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1/8/11 12:45 A

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I'll have to check out your other group. I guess everybody is too busy out running their dogs to post any thing. That is where I've been the last couple of days. We've had beautiful weather that is about to end so I had to get in all the practice I could!

So, what kind of dogs do you run?

Nancy

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Thanks again, Nancy....I've gained back 20 pounds over the last two years out of the 50 I originally lost, but I'm on it! If you want, check out the other group I'm the Leader of, it's Starting Over: Weekly Mini-Challenge Group.

This week we're doing a water challenge, which I'd be glad/happy/estatic to copy over to this group if we see some interest.

I sent the email off yesterday and thus far....nothing. :(

L.

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1/4/11 6:29 P

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An e-mail sounds like a good idea. I posted a question about what everyone's agility goals for 2011 are to try to get some discussion going. BTW, congratulations on your weight loss success!!! It looks like you are really doing well!!!! -- Nancy

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1/4/11 4:24 P

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Thanks, Nancy!

So far, you are my one and only response. Perhaps I'll send an email out to the group and see what that nets us as far as interest! :D

L.

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1/4/11 2:32 P

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I'm with you about getting this group back on track. I fell off the wagon and haven't been around for a while but I am rededicating myself to getting healthier. So, let's see if we can get things going!!!

Nancy

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No posts to this Team in a while....wondering if you all would like to see it become active again???

There was very little posting going on over a year ago, so I became disinterested and stopped posting too.

Give me a shout out if you'd like to see this Team really DO something!

L. (Lynn)

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I too am trying to lose weight in order to be able to run my dogs better. I am having trouble getting where I need to be and lost a Q last weekend because I was too far behind my dog so he spun right in front of the last jump on the course.
I am also looking forward to the health benefits that will come with the reduced weight. I find that my hips and knees are very sore now after a day on my feet at agility or flyball.

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Wyatt and I are back to agility classes and doing good. He loves the dog walk and table the most so far, but we have many more things to learn.

For those of you with big dogs and long legs (Wyatt is a large greyhound), how did you teach them to go through the tunnel and those types of things? We've been exposed to the tunnel (collapsed) and last night we got him to put his head all the way in it and even step on the bottom of it when he stuck his head in....not too scarey, but that's as far as he would go. I don't have anything like a tunnel at home...for now.


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Here's my thought on being heavy and running agility dogs... I am at least 60lbs overweight but I still feel like I can get a decent speed while on the course. I have 3 current agility dogs and my youngest has yet to trial. My first, a BC, isn't terribly fast and when I am really running, I don't have any trouble. My dobe is quite a bit faster. I do notice that I can't run as fast as I'd like to get a lot of those nicely timed front crosses. Can I still run him and Q??? Yes, but I know we could do better and shave of some time if I could get where I need to be. Now my youngest BC in training is like a lightening bolt! He is one of those fast BC's that if you don't tell him where to be, he will make the decision on his own. Could I work distance and make it happen??? Yes, but I definitely increase the chance for error and he is also a green dog so I need to be there to help him where he needs it. I guess what I am saying is that we can definitely train distance and make it happen, but are we really getting the best performance out of the dogs that need more??? Probably not.

For those of you that know her...I do some training with Dana Pike and I can tell you that she sets our training courses to RUN our dogs. She runs USDAA mostly and I really appreciate the courses she sets, but it really makes me realize how fast I am vs. my dog and how much better we could be as a team if I was there and giving direction when my dog needs it. I think she has really pushed me to be a better handler by making me try to get there and really see what I am capable of rather than where I assume I think I can be on course. I was never a person to develop a plan B but now I always walk the course first thinking of where I "should" be vs. where I might be and always know I will have a better run if I can get to the should place.

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I know some very heavy (bigger than me) women who have great runs due to their distance handling. But I do see your point about fluidity in motion is often lacking with the out of shape or unconditioned handler. Can a handler be both over weight and conditioned for the task? Just as one can be thin but not in shape.

Ken Fairchild, lean and conditioned, doesn't just zoom around the course but has a quick fluid motion. Julie Daniels, also lean (almost too thin) and conditioned, has a more animated style than Ken. Lo Baker is heavy (to put it mildly) and is also a top trainer, handler, instructor. I have seen people who can stand in the middle of the ring and cue the dog around the course.

