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Agility Bits News and Updates

Minutes of the meeting held 13th July 2015

These have just been published and they are available on the Agility Bits KC pages.  They don't seem to be on the KC website yet.

Revamping the dog walk - Make your own rubber contacts without spending much.

The next Kennel Club Agility Liaison Council agenda has been published for the meeting on 13th July 2015

All the links can be found on the Kennel Club page. There's the main agenda and four annexes so lots of reading.

Jilly's learning to cross behind me.

Jilly's been practising a cross behind and she's picking up the idea very quickly. Now we have to tighten the turns.
See the new pics and videos on the 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 to include the January ALC minutes and the proposal for the fourth height.

The January 2015 Minutes are out

In the last meeting of the Kennel Club Agility Liaison Council on 22nd January 2015 a proposal for a fourth height for the smaller large dogs was included in agenda.  The decision on the proposal has been deferred until research has been completed in December 2015.  There were a lot of other interesting proposals and discussions at this meeting and the minutes can be found on the Kennel Club page


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. 



Training bits
We've  learned lots about contacts on our training courses.




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.


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 - 2015 Agility Liaison Council minutes. 

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. (Opens in a new window)


Some of the bits in Agility Bits

Zooplus currently has an offer on their jumps

These three pole hurdles cost just 9.90 each.  You could easily fit a couple of them in a small garden or take them on holiday.


The Doggie shop
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.