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8/25/12 5:35 P

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Hey Y'all, I'm in Nashville, TN. Trying to get back in shape after getting obese and out of shape over the past six years or so. Even though I joined Spark People a couple of years ago, just got serious about recovering my health on June 28, 2012.
As far as agility goes, I'm a total noob. I start level 1 obedience at our local dog training club next week with my BC Jack. Then I plan to take beginning ability with Jack. Jack's three and a half years old and raring to go.

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Hi everyone!! I just found this group and have been on SP for about 2 months now. I finally got to compete in my first AKC trial this last Saturday! My little girl, Rami, is 3/4 Australian Cattle Dog and 1/4 Australian Shephard, who just turned 15 months July 3. The trial was a practice run for the club so unfortanetly the runs didn't count with AKC. We would have qualified in our first ever run in the Fast class!!! And I think she was the fastest time of all dogs (we ran 12 preferred). We're still working on those last 2 inches on the weave poles, so the standard and JWW classes we wouldn't have qualified in. But she did get all her contacts which she misses in practice sometimes because she runs so fast.

About me...I'm late-30s and want to lose 60 more lbs, only 4-legged kids. I'm down about 10 right now. I need to be able to keep up with the "rocket" (that's what the judge called her). I have some pictures on my Spark page from a practice in Feb. I have been hitting the gym more and riding the horses more (that is a work out!).

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Hi, I've been remiss in not welcoming you all sooner. I'm afraid that I am having trouble getting on the Sparks wagon and have not been visiting the posts lately. RedAussie4, we do show together and know each other. It is good to have you on the Team and, Jquibell, we have corresponded on Sparks in the past. It is good to hear from you again! Even though this group is not very active, hopefully, we can get it back going again or at least have it as our own little support group!

In case you haven't figured out who I am, I'll do a little reintroduction. I live in Oklahoma and run 2 Cardigan Welsh Corgi little girls in AKC agility.

Once again, welcome and it is good to hear from you! And good luck to us all!!!!

Nancy

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Originally TN but I am living in KS and trial in the lawrence/KC area plus i go to Omaha/Lincoln area in NE and the St. Louis/Carthage/Columbia trials in MO. Occasionally I head down to the Tulsa area.

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3/24/11 1:02 P

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Welcome to the group!
Its always good to get some fresh faces in here :)
Where are you from?


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Hey Y'all,

Our agility club All Star Agility is doing a fitness challenge and of course I have some extra pounds to shed so here I am. I run two aussies and my hubby runs our third. We are welcoming our newest aussie addition this summer who will be my husband's next competition dog. I have been a member of weight watchers for years but can't seem to stay on program for more than a year. I LOVE running and love running my dogs and compete in USDAA, AKC, ASCA, and to some extent NADAC. I am also participating in the couch to 5 K program currently so hopefully eating better and getting back into running will help me get back on track. I know a few of y'all already as we trial in the same area:)

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3/4/11 11:29 A

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I'm back!

Hey all, I'm not new, but I've been away for quite a while due to the birth of my second daughter :) So it's time to get back in the saddle and take off this baby weight!

I'm also an agility addict with 2 dogs and also from the Great White North :) My superstar is a 7 year old BichonX, and my "baby dog" is a 6 year old NSDTR. Here's to running faster, cleaner, and lighter this agility season!

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Post a question for us, Sandam1!!!! I would love some tips and suggestions. I fell off the getting fit wagon and am trying to get back on so I am just getting started and need all the help I can get.

No one was posting any thing in this group and since agility is the tie that binds us, I started talking agility to get people going. Besides, I love talking agility and, just having other agility people that I know are in the same situation I am, helps me stay motivated. I can't always think of some thing related to weight loss to say. But,talking agility keeps me in touch so that, when I do have a diet suggestion or question, I will feel like I have someone to ask. So, I guess that is my weight loss tip -- stay connected to other Sparks People!

So, start us off on the weight loss theme!!!!!! I know we would all wecome it!

Nancy

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Glad to see that we've got a bunch of new members that all love to brag about their dogs (have you ever met an agility person that doesn't?). But I'd love to hear fitness and/or diet suggestions (or the reverse - problems that you're having) combining agility and weight loss.

Amy ~ Buffalo, NY ~

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Yes I made it here too...

Wow now we have the Border Collies, the Corgis, is there anyone on here with Boston's? They are all my favorite breeds to watch! I've seen some pretty fine All Americans too (that's what Gizmo is registered as.......)

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Donette, good to see you joined the group. Just got here myself.

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Welcome to the group, Donette!!! I think that is so great that you and your son do agility together! I wrote a note on your page but wanted to welcome you to the group. Hopefully, you can help us get the group active again!
Nancy

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Never try to teach a pig to sing --
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Hi all!

