Agilitydogz

April 22, 2009

EO Qualifiers

Filed under: Uncategorized — agilitydogz @ 7:28 am

Well the end result was good for us, we qualified after winning 3/4 classes.

The agility courses were very european with tunnel under the dog walk and the weave entrance right next to the tunnel entrance. This caused quite a few problems.

However, Indy handled like a pro and I was well chuffed. We got the big E in the first class, jumping, in my opinion it wasn’t very european but it had lots of pull throughs and having to bypass other obstacles to get to another obstacle, not my cup of tea.

Indy went really well round the course but at the end there was just too many obstacles to bypass and we ran out of steam. Oh well.

I do want to go know but we really would like to be able to make our own way there. I hate going on coaches it so long winded and cramped.

Its more fun having a ‘road trip’ with some good friends! We are also starting the UKA week  show on the tuesday after the EO, so if we can travel on our own we can go straight to the show from the port. Mark is going to be good enough to take the caravan to the show and set up and I will meet him there.

The people that qualified were also a fun lot so we should have a good time but especially well done to Grandma Obay, Bernadette and Zen for qualifying, Dave and the wonderful Libby ‘Princess’, Greg and GT (got that photo yet for farmers weekly!), Anne Marie and Scud and Dave and Dobby.

We should have a great time and the hotel is only 11 miles from the venue!! Bonus!

I got to see Spice who has grown quite a bit!! She was so clingy she sat on her haunches and wrapped her front legs around mine! Bless she is so adorable. However she did think she could still do agility even with only two weeks to go!

I have put my part time hour request in today! Fingers crossed, although if agreed it may not start till September.

I will try and find time over the weekend to add photo’s and video photoage! I’m so busy all the time that I never get chance to do anything!

April 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — agilitydogz @ 7:59 am

Hi

This will be my first post on my blog! Not sure whether I am doing it right yet!

Then I have to learn to post pictures and video clips!!

Well it seems to be working ok!

I have the European Open Qualifier tomorrow with Indy! Not sure whether I actually want to go, we may have to fund ourselves but this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

So if we have t fund the EO we will have to fund the FCI as well, I have to qualify for both yet but I do prefer the FCI, I don’t get wet as its inside and can run better on carpet!

It will be good experience for us both and fun to watch everyone else trying out and its only an hours drive max away!

Spec’s last litter is due in about 2 weeks, Spice is getting very big! Poor girl. I am very excited to see what she has.

Tag did his first complete low running A-frame the other night! To start with his legs were everywhere and he did miss one contact completely! But the last one was perfect – two hits and with all four feet in the contact zone.

I have found with  Tag that the first time we change what we are doing i.e putting him on the aframe above the contact, then the behaviour isn’t quite what we want but by the 2nd training session his well under way.

My parents have had two viewings booked to see their house! Fingers crossed the get an offer. We are attempting to sell both our properties so we can get somewhere bigger with land for the dogs and the training!

I am still working on work to let me go part time, I want to drop 2 days at work  so I have more time for myself and my dogs and so I can set up my training.

We had a great Easter at UKA, the venue was great although the ground was very hard for me and I ended up quite stiff! Just recovering now!

Indy and Wych won quite a few and got their qualifing runs for the IFCS tryouts. Wych had a problem understanding pull throughs and coming to me when I changed my arm! Now nick named Wych “pull through” Garrett!

Our training over this week has consisted in pull through training, after a few words we are now working on the same page! We also tried the difficult tunnel dog walk combination and then round the back of a fence combination that was in a champ UKA agility course.

Indy nailed it on competition wonderfully Wych had no idea. Again after a few words at training and breaking the exercise down we had it nailed, she even responded to changing which direction she took the fence.

I will try and post the combination but that may take a while for me to work out!!

I am looking forward to having sunday off and looking at some possible new houses and getting a rest! Hopefully the weather will be good!

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