Not surprisingly, when we did our recent demonstration on working trials at the village fête one of the exercises that prompted the biggest reaction, and the one that resulted in a burst of spontaneous applause, was the agility section.
The Northern Alsatian and All Breeds Training Society held its championship show on Saturday June 28 coupled with an open show on the Sunday.
With the competition season in full swing it is important to keep your dog happy and healthy so that it can work at peak performance in the ring.
We always look forward to the Wessex championship trial, held in one of the most beautiful parts of the country in the middle of summer, and this year was no exception.
Teaching your dog how to jump may sound like a bit of a strange idea as we all know they do it naturally, or can they? It is the skill they will most use when working in agility and so it is vital that they perform this skill to the best of their...
As the day for our working trials demonstration at the local fête drew near we hit a bit of a snag when we went down a week or so before the event to look at our venue.
The next championship show on our ‘ticket’ circuit was St Mary’s DTS on Sunday June 8 but the club also held its open show the previous day. The weather wasn’t good for the open show but it certainly improved for the championship show the...
Competing in a show can be quite a scary thing for some new handlers to do, so often they might perform a training round in the ring at a competition rather than compete.
As many of you will know from previous articles I have had to revisit my sendaway and redirect training with Lunar due to the fact that she seems to have lost her way literally in this exercise.
Well, what glorious weather we have been having lately, I’m sure our friends in the showing world are loving the fact that those outdoor shows are not pouring with rain for once.
AXSTANE AC championship and premier agility show was held on June 14-15 and holds small and medium championship classes on the Sunday which were judged by Andrew Dicker this year.
At the end of May, the second May bank holiday weekend, we had Exeter DTC championship show on May 24 and Waldridge Fell DTS championship show on May 25.
Over the years I have had various breeds of dog and really enjoy the challenge of finding out what makes them tick. The first dogs I trained as a child were a couple of Westies who being terriers were not easy to motivate and train.
Last weekend I went to an obedience show which was happening just a few miles away from us over three days. I initially went for two reasons, one to see a dog who I am interested in using for my next litter...
Unfortunately Nottingham DTC championship show had to be cancelled at the last minute due to heavy rainfall in the area and the land does not drain well at that venue.
As the weather gets better and the days get longer and most of us can manage to do lots more training, we run out of land. The crops are now well on the way and far too long to track on, and even the grass is all being left for hay and has become...
Wirral Alsatian Training Society provided us with our next championship show which was held on Saturday May 10 with an open show on the Sunday.
It’s easy to forget when you have been in a sport for a long time why you first started in the sport. As the years go past it can seem rather like a treadmill of thinking up a new routine each year then practising and competing with it.
Every so often, if you are lucky, you get one trial that makes up for all the ones when the weather was terrible, the ground untrackable or the dog for whatever reason just couldn’t do it, and for us that trial was last weekend.