Category Archives: Agility nerds

Discovery Monday – New Shoes!

Mondays come around quickly, and we’ve lots to share again!

This week I feel happy thanks to my new agility shoes that have been absolutely fantastic.

Gortex waterproof trail running shoes from Innov8

Gortex waterproof trail running shoes from Innov8

Over wet and soggy agility trials, humid mornings and the days after rain, I found that my old shoes were really starting to wear thin, and my constantly wet feet were not making me a happy handler.

So I went in search of some trail running shoes that would help keep my feet dry & give me some stability.

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Discovery Monday – neat tricks

 

Embarrased me you have. Pee in your shoes I will.

Embarrased me you have. Pee in your shoes I will.

There are a lot of talented puppies on the Internet. I’m sure you spend hours looking at them and their kitty friends for a good laugh. When it comes to pure talent, it’s such a joy to watch the elite levels of our sport when they are working.

Last week we talked about doggie friends overseas who are currently participating in various competitions and they are running with out their normal team mates.

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Discovery Monday – Running with other dogs

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We’re quietly anticipating the upcoming World Agility Open Championships in Italy. There’s a great team going from Australia, and I was wondering how they were going to get their dogs all the way to Italy, then back again with Quarantine times etc.

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Agility News Friday – the agility groove

It’s so great to hear when teams of dogs and people get their Agility groove.

Mr Darcy

Mr Darcy

Sir Mawson Winsalot

Sir Mawson Winsalot

Recently, we’ve had a lot of our friends & members of the NSDTC Agility Club with great success in the rings, getting their first titles, and gaining lots of new awards and qualies.

Not all of them were gun dogs – quite a few different breeds out there winning in the rings!

Congratulations to all of those who gained new titles or added qualies in February! It’s been a hard and fast start to the year.

Workout Wednesday – Lap turn

Another Wednesday, another move from One Mind Dogs – this time a Lap turn.

I’ve been trying out a bunch of new moves, using our training sessions to first get Jaxon used to the hand signals, then move on to the actual jumps.

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Workout Wednesday – Change it up!

A small divergence this week from our normal workout routine!

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

This week I’ve tried to surprise Jaxon with a bunch of different training to keep him interested, teach him new things, and just have some plain old fun!

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Discovery Monday – Inner peace

I’m beginning to think that I should re-name these sections “Self-discovery Monday”!

While the intention was to blog about a bunch of things we’re learning as a team, I’m finding more and more that I’m the one who needs to do a lot of learning.

learning about ourselves

learning about ourselves

A couple of weeks back, I wrote a blog post about patience and finding our inner Zen for agility. Today I’m finding I’m more and more reflecting on that lesson & taking it to the next level.

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Agility News Friday – Agility with minimal equipment

Being the agility nerds we are, Jaxon and I were looking for training tips online that could help us train in any situation.

raining again...

raining again…

As it’s raining, and unlikely to have a session in the yard this evening, I was thinking how I could build an indoor agility course for him.

Then I stumbled upon this great article by one of NSDTC members – Karin Bridge.

It’s a great read & awesome tips for just having fun training with your pup. Enjoy!

Workout Wednesdays – CYOA

Do you remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books? I loved those stories and would read them over again and again. What I liked most about them was the unexpected rewards you got at every choice. Dogs love that kind of reward system too. Positive behaviour and reinforcement is best displayed when the dog is making their own choices from the outset.

Where's all the equipment, Mum?

Where’s all the equipment, Mum?

This week we’ve been working on good choices for Jaxon. I realised that rewarding him with food wasn’t really putting the value of the relationship into me, but into the food.

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Training Videos – The Twist

I’ve been trying to record more training with Jaxon so that I can review my handling, and see what I’m doing OK at, and how I can improve.

High ten!

High ten!

This week, we’ve been practicing a few OneMind Dog moves. The first one I tried was the Twist. I’m still slow and working through learning the move, so Jaxon has been very patient with me!

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