Dancing With Dogs

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...

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.

Things to consider when judging - 04/01/2017

One of the most important roles at a show is that of the judges as after all it is their opinion that the competitors have entered for. This means that the judges must know what they are looking for and be professional at all times.

Rugby gets into the Christmas spirit - 20/12/2016

For the second year running the K9 Performance group headed by Annette Leslie organised a Christmas fun show at the Rugby dog training barn. This event was a big hit last year as it was very much aimed at encouraging new handlers to dip their toe...

Popular props and their many uses - 07/12/2016

Using props in routines has become commonplace nowadays as they allow the handler to develop other moves. Handlers have to be very inventive about how they get the props they require as many cannot be bought off the shelf.

Bring out the toys for training - 23/11/2016

In Heelwork to music and freestyle training you will find food and play are the major rewards that are used. These rewards are essential for keeping the dogís interest and motivation during training and then performances.

Good standards set in the north - 09/11/2016

On the first weekend in October there was the inaugural heelwork to music competition run by the Free Paws HTM team.

OEC freestyle out of this world - 26/10/2016

In my last article I reported on the Open European Heelwork To Music and Freestyle Championships in Austria. The first day had been taken up with the HTM competition which I watched as I had been asked to be head judge for the event.

A trip to Austria for the European Open - 12/10/2016

It was a couple of years ago that I was asked while teaching in Austria if I would be the head judge at the Open European Freestyle and HTM Championships.

More qualifiers for the Crufts semis - 28/09/2016

The competition band wagon has been moving on apace over the summer with some new shows that handlers could enter. There are still areas of the country where there are very few competitions within two hours of travelling, so you do have to be...

Trying to fix a problem move - 14/09/2016

Throughout the summer my training of Herbie has been a bit on and off as he hasnít seemed to be able to cope with too much training in one session.

Starting out in heelwork to music - 31/08/2016

One of the recent booklets produced by the working party was a beginnerís guide to heelwork to music and freestyle. There was some good advice about entering shows...

How can standards be improved? - 17/08/2016

Following on from my last article where I was looking at one of the topics on the working party recommendations. This time I will focus on some of the other points the working party has either informed the heelwork to music community about or...

Crufts qualification under review - 03/08/2016

RECENTLY the recommendations from the last working party meeting in May were released.

A Strictly Canine dance off - 20/07/2016

A regular show in the competition calendar is the Strictly Canine HTM show held at Newark. The weather was good which makes things a lot easier when you are in and out of the hall throughout the day.

Coping with disappointment - 06/07/2016

With the show season in full swing competitors are obviously experiencing the ups and downs of working a dog.

Fresh judges and differing scores - 22/06/2016

As I have mentioned in my last article, May is a busy month in the heelwork to music calendar with competitions nearly every weekend.

Competition fierce for Crufts places - 08/06/2016

THE MONTH of May in the heelwork to music calendar is always a busy one with events this year on almost every weekend. The Paws n Music Association always runs its first show of the year on around the third weekend in May.

Make sure you are well prepared - 25/05/2016

With the competition season starting to kick off in full force it is important to make sure you are fully organised. Obviously keeping aware of closing dates is essential as if you donít enter you cannot compete.

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