- 1 These pages are dedicated to the important subject of training for a Trial.
- 2 Dogs in training - send Anne Dickens your pictures of your road and carriage dogs (and horses) in training. Scroll down for pictures.
- 3 South East Training Day August 2011
- 4 Western Region Training Trials April 2011 More pictures here
- 5 The first Irish Carriage Dog Training - June 2010
- 6 The first SE Regional Trials
- 7 Training at the 2009 Nationals
- 8 SE Training Day 2007
These pages are dedicated to the important subject of training for a Trial.
Society Training leaflet for
Road Dogs here.
Carriage Dogs - part 1 here.
Carriage Dogs - part 2 here.
The Member support page has other information for members and competitors.
The sub tabs contain articles about various aspects of training and conditioning from peoples' personal perspectives. Drop us a line if you'd like to contribute your top tips.
Dogs in training - send Anne Dickens your pictures of your road and carriage dogs (and horses) in training. Scroll down for pictures.
Want to start training? Some helpful leaflets to download here Training.
South East Training Day August 2011
Twelve new potential road and carriage dogs assembled in East Sussex for a day's training. The morning was dedicated to work 'on the ground' and in the afternoon participants had a go at working alongside a horse and with a carriage. With thanks to Sue Page and Domino for coming out to help us.
Western Region Training Trials April 2011 More pictures here
The first Irish Carriage Dog Training - June 2010
Leaflets to help get started with training are on the Member support page.
Click here for pictures of the Irish training day.
Download Alison Burgess' report of the day here.
On Sunday 20th June 2010, seven bemused Dalmatians watched their owners behaving in inexplicable ways in the blazing Irish sunlight (itself a strange event). Sometimes the owners hid under a sheet. Other times, the Dalmatians were held by one person while their owners, apparently struck by blindness, ran around calling them and crying that they were lost. Fortunately, the Dalmatians were soon freed and allowed to reunite with their owners (who made a wonderful fuss about their clever ways). In fact, their owners found quite a few reasons to leave them then call them, with various wonderful rewards when they came. At one point, a Very Nice Woman (who seemed to be telling their owners what to do) dropped a sausage which their owners told them to leave. When they did so, the Very Nice Woman tossed them the sausage.
Yes, their owners were acting in a bewildering fashion, but they were all laughing a lot and giving the Dalmatians treats and plenty of praise and cuddles so everyone had fun even if nothing made any sense. Then something happened that DID make sense. A horse arrived. Now, some of the Dalmatians had never seen a horse up close before, but they all seemed to know about horses. They all moved quietly as they went (one at a time) to say hello. Even Mabel, one of the puppies, lay down when she approached so the horse would know she was small and didn't mean any harm. Another horse arrived, this time pulling a contraption on wheels with someone in it. One by one, the owners sat in the back of this contraption which then moved around the field. The Dalmatians had to trot to keep up with it, and one by one each Dalmatian discovered that following the noisy contraption made perfect sense. Maybe more sense than anything else they'd ever done.
The dogs were also walked beside the horse, a couple of people rode the horse briefly, and a few dogs were trotted by a bicycle with a special attachment.
The Very Nice Woman was Alison Burgess who came over from England to help Maura Reade introduce the Irish to Carriage Dog Trials. This was their first training session and meant both to educate the dogs and their owners and to test whether or not the dogs had inherited the Dalmatian's instinct to follow a Carriage. All the dogs had done so, and at the end of the day, Alison awarded Instinct Certificates to:
Pollyanna and Mabel (Frances Ryan); Mabel is only 9 months old. Cyrus (Laura Hayes); Cyrus is Mabel's litter brother. Co Dot (Robert Tapson). Uli (Folke Rohrssen); Uli is only 11 months old. Bandit (Sarah Morgan). Levi (Maura Reade with Paul Stacey handling)
No ribbon or trophy has ever brought me as much pride as that Instinct Certificate. Everyone had a brilliant time and have every intention of pursuing this sport. If you are toying with the idea of trying this, I can assure you that your only regret will be that you waited so long! Everyone enjoyed their day and are looking forward to another chance to give it a whirl in September. More details here
Truly a fantastic day for Dals and their humans!
Sarah Morgan and Bandit, Dalmatian inside and out--with the Certificate to prove it!
The first SE Regional Trials
At the SE Regional Trials weekend, two training sessions were held on the Saturday. These comprised 'on the ground' training with Alison Burgess, followed by practical work with carriages. horses, pretend vets and bicycles. Two Kennel Club representatives came to observe and were most impressed with the Dalmatian at work. Click here for pictures of the training day at the 2009 SE Regional Trials weekend.
Training at the 2009 Nationals
Here we are using a human pony for safety (you should never tie a dog to the axle when a horse is pulling it)! If you don't have a carriage, and you'd like to try to enter as a groom next year with a volunteer driver, try tying your dog loosely to the wheel protector on a wheelbarrow and pulling it behind you. Encourage your dog with praise and reinforce the position with your chosen word e.g. axle. This will get your dog used to working behind wheels and to the noise and bumpiness of a vehicle. If you don't want to tie your dog, then ask someone else to walk behind leading the dog behind the wheel to start with. There are often willing drivers who will bring their turnout to help someone compete as a groom, so let us know if you'd like to participate in the trials and we'll advise you about training.
SE Training Day 2007
In June 2007, a trials training day was held in Kent. The morning was spent with Ron Mills of Gefion Dog Training when the dogs and handlers worked on basic obedience and distance control. In the afternoon both carriage and road dog disciplines were practised with volunteer horses - of all shapes and sizes!
A report by Anne-Marie Scott on the Society's first training weekend in 2005, may be found here.