I'm not running anyone right now. I gave my Mags to DH last summer. She is now MX MXJ OF 8 QQs and nearly 500 MACH points. My plan was to have a our male out this spring. We don't do much CPE but I do think it is a good way to bring a dog out.


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I am new to this list and hope that it can become more active! For those of you who have achieved goal weight or are close to it, can you share the difference you have seen/felt in running your dogs?

Recently I mentioned that I was trying to lose weight/get fitter because I have a very fast dog that I am just starting -- my friend said that I did not need to run faster but just to teach the dog to work distance.

That doesn't make too much sense. I know what it means but the people I watch run who are overweight -- even with distance skills -- rarely have clean, smooth runs -- not to mention they look like they might have a heart attack at any moment!

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Knock knock.... Anyone still here?!?

Well after a year (maybe longer) absence... I'm back!! i've been missing for so long, becuase I've maintained my goal weight of 145lbs (yay me!) and I'm proud to say I lost an extra 5 lbs. without even trying afterwards (double yay me!)

So now that I'm a solid size 8, I figured why not keep going? I'm 5'10", maybe I could have that lean toned model body, why the hell not! Ok, maybe I don't want to be that skinny, But I wouldn't mind being super-toned. So I'm back to SP for the time being :)

In agility news... well, there is none. I'm focusing Zelda on flyball. She likes it a ton more, plus it fits easier into my schedule. In the meantime, I got another puppy, Gambit. He's an Australian Shepherd beagle mix. I wanted an Aussie for agiltiy and flyball, so I saw him on an adoption site and scooped him right up. And then I started to train him....

I feel awful saying this, but he might be the dumbest dog I've ever met. I love him to pieces, he's super affectionate, and also one of the most adorable dogs I've ever met. But when God was giving out brians and coordination, he skipped over Gambit :) Gambit is constantly falling, hitting his head, running into things, jumping over things (and completely missing), all with a smile on his face and tail wagging! So my agility dreams for him went down the toilet a long time ago. Gosh he's cute though :)

So that's my update. How's everyone else??

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Wow! I can't believe no one has posted in here since last year! OY!

Let's get this team moving again, shall we?

L.

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Ha Ha Ha! That's great, Ute!!! Just goes to show you, they can ALWAYS surprise you! :)

L.

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Well hello, I have been absent, but I definitely missed you all. I didn't do much agility (except to play around when I had the club building to myself), but I do have to report that my poodle Bunny achieved her Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International titles on Nov. 11. I had not planned on taking them with her, but my labrador Velvet failed both (too friendly, didn't stay sitting for the approach of the friendly stranger and the petting), so I yanked my sleeping poodle out of the car to try the next class with her, and she was one of two dogs who passed in that class. I was so proud of her. Never thought that she would be the one to be so successful.

Hugs to all!
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Hey girlie! Great to see you posting and congrats on maintaining your loss. I hit my goal sometime in April or May too and same thing here...still keeping it off! Yeah us! Not ready to let go to SP yet tho, still here hanging on since I don't quite trust myself yet to remember to do all the things I should to keep it off.

October 17 will be my 1 year anniversary back on SP!

Hug that little puppy for me, he sounds like a QT!
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Hi everyone!!

Its been so long, I just wanted to check in. I've reached my goal weight back in April, and so far I have kept it off!! I'm still a size 8....woo hoo!! I've also been able to introduce ice cream and cheeseburgers (my favorites) back in my diet, in moderation of course ;)

Agility, unfortunately, has fallen by the wayside. I just don't have the time to work on it. If I had a backyard, it might be different. But with a full-time job, and lack of facilites and equipment in the area, its just not feasible. Also none of the classes in my area have fit into my schedule, as they are usually during the week, and during the day at that. I still take private lessons once in a while to make sure Zelda doesn't forget the obstacles, and we've really been working on her attention. Maybe one day when I have a yard, or when my fiance makes millions and can support me (in my dreams :)) then I'll really start it up again.