Just found this site and I'm sooo happy! I have 3 dogs at competition level and a baby in training. My first is a not your typical Border Collie. He is a little on the slow side and needs alot of coaching, but he is very consistent. My second is a Chihuahua she is my fastest right now and can beat the Border Collie in time. Our third is my son's dog. She is an out of her mind Cattle Dog/Aussie mix. She will be doing her first trial in almost a year next month. Our last is another Border Collie and she is fast, but has only been training a month. Agility has given me so much, bonding with my dogs, I'm not as shy as I used to be, and best of all it has given me a bonding with my 12 year old son that I would not have had otherwise!
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Re. Wine Country - no, we didn't go. And considering the weather, I was soooo glad. We tend not to do anything more than day-trips for AKC trials. We'll be at DOTCORNY in Rochester on Friday (we're wait-listed for Sunday).

I'd *really* like to see this group get more active (in more than one way). I'd love some support/ideas and become buddies with other agility folks. To that end, I'm going to start a new topic "One Change at a Time" where we can "chat."

Edited by: SANDAM1 at: 10/15/2010 (13:09)
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Hi! I am living in TX and have been doing agility with my dogs since 2001. I have visited the SparkPeople site off and on for the past several years, but feel a renewed sense of energy on changing my lifestyle. I am hoping to find others that have similar likes so I've joined this group.

Currently I have 3 dogs all Weimaraners. I have Bailey 11 and retired, Erwin 5 and competing and Finnley 11months and in training. I definitely could use being in better shape just to make it through the days of NADAC shows that start at 7 AM and go pretty much till 7 PM some days.

Anyway...Talk to you later

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Will you be at the Wine Country Cluster in Romulus, NY Sampson State Park next week?

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Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I am from Buffalo, NY. I run a borrowed Sheltie, Rowan, and a BC mix of my own, Missy. Rowan is a superstar, just finishing his CATE is CPE and is in Elite in NADAC and Excellent in AKC. Missy is a bit of a project (she loses her brain at trials) and is at level 2/3 in CPE.

Last year, I decided that I was tired of coming off course out of breath, and I joined the local YMCA. I was pretty faithful with doing swim aerobics two days a week and cardio one other day for the fall and winter, but come spring, it trailed off.

Now I'm trying to get back in the groove - one small step at a time. I've been working out two days a week and just sign up with a personal trainer, who I really, really like. My first small goal is to be in shape for our club's NADAC trial at the end of August. In March, I was dragging big time with the 170-190 yards courses.

I hope this team is kind of active as I'd love to hear from other agility folks and their journeys.

Amy ~ Buffalo, NY ~

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Hi Everyone
My name is Joy and I am owned by 3 dogs, 2 border collies and a border collie terrier mix. I train and compete in flyball and agility with my dogs. I live in Ottawa and so far only compete in AAC agility.

My Dogs:
Keel 2 yr old male border collie. Just started trialling this spring
Mojo 1 year old female border collie/terrier mix in training
KIF 9 yr old male border collie just adopted 3 weeks ago. Rehome who already has his ADC and SGDC.

I just joined Sparkpeople and began my journey on April 12th. Was sparked to get going after posting a video of Keel at an agility trial last weekend and was told I needed to run faster. I have 40 - 50 lbs I need to shed and am pleased to have dropped 3 lbs in my first 3 days.




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Welcome. I have one that needs 6 QQs to MACH then we have three otheres coming out as soon as we get the weave poles clean.

I would love to see this team do something. I would also love to see this team and dog sports to become one.

BTW dog sports needs a leader.

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Hello everybody. I am new to the team and very excited to meet other dog agility enthusiasts here on SparkPeople.

Me and my two boys (both adorable mudds) have started our dog agility journey a little over a year ago. We are still attending classes and have not competed yet (this is not high on our priority list). We are having a lot of fun, but still a lot to learn...

I am looking forward to learn from all of your experience!!!

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Great idea, Leila! I just got Susan Garrett's One Jump video and am really enjoying it.

Carol, you are so right that every dog and handler are different. I like to get ideas from any place I can. Then I can try them and see how, or if, they work for me. When I started, I was lucky enough to have a club about 2 hours away that had an agility seminar once a year with a different top name trainer. I always got at least one thing from each seminar that I use in my training and handling.

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Just wrote those down and will look into them today. Thanks so much. It's really helpful hearing for others. I really like our instructor, but there is so much more you can learn and every dog is different and reacts differently - so all of these tips are great.

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Welcome! I'm new to the group as well (but have been doing agility a while). Nancy's advice is really great and will help.

