Working


An early start will reap late rewards by Wendy Beasley With every new year comes new plans and ambitions, and this year I have noticed there are quite a few new puppies around. I realise that the majority of these won’t be destined for working trials, but for those that are, the planning can never...
Teaching two on two off contacts – part three by Becca Middleton The final part of training a stop/two on two off contact is the proofing stage which will test your dog’s understanding of the criteria you have taught, so in effect you will be trying to trick your dog into making a mistake by not sticking to...
Can poor conditions affect jumping? by Wendy Beasley From necessity my reports from trials are often dominated by the weather, as it plays such a huge part in the success or failure of the nose work.
What makes a good handler? by Richard Curtis With the Crufts semi-finals fast approaching it got me thinking what qualities must the top handlers possess in order to keep them at the top. Training a dog to compete in any sport takes a lot of commitment as a dog does not train itself.
A tribute to the dogs we lost in 2014 by Bronwyn Bartley Once again I would like to pay tribute to those dogs who have been lost to us over the past 12 months in my 2014 Roll of Honour...
A late-life change of career for Indi by Wendy Beasley The Yorkshire Working Trials Society’s Christmas championship TD trial went ahead in surprisingly clement weather. Starting the day after Boxing Day and running until New Year’s Eve it is often subject to the bleakest of weather, and such was the...
GB takes on the rest of Europe by Matt Hammersley Here’s hoping everyone had a great Christmas and so far the new year’s resolutions are holding up, you had lots of time to get out with your dogs and enjoy the mild weather.
Winning the Novice Stakes at Olympia by Becca Middleton Marc Saunders, the judge of the agility events at Olympia 2014 wrote a brief summary of the Kennel Club Olympia Novice Agility Stakes final from his perspective.
Learn about the UK Tracking Dog Association by Wendy Beasley AS THIS COLUMN is called Tracking Lines it seems appropriate to mention a new dog activity that is very much about tracking. The UK Tracking Dog Association started in a small way, but has attracted a lot of interest from people who want to track...
Building confidence before competition by Richard Curtis Over the years I have been teaching people for freestyle and heelwork to music, its been very rewarding to see people achieve different goals with their dogs.
Changes to Obedience G Regulations by Bronwyn Bartley There are quite a few changes to the Obedience G Regulations which came into force for shows held on or after January 1, 2015, some of these concern show organisers and show management and some concern judges and judging.
2014 marked by multi-stake winners by Wendy Beasley IT IS CUSTOMARY as we start a new year to look at the one that has just finished and at the time of writing this we are just waiting for the results from the Yorkshire WTS Christmas TD to complete the year’s trials.
A repeat performance from Indiana by Becca Middleton Alan Bray, last year’s winner of the Large Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes for grades 6/7, managed to get both of his dogs through to this prestigious final, which this year was judged by Marc Saunders...
Goodwill to all involved in trials by Wendy Beasley In the UK, Boxing Day is traditionally the time for the giving of ‘Christmas Boxes’ to show appreciation to servants or other deserving individuals.
Difficult problem, basic solution by Bronwyn Bartley Here we are then at the end of another year with my season ending in October at Tunbridge Wells. We missed the early October shows as we went to Scotland for two weeks holiday and what a fabulous time we had with good weather into the bargain.
Crufts semi-final qualifiers 2015 by Richard Curtis Throughout the competition season those competitors who compete in advanced are able to attend one of the ten Crufts semi-final qualifier shows.
Team GB squads announced for 2015 by Becca Middleton THE KENNEL Club has announced the Agility Team GB squad for 2015, the team manager is Mark Laker.
Down to the wire in Scotland by Wendy Beasley The Scottish Kennel Club championship TD trial at Jedburgh takes place at the end of November, and for us it is just that bit too far at this time of year.
Agility round proves tricky in Essex by Wendy Beasley Our last trial for 2014 was the Essex 2000 championship TD at the end of November. Although there are a couple more trials before the end of the year, both the Scottish Working Trials Society at Jedburgh...
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