Monthly Archives: October 2010

2010-10-30 Agility Run-Throughs at St. Huberts

St. Huberts used this nice Saturday afternoon to conduct some agility run-throughs as a means to raise money for St. Huberts as well as giving us some practice before the winter lull in trials rolls in.  There were about 30 dogs or so who ran in 2 minute intervals between 1:00  and 4:00.  The run-throughs  were running behind or there were more dogs than anticipated so we only go 2 runs in per dog by the time we had to leave at 4:00 p.m.  for a dinner engagement.

The novice course which I ran with Rags had 14 obstacles in it which included a teeter and weaves which I avoided with Rags.  There was also a turn-around tunnel which Rags refused to do in the first run-through, so I didn’t attempt it in our second run through.  Rags did the chute well, jumps and tires she took fine and her contacts at the A-Frame and dog walk were great.  She loves those obstacles.   Considering she will be graduating beginners agility class tomorrow morning at the same St. Huberts practice field, I’m proud of her effort and abilities.  Her only real problem was getting her nose lost in the treat ridden grass, but she wasn’t as bad as Scraps from that perspective.

Scraps was distracted because his nose was also lost in the grass way too often.  He did do the 12-pole weaves well and only had some issues going up the A-frame.  In the end it’s great to get a little practice in with the 2 dogs and to get Rags used to hanging out to experience what a day of agility competition will be like.  It also gave me a great opportunity to photograph the other dogs running.  For most of the day I had good sunlight and got some good photos, so check them out.

50% of Profits From Sale of Photos Will Be Donated To St. Huberts – To view a slideshow of the photos taken or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug photo gallery links below.  Fifty percent (50%) of all profit made from the sale of any items off of SmugMug will be donated to St Huberts, so get great photos of your dog and support St. Huberts.
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Rags Beginner Agility Class – Week 7

After missing week 6 of the agility class, I wasn’t sure exactly what Rags missed out on. I knew Tom was going to start 2×2 weave pole training during week 6 and Rags was going to deficient in that, but short of that, Rags seemed to be all caught up and performed well. It probably helped that on Columbus Day, the Monday after week 5, both Rags and Scraps practiced some run-throughs that were offered by the k9 Campus. During those run-throughs Rags did really well on the A-frame and dog walk but had difficulties with tunnels.  Click here to read the blog posting of those run-throughs.

Week 7 class started with chute training with putting the fabric closing at the end of the chute more and more closed as the dogs progressed. Though rags never really practiced the chute, she had no issues with it and pushed her way through the chute each and every time she had a chance.

We next practiced the A-frame and Rags likes this piece of equipment and her target practice is paying off as she explodes for the target once given the command and hangs out in a good position at the end of the contact until I tell her to “let’s go.” We had a similar sucess with the dog walk where her targeting practice was the crucial element in getting her to perform it well. She has surprising good speed and excitements going over both the A-frame and the dog walk.

Next we did a little tunnel practice, and unlike the run-throughs from 2 weeks ago, Rags did these well. The difference may be that were were only doing one or 2 obstacles and then rewarding with food and the tunnels were all straight. We closed week 7 by practicing a single set of 2×2 weave poles. For a while I had Rags very interested in her heart squeaky toy and she eventually got the idea to go through the single set of poles. Now we just need to keep practicing all of this in the off-time.

With graduation coming up next week, Tom is suggesting proceeding to the advanced-beginner agility class which will be offered by St Huberts at their indoor ring starting in November. I am assuming that we will sign Rags up for that and hopefully have her in some type of agility shape to start competing for real in the spring.

50% of Profits From Sale of Photos Will Be Donated To St. Huberts – To view a slideshow of the photos taken or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug photo gallery links below.  Fifty percent (50%) of all profit made from the sale of any items off of SmugMug will be donated to St Huberts, so get great photos of your dog and support St. Huberts.
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Agility Run Throughs 2010-10-11 at K9 Campus

File photo - Scraps and Rags Sept. 15, 2009

After week 5 of beginner’s agility class with Rags and with the day off on Monday for Columbus day, we decided to enter both Scraps and Rags in a one hour session of agility run throughs at the K9 Campus in Randolph. We shared in agility ring with 2 other dogs including Honey Bunny who we had class with a few years ago at St. Huberts.

