, and for the owner; so I want to record it here!


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A Malinois

This video came to my attention because a friend found it and was again annoyed by another “photo of a dog in full stride with his feet crossing under him, his front extension way beyond his nose, and all comments saying how wonderful his movement is” well such action isn’t correct.

This video shows a ‘normal’ length legged dog moving beautifully and effectively without excessive energy being spent and keeping the limbs moving no more then needed to achieve a rhythmic forward action … congratulations to the video makers!


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Books – rearranged, slightly

I have got a long way into the training book, and had a big think on the format of the type book; so here are the reviewed title plans.

  1. TYPE: This is the title I got a little hung up on in 2014, I found I was putting too much into it, so now I hope I have edited that out, and designed a format that will work; I think it will be the title to be released after the training one, but the showing book (which I think will be easier) may beat it to the printers.
  2. TRAINING: not a how to but thoughts and reflections on reading and my own experiences, this will be a referred to title for the showing book
  3. SHOWING: will cover more specialist show training, show ring presentation, grooming, colours to wear, how to get that sizzle in your dog in the minutes that matter, ‘nerve’ control, travelling with your dog, spotting issues and thinking about quick fixes and longterm overhaul
  4. FAULTS: a review book of common conformational faults in dogs, which you will be able to cross reference with The FIVE Cs and the Type book, and the showing and breeding books for that matter
  5. BREEDING: will discuss very briefly the process of breeding (because I have some photos I want to share), the choice of dogs to mate, how to choose these dogs, a breeder’s responsibility to their lines and to the breed, raising the pup to best advantage, choosing an appropriate buyer … well no, but some tips for detecting people who may not be ready to undertake Clumber ownership, the consequences of breeding but the necessity to breed, why we may need to respect other’s right to breed dogs that we may not (genetic diversity), things like COI and how and why we need to take this on board, how to detect bad (BAD) hips with no score, bad eyes without a vet cert. There is a whole forest of topics for this book, so it will be a long time coming!
  6. Maybe a smallish one on GROOMING, but grooming in the meantime can be read about in the Showing book
  7. ART: hmmmm, let’s see, but I would still like to put together something to show you how to create your own art and craft of the Clumber, and celebrate some of the breed’s most dedicated artists and outstanding pieces of recent times

see the first story on these titles


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Time for a Book Writing Update

Well, I have been quietly working away at the type/function book, even to the stage of formalizing permission to use some copyrighted content, but the book is still a very long way off.

That said, I do sometimes come across really interesting material online, and for the Christmas season, let me share this really excellent article on back length … it is about Lhasa Apsos, but it is very good:

And another resource I strongly suggest you read is Gilbert and Brown’s K-9 Structure & Terminology, it is a combination of most of the early works by Curtis and Thelma Brown and a little sketchy, but I found the advice on showing endurance breeds (which the Clumber is) really interesting, and I have to ask why more handlers don’t show on a loose lead. They also discuss basic structure and angles, most often with reference to endurance breeds, so of great interest.

If you need a Christmas present, get yourself Bryant Freeman’s The Du Ponts’ Squirrel Run – fabulous review of this famous American kennel, and for the student of Clumber type you will enjoy Doug Johnson’s critiques of some of the Squirrel Run dogs. I have been too busy to read my copy, yet, but have flipped through and enjoyed some segments – this is to be my Christmas treat! Available from the American club

And, don’t forget my Christmas Clumber book! Santa’s Clumber-tastic Christmas

My training book has a collected wealth of material so it may make it ‘to press’ before the type/function book, but let me mull over a few things before committing.

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Coat is often overlooked, well, good coat is overlooked, and sometimes actually penalized in the showring. In the field, good coat is becoming overlooked, at least in the UK, where they have discovered the clipper and the lawnmower clip – the all over clip off. If the coat on the Clumber was good, and as it should be (so good!), then there would be no need to employ someone to shave off the dog. But, what an easy solution so many seem to find it. Read the rest of this entry »

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