I suggest checking out the "One Jump" video that Susan Garrett has on Cleanrun.com and Linda Mecklenburg's Jumping for Awesome dogs book. Both teach a lot of training and handling with 1 jump and minimal space. 75% of agility is the jumps. You can then take a jump with you to a park or your friends yard and other places and practice there in a distracting environment. Trust me, just those little things will help tons.

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Thanks for all of those tips. I get so involved at class trying to turn the right way etc. I think sometimes I forget about Crystal too. I don't think that she is stressed, she seems to REALLY like being there, but I will keep that in mind.

The other obstacle is that my yard is a little small to practice. The agility course for class can be rented, but it's only available once a week and is usually booked. Sooo, I'm still trying to find another place for us to practice a little.

Thanks again for the pointers. I look forward to reading other posts and experiences.



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Welcome to the group, Carol! And, welcome to agility! Be careful, it is VERY ADDICTING!!! ;-)

My dog used to do a lot of sniffing on the ground for treats when we first started too. Be aware that sniffing is frequently a sign a dog is stressed. But here are a few things that worked for me: One of the most important things you can do is play with your dog a lot during agility practice. (This helps relieve the stress and makes agility more fun for both of you.) Don't just push a goodie at him and stand and listen to your instructor. Keep his favorite toy in reserve to play with only during agility. If he is not toy motivated, play with him any way you can or at least pet him and tell him what a good dog he is for a while when you are rewarding him. A wise person once told me, "You can't expect your dog to give you his full attention if you are not giving him your full attention."

The second most important thing that I did was make myself more interesting than any thing else. We played a game I call Food Machine. I took my dog up to the agility field, turned her loose and just walked around. Whenever she came over and looked at me, I would feed her a goodie then start walking again. It didn't take her long to decide that I was the most interesting thing out there. It took several sessions of food machine but it really made a difference in her sniffing. The reason I did this on the agility field was because I wanted her to associate me and food around all the equipment and smells that she found so interesting during practice. You can also use this attention exercise other places to help (although you will want to keep your dog on leash when you go other places like the park to do this).

Another thing I did was that I quit feeding my dog any goodies on a touch plate. Use a clicker or marker word in stead. (If you don't know about this, let me know, I'll be glad to tell you how to do it). Also, if you drop a goodie, try to get to it before your dog does.

Once again, welcome to the group and good luck with your agility!

Nancy

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Hi everyone! I just started agility training with my yellow lab, Crystal in January of this year. We are getting better, but she really has a mind of her own often ignores me (like last night) and is constantly looking for treats on the ground.

I wanted to join this team to help stay motivated with my weight and with agility. Any and all tips in both areas will be appreciated.

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Beth, Julie Daniels who is a great instructor & handler likes the round bed game. Take a round bed or crate pad on a smooth surface and pull it/swish it around with the dog on it. This teaches the dog how to works the body for balance. Othello loves this game.

We mainly compete in AKC events but we often use CPE in a first trial because there is no teeter or weaves.

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Hi Beth! Welcome to the team (again) and welcome to the Teeter Fear Club! I think just about everyone I know has had that problem at some time -- me included! Cheese does work well for a motivator but I have found that there is no motivator like their dinner! When I was having trouble with my new little girl, Annie, I started putting her dinner in a baggie and taking it and her out to the agility field and making her work for her dinner. It is amazing how motivated they can get for kibbles! I even took the Treat 'n Train (remote treat device for those that haven't heard about it), put her food in it and placed it on the ground at the end of the teeter. I took her over the teeter a few times and then just sat in a chair. She figured out quickly that the only way to get her dinner was to do the teeter over and over again. Worked great! emoticon

Good luck!

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It only wastes your time and irritates the pig.
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Hi everyone! I joined here a few days ago and after a poke from Nancy thought I should stop by and introduce myself. I started agility with my Sheltie Dinah last summer. We're both new at this and learning together. She's about ready to start competing, as soon as we conquer our teeter fear. (We're getting there, cheese is excellent motivation.) I'm looking forward to hearing more about everyone's dogs and agility experience.
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Congratulations! Sounds like Wyatt did great in spite of the lay off!

WOW! What a GREAT facility! All my old trainer had was an old hay field full of ruts and dead crawdads! You are really lucky to have such a great trainer and facility!

Keep us posted on how Wyatt is doing!

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Life should not be a journey to your grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming "WOW! What a Ride!"