The session was set up as a very tight and complicated agility course and you had 2 minutes to run you dog and do whatever you wanted. It felt like too long of a time to have your dog perform. I think a 1 minute time frame is better practice for the dog. It’s just too much for them to do in a 2 minute period. Focus and concentration can’t be expected to be kept for that long.

With that said, Scraps and Rags both got 5 runs in at 2 minutes per run. Rags did here A-Frame and dog walk great and performed on jumps and tires pretty well. The tunnel was her achilles heal in what we tried. We never attempted the weave poles or teeter. Scraps did really well. He took most of his obstacles as directed.

It was an indoor ring and keeping Rags in control while watching and video taping Scraps run was difficult. I did get all of Scrap’s runs on video and Kathy was able to tape all of Rag’s runs. All we got were videos and no photos but it’s nice to see Rags participating in agility.  To view the videos one by one click the link below:

http://fidogenic.smugmug.com/Dog-Agility/Training/2010-10-11-Agility-Run/14273964_DE9TB


Rags Beginner Agility Class – Week 5

On the way to class we were listening to 1010 WINS new radio on this October 10, 2010 (10/10/10) at 10:00 a.m.  They say timing is everything, this is just something.  When we arrive at 10:15 we were ready to practice more of what we learned and to increase the difficulty as we progress.  The weather was sunny and warm so I took advantage of the time between some of the runs to snap some shots of my fellow classmates learning the obstacles.

We started with tunnel practice where the tunnel was extended to almost full length.  Through Rags missed the tunnel once during the 4 tries she did recognize the tunnel and accelerated through it nicely.  We then went to the A-frame, but this week it was one level steeper and higher.  Rags once again recognized the obstacle and accelerated onto it and at the apex the “target” command made her look to the target at the end of the contact and accelerate toward it.  Additionally, Rags was nicely staying at the bottom of the contact until I gave her an “okay” when we would would run off.

We next practiced the plank/dog walk using two boards and the table as a dog walk.  This time we were at a 16″ table instead of 8″.  Rags did this very well and once again performing a good contact and target.  We then adjusted this drill to make the plank go off at a 90 degree angle to slow the dogs up at the top and let them think a little about what they were doing.

We closed week 5 with learning the table and doing a sit on it and then a release.  next week we will progress to the down o the table for a 5-count.  Doing a down in the sphinx position is what you want for this obstacle.  Fortunately Rags naturally stays down in a good sphinx position.  The last thing Tom discussed and showed us was how he was going to use his newly learned 2×2 weave pole technique to teach our dogs how to do the weave poles.  That is pretty exciting since the channel technique is excruciatingly slow especially when you down have your own channeling weave poles to practice on.  We will have to remember to bring a a toy for Rags to chase through the 2×2 weave poles next week.

50% of Profits From Sale of Photos Will Be Donated To St. Huberts – To view a slideshow of the photos taken or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug photo gallery links below.  Fifty percent (50%) of all profit made from the sale of any items off of SmugMug will be donated to St Huberts, so get great photos of your dog and support St. Huberts.
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SCOR CPE Agility October 2-3, 2010 Lewis Morris Park, Morris Twp., NJ

After a week of rain, the Saturday of the trial proved to be great weather where it was nice and brisk but with lots of sun so it was a great day for a trial.  The dogs seemed ready to run.

Scraps was the 7th dog off the line for the day and he was ready to run.  Kathy and Scraps ran a nearly flawless run.  Scraps aggressively did every thing he was told to. Unfortunately he wasn’t told to do the A-frame twice because we came in third place with a “Q” by three points. We could have used those five points, a little gripe but in any case, it was a great run.

Though Scraps ran through the wrong end of a tunnel in the second event, the faults weren’t enough to disqualify him and he achieved a “Q” in that run which was a nice surprise.  That was our last “Q” of the day as Scraps lost focus for the other 3 runs.  He had his nose to the ground which wasn’t a good thing.  Additionally he was having real trouble with the weaves.  We will have to see what day 2 bring for us.

