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Have Your Say – KC Survey, Judges Competence Framework.

KENNEL CLUB LAUNCHES JCF SURVEY: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SAY

The Kennel Club is hoping for a large response to its consultation on the Judges Competency Framework (JCF), the second phase of which has been launched in the form of a survey.

Vivid Interface Research has been commissioned by the Kennel Club to carry out the consultation on its behalf, the first phase of which saw representatives from the company interviewing judges, exhibitors and officials at Richmond and Darlington championship shows in September. Representatives also gave exhibitors and judges the opportunity to participate in the survey at South Wales championship show as well as Hitchin and Rugby open shows over the weekend of October 11 – 13.

The Kennel Club will be contacting as many judges and exhibitors as is possible via email in order to publicise the survey, which can be answered both online and by mail, and details will also be disseminated via the canine press and on social media.

We would urge as many people as possible to answer the survey, so we can get as clear a picture as possible of what exhibitors, officials and judges want when it comes to the education, approval and listing of judges. We owe it to future generations of dog show enthusiasts as well as to ourselves to get this right, so please have your say.”

The survey can be accessed online at http://bit.ly/JCFSurvey. The deadline for completing it is October 18 and  copies are available on request from jcf@thekennelclub.org.uk or phone 01296 318540 and ask for the JCF team.

Limit Show – Geoff Hargreaves – Overseal

The club held their second limit show of the year at Overseal in Derbyshire. A well attended and another friendly show . Our judge for the day was Geoff Hargreaves and the results were as follows:

Best in Show and Best Veteran, Bell’s Millpoint Double At OwlspointShCM.

Reserve Best in Show Harrison’s Owlspoint Angel of Trouble

Bell & Maddox’s Best Puppy in Show Tolriver Enzo At Owlspoint.

Tri-Dog – Triathlon for Dogs (and owners)

Jackie Carr-Jones is up again with Team Brac Pac, we think the first Bracco Italiano team for the Tri-Dog, a triathlon competition for dogs, which incorporates, swimming, bikejor. dog scottering and canicross. The team which included, Jackie and Siena (bikejor), Raymond Lewis and Daisy (Swimming) and Rebecca Grant with Gus were placed 5th on day two.

Rebecca and Gus also managed an individual placing third in the individual canicross race.

Massive congratulations and well done to all human and bracchi competitors.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Carr Jones Facebook timeline.

Bikejor Bronze Award

Jackie Carr-Jones and Siena on their way to winning bronze last weekend at at the Checkendon Challenge in Bikejor. A great result especially as they had a tangle and lost vital seconds and second place.

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Good Gradings in Puppy and Open at HPRGA Hunt and Retrieve Assessment

The HPRGA held a Hunting and Retrieving Assessment in Yorkshire to assess the hunting and retrieving capability of the HPR breeds.  

In Open, Digger, Madreliath Escavatore achieved a Good grading and in Puppy, Doxer, Vittum Nebbiolo, also was awarded a Good grading, both handled by Michelle Ansell. 

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Fourth in Open at Laverstoke Park GWT

Madreliath Escavatore, Digger, Handled by Michelle Ansell took a 4th in the Open GWT at Hampshire Gundog Society and GSPC Surrey and Hants branch, held at Laverstoke Park.

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Bracco Italiano Club Breed Seminar August 2019

Photos from our Breed Appreciation Day and Seminar with A2/A3 assessment with Lynne Bowley held in Sussex

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Open Win at Bracco home test

The Bracco Italiano club held their Gundog Working Test in Sussex and Digger, Madreliath Escavatore handled by Michelle Ansell won the Open Class, the first Bracco to win their home test.

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Recall

How to Train Your Bracco: Recall

The Recall – alongside the stop is one of the most important commands you can teach, and a good recall will also help you If you want to progress your training to retrieving as it will help deliver a good retrieve to hand.

This is another exercise we teach from day one sitting on the floor in the kitchen and you can start the recall whistle very early on, when the puppy, or dog is playing we do a few toots on the whistle and tap our chest, the whistle gets the dogs attention and by tapping your chest the puppy will be looking up at you (eye contact), the dog should then come running at you and will jump on you and into your arms, where you reward with a cuddle.

(We would recommend using a whistle especially as distance builds up but of course you could swap the whistle out for a command ‘Come’ or Here’. An Acme 210.5 or 211.5 whistle is about £6-7, it doesn’t matter what number you purchase so long as you stick with the same one if you lose it in the future.)

The important thing to learn with all training is choose a command, or, several commands for each action and stick with it, repeating it over and over if necessary.  So, for a recall, maybe you choose 3 pips of the whistle, or 5, or, ‘come,’ or ‘here’, it doesn’t matter, you could choose ‘banana’ if you wanted too.  If you are training a dog that lives with more people, then make sure everyone else knows all the words, or commands for training too and uses them as well.  All too often you hear someone asking their dog to perform a task, each time it fails the command changes, with numerous commands being used, training is all about consistency and fairness. 

As the dog grows you can go from sitting on the floor to kneeling, but the process is still the same, tapping your chest and allowing the puppy/dog to jump into your arms. When they are confidently coming to you, you can start introducing some structure, this is where we introduce the tennis ball.

We use the tennis ball as a target and a reward, it is highly visible especially at a distance, but it’s your ball, not the dogs.

To start the recall, have the dog on a long lead (I always use a 5ft lead) with your dog sat a lead length in front of you (you are in control of the dog),

Face the dog with the ball in the palm of your hand facing towards the dog and held out.  Call the dog to you (using your chosen command, or the pip of your whistle) at the same time bring the ball towards your body and tight into your groin area.            

When the dog touches the ball reward him with it, I usually toss it in the air and say yes good dog. (remember to keep hold of the lead in the early stages).

With the lead still in your hand back away from the dog and again bring him towards you using the tennis ball as a target, if he touches the ball when it’s in your groin area reward him with it, if he doesn’t then back of a bit and repeat the recall, he will quickly get the idea of touching the ball.

As the dog progresses you can sit the dog further away (off lead) and recall him to you, gradually build in the distance, but don’t make the distance any further than you feel you can control the dog.

As the dog get older you can start to replace the ball and praise just with praise. They dog should do things because it wants to please not for what it can get.

The recall is a lengthy process and will need constant proofing, just because you have success in one area, does not mean your will somewhere new.  Do not be frustrated if the recall fails you need to go back to basics and rebuild again and start from scratch each time you change location.  If you are good in the garden, start from the beginning in the street, good in the street, start from the beginning in the park, or field.  Good in the field or park, start from the beginning using a distraction, maybe a friend’s dog, or something you can initially control.

Good luck and happy training.


The Game Fair – Hatfield House

The Bracco Italiano Club were invited to exhibit and represent the breed in the Sporting Gundog Pavillion by The Game Fair, this year held at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

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