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An encouraging beginning in TD by Wendy Beasley We always decide against going to the ASPADS Dundee TD championship trial on the basis that it is in November and a very long way north...
The unabated talent of Mary Ray by Bronwyn Bartley As I said in my previous article many items of interest have come out of this championship show season, not least the record breaking performance of Mary Ray and Ob Ch Colliewood Blue Jeans (Levi).
Please respect the freestyle dog by Richard Curtis Social media has really helped the sport of heelwork to music and freestyle to spread around the world. Videos can be shared easily of training and competitions which helps to create interest in the sport.
Making retired dogs feel special by Becca Middleton Having two older dogs that used to compete in agility, one in particular that lives for the chance to run through a tunnel to a toy and have a game of tug or to jump over even one small jump and celebrate with me and feel nothing in the world...
Success doesn’t come easy in Iceni by Wendy Beasley Over the years that I have been going to the Iceni TD championship trial in Essex I have known the ground to be anything from lush winter wheat to almost bare earth, and the weather to vary between cold and frosty and wild and windy, but this year...
An uncertain time for fitting dogs by Wendy Beasley The week following the Kennel Club Championships, and this year at the other end of the country, the North East Counties TD championship took place at Tow Law.
An exciting climax to the season by Bronwyn Bartley On OCTOBER 18 we went down to the South of England Showground at Ardingly for the East Grinstead DTC championship show, this being less than two days after we had arrived back home from Scotland.
Hearthrug training over winter by Richard Curtis With the winter fast approaching it is normally not the type of weather that you want to be outside training your dog. The one advantage of HTM and freestyle is that you can train your dog a lot of the moves in a small space.
A privileged view of the country by Wendy Beasley As I drove through the country lanes of Norfolk on a sunny autumn day recently I started to think about all the lovely places we had been in other parts of the country.
Mud baths and Baltic weather by Matt Hammersley It’s been a busy month already for dog sport around the European scene, despite the warm weather many races have got off to start the season and once again Team GB arrived home from the European Canicross Federation Grand Prix race in France with...
Teaching the two on two off contact position by Becca Middleton There are many ways of achieving a solid, consistent and independent two on two off contact position and this is one tried and tested version.
Skills tested by adverse conditions by Wendy Beasley The Midland Counties GSD Association Championship TD trial takes place a week before the Kennel Club Championships, which poses the dilemma for those qualified whether to use it as a warm up opportunity, or avoid it so close to the event for fear...
First tickets and final appearances by Bronwyn Bartley In my column of October 3 I wrote about the achievements of handlers during the championship season and on mentioning Linda Rutherford I said that Rumr had won three tickets but in actual fact he has won four so far. My apologies, therefore, to...
Teaching a good weave in Sweden by Richard Curtis It has been a few months since I was last teaching abroad so getting organised to leave for a workshop in Sweden found me checking and rechecking my suitcase that I had packed everything I needed.
Prone to a bit of wear and tear by Wendy Beasley One of the more obscure benefits of working trials is the healthy outdoor life and fitness levels it promotes in the handlers. I say this slightly ‘tongue in cheek’ as I have never pretended to be anything bordering on fit...
First time CC win at Chippenham by Becca Middleton At the end of September the Camddwr Cup and Agility Secrets finals were held at the Malvern Autumn Three Counties Show. The Camddwr Cup Agility Final sponsored by CSJ, Hurtta and RAS Rosettes and which has the best prizes of any final I know of...
Maybe we should just keep it simple by Wendy Beasley The Poole DTC TD championship trial is held at Linwood in the New Forest, and although not on our list of annual trials I am sure that most people who do go are attracted as much by the lovely scenery as the trial.
Body awareness for HTM routines by Richard Curtis During the summer displays I have been showing various routines as well as some of the training of the dogs, to get them to the standard to compete.
New champions make their mark by Bronwyn Bartley On September 13 Thames DTC held its championship show while the following day the British Association for GSDs (Southern Area) held an open show on the same venue which was at Ockwells Park, Maidenhead.
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