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Amyloidosis In the Bracco Italiano: Ongoing Research & Advice

Amanda Inman, DVM

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Coat Colours in the Bracco Italiano

Breeding Away From Fawn and Tan Markings

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Open Show Results

Results from The Bracco Italiano Club Open Show 28th May held under judge Seonaid McAndrew

Congratulations to Best in Show Gunsyn Little Lies, the full list of awards follows:

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2022 Statement on Renal Amyloidosis In the Bracco Italiano:

Amanda Inman, DVM

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Starting Out Steadiness to Dummies

How to Train Your Bracco: Starting Out Steadiness to Dummies

Early exercises to start to build steadiness to dummies in a Bracco Italiano HPR.

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Building on Sit Stay Video

How to Train Your Bracco: Building on Sit Stay

Early exercises to start to build up sit stay in a young Bracco Italiano HPR.

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Heelwork – Howard Kirby

How to Train Your Bracco: Heel Work

Over the last few Sundays I’ve made it my business to take a note pad and pencil and quietly make my way around our Mullenscote Gundog classes. We have been running and teaching this particular type of six week Gundog course for a little over twenty years now. Fundamentally we’re running the same courses as the ones we started in the late nineties. Puppy, Foundation, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Plantinum means there are six levels each with their own progressive aims and objectives, which, much like the course names haven’t changed.

The fully trained dog that we produced in the nineties offered pretty much the same behaviours as it’s current descendants and is therefore pretty much the same dog??? I’ve deliberately made that last sentence into a question. What are your thoughts??? Most of you are probably not old enough to have been training dogs that long ago, but even if you weren’t, you might like to think about the ideals, methods and techniques that were used to produce Gundogs. Take my word for it, things have changed, significantly.

Although I’ve digressed a bit I’m hoping that as I get back to my opening paragraph that all will make sense….Armed with notepad and pencil I was observing and doing what we call ‘off-steading!’ By taking the time to watch the classes, my aim is to run a non biased eye over the way that we deliver our courses. Classroom choice, teaching styles, techniques, quality of the teaching and a general overview of how we are doing. Almost always, I enjoy this exercise, it’s a great opportunity for me to observe the fantastic team of teachers that make up the team here at Mullenscote. Teaching, really is an art, watching other teachers can be so informative.

Heelwork

To cut a long story short I came away thinking, …..’ we need to review the way we teach Heelwork.’ Heelwork has of course been successfully taught to dogs and handler’s for generations. As behaviours go, teaching a dog to consistently walk to heel and not pull on a lead is something that owners really struggle with and would be listed as a significant behaviour problem on many dog owners lists.

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Stop Whistle

How to Train Your Bracco: Stop Whistle

Todays training is on the sit/stop. And in our opinion this is more important than the recall.

If your dog is running away from you it is almost impossible to get a decent recall especially if he is chasing something. To get a recall the dog needs to be focused on you. To succeed you need to break the dogs concentration and you do this by having a good STOP command, once you have stopped the dog and got its focus on you, you are back on control and able to choose what happens next, you can either recall the dog or go to it.

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AGM – Padworth – 9th July

The Club are extremely pleased to announce an in person AGM to be held at Padworth (Berkshire) on Saturday 9th July, the AGM will start at 12:00 NOON (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME).

Prior to the AGM there will be an opportunity to meet the breed, we will have an hour of Q&A on any subject related to;  Health, Show, Training and Working.

Anyone interested in the Q&A please arrive at 10.30am and let us know you intend to arrive.

If anyone wants to join online as opposed to in person, we can make an online link available, please contact our secretary Becky Hext to express interest and receive further details at secretary@braccoitalianoclub.co.uk

Refreshements; Tea and Coffee will be available.

 

 

HPR International – Team Selection

Many congratulations to Sue Parr and Alan. Alan and Senza, Bonario Fagiana have been selected as one of the England team again for the second year.

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The Game Fair – Sporting Dogs Pavillion

The Club are delighted to once again be representing the breed at The Game Fair, to be held once again at Ragley Hall on the 29th, 30th and 31st July. We will be found in the sporting dogs pavillion and we hope that you will come and see us there.

2022 Challenge Certificates

The Club would like to congratulate the CC Winners for 2022

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