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Dreaming about agility...

Dreaming about agility…

Not one to pass up a good deal, especially when the only cost is time.
One of our favourite Agility gurus is Susan Garrett. We’ve been following her for a little while, and I do rave a bit about her 2×2 weaves.

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Workout Wednesday – Agility warm-ups

Does this count as a stretch, Mum?

Does this count as a stretch, Mum?

With all the Agility we’ve done over Summer, I’ve come to realise just how fit you really need to be to get the speed up with your pup. Especially if you’re doing the One Mind Dogs method, you’ll need some good stamina and speed out of obstacles for a quick run.

More importantly, there has been a lot of conversation around warm-ups for agility. Both for Humans and for Puppy dogs.

My husband is a  personal trainer & running specialist (convenient), so I asked him to put together a quick warm up routine for us humans to do before an agility run.

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Summer camp recap x2

Going through the tyre! Photo courtesy of Le Hammer.

Going through the tyre! Photo courtesy of Le Hammer.

It’s been a busy Summer, and we capped it off with one last day training with the great team at Canine Fun Sports. Le & Keith worked hard to challenge us, teach us new tricks and keep us having fun.

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Workout Wednesday – Heel

Ready!

Ready!

 

One of the mainstays for all dog activity is the position of heel. Very often you will first learn this position in your Obedience class, and while the dog is on the lead. It’s great, however, to mix up your training and practice the heel on both lead and off lead – in a controlled environment like your home, garden, enclosed dog park etc.

As with all our training, short bursts work wonders to keep your pup interested, having fun, and thinking! I recommend 10 minutes a day – 5 minutes at morning and evening meals – to get a new behaviour in place & start reinforcement.

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New training attempt – OneMind Dogs method

 

 

Along with our One Mind Dogs trend this week, here is a video of us trying out some OneMind Dogs method – the Jaacko.

No where near great yet, but you will notice a couple of things if you’ve watched some of our videos before.

We are getting speed with motion!

I’m not tripping over Jaxon.

Some work yet on flapping arms and flying arms, yet it’s a good start.

Workout Wednesday – Who’s your daddy? (bowing)

Will Billie play with me?

Will Billie play with me?

When Jaxon was a wee puppy, we took him along to puppy school, as you do. Jaxon was a very quick learner, and always seeking attention, so one of the early tricks we were able to teach him was bowing.

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Summer Camp recap

Photo courtesy of Le Hammer: Summer Agility Camp

Photo courtesy of Le Hammer: Summer Agility Camp

What a big weekend! We attended Summer Agility Camp with the Canine Fun Sports team – Keith & Le.

They have a great set up at their home base in Castlereagh, and we were (OK, I was) excited to be spending the whole weekend learning more about agility!

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Yummy nom noms

If I'm good I'll definitely get treats!

If I’m good I’ll definitely get treats!

We’re getting ready for Summer camp! As well as organising toys, human food, shade, and seating, I decided to try some high value treats for Jaxon’s rewards. The camp is three days long, so I knew I’d need an arsenal of treats.

Thanks to our friend 1st World Dog, we have e a great recipe book in Foodie Fridays to choose from that are tried and tested.

I chose Liver Fudge  and Kangaroo Meatloaf (I call it meatloaf as I accidentally added flour) to try out.

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Workout Wednesdays – Wait

 

Waiting....

Waiting….

Every dog needs a few good tricks up their sleeve, but one of the mainstays for every dog is “wait”.

This is a handy command that comes up in many places, and can even give your puppy a good reputation for good manners.

As with all our training, we suggest just 10 minutes a day over the week, broken out by 5 mins at mealtimes (ie: morning and evening).

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Sneeze!

Here is the video of Jaxon’s Sneeze!

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