Never try to teach a pig to sing --
It only wastes your time and irritates the pig.
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Wyatt did great! The new thing we learned was the dog walk and by the end of the class, he did two jumps and the dog walk. Ok..so he didn't quite go all the way to the end, but he got on it and seemed to enjoy it!! He made it up the first ramp and across the middle and then jumped off. It was very low and will be for a few weeks. There are 4 dogs in the class.

The new place is very nice and it's indoors. Perfect for dog sports and much larger than where she was before. In addition, I can see a nice field behind the building and she plans to use that space as well. This is the only facility like it in our area, so she should make out well, even in this economy. I don't know about parking, though, if she were to host some kind of event. I'm sure she has that all worked out and it's not for me to worry about! lol.



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If the dog is picking up on your nerves place a mint in your mouth. People do this in the breed ring. I'm not sure if this would work for agility but vanilla under the nose of the dog.

Our Stella, whom we no long trial, would either run big circles or sniff the ground.

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Good luck with your lessons! Let us know how you like the new facility. Is it indoors or out? I'm sure you and Wyatt will do great!

Nancy

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Never try to teach a pig to sing --
It only wastes your time and irritates the pig.
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After being off a month, Wyatt and I are starting our class again tonight in the new facility. Can't wait to see it and get started again. One bad thing is that we haven't practiced at all since our last class..oh oh....

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That sniffing in the ring is stress. It took me a long time to figure that out. Part of it was my stress that she was acting on and part of it was her insecurity. She always amazes me with how sensitive she is. Even when I think I am controlling my nerves, she can tell me otherwise. I guess that is part of why we love them. They know us SO WELL!

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Life should not be a journey to your grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming "WOW! What a Ride!"

Never try to teach a pig to sing --
It only wastes your time and irritates the pig.
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My papillon, Indy, was a big "ignorer" when we got into the rally ring. If he didn't feel like working, he would find anything to sniff (any speck on the floor). We got our RAE2, and C.D. and 2 legs on our agility N.A.J.(LOL!), but I still love him - he's just a goof!

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Sometimes it certainly seems like revenge! Though I think some dogs are very sensitive to our moods, emotions, and routines and it doesn't take much for them to start stressing. I know Oakley will blow me off if I get her up too early in the morning!

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Isn't it funny how they say that dog's don't remember and don't think about things like revenge? WRONG!!!!! Dorrie is real good at waiting until she gets in the ring to get back at me. She knows that there is nothing I can do to her there. Forget not paying enough attention to her at the trial! If she thinks I haven't paid her enough attention during the week, she will flip me the paw in the ring! They don't call her "the Queen" for nothing!!!!!

Nancy

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I had this happen with my guys when we first got Howie. I found that I was trying so hard to get him used to the trial atmosphere that I wasn't spending near enough time during the day with Oakley. And boy did she let me know it...

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Thanks for the welcomes! I am SO glad to see some other people still here in the Dog Agility Enthusiasts Group! Hopefully, we can get this team back up and going!

PappyMom, We'll have to look for each other at the AKC Agility Nationals in 2010! Since I live only 2 hours away, I plan on being there to at least watch. Don't know if I'll get qualified again this year or not. I've kind of slowed down trialing a little bit.

Like so many of us, I am trying to get my newest dog going. Has anybody else had problems with their older dog being so jealous of the newer dog that it affects thier performance? I had to put off my new girl's (Annie) training because Dorrie (the dog I was already showing) started just giving me the paw at the trials!

Well, hope everyone will keep in touch!

Nancy

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Welcome ANNIE, JQUIBELL, & PAPPYMOM, and welcome back to LOVER...& congrats on the 50lbs down. I would love to see this team take off.

We have Bostons, Mags took a break due to injury but is back out and doing well. She has 8 2xQs and ~500 MACH points. Originally trained by me DH runs her. Stella (was his) has taken a break because she doesn't trial well. We have 2 boys in training, my boy, Othello was out as a breed special for part of last year so he was not doing much training which set us back. DH began training Nike late fall.

We too have RV for shows & trials. I find I don't eat much. DH is more of an introvert so we don't really party with other folks. Plus we take the whole dog family so we are busy walking and playing with them between runs and in the evening before we crash early. I carry Go-lean breakfast bars for that I have to eat now feeling. Plus we keep the RV pantry stocked with single serve trail mix, nuts, canned fruit, juices and bottled water. We will have to all share our recipes.

PAPPY, I get you on having to place a dog you kept. We are soul searching that very subject. We have a girl, 15 lbs that can go over a 34 inch gate! It takes her just 2 or 3 tries to get her front feet on top of the gate and she's over. At 2.5 years she needs one major to finish breed CH. Her right ear has a deep fold which allows it to tip to the side. She has a beautiful obedience heel along with her agility potential.