Flyball has been more condusive to my schedule, and that's fine becuase Zelda LOVES it!! She hasn't competed yet, but we're working on it. Maybe the tournament in November, or at least the warm ups.

I also got a new puppy!!! YAY!! His name is Gambit, and he's an Aussie/Beagle mix. He's about 4 months old now. He is such a clumsy little love bug, and also a terrible bundle of energy! But him and Zelda play all day long, and keep each other busy. Hopefully he'll love agility and flyball as much as Zelda. i'm thinking with Aussie in him, that should be no problem.

Hope everyone is doing well!!!

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PupPPower! What an awesome photo!!

L - you are welcome to use any of the agility photos I put in my SparkPage photo album. These were taken either by me or by a friend of mine. She's given me permission to use her photos of her boys.

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Hi all,

You may have noticed that I've changed the 'front page' picture up. I'll be happy to change it weekly or monthly...whatever...

If you'd like your picture posted, just send me the pic(s) at: winpins@gmail.com and make sure I know if I need to give photo credits to anyone for each pic submitted.

Thanks to PupPPower for emailing me the current posted front page photo!

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Hey guys..no, I'm not entered this w/e. There was an ASCA show, but I decided, due to the heat, not to run my older gal, then entries closed and I got left out. Sigh.

Oh well.

Also, you can go to www.cleanrun.com to look up trials in your area! I go there a lot! :)

L.

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Nyayne.........Thanks for the info. I found a few trial events in my area. I want to go watch the different groups and courses. Since Zeus is not particitapting do think it is a good idea to bring him along to see how he does it that environment or would it be distracting to the dogs competing? Thanks again for the input.

By the way; your Bostons are beautiful.

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L Do you have a trial next weekend? We do here in the NE with an extended forecast for temps in the 90s. Maggie doesn't mind the heat. Our first trial was June 06, same venue as next week and it was mid to high 90s.

Stella went into season at least a month early so she can't run. Every 5 months is getting old. At this rate she could be in 3 times in 08. At least I know she won't be in for the Thanksgiving Cluster.

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For AKC an easy to use site is infodog.com go to the show calender for your state. You can look at agility only or everything.

Look up CPE(canine performance events) I call it agility lite but it is a lot of fun. I think it is a great way to get your feet wet. I have two not ready for AKC that will begin CPE this fall so we will have 4 runniing in CPE.

We've done USDAA. I've never done NADAC. There are a few Teacup trials around here which I will probably do at some point. We are also near some FlyAgility. If you search for any of the above you will fine listings for trials.

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Good Luck with the upcoming fall season everyone. I live florida and hope to attend some trials to observe. Does any know how I can find out when/where the trials are in west/central florida? Zeus is almost done with basic obedience and is doing pretty well but we have a long way to go before he's ready for agility. I want to be sure we have a good handle on the basic sit/down/recall stuff before we try anything fancy.
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Fall season is just about to start here in Atlanta, GA. It's been in the high 90's and 100's for the past couple of weeks with no rain...miserable...

We finally had a bit of rain today but it only lasted about 30 mins tho that's better than nothing.

I FINALLY got my mini-ramp this past week and it is heavier than I thought. Boo. I can't move it around by myself so I'm getting my husband to help me for now until I can rig up something. Cannon is entered in an AKC show in September...we'll see. He's been doing well in class and seems to have been relieved after we went back to the 2o2o.

Any suggestions for if he blows it off in the ring? For instance if he MAKES the contact but doesn't do the extact 2o2o we've been training? We can 'correct' in NADAC but that's the only venue...I'll get whistled off in any other, so any suggestion is welcomed.

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Babryant, I don't think you have to worry about the heat for the min pins. I run Bostons. My first AKC trial was with Maggie with temp well into the mid, maybe upper 90's and humid in an open field. Bring lots of water for you and the pups, set up a shade tent or park in the shade(or both) have a silver woven solar canopy(or 2)to reflect the sun.

If there is a water source which you can park near a hose with nozzle and pool(cement mixing pan) is good for the cool down. Most trials will have a community pool for the dogs. The more the merrier. People parked near you will thank you.