  • Fullhouse 8″ Level 4
    Qualified 32 points  3rd place  39.28 sec.  (40 sec. game time)
  • Standard 8″ Level 1
    Qualified 5 faults 2nd Place  41.64 seconds (64 sec. SCT)
  • Jackpot 8″ Level 3
    Not Qualified 20 points 3rd place 60.86 seconds (53 sec. game time)
  • Colors 8″ Level 4
    Not Qualified 35 faults 2nd place 41.30 seconds (39 sec. SCT)
  • Wildcard 8″ Level 3
    Not Qualified 10 faults 3rd place 51.42 seconds(46 sec. SCT)

50% of Profits From Sale of Photos Will Be Donated To St. Huberts – To view a slideshow of the photos taken or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug photo gallery links below.  Fifty percent (50%) of all profit made from the sale of any items off of SmugMug will be donated to St Huberts, so get great photos of your dog and support St. Huberts.

Day 2 – Sunday October 3, 2010

Sunday morning felt a lot like Saturday morning, just a tad drier and a tad warmer.  Nevertheless it was cool and brisk outside but without a cloud in the sky it was scheduled to be a beautiful day and it was.  Clouds rolled in by 6:00 when we rolled out with the entire crew but the weather was choice all weekend long.

With Rags having week 4 of agility class at 10:15 I missed Scraps’ second run which he qualified on.  I missed it and we have no footage.  I did get back in time for the runs 3 – 5

  • Jumpers 8″ Level 4
    Not Qualified 14 faults  2nd place 43.57 seconds (39 sec. SCT)
  • Fullhouse 8″ Level 4
    Qualified 29 points 2nd place 38.55 seconds (40 sec. game time)
  • Standard 8″ Level 1
    Qualified 0 faults 2nd place 29.68 seconds (62 sec. SCT)
  • Snooker 8″ Level 3
    Not Qualified
  • Colors 8″ Level 4
    Qualified 0 faults 2nd place 35.69 seconds (37 sec. SCT)

For the weekend Scraps went 5 for 10 but it was a struggle except for 2 really good runs but it was a real comfortable easy and enjoyable weekend at the agility trial.  Kudos to Mary and Pat from SCOR and all the volunteers for the the fun time!

Rags Beginner Agility Class – Week 4

I was alone with Rags this week 4 of agility class since Scraps and Kathy were over at Lewis Morris Park at the CPE trial.   We there fore have no footage except for the pictures I quickly took with my iPhone.   I attended the first run of the day at Lewis Morris and then headed home to pick up Rags and head to the 10:15 class.  With the Morristown Fall festival going on and some race at the  Morris Township Town Hall, which closed off Woodland Ave., it made getting to class on time a challenge.

Though 5 minutes late, I didn’t miss any activity.  We went over our first actual  jumps of the class, which were set low at 8″, but that is the height Rags will be jumping at so it was good practice for us considering Rags already knows how to jump.

First we went over 4 jumps lined up in a row on with the dog on both sides of me  and then Tom set the 4 jumps up as a pin wheel where we did good practice with the dog following our hands in a tight circle while going over jumps.  Rags did really well at all of this.

Next we learned about the A-frame which was set up at a very shallow angle.  We did this also with the dog on both sides of us.  Rags also did this well.  She had no problem addressing the frame and when the “target” command was issued at the top of the frame she focused on the bottom and hit her target, like it is supposed to work.

We then worked on going through a tire which was easy for Rags but I had my own problems coordinating my hands.  We then practiced the tire at severe angels.   The class closed with us doing figure 8s with the dog going over two jumps.  Rags and I also did this really well.

I was very pleased with Rags’ performance in class and her focus on me.  At the end of the class I announced that the trial at Lewis Morris would be going on all day and it is a great opportunity for any of the other students in class to go to a trial and see what it is all about.  Casper and her mom Kathy took me up on the offer and we saw them over at Lewis Morris when I arrived after dropping Rags off.  Next Sunday is week 5.  Hopefully Rags continues to improve.