Leevindane Fabulous Mr Darcy at CurDane
Deceased - 17.11.13 - 15.2.2020
Mr Darcy is a Black Great Dane born 17. 11.13. He reigns from the Leevindane Kennel, Co. Offally, with the Amazing Breeders being Michelle and Derek whom I can not recommend enough. They have been a huge support and continue to be so. In choosing a Leevindane puppy, I have not just added a dog into my life but expanded my family. (http://www.leevindanegreatdanes.com)
Below is a description of all the things Darcy works, trains and accomplishes outside of the home, where he rests wilth all four legs in the air. A gallery for you to enjoy is below.
Canine Assisted Therapy:
Darcy and I started our journey in the Animal Assisted Therapy with Elista Education, Co Laois.
He was 4 months old in beginning our Canine Behaviour and Training course,
after which we continued into the Animal Assisted Therapy.
I studied further Canine Behaviour and Canine Training Instructor courses
as their is much more to learning their subtle language and how best to teach them in a positive way. As the health and bodywork courses have shown, subjects find new theory daily,
it is very progressive and we had a lot of fun on the journey.
Darcy's training with myself will never be finished truly,
as every dog owner knows Training is never finished.
It is an ongoing process and I will be asking for your patience at times as we learn a new trick or step.
Working Trials/ Obedience
We were working on the training for working trials and having a lot of fun.
Basic Obedience commands, scent work and general working dog Tasks.
Confirmation Show Ring
Darcy competed in the confirmation show ring
when we got a chance within our time tables,
He taught me so much, even confidence,
when to step forward and when to step back.
He also surprised me in how much pride you can have
in a being learning and doing their best and being recognised for.
Darcy and I had a lot of fun learning Agility.
As the joints in Giant or large breeds do not set until 12months +(large breeds) 18month to 2yrs (giant breeds), we waited to ensure the safety of the activity. Doing too much activity or a lot of impact activity (jumps) can be harmful to the joints during puppy stage. If doing any canine sports, you need to start your breed at the right age and do the correct preparations for joint and muscle stability.
We started gently, getting to know the ground work and certain ques before working our way to jumps.
We were working on the tunnel which was proving to be frustrating but great fun :)
I'm sure where ever Darcy is now, he has mastered the tunnel.