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A quick update on our progress

Jilly is having a lot of fun training this winter and we've just done our last show of the year. We had to buy a new weave as the stick in the ground poles were not much good for Jilly.
Read more in the blog

Breaking News

The agenda for the Kennel Club Agility Liaison Council meeting on 22nd January has been published and it includes a proposal for a fourth height for agility.  If it's passed it will affect all the smaller large dogs competing at Kennel Club events and it will give them a chance to jump a lower height.  This is good news for all of those people who are currently excluded because they feel the large jump height may be damaging to their dogs.  The agenda can be found on the Kennel Club website.

Links to the agenda and all of the annexes including the full proposal can be found here.  


Winter training is upon us

Now that summer has ended we're all busy working on our training.  Jilly has been learning how to do wing wraps and Ketschker turns.  She loves jumping but what about the weave?  I've had to order a new one so that I can overcome some of the training issues.  Oh dear Jilly, you are an expensive dog but we are having fun.  There's a video of our wraps and turns on the blog. 

The next meeting of the Kennel Club Agility Liaison Council will be held on 22nd January 2015.  The last date for submitting items for the agenda is today 24th October.  The agenda is usually published about two months before the meeting and we're looking forward to seeing what's included this time.

Introducing a fourth height
Do you have a small large dog?  Would you like to see a fourth jump height?  Here's what's happening with the Kennel Club regarding the fourth height and current research into dog jumping. 

See also the latest agenda for the Kennel Club Agility Liaison Council meeting in January.  Links to the agenda and all the annexes can be found here.


Jilly's First Show

Jilly had loads of fun at her first ever show.  She was running as a, 'Not for competition' dog at the UKA Tamisje show held near Newquay in Cornwall.  The show runs for six days and it's split over two weekends.  We have just completed the first three days and both dogs have really enjoyed themselves.  Sasha has done well to come second in the jumping class and she has run some very good courses.   We have also had a major breakthrough.  See more pictures and videos in the blog.


Jilly's Blog

Jilly has her own little blog and diary where I'm recording her adventures.  This is now morphing into the dog blog.  11th August -  Jilly's first show



Training bits
We've just finished a 6 week course and have learned lots more about contacts.  Our first competition is on 8th August.




Are you competing for the first time?  You must have your dog measured before you can compete at a Kennel Club show.  Here's how to go about it.


Jilly's first bithday

Jilly is one today, 7th February.  I can't believe how quickly she's grown from the dear little puppy on the left to the pretty little girl on the right.  More pictures of her first birthday can be found in her blog.


Stick in the ground jumps
I've just made a new stick in the ground jump with moveable jump cups.  It's great for a first jump or a first puppy jump.

The Kennel Club pages have now been updated with handy links to the regulations, measuring, registration form etc.  You can also find links to the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Agility Liaison Council minutes.  I've included summaries of the proposals and discussions for 2013/14 so that you don't have to wade through the documents.

Puppy and adolescent training
For those people who have just got a puppy this is a really good ebook.  If your puppy has got to the hooligan stage (adolescence) there are some excellent chapters to help you through this difficult phase.


Jilly isn't quite turning out like this

Thanks to Carol Seymour for the cartoon. 


Don't ever let anyone tell you that you must have a collie to do agility.  Take a look at this clip of an American trial.


Some of the bits in Agility Bits

The Doggie shop

The Winter Sales are now ON and there are some great savings

Lots of bargains from our partners.  Find everything you need for your dog.


Make your own equipment.  Lots of ideas and designs for jumps, contacts etc.

Garden jump and Sasha

Eligibility for Classes
If you're grade 1 or 2 it can be confusing working out which classes you're eligible for, especially if you want someone in a higher grade to run your dog for you.  Here are the rules with some examples.

A compendium of bits and pieces on dog training from loose heelwork to leg weaving.  Training also includes Rally Obedience
Sasha goes to regular rally classes and I have started compiling a section especially for people who are interested in this.

Other Bits
Various articles and a complete online ebook on pulling dogs.

Classes and Shows
All sorts of information on starting to compete and what the classes are like.

Kennel Club
Handy links to the Kennel Club Agility Pages, including minutes of the Agility Liaison Committee meetings and the Flyball and Agility regulations.

Agility Fun
A light hearted look at the funny side of dog agility including how to teach the dogwalk using a chicken, a cat and a plank.

Jamie and Sasha

Dog Breeds
Most dogs love agility and this breeds directory includes comments from handlers of various breeds. 

Dog Games
Here's a selection of games to play with your dogs plus a couple of daft computer games.

Dog Names
Are you having trouble naming a dog? Most of the names in this section were sent in by visitors to Agility Bits and they may give you inspiration.


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