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Hello fellow agility junkies! Getting back into agility is one of the reasons I joined Spark People - to keep me motivated on my weight loss and fitness goals. My name is Pati and I started agility in 1995, but haven't done a whole lot since 2006 when my marriage ended and I had less money and time to do agility. I managed to keep my interest in my dogs going with some conformation and obedience, but agility is where my heart is.

About a year ago I placed a wonderful pup that I had kept from one of my few breedings that was the absolute best agility prospect I have ever had. He wasn't getting the attention he needed, AND he had SO much energy - like a little border collie in a papillon suit. It was a VERY hard thing to do, but in less than a year with his new owners, he has his MX, MXJ and is well on his way to his MACH. His name is Scotty, and you can see a picture of him on my SparkPage. Since I live close to OK, I plan on seeing Scotty at the agility Nationals next year in Tulsa. His owners believe he will qualify w/o problem. They showed another of their paps there this year.

I have a couple other prospects I am working agility with and hope to get in the ring soon.

I am looking forward to hearing about everyone's agility stories and encouraging each other on our journeys.



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Hi Annie,
I know when I'm at trials I find it easier to eat healthier. Mainly because I have no kitchen stocked with my husband's junk food! Here's a few things I do:

1. Have healthy treats like lots of fresh fruit and veggies to graze on between runs.

2. Plan your dinners ahead of time. We had an outdoor grill for our RV and it was great because we could BBQ Chicken breasts, and other healthy meats one night and then take whole grain bread and use the left overs for sandwiches the next day!

3. Only bring enough food for the meals that you plan.

4. CARRY A BOTTLE OF WATER WHERE EVER YOU GO! It is amazing how quickly you can get dehydrated at a trial. I keep a big jug of water at the RV and carry a 1.5L bottle with me at all times. When it gets empty, I just head back and fill it up again.

5. Get in some extra exercise and playtime with your pooch. Before, and after Oakley's runs I take her out for a light walk around the grounds. This helps to warm up the both of us and get us ready to run. If I have quite a bit of down time between runs, I take her out and go for a nice relaxing walk. It helps to clear my head and work out any of her kinks.

As far as record keeping while I have no internet. I've started taking a journal with me and writing everything down. What I eat, how much I exercise, as well as notes about the course and what I need to work on in class. Then when I get back I enter all of my info into my trackers and see how I fared. If I was a little over my calorie count, I make the necessary adjustments for the next trial.

I hope some of these tips help :)

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Hi..I just rejoined the team. I'm very new to agility, but not to Sparkpeople. Wyatt and I just started taking agility classes in January, 2009. Then we had a long break while the teacher moved to a new place and we are starting up again in May. Can't wait!

As far as the RV cookouts go, that could be a tough one. The best way I can control the food at such activities is to be the cook...but it's not always possible. Be sure you have plenty of healthy choices available and try to stick to those. Raw vegetables are great to have on hand.

Also, there are plenty of recipes to help with this on sparkrecipes.com or the internet in general. Even though agility is somewhat of a workout be sure to get in some exercise of your own as well. So far it seems mentally draining for me as a beginner....trying to remember where to direct Wyatt, which way to turn, which way to face, where to end up so he goes the right way next...lol. I'm exhausted after class! It is a fun activity for us so far..not sure how far we will go with it at this point.

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Hi Everyone! I am SO glad that I found this team! I am excited to find some fellow agility junkies for company on this journey.

I took my first agility class in Aug., 2001, and was immediately addicted! It has been a long and fantastic journey but my little girl and I finally earned our MACH (Master Agility Championship) last Sept. My little girl, Dorrie, is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi (so I DO mean LITTLE) -- as are her brother and new sister. I have always known that Dorrie would be a much faster agility dog if she had a faster, skinnier handler. But, starting to train the new baby really made me realize how much my weight was holding me back. I joined Spark People just last month but fell back to my old habits while at back to back agility trial weekends this month. So, I am rededicating myself to work on getting to a healthier life.

Does anyone have any tips as to what they do to stick to their healthy lifestyle while at a trial? We always wind up having cook-outs at the RV's with lots of good food (most of it unhealthy). I also have trouble getting my water intake at a trial since the bathrooms are usually a ways away. What do you do about keeping track of things when you are away from the internet?

Thanks for any tips anyone can give me! I look forward to getting to know you all!

-- Nancy

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Hi All,
My name is Janeel and I am an agility addict. :)
I began my agility journey with my 2 year old bichon/poodle x about 3 years ago and I've been hooked ever since. She's now 5 and just earned her AAC (we're proudly Canadian) ATChC last month!

I'm now starting over with my second dog, Howie. He's a rescued Duck Toller who's going to teach me how to run!

