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.
http://fidogenic.smugmug.com/Dog-Agility/Training/2010-10-30-Agility-Run/14435741_UixHE

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.
http://fidogenic.smugmug.com/Dog-Agility/Training/2010-10-24-Beginners-Dog/14341687_x6G3e

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