Education and Hoopers

Exercising and training the aged and the young

See the sequence of pictures showing Reboot being educated

Reboot is a Jack Russell Terrier 18 months old and is in the early stages of her education. As you can see she sits and waits, watching her handler walk approximately 25 metres away and then stand behind a semi-transparent screen for the count of 10.

As her handler returns, Reboot waits excitedly and she is then given a reward for her good behaviour.

As this exercise progresses the distance will increase and the screen will be made opaque. It is intended to build rapport between dog and human and confidence that the human will return.


Hoopers is the new discipline being used for the more mature people and their pets. The discipline is inteneded to help the older dogs maintain their health through gentle excercise. We also use this activity for the puppies, so, from youngsters to golden oldies, Hoopers is for everyone!

The first day.

Watch our videos on Youtube to see Hoopers


The adoption of an older dog is perfect for “us oldies”

When earlier this year I lost my beloved little dog of many years, I felt my world had ended and the void she left was almost unbearable.

At nearly 78, a widow, no family and not as mobile as I would like I tried hard to accept that another little dog was just not a realistic possibility.

The day’s turned into weeks but the awful solitude did not improve. I knew I could still look after a little dog but the question of what would happen to it should I be no more  kept rearing its ugly head.

After much soul searching I looked into the possibility of adopting an older dog. I contacted several Associations whose reaction was not over enthusiastic, a little dismissive and thus did not inspire confidence.

I then spoke to Anita at Grande Daze and within minutes my spirits soared. This remarkable lady seemed to understand perfectly my situation and concerns. She quickly pointed out that  should I adopt a dog from her Rescue Centre she stipulated that in the event of me not being able to care for the animal it would be returned to her and instructions to this effect must be made.

Anita then mentioned she had a little elderly lady in her care who needed a home after her previous owner became ill. And so a week later I met Mrs Potter, my nickname for her, as she loves just  pottering about. She is the most adorable 12 year old Jack Russell cross goodness knows what, an absolute sweetie, who settled incredibly quickly thanks in part to Anita “packing her things” bed, blankets, food treats and even her favourite flower pot drinking bowl  which can only emphasize the compassion and understanding  she has for  the animals.

Where else should Mrs. Potter be?

Mrs P made herself at home almost at once and 10 days later she is my shadow, my friend – my world and I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to share my life with her.

Perhaps after reading this, whatever your circumstances a dog (or cat) is a wonderful addition to ones life and the adoption of an older dog is perfect for “us oldies”(not compulsory!) as well; they ask for so very little but give oh SO much in return.

Much is made of caring for the elderly but dogs get old as well and deserve the very best and lots of love in their golden years.

With many years of experience in the canine world and good judge of humans, Anita ensures the best possible match. Mrs P and I are testament to that.

Its been quite  a week, not only really getting to know Mrs.Potter but coping with “the curious” who have all agreed Mrs P, as I have nicknamed her, ( well you did say she liked pottering ,) is an absolute poppet.

She has met the Springer who will be here just for 24 hours next weekend – no problem.

I honestly cannot think of a single thing I don’t love about my new companion. What more can I say? She is eating well, loves her trips round the back garden and, of course, “Pottering” about – fence reinforced…! It’s like Fort Knox !

Thank you Anita

Best Wishes Jane & Mrs Potter



Anita, Nadège, Reboot and Mange Tout went to a dog show and came back winners!

We are the Champions! What a fantastic weekend our Grande Daze show dogs had on 7th and 8th May 2022 – it’s definitely one to remember. Nadège and Reboot with Anita and Mange Tout came back from Saint-Brieuc as National and International winners in their breed categories. CONGRATULATIONS!

Tutti (Mange Tout) – Griffon Bruxellois (Female)

Saturday 7th May – CACS, Best of Breed (Female)
Sunday 8th May – CACS, CACIB, Best of Breed (Female

Reboot – Jack Russell

Saturday 7th May – (Special Jack Russell day) CACS, Best of breed
Sunday 8th May – RCACS, RCACIB

CACS is a national prize delivered by Société Centrale Canine (SCC)
CACIB is an international prize delivered by Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) 
RCACS or RCACIB means reservist (2nd place  but if the dog with 1st place died or is disqualified then the reservist moves to 1st place)