I also have an up and coming junior handler in the house... or she will be after she learns to walk of course, who has literally been running agility courses since before she was born. (I ran the Ontario Regionals last year 8.5 mos pregnant)

Nice to meet you all!

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Welcome to the team. I wish we could combine this team with the Dog Sport team as both a small in numbers and activity.

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Hello. Our two rescued greyhounds and I are very new to dog agility, but I'm a seasoned veteran of Sparkpeople. I don't qualify as and "enthusiast" just yet, but it really is fun. So much to learn and it's a great way to spend time with our dogs.

Wyatt and I started in January and Louise just start this month. Wyatt is afraid of most of the equipment, so it's been slow but that's OK. I have so much to learn myself! A huge accomplishment was a few weeks ago when we finally went up, over, and down the a-frame! He was so happy, he did it five more times in a row. Then last week, she moved it to a new spot....we practically had to start the process over again. But by the end of class he did it one time! WOO HOO!!

Louise doesn't seem as timid.

I hope to learn even more from you all! I go to class on Thursday nights. So far we are just doing it for fun, but I'm open to whatever comes along.

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Hi Gail, Glad to see you here. Saw you on DOG LOVERS and was going to ask you to join us. Today is my first day as a leader of this team. I popped over to see if you had found this team. To my surprise I found that a leader was needed. Feel free to ask to be a leader too. This team has been too quite for too long. Maybe together we can bring life back to this team.

We have Bostons. My first Agility girl, Maggie, was ranked #13 agility BT for AKC 2008, #9 for the invite for Eukanuba. Unfortunately she has eye problems. Then this fall she injured her neck.

We have 2 boys coming out spring 2009.

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Hi, I'm Gail & I've got 4 rescue dogs, 3 of which I do agility with. Duncan is my 10 yr old Dalmatian mix, Teddy my 8 yr old Akita/AmStaff mix, Muggy is my 10 yr old Pitbull & Speedy is my 1 yr old BC mix.

I too, like some of you, have the need to loose weight to keep up with my dogs. They get much better food & more excericse than I do! I just got Speedy from the BC Rescue & found that he's MUCH faster than the other boys, so I HAVE to loose weight to keep up with him! We won't have any kind of distance training down yet, so I'll be running my butt off after him :) Not a bad thing, unless it's on course!

Glad to be here & to find others so interested in agility too!

Gail and the 'boys':

C-ATCH3, UAG-I Duncan Turner, CGC, PDI, PSI, PJII, PKII, PGII, NAC, NJC, SSGDC, SADC, VAADC, ChST, ChJU, ChSN, ChFH, ChWC, ChCL, ChJP, 2005 & 2008 CPE National Qualifier, #3 CPE Level C AMBOR dog-2008, 2007 DOCNA National Qualifier, 2007 & 2008 AAC Ontario Regional Qualifier, 2007 AAC National Qualifier, RL1, RL2, RL1X, #2 All American for 2007 in the AAC.

UAG-I Theodore Fredrick, CGC, PJI, PKI, PSI, PDI, NGC, NJC, SSGDC, CL4, 2005 & 2008 CPE National Qualifier, #5 CPE Level C AMBOR dog-2008, #9 CPE Level 5 dog-2008, RL1, APDT Rally Award of Excellence-Level 1 & 2, RL2

Muggy Chester, CGC

Speedy, Psycho BC no-so-much-a-foster-anymore in training

Jacob Wayne, RCP...playing at Rainbow Bridge

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A little about me-

I am a 23 year olds and I have been working and training dogs since I was 15(I think?) We have always had dogs until my mother got rid of our 5 dogs because we had to move into town and she didn't feel it was fair for them to go from running wild on 27 acres to a small back yard. I spent several years dogless... pictures, books and dreams filled my dogless life. During my 8th grade I became very depressed and started really gaining weight. It just kept gettign deeper and deeper. My mom finally realized that something had to be done and the summer before my 9th grade she took me out to house. Told me we were visiting some friend, much to my suprise 10 Golden Retriever puppies greated me. A chubby fluffy little male laid down in my lap and I knew I had to take him home. Little did I know that he'd change my life.

Jared got me up and active again. I did puppy class, beginner obedience and novice obedience classes. After that the trainer suggested I join Dog 4-H. I did and I had a blast. Jared and I worked out way up to state fair every single year and ended our 4-H career in Open Obedience. I also took him to agility classes and fell in love with it! I couldn't afford to take classes every month so I never competed. I actually lost Jared on the 16th of October and I feel pretty lost with out him..

