We are very lucky to have Baffles Secure Dog Field on our doorstep. We try to go once a week to let Scotch stretch his legs. We cant let Scotchy boy off his lead as he has such a strong scent drive, he only has to catch one whiff of any other animal and he is off - no recall whatsoever, when he gets the scent.
He goes on super overdrive for deer and foxes, they drive him to distraction. So letting him run round the secure dog field at Brookleigh Farm, Menston with his best pal Kato is a joy. He loves the freedom.
Of course the first time we went, he meticulously scoped out the gate and the fences to check for the slightest gap or weak point but couldn't find any. It really is secure which puts our mind at rest, if there was a way out Scotch would find it. Once he had done his recon, three times no less, he then got to the business of chasing Kato and having a good old play.
There are a few doggy obstacles in the field, a tunnel, some bending poles, logs and tyre rings - Scotch mostly just has a wee up against them all but he did take some interest in the tunnel after I threw some treats inside but he wouldn't venture all the way through. Just stuck his body in but not all the way and soon scrambled out backwards.
Otty was the only dog who would go all the way through from end to end to hoover up the treats. When she was a young dog we did some work introducing her to different obstacles and she got used to going in and out and through a cloth tunnel. She's a clever girl to still remember how to do it.
Our last visit to Baffles was in the pouring rain and the dogs were a bit fed up as we had already had a good walk beforehand. Scotch decided he wasn't going to take advantage of his freedom and he stood at the gate for most of our visit barking at the sheep in the field opposite!!!
A BIT ABOUT ME......
We're three years on from the inception of Hanson's Hounds and its been a wonderful ride.