Now I know I have said it before (several times!), but I really am going to blog more often… Once every 18 months isn’t really good enough I know – and I have the nerve to call myself a writer! And so here is the first blog of 2013 – and I have every intention that it won’t be the last.
Lots has happened since the last blog – far too much to share here – but as a bit of a quick round-up, the beginning of the year saw me writing a dog breed book for Ivy Press (not my choice of subject but it was great to be asked and I am looking forward to seeing it in print later this year), then of course there was Crufts, which was crazy and a lot of fun for me…. seminars in the KCAI Career Zone on companion dog training, puppy playgroups and aggression, anchoring a live radio show for Talk Radio Europe and David the Dogman, and a lot of other media stuff – including filming with the gorgeous Dolly…. a stunning Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy who everyone had fallen in love with in the Adaptil adverts that were running during the Crufts programmes on More4 and C4. I was in the ads as well, but quite rightly no one noticed me with all that extreme puppy cuteness going on!
The ads were filmed by Contented Brands - the same company that made all the Dogs Trust videos that I have done over the past few years and it was great to work with Alex and Steve again. Despite it all being very last minute, they looked really fabulous. You can see them at the Contented Brands website.
The Crufts adverts marked the start of me working with Ceva on the Adaptil brand, specifically focusing on puppy socialisation and training. This is very exciting indeed and it kind of naturally follows on from my work over the past couple of years on the Dogs Trust iPhone app (You and Your Puppy from Dogs Trust http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/az/a/apps/#.UVhdSL9xvIo ) and the Puppy Plan - a joint scheme with the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, which is just about to re-launch, and hopefully is set to transform the lives of many dogs, preventing some of the many problems that often arise as a result of inadequate socialisation and puppy learning. Watch this space for more details as the work with Ceva is going to be pretty wide-ranging as the year goes on and it will see me out and about – including at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards next week (although a black tie champagne reception and dinner isn’t exactly going to be hard work - although walking (let alone dancing) in very high heels is always a bit of a challenge!).
I am also traveling out and about doing a series of seminars for dog owners with Trevor Cooper of Cooper and Co solicitors. While Trevor is speaking on the law for dog owners, I am doing a seminar on understanding your dog, which includes development of the dog and different breeds, learning theory, and working with behaviour and training problems. So far I have been as far afield as Otley, Middlesbrough and Plymouth. For anyone interested in attending one or both of the seminars (or even hosting one) have a look at http://www.doglaw.co.uk/seminars-owners-clubs.php
Then as usual, I am working with all kinds of dogs and puppies, writing for Your Dog magazine, doing a bit of filming, and working on a variety of other stuff which may make its way into this (much more regular - I hope) blog… And in the meantime, happy Easter!