Agility Bits was started by me when I heard people saying they couldn't afford expensive agility equipment and I said I made my own. It started as a few pages of instructions for some jumps and a dodgy weave made out of bits of strapping from the DIY shop. There was also peculiar looking dogwalk and a tyre that was a real motorbike tyre. The whole lot lived on a little bit of land that I liberated in 1984 when no-one else wanted it. It is only a little bit of land but we still use it and I can do some useful training on 'The Plot.' The equipment has changed quite a bit since those days.
I'm currently competing with two doggies.
Sasha runs in the any size class and she loves it. it's such a shame that
no-one takes any pics of any size as we have such fun. I shall have to get
my OH Bernie to rectify that. Here's Sasha in 2016 winning a lower height
The second doggie is Jilly, a collie springer cross who currently competes at grade 3. I choose the lower height option for her when I can as she's only little.
One of the dogs favourite places is the beach but they also love going where there are lovely green fields to run about in and play.
Our lives aren't all about agility though. Agility can take a fair bit of time as I'm vice chair of Cornwall Agility Club but we have trained and competed at rally as well. The trouble is we live in Cornwall and there are no competitions within 100 miles of us. We have nowhere to test our skills.
Jilly has started learning some of the disciplines in Wag It Games. These are very varied and can be quite complex. We have just put in for our first video trial. This covers the shadow skills section. We have had to learn a series of complex moves with Jilly working on both sides of me (unlike obedience or rally.) It's quite different to anything we have in the UK and I will be setting up a Wag It Games section on the site. Sasha will also be doing some Wag It Games as they are brilliant for older dogs. I believe working with your dogs like this is key to building up a great partnership. It's great fun and very varied. You will never ever be bored and neither will your dogs. Have fun.
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