A lot of people have the small honda generator to keep fans going. One venue around here is a 4-H fair grounds that has electiacal outlets all over the place. I actually saw a small AC being used in a tent or screen house with soldi sides, a bit extreme!



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Any one here try flyball? Our Maggie is a natural. With just a few practices she went out as a alternate running every other heat and walk away with FD the first day and FDX the second.

Where we train also does fly agility. A flyball box is place at the mid point of an agility course which means the dog carries the ball for the second half.

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I'd like to hear how you all deal with running in the heat....I've not entered a show in NC this coming fall because tho it's outdoors under cover, I just don't want my little ones to have to deal with that.

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Thanks, Ute! As always, you are so supportive! :)

L.

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Hey all,
I did notice how great Lynn looks, and you others aren't far behind. We are quite a beautiful bunch!! I have helped set up PR workshops at our dog club, and we'll see how that goes, if it is going to be a success or not. We'll have 16 teams in our building, and we will review and train competition obedience of various levels. I am very excited. I will be helping with the Recall Workshop, that is always great fun!!

Hugs to all!

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Contacts we train 2on2off with the word touch. But with stella we changed to running since 2o2o made her shut down. Maggie has a great start line wait and great touch when training but at trials she pushes the limits. Drives my crazy. I don't know what it is about trials. I'm lucky she has hands signals so I can get her to sit at the start line even though I'm already out there. As I said she pushes it.

Maggie blew through NA NAJ and OA in a few trials. First out was 3 Qs of 4 runs, second was 2Qs of 3 runs, you get it. Second, third, and fourth trial weekends she got a new title. For excellent A I often pull her after the second fault which my husband disagrees with. He says just run her. Plus, the smarty pants knows about the jack pot cooler and can't wait to get to it. This past weekend we ran a local CPE trial, first in a year, and I had someone else place the cooler.

We are rather new, only one USDAA, no NADAC, a few CPE, 5 AKC weekends.

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Thanks, Leone. I think typing it out helped a lot...could use some input from others though, too! :) All suggestions welcome.

PS: Anyone have a suggestion for a July challenge?

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I really can't help here, Lynn. Both of mine are trained to the end--not necessarily 2on 2off. That position seems hard on a small dog's back. And we compete so seldomly--only twice a year, that I don't have much to compare with. But it does sound like Cannon is confused and afraid to make a mistake. Once you get your mini-ramp, you should be able to get his 2X back by consistently training for it. You may only want to compete in those venues that allow training in the ring, too. At least until you get your consistency back.

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I do have a problem that maybe you guys can help me out with. I'll lay it out for you and let me know if you have any suggestions for what to do.

Cannon is a 7 pound Miniature Pinscher, 2.5 years old, first brought out Spring 2007

I got him when he was 5 months old and began training immediately. For the last 1.5 years he saw nothing but 2o2o contacts. I accepted nothing less (not on the teeter though - teeter is run-to-the-end-&-ride-down) from him. When/If he missed it in class I would reach down and drag him back to the contact and issue the command "Target - Wait" and not until I said OK was he released from the position.

Well, comes spring and we debut. He starts out making all contacts, then after a couple of shows he starts running the contacts, even after I said target. NOTE: Not MISSING the contact, just RUNNING them.

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In ASCA, I reached down and dragged him back to the contact (losing the Q of course).

In AKC, I downed him immediately after the contact (sometimes getting whistled off, other times going on).

In USDAA, I either downed him or paused, then continued, getting the Q, but not the performance I trained for.

One time, I picked him up and walked him out of the ring.

Now, in all venues, remember, he was NOT MISSING the contact but I experimented a little by NOT calling the command TARGET at the end of the obstacle and allowing him to run through them. Eventually, we want a running contact anyway. We did that experiment with Stuart Mah's recommendation after he saw Cannon in a seminar.

Cannon began, however, to not miss the contacts by a smaller margin than I would like solely for the safety issues of not reaching the ground properly, so we began to re-examine what was going on.

Also, in class now, he is jumping off before the contact and he IS missing them.

