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Meet Kestral!

Norwegian Buhund
Manchester, North West

Kestral is a beautiful Norwegian Buhund (pretty rare in the UK – only around 30 bred a year here). The Buhund is a breed of dog of the Spitz type, used as an all-purpose farm & herding dog. Kestral is a stunning dog, extremely unique, with a wolf-like look but with big melting brown eyes.

Kestral is particularly good at bedding shots where the dog needs to look cozy as she will lie on her side & rest her head on command. She will stay in any position until released, whether that’s crossing her paws, resting her head, taking a bow, placing a paw on a product, etc.  This also makes her great for interactive shoots such as pet parcels which may need a dog to open a box with their nose, paw at products, etc.

Kestral prefers to work as a lone dog but will happily work with other animals! She is a bit of a one-woman dog so prefers to work with her owner/handler. She’s good with other animals & lives with chickens, rabbits & has lived with hamsters, cats & other dogs. She prefers not to be in close proximity to dogs she doesn’t know & isn’t keen on children.

Being food motivated she is incredibly reliable & listens intently for the next command. In addition to this, she loves the outdoors; she will jump over logs, climb ladders, jump into rivers, fetch a ball & can do all this on command!

Training checklist:
- Act guilty
- Agility trained
- Back up
- Balance on object
- Beg
- Bow
- Can be placed in position
- Can work outdoors
- Can work with water
- Catch a treat
- Catch an item
- Clicker trained
- Climb ladder
- Cover eyes/Act shy
- Cross paws
- Dance/Canine freestyle
- Eat/drink in new environment
- Emergency stop
- Fetch item
- Food motivated
- Go around object/person
- Go over seesaw
- Go to mark
- Go under/through
- Growl on command
- Head down
- High five
- Hold item
- Hold pose
- Howl on command
- Jump into/out of a car boot
- Jump through hoop
- Jump up/on/over an object
- Kiss
- Licks lips on command
- Lie down
- Lie flat
- Look at point
- Look over shoulder
- Open/close door
- Paws up on object
- Place item
- Play ball
- Play basketball
- Play dead
- Positional work
- Pray
- Product placement
- Push an object
- Raise paw
- Rest head
- Rollover
- Sit
- Sit pretty
- Sleep on command
- Smile/Bare teeth
- Speak/Bark
- Spin (left/right)
- Stand
- Stand on hind legs
- Stay
- Tidy up
- Touch item
- Touch with nose
- Travels well
- Trick trained
- Vault off object
- Walk backwards
- Wear glasses
- Wears a Halti collar
- Wears pet clothing + accessories
- Weave
- Work from a distance
- Works with props
- Yoga

Kestral has pet modelling experience as a model for Pets at Home.

This talented pooch recently worked with Jaguar on an audio podcast, meaning Kestral had to respond to hand signals only. The podcast reached number 2 in the iTunes family podcasts & has received great reviews and was featured in the British Podcast Awards.

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