Working

Teaching the search square through play - 22/02/2017

To continue with our very basic lessons on how to start in working trials, the next thing to cover is the search square. Having briefly covered tracking and the jumps, the search square is the next exercise that carries a lot of marks and can make...

Judges looking forward to Crufts - 22/02/2017

With Crufts being just around the corner, I would like to introduce you to the four highly esteemed judges that will be presiding over the agility events to be held in the Main Arena and the YKC (Young Kennel Club) ring over the four days of...

Conquering the mighty scale - 14/02/2017

Over the past couple of weeks we have discussed the clear jump or hurdle, and the long jump, and my own approach to training them. We are left now with the scale, and in training this is the obstacle I teach last...

A look back through the Crufts archives - 14/02/2017

As we approach Crufts, the highlight of the show calendar, I thought that it would be fitting to take a brief look back in time. The very first Crufts Obedience Championships were held at Olympia in 1955 where dogs and bitches were judged, as...

Semis hint at another great Crufts finale - 14/02/2017

The Crufts semi-finals are a highlight in the heelwork to music calendar with many people not active in the sport coming along to enjoy the day. The event is run by Rugby dog training club who, although they donít have a large...

Take your time teaching the long jump - 08/02/2017

Following on from my article on the clear jump, and assuming that you have mastered that, itís time to take a look at the long jump. Although newcomers to trials often have...

Championship racing at Newborough Forest - 08/02/2017

The second round of the British Sleddog Sports Federationís British Championship series was held over the weekend of January 6-7 in the beautiful Newborough Forest on Angleseyís North Wales coastline...

First outing of championship season - 08/02/2017

Derbyshire was the first championship show of the 2017 season. It was held indoors at the Oakridge Equestrian Centre, Collingham, Newark. There were 122 championship entries and Dave Jolly was the judge...

Teaching your dog the clear jump - 31/01/2017

In one of my recent articles I mentioned that two or three competitors at a trial had gone out on jumps. When this was copied to Facebook it prompted an enquiry from someone new to trials...

What do we want from a show venue? - 31/01/2017

As I begin to write this article I have just seen the notice informing the obedience fraternity that Thames championship show has been cancelled for this year and for the foreseeable future.

Keeping your obedience levels up - 31/01/2017

At this time of year there are very few events to attend so itís a good idea to remind any dog of its obedience exercises. When you initially watch the sport it is the tricks that might attract you to have a go but itís not these that you need to...

Engage your dogís tracking abilities - 24/01/2017

I have been writing for Dog World for many years now, but it is only in the last year or so that my articles have been copied to Facebook on the working trials sites, where they are commented on...

Judgesí training to be developed - 24/01/2017

DAVE LEACH, World Agility Open Championships (WAO) team coach, who won the ABC KC Olympia Agility Stakes at Olympia at the end of last year with his Malinois, Abby (Jotunheim Giggles), answered some questions I put to him.

Training should be a pleasure not a chore - 17/01/2017

Motivation is a topic often discussed among dog trainers, and it is an accepted fact that without the right motivation the dog will not want to work. However, I have noticed of late that very little consideration is given to the handlerís...

Handling with poise and deportment - 17/01/2017

Weíre well and truly into the new year now and I hope that the Christmas and new year holiday was kind to you all. I had a lovely few days staying with my sister Maureen (Ames) and her husband and dogs and we were joined by my eldest sister June...

The PEA principle: preparation is key - 17/01/2017

No matter how experienced a competitor you are there are always some nerves when it comes to competing at a show. I think you do need some nerves to perform at your best but of course not too many that it affects your performance.

A trial for all to enjoy in Yorkshire - 11/01/2017

As mentioned in the annual review the Yorkshire Working Trials Society holds the last trial of the year, and this has always been known as the Christmas trial. In days of old, when John and Irene Grantham hosted the trial at their Yorkshire home...

Nordic status for Canadian Eskimo Dogs - 11/01/2017

I hope you all had a great Christmas and 2017 will be a great year for you all.

Sian and Maybeís winning partnership - 11/01/2017

Sian Illingworth is a very enthusiastic and popular professional agility trainer based in Horley, Surrey and among many other prestigious achievements in her agility career...

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