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Kennel Club Agility Liaison Council meeting held on 17th July

Minutes are usually published three to four weeks after the meeting.  These minutes should include reports from the Kennel Club Activities Health and Welfare sub-group who are looking into jump heights and spacings amongst other things. 
See the KC pages for further details.

 

Jilly's Blog

Jilly has her own little training blog and diary where I'm recording her progress from puppyhood to competition. 17th July -  Jilly does wheelies  

and  15th July - Our first show is coming up soon. Will we be ready? 

There's also a new page on spaying with some useful links.

 

Training bits
Jilly has come back after her spay and she's fully able to train again now.  We've been doing a 6 week course and have learned lots more about contacts.  Our first competition is on 8th August.

 

Measuring
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.

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.  Updated 15th December 2013.colour

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



Paddling pools

Slide on agility tags from 4.99

Yay! Doggie Solutions has just what we've all been looking for.  Just right for Jilly who has lost her collar and expensive tag.  These slide on tags start at 4.99 and they also do them in stainless steel. Great value.
Update: I've just ordered one and I didn't have to pay for postage.

 


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

Garden jump and Sasha

Training
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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