The Rex Factor - Cornwall's talented pets
PUBLISHED: 00:16 26 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:33 20 February 2013
Back in November, Cornwall Life asked you to send in pictures of your talented pets. Lynn and Hannah Crook share their canine tales with us – from spaniels who can paint, to competing border collies
Back in November, Cornwall Life asked you to send in pictures of your talented pets. Lynn and Hannah Crook share their canine tales with us from spaniels who can paint, to competing border collies
Lynn and Hannah Crook are a mother and daughter who share the same passion for dogs, and enjoy living with them and training them. Hannah has competed with dogs in agility and obedience courses since she was 10 years old and now competes regularly at canine freestyle events. She runs her own full-time dog training and behaviour business, Pawsative dog training based near Falmouth, and has supplied dogs for film work and photo shoots. Her dogs have appeared in a couple of German productions of Rosumund Pilchers novels, a CBBs story, several short films and various photo shoots.
The canine freestyle competitions are held all over the country, with one in Cornwall at the end of July. The rest involve travel and overnight stays at dog-friendly hotels around the country. Hannah has one dog working at advanced level and another well on the way. Etta, Lynns young springer spaniel, has just begun competing and has had some placings. Siren, her border collie, is learning to work with sheep.
All the training is reward based, and treats and toys are used all the time to keep the dogs enthusiastic and happy. Sometimes the film work requires constant repetition, so it is very important for the dogs to stay keen. The canine freestyle routines are between two-and-a-half and four minutes long so they need to be able to concentrate, listen and perform without rewards for that length of time. The routines consist of different tricks, or moves to music.
Ettas talent for painting was discovered when Lynn was playing around looking for something fun and different to train her to do. She turned out to be a natural at it and is very keen to paint for treats. This year, Etta is hoping to sell some of her paintings for charity (or for fluffy toys!).
For further information contact: www.freewebs.com/paws-ative
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