I think he's confused. I've now asked different things at different times and my corrections have not been consistent. I want to revert back to the 2o2o because he understands this. Thing is, I CANNOT reach down and touch Cannon and drag him back to the contact in AKC or USDAA (immediate whistle off and possible more severe consequences).

Question: If I revert back to the 2o2o for a time, what 'correction' can I/should I use that doesn't include touching him if he runs through the contact zone in a trial setting; making the contact, but not giving the performance which we've been training???

It's tough....hope you guys can give me some insight and let me know what I'm missing.

PS: I've ordered a mini a-frame from E-bay, should be here shortly.

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Steph, that is so good to hear, on all accounts! Hiking! Wow! I was inspired by Katy, a friend from another group to start it back up in Feb. of this year and well, I just haven't stopped yet! LOL I'm now Hiking Diva!!! hee hee I'm glad you enjoyed it too...if you have pics to share I would love to see them!

Way to go!!!!

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Hey everyone!! I was inspired by Lynn's mail message to post. She's right, we need to get back to chatting, I miss it!!

Lynn, you inspired me to go hiking this weekend. We brought Zelda and she had a blast. She's a pretty good hiker for a skinny dog!! :)

The agility class went well. She gave me a lot of good information, and we spent most of the time learning how to increase our bond so Zelda wil actually listen to me. She knows how to do the obstacles, that's not the problem. But she needs to watch me!! I e-mailed her to set up another lesson, so hopefully she'll get back to me soon.

I miss you guys! Did everyone see how good Lynn looks??!?! WOW!

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Congratulations Giraffa, on everything!! Your life is just goooooood right now!!

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You would be really lucky to work with one of her students--Congrats. Also CONGRATS on the wedding date. Best wishes.

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Well, emoticon are in order on both accounts!!! Lucky duck!!!!

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I have very exciting news!! Just by a stroke of complete luck, I stumbled across the name of an agility trainer not to far from me, and I quickly contacted her. Turns out, she was taught by, and currently works with Tracey Sklener, one of Susan Garrett's assistants (yes, THE Susan Garrett!!). She has also attended Susan's camps, and was taught by her, and worked with Buzz (of Shaping Success fame!). Quite a pedigree, huh?

Anyhoo, we were on the phone for a half hour talking about by weaknesses and my goals, and how I can get there. She was by far, the NICEST trainer I've ever spoke with. She seemed so genuine... most trainers are just like "This is when my class is and these are my rates." She didn't even mention any of that at all, but she's going to send me the info. She also has "internships", programs for people who want to be dog trainers. I'm really thinking about doing it, if only to help build my relationship with my dog. SO EXCITING!!

Oh yeah, and one more thing that I totally forgot to tell everyone.... I'M GETTING MARRIED!!!! I got engaged on April 12, set a date of 10/11/08. SO EXCITING!!

lol...I'm very excited.

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I've just been very busy--but still read everything. I'm up for a challenge.

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Sorry, I've been reading but not posting much. I've been very discouraged but am trying to snap out of it. Maybe a June challenge would be just the thing!

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I know! Nobody has been posting in this group for what seems like weeks! I guess I got a bit discouraged....I have a June Challenge for you guys if anyone is game. I'll post it...see if anyone responds. ;)

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Hey Lynn, its almost June. Where's our challenge?!?!?

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Did somebody say 'kick'? :) hee hee

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I'm up for a challenge! I need something to give me a little kick in the pants

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Hi Leone!!! Glad you are here and checking in. Super you haven't gained! Congrats!!!

You know, I didn't post a Challenge this month because, well, this really isn't a Challenge team, but would you all like for me to post a challenge for June? I have one in mind.....
Let me know.

:)

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I'm here, too! It has been a very frustrating month--the b&b has been really busy, out of town meetings, and of course the best part was my semi annual agility competition. BUT no progress with weight loss. I'm tired and tend to eat more for that reason, and exercise has been sporadic at best. BUT I'm still here and will get enough sleep one of these days. On a better note--I've not GAINED anything.

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Thanks Lynn! Glad to be back :)

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Yeah! Welcome back, Steph!!! Congrats to you & Zelda!

I have a Seminar with Stuart & Patti Mah this Thursday & Friday. I can't wait! Anyone ever had a seminar with them before?