Little bit more on myself - I did 3 months of classes with my step-mothers pittie mix , Callie, and shes WONDERFUL at it but no money to take classes. :( I also do private obediance training, dog walking , house/pet sitting and pet taxi.

I thought I'd join this group because I LOVE agility and my next dog will compete. I am even saving money to buy my own equipment (omg SPENDY!)

Sorry for the life story lmao

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Hi Everyone, my "puppy", Phoebe just began basic agility training this past week. She is an 18-month old Australian Shepherd and is the tri-black one in my profile picture. We got her from a home breeder when she was 2 months old but we picked her out at 5 weeks old and stayed in contact until she was old enough to separate from mom. Her 5 week picture is the background for my SparkPage. There were 10 pups in the litter. The breeder held back a male, blue-merle to keep for herself but when he was 5 months old, she realized that she couldn't keep him so she asked me to take him and I did. He's the other one in my profile picture and his name is Finnegan. I worked hard at training both of my dogs obedience. Phoebe recently passed her CGC test and Finnegan had previously passed the tests, got his license and became a therapy dog. Then on July 4th, he purposely put his mouth over my son's knee with the obvious intention of threatening my son of a bite if my son didn't relinquish the soccer ball that Finnegan wanted and my son had. Although he did not bite down, my husband said he had to go because he would not tolerate a dog that would do that kind of thing under any circumstances. So, I had to give him back to the breeder who has since found him a new home. Now, I'm down to just Phoebe, my tri-black and there's more time to devout to working with her so I decided to try agility. At only 18 months she is very obedient but, by nature, she has soooooooooo much energy. I have never had a dog before and she and Finnegan were my first ever. All of the agility stuff is new to me and I haven't been to any shows to even watch yet either. I'm going to my first one to watch on Sept 27th and 28th and am looking forward to it.

I am 25 pounds overweight and want to lose it and learn to eat healthier and to exercise. I'm 42 years old and not getting any younger. I've noticed the dramatic changes in my body from aging and would like to slow that down by becoming more health conscious. I feel very old. Part of it is because my husband is 18 years older than I and therefore our lifestyle is more sedentary but mostly it's because as I grew older, I continued to still eat the way I did when I was in my 20's and thought I could get away with it but obviously, that time has run out. I have 3 adult children from a prior marriage, ages 22, 20 and 18. One of them is married and the other two live with me - one will leave for the Air Force in a couple of weeks and the other is currently attending a near-by college and working. I also have 2 step-children from my current husband ages 30 and 28, both are married with 2 kids each. I am a college professor and teach primarily Accounting courses but also teach some Business and Finance courses. Prior to teaching, I held various jobs in accounting with my last being a Corporate Accountant/Financial Analyst.

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Hi,

I'm new. (Well, technically I was a member long ago.)

My best friend is agility obsessed, and after being dragged to show after show this summer, I decided to take the plunge. My dog, Pax, and I are signed up for our first agility class, which starts next Sunday. I am, however, over 100 lbs overweight, which makes it difficult for me to run courses. I'm hoping this class will help motivate me to lose that weight and get into shape.

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Hello!

I'm also new here!

I have a bernese mountaindog male and a alaskan malamute girl. I have trained agility with my bmd for three years now, just as a hobby. I live in finland, so we have different rules here, so i don't even know what al the titles mean..
I am going to train agility with my mal too, but shes only 5 months old, so i'll need to wait a long time with her:)



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hello all - I joined a couple of days ago. While I'm not involved in agility yet, I plan to be. My baby, Coco, is a 5-month old Groenendael, and he and I plan to get into agility classes when he's a bit older. He just graduated from puppy obedience last night (did quite well, too!), so we have some way to go yet. 8-)

I have watched agility trials on TV for years, and have always wanted to be involved.

Looking forward to hearing about agility stuff here!

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Yeah!!! I'm so happy there are fellow agility folks out there on this site.
My name is Joanne and I have 2 border collies and a doberman. Sage, Flip and Scooby. I'm in Rock Island, IL (Quad Cities) and am fortunate to have 4 training locations near here. Sage is in Excellent, Scooby is in Open and my youngest, Flip, just has his light bulb starting to flicker.
I also am involved as a foster home with the IL Doberman Rescue, Contented Canines 2nd chance rescue and volunteer for Mid America Rottie rescue. I am also an obedience trainer. I look forward to being a part of this group.

