Category Archives: Discovery

Discover Monday – Birdie or not?

With a dog in a family of different people, and where one person in particular is the trainer, it can be very hard to get any synergy with training style.

Where's the birdie?

Where’s the birdie?

I often tell my dear husband off for teaching Jaxon lots of bad things – such as chasing birds in the back yard.

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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!

Discovery Monday – Jaxon learns to swim!

A little while back, Jaxon & I attended summer Agility Camp with Canine Fun Sports.

It was a fun time, but the middle of Summer really got us, and one day in particular was close to 40 degrees right up to 6pm in the evening!

Swimming was fun Mum!

Swimming was fun Mum!

Well the best thing about Agility Camp is the great group of people who are there – and their fabulous dogs.

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Agility News Friday – Homage to Snow

In the last couple of months, Jaxon & I have become absolute Agility Nerds. Pretty much now we have a structured training week, and we have as much fun as possible during the week, then celebrate by hanging out with the pack at Club & putting practice to purpose.

My cousins in the Northern Hemisphere. Chilly!

My cousins in the Northern Hemisphere. Chilly!

In following lots of puppies all over the world, and learning lots about many different styles, handling methods and simply having lots of doggy fun, I’ve noticed a lot of doggies in the snow.

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Discovery Monday- Lickety Split!

I’ve often wondered why Jaxon is such a licky dog. He likes to lick our hands, faces, his feet and even other dogs lips!

Getting Jaxon to lick on cue was harder than expected!

Getting Jaxon to lick on cue was harder than expected!

While I don’t mind it much, I thought it would be a very annoying thing to do to another dog, especially if that dog is reactive, or doesn’t want other dogs in its face!
There are a bunch of great resources that give you a laundry list of why dogs lick – what occasions, what situations, what time of the day, what behaviours go with it.

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Discovery Mondays – Learning every day

It’s a big thing to look inside yourself and recognise the ways you can grow and better yourself. Not a lot of people do this, and I think I’ve found the secret.

Zen agility

Owning a dog, and doing a dog sport – agility – has helped me really reflect on who I am and how I can better myself. This comes through the constant learning and growing together as a team.

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Agility News Friday – One Mind Dogs is coming to Australia!

We’ve really fallen for the method that is blitzing the world at the moment – the One Mind Dogs method.

The team in action! Photo courtesy of Pinnicle Photography.

The team in action! Photo courtesy of Pinnicle Photography.

If you’re in Australia, now you have the chance to find out for yourself all about the One Mind Dogs method.

They are coming in April for a Seminar & workshops!

Jaxon & I are still novice level, so anything and everything really helps at this stage!

While it’s a lot of running (helping us get fit!), it seems to make sense for both handler & the dog.

If you have missed any of the information from the One Mind Dogs team, or the Agility Australia Facebook page, here it is again:

Sign up for the Seminar & auditing sessions here: Game On Dogs

If you can’t make it – here are a couple of great videos from the OMD team to get you interested!

OMD Intro

OMD Seminar – Ontario

Have fun!

Discovery Mondays – Predictive nature

It sounds like a techie term, but I assure you it’s all about dogs.

Talk to me mama!

Talk to me mama!  Photo courtesy of Pinnicle Photography.

A lot of Jaxon & my journey through agility has been about learning to be a team. Whether through running courses, trials, or just out on our day to day walks, I’d say Jaxon is starting to appreciate the fact I’ve been talking more of his language lately.

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