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A bonkers dog and even more bonkers owner having fun with the paddling pool.  Sasha keeps well out of the way.

Agility Bits News and Updates

Kennel Club

The next Agility Liaison Council meeting will be held on 14th July 2016.  There is a proposal to alter the jump spacings on the agenda and it promises to be an interesting meeting. 
The agenda and all the annexes can be found on the Kennel Club website. 

Links to the minutes of previous meetings can be found on the Agility Bits Kennel Club page.

 

The Dog Blog - Jilly wins at Barnstaple

Well done Jilly.  She won her agility class at Barnstaple with her first clear round outdoors at a KC show.

 

Dog Names Survey update

We have 232 names so far.   In 2008 the most popular girl's name was Molly and the most popular boy was a tie between Alfie and Max.  Find out who's in the lead in 2016

Dog Names Survey 2016 

Fun time.  The Agility Bits dog names survey is back. 
I thought it would be interesting to find the most popular dog names in 2016.  If you would like to submit your dog names and follow the progress of the survey during the year please go to the names page and complete the online form.

 

News from the Kennel Club on lower jump heights

In a new press release the Kennel Club have announced that clubs will be able to give competitors the option of allowing their dogs to jump lower heights.  The rules will come into force on 1st July.

All dogs will be able to benefit from the lower heights if their handlers feel that this is more appropriate for them and it won't add any more time to shows. 

The press release can be found here.

 

Revamping the dog walk -

 

Make your own rubber contacts
without spending much.

 

 

 

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.

 

Training bits

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

 

 

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.


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

The Doggie shop

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

 
 

Equipment

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

Garden jump and Sasha

Waterproof socks anyone?

I had sealskinz but they didn't last long. There are several different types and sizes available.  These have positive reviews and the outdoor season is coming up...

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.

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.

Looking for more jump cups

This is where I get mine.  With the extra heights at KC shows you might need some jump cups. 

Regardless of the new regs I shall be adding more cups for the 25cm height so that we can do some jumping grids.

 

..and finally..here's us getting ready for the new season...