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Have just been reading the messages and thought I would join in. Have been doing agility now for a bout 14 months with our two black labs who are very enthusiastic, they are 4 years old and are brother's we have our first competition this weekend and I am getting nervous as they are both unpredictable one runs about like a whirling dervish and the other searches out poop to eat!!!!!!!!!!! When they are on form they rock but that's only once in a blue moon. Their names are Buddy and Enzo and I love them to bits. Me well I need to lose weight and stay healthy.First time I have ever done anything like this I think I will probably like it. emoticon

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It's really fun to run a dog that really gets it. Maggie is that dog. As our first agility dog she has spoiled us. She has drive and knows how to play the game. We have one that isn't bad but nothing like Mags. We have a male that should be coming out this spring with potential. Maggie was originally my agility dog but I gave her to DH last August. He is trying to get her top 5 for our breed for that June 30 cut for Eukanuba. At years end she was ranked #9 Boston for Euk and 18 for AKC.

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Hi,

We have a smaller Australian Shepherd, Misty, who loves doing agility - especially the dog walk! We started last spring at our local SPCA sponsored class and now we have a few obstacles and a tunnel here at home. My daughter and I kinda fight over who gets to do the run through with Misty when we go to class. I'm hoping to try a competition this year. When we started last year, we were so psyched that I told nearly every dog owner we met in the neighborhood about the class. And Misty's buddy, another Aussie joined us in class!

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I just registered for a class with my mixed breed Zorro. I am also going with a friend who has a long-haired Dachshund. I don't usually think of doxies as being agility dogs so it is interesting to hear of two in such a short time. Good luch at the trials.

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Hi! I'm so glad to find y'all! I'm getting ready to run in my first Agility Trial with Skittles, my miniature smooth black & tan Dachshund. He loves it!

I'm also training with my red Beagle, Baxter. Baxter has shyness issues and this, and Rally, are really helping.

I look forward to kabitzing with y'all!

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I'm excited to have found this group today. My dog, Annie, and I love agility, but we've never done it in any formal capacity...we haven't been able to find a group we can afford. We take free training where we can get it and work on the basics at home. We love flyball, too. Her brother, Max, likes flyball and does well at agility, but it's not his bag...he's lazy...

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Hello I'm Roslyn and I have just started obedience (in class 2 now) and agility with my 6 month old dobermann.
I live in Brisbane Australia and love to talk to people about agility, I watch the trained dogs and they get so excited and have so much fun, I can't wait for Izzie and me to be a part of it.

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Hi! Valerie and the Poo Twodles, here! My SP (Standard Poodle) wanted me to become healther so we can have more FUN in agility... and now I can be an SP (Sparks People) too! My sister told me about this site last week, and I can't believe how in less than a week my metabolism has changed COMPLETELY! With the fall agility season well underway, I'm hoping to not only survive the holidays, but enter into the New Year more healthful, and more competitive. Finding time to exercise outside of training has been a bit of a challenge, but I have the best "running buddy" around... and according to a Dr. Chris Zink seminar I went to some time ago, our cardio jogs three times a week are good for him too!
Cheers!

Vaya con perro!


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Hello, I'm Marianne and I'm owned by a golden, Rhaenie, and a sheltie, Boomer.
Rhaenie is my first agility dog and now mostly retired (still plays in Preferred every so now and then) and Boomer is my wild and crazy agility junky.
We compete mostly in AKC (a few NADAC and ASCA trials thrown in) because that's mostly what's available in my neck of the woods (Idaho/Eastern Washington). Unfortunately in USDAA, Boomer is of a height that would put him into a jump height class that's a little taller than I want him to jump. Did I mention he's a crazed dog, a kamikazi from the word, "ok"?
I have a bad knee (complications from 2 knee surgeries) and am working hard to get my weight down so I won't have to give up agility. I love doing agility both for my dog and me, but also for the companionship trials offer. So, needless to say, I'm pretty motivated.

Good luck to everyone in their weight loss journey!

marianne
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Edited by: WIZARDOFPAWS at: 10/31/2007 (11:02)
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Welcome Pamela!! Sounds like Zorro is a natural. I can't wait to hear about you both learning this fun, fun, FUN sport together!

Robin

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Welcome to all! Agility is such fun! If anyone had told me I would be running with dogs at 60, I'd have laughed in their face. BUT, I love it and my three rat terriers love it. We don't get to compete often--it's hard to get away on weekends when you are in the tourism business, but we do train as often as possible with a group and compete twice a year.

Your best bet is to find a trainer/group in your area to train with. It is difficult and expensive to have all the equipment and train by yourself--though I know a couple of people that have been successful doing just that! I believe there are trainer lists on the Clean Run website. That website also has lots of good books and info on the venues available.

Again welcome to this site. Journey on.

Leone
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HI Pamela!

You posted in the exact right spot. Thank you for looking at the site first and deciding where to post.

The team has been pretty quiet lately...maybe some new members will get us going again.

Welcome to you both!

:)

L.

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