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Oh my goodness, what DID happen to everyone?! Including myself, where did I go?? Lol. I'm still here, jsut haven't been on Spark much once I met my goals. Rude, I know. But I really miss you guys, and miss all the agility talk. Looks like I'll have to keep checking back frequently!!

I just fininshed my agility class with the instructor I like. We actually did a whole coarse, and Zelda did great!! Well, except when she stopped in the tunnel to sniff out the left behind treats. Once she finally came out, she was super fast and did awesome. Still a lot of work is needed on the weave and teeter. Our next class starts middle of June, and hopefully by the end of that, we'll really be rolling!!!

Miss you guys!!

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Hey Ute! Thanks for posting! I wonder if they have a scholarship program! hee hee...

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Hey L,

you are not alone!!! I am working so much that I fall into bed at night (read blog, might explain more) and am out of this world snoring alongside my trusty poodle. I have to leave Spark for the weekend for now, because there is just not enough time in the day to do it all, and I am still adjusting to my schedule, and the physical adjustments of pretty hard work. I wonder when my skeleton is going to crumble, hahah.
Where did everyone else go? I hope to get this group going again soon. We had such a great bunch of people on here.
I just saw that Karen Pryor has a program to become a certified Karen Pryor trainer. You can do the course online, but have to attend numerous weekend workshops with a certified KP trainer. The whole thing costs about 5600 Dollars, and there are 3 trainers within a 3 hour radius of myself. I am very excited about it.... so as soon as all our debt has been erased, and my daughter has undergone her orthodonist treatment, I will do that.... could be years.... if we still have to put them through college..... oh nightmare....

so to all here, have a great day, and I hope to check in again tomorrow!!

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Ok, I'm beginning to think I'm alone here!!! ACK!

Just FYI, I'm leaving for a dog show tomorrow morning and won't be back until Sunday evening. Not sure I'll have internet access.

How's everyone doing on their SP goals?

L.

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Where are all ya'll at??? ;) No posts in a few days! I haven't posted a Challenge for this Month yet but maybe I should, eh? Let's put our heads together for something, shall we?

I haven't been online all weekend because I've been out hiking. Here are the links to the pics if you want to see:

5/5/07: Horse Pasture Falls, NC:
http://tinyurl.com/38fksz

5/6/07: Tray Gap Trail, part of the AT:
http://tinyurl.com/33nbb9

Hope you all enjoy them!

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Somethings not right here - where I train, dogs are separated by level of advancement. NO dog is required to do full-height contact obstacles until the third or fourth session - and since many dogs repeat sessions (like mine - 5 times she has been in this 6-week Begin 1 class), it can be months before they attempt them. Is it possible that they only have one class so they have to group everyone together? Not the best way to handle it! A 10 month old should not be required or even requested to try full size stuff - or even jump their required height. You may need to pull out and work some simple things at home - it is possible. There are some agility groups in Yahoo you might look at. If you have a rescue - BaggageAgility - interested in CPE or NADAC - they all have groups. Many discuss training at home when classes are available.

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You know you are addicted to Agility when.....


....you have a nightmare about being at a National agility trial and you forget your Dita's back at the hotel and have to buy another pair! And the thing is, I've never been to a national event & I don't own a pair of Dita's!!!!

LOL

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TigerG, I would speak to the people who own the facility. What background in Agility does your instructor have? Her style of teaching doesn't sound positive and uplifting and afterall, agility is just a GAME...it should be enjoyable & fun, not a chore and never demeaning to the handler or the dog.

I recommend you read the book by Susan Garrett, her latest, Shaping Success. That is the quintessential (to me) method of teaching agility; positive, reinforcing, encompassing. If you read it and understand that agility is about communicating with your dog in the best possible way, you'll better be able to decide how to judge your instructor and to see for yourself if she is way off the beaten path from the ideal. Then, if so, I'd get out of the class fast and ask the owners for a different instructor.

It's hard because agility instructors are not TAUGHT to instruct in most cases. I still would like to know her background, though. That might shed some light on her preferred method, if she has one...and if she's instructing, she should.

Do let us know how the class goes tonight...good luck.

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