Working


Staying put can be harder than it seems by Wendy Beasley Possibly one of the simplest things we teach our dogs is to stay, at least it should be simple but is often anything but. This is one exercise that is common to nearly all disciplines, and whether it is the formal obedience exercise...
Whenever I am teaching people I always stress the importance of playing with the dog. I often find handlers play a lot with their puppies but as the dog gets older they tend to start to use food which they then become reliant on as it gets quick...
In my second article of the year I wrote about people who had been lost to obedience during the previous year. Looking at things realistically there are bound to be people I miss and I usually apologise for doing so. However, this year I failed to...
Another steady performance from Isla by Wendy Beasley DESPITE the seemingly unending rain the Midland Border Collie Club championship TD trial went ahead with Anne Thorpe judging the ticket.
THERE are three main methods of training the weaves in agility; channel weaves, V-weaves and 2x2 weaves. You can also use a combination of these.
Am I the only person who doesn’t do Facebook? Sometimes it feels that way, and more especially in the dog world where everybody but me seems to know what is going on.
There are always interesting facts arising from the competitors in the Crufts Obedience Championships and this year is no exception, probably even more so.
Freestyle semi-final at Stoneleigh by Richard Curtis Following on from my last article about Rugby Dog Training Club’s HTM show at the end of January, I will give the results of the freestyle classes. This year the event was very well attended with a lot of spectators coming to watch the Crufts...
Which breed is best for trials? by Wendy Beasley I am often asked which breed is best for trials, and while there are obvious choices like the collies, gun dogs and shepherds, this does not preclude any other breed from enjoying and even qualifying in our sport.
Sled dog racing in the Olympics? by Matt Hammersley No doubt if your a winter sports fan like me you will be glued to the TV and the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi. What an exciting time already with Team GB getting a bronze with Jenny Jones in the Slope Style and other athletes leading their...
I recently attended a training day with Barbara Rozman who came over from Slovenia to teach groups on a few weekends during the winter. She has trained with the fantastic Silvia Trkman who is mainly known for her superb running contacts and the...
Tough competition at EAWTTS by Wendy Beasley It seems that for the last three or four months we have had nothing but severe weather warnings, and such was the case again as the East Anglian Working Trial Training Society...
On December 14, last year, I was invited to a birthday party along with some friends. It was a very special party to celebrate the 90th birthday of Peggy Jinks although Peggy’s birthday wasn’t actually until December 26.
A thunderous path to the Crufts finals by Richard Curtis With Christmas and New Year over with, the HTM show season is traditionally kicked off with the Rugby dog training clubs HTM show which also holds the Crufts semi finals in both divisions.
DNA testing for Border Collies by Wendy Beasley Well once again the weather has taken a toll on our sport with the Iceni Club competitions cancelled because of waterlogged ground. We were expecting to be judging this event, but received the news a couple of days ago that the farmer regretfully...
Nigel Staines, multiple winner of the ABC Final at Olympia kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his experience at the great event and about his wonderful Kelpie, Morgans Assassin (Cougar). Galantly and romantically, just before Nigel...
Training in all weather conditions by Wendy Beasley We are off to judge the Iceni Working Trials Club competitions next weekend, and although slightly apprehensive about what weather may be in store for us we are really looking forward to it.
We now come to the human side of our sport and to people we have lost in 2013 and there have been so many well known characters who have gone during this time.
Creating the perfect freestyle dog by Richard Curtis I’m often asked what breed of dog makes the ideal freestyle partner but there is no easy answer. Of course if I was talking about agility or obedience then the answer would be a Border Collie as they have the athleticism and brain for the job.
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