SparkPeople Dog Agility Enthusiasts Team Messageboard For people who are training or competing in the sport of Dog Agility. If you want to get better fit in order to run Agility courses more efficiently and faster, join this group and get support! SparkPeople Dog Agility Enthusiasts Team Messageboard Accomplis hments... Harley and I earned our first title this weekend in Novice FAST. I was so VERY happy and proud! It seems we either go big or go home. All of our Q's have been 1st places... It's definitely all or nothing... <em>334</em> <em>205</em> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:22:53 EST Upcoming Trials... Does anyone have any upcoming trials they plan to compete at? I'm in PA. I'm planning on going to Latrobe in February and Zanesville, OH in March. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:55:10 EST Dog lovers Hi! I am Sue. I am 61 years old and want to lose 30+ lbs. I have a mini poodle that I got for several purposes. He is 10 months old and we are in basic obedience class. <BR> <BR> When I did "My Vision" chart one of my motivators was Dog Agility. I saw the sport one time and fell in love. <BR> <BR> I hope to begin training in the next few months. Some say dogs need to be 2 years before they train. What do you say? <BR> <BR> I have other goals for him, but for right now I am "traini... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:33:43 EST Q #3 - How can you add more exercise to agility? We all know that just running agility won't make us lose that extra 20 (or 50, 100, etc.) pounds that we need to. But how can you work more exercise into your agility routine? Mon, 9 May 2011 11:59:54 EST Question #2 - Losing weight makes it easier to? Motivational fill-in-the blank question - <BR> <BR> Losing weight makes it easier to... <BR> - or - <BR> Losing weight will make it easier to... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:41:50 EST Question #1:What is Your Weight Loss/Fitness Plan? Trying to get some discussion going - What is your weight loss/fitness plan? What type of exercise do you do and how often? What does "eating healthy" mean to you and how have you been working toward it? Wed, 2 Mar 2011 11:40:01 EST Agility Practice as exercise? Do you count your agility practice as part of your daily exercise? If so, how do you count it? <BR> <BR> I practice alone or with 1 other person so I don't have a lot of down time in between sequences but I can't decide whether or not to count practicing agility as part of my exercising. It does cut into exercise time though. I was curious what everyone else does. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:15:09 EST How did you do last weekend? Deb, tell us how your trial went? Hope you had lots of fun! <BR> <BR> Nancy Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:30:19 EST Do you train with a professional trainer? I was just wondering what every one did to train. Do you train with a Professional trainer? With an Agility Club? With a friend? By yourself? Seminars? If you do seminars, which ones have been your favorites? <BR> <BR> I have done all of it except really train with an agility club. Now though, I train by myself because it is a 4 hour round trip drive to any kind of help for me. It is really hard to train by myself and I really think my youngest has suffered from not having a class. <B... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:57:09 EST Agility Goals for 2011 What are everyone's agility goals for 2011? <BR> <BR> For my older dog, Dorrie, I want to just relax and have fun running her and start working toward her PAX title (or PACH whichever they have when we get there). Last year we earned our MACH 2 and I decided to move her to Preferred the last trial of the year. So, now is the time to just relax!!! <BR> <BR> For my younger dog, Annie, I want to help her LOVE agility. She has had some problems and I think that it is because I have not had... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:17:09 EST One Change at a Time "One change at a time" - that's the theme of my journey to fitness. In dog training/clicker terms that means that I'm going to become more of a splitter and less of lumper. <BR> <BR> My revelation came from reading Karen Pryor's new book "Reaching the Animal Mind" when she talks about TAGteaching. I knew that I wanted to get healthier, but there was something in the way. "I can't go to the gym because I have a trial coming up and I don't want to be sore" or "I have class three nights a week,... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 13:27:44 EST Maggie got her MACH title. I am proud to say that our Mags did, she got her MACH. Plus she is invited to AKC Agility Nationals 2011. She didn't make the top 5 breed cut for Eukanuba but that is okay. Sat, 25 Sep 2010 12:19:30 EST Looking for a Sparks Buddy Hi all! I'm not exactly new here but I've been gone for a while. Due to some health issues, I got off track the first time and now have GOT to get back on track. I am an agility addict and am hoping to find another agility addict to be a Sparks Buddy. <BR> <BR> I'll tell you a bit about myself so you can see if you would be interested in being buddies. I live in Oklahoma and am owned by 3 Cardigan Welsh Corgis. I started training in agility in 2001 with my little girl, Dorrie. We beg... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 13:44:14 EST Your opinion please on an ILP AKC dog This is the #2 AKC Boston with an ILP for Eukanuba 2009 <link><BR>_of_christenson.htm </link> <BR> <BR> I don't care if the AKC opens the trials to mix breed dogs. I don't care if they do a top 5 mixed breed for each jump height at Eukanuba but don't tell me this is a Boston Terrier. Thu, 23 Jul 2009 08:57:30 EST How do you handle the heat? Don't know who all is getting the heat (100+ degrees for so many days I've lost track) that we are here in Oklahoma but I was just wondering how everyone handles agility practice in the heat? Do you take time off? Do you go out in the morning? Evening? Keep a pool handy for cooling your dog off? Shorten your practices? <BR> <BR> I used to have a trainer that held our lessons at noon and 1:00 all summer. They said that your dog needed to get used to working in the heat because it was hot... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 11:35:27 EST Just right I was hoping I would find an agility group when I joined Spark! Yay. I really want to get myself skinnier and in better shape so I can be better at my sport. <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Leila and I live in the Chapel Hill, NC area. I train and compete in agility with my Cardigan Welsh Corgis. My first agility dog, Keegan, is retired now so I am now only working with one dog, my youngest, Nikita. I mostly compete in USDAA and AKC. I've been considering giving CPE a try though thats just one more... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 11:18:31 EST Cats and Dogs skinned alive in China.sign petition <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Please visit this link to get informed and sign the petition to put an end to this horrible practice occurring today in China. 500 dogs and cats are tortured in this fashion every day in China. I hope many of you will join me in putting a stop to this atrocity. <BR> Sun, 28 Jun 2009 01:07:50 EST AKC Online Entry Service Survey My complaint to AKC reps at agility trials was the added cost of having to over night entries. We received this email today. <BR> <BR> Dear Agility Competitor: <BR> <BR> The American Kennel Club's Online Entry Service for Agility Trials is an easy and fast new way for exhibitors to enter trials. <BR> <BR> For first-received trials, you have the advantage of entering online as soon as the event opens - and avoiding the expense of sending entries via overnight mail in hopes of getting in. ... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:59:06 EST What agility equipment do you use at home? We have a number of jumps including a triple, one tunnel, weave poles, table, and A-frame. <BR> <BR> We made our single jumps. Bought the triple at a trial from Max200(located in Weedsport, NY) <BR> <BR> Our tunnel is from Rocket tunnels (NH) decent prices. <BR> <BR> We have lots of poles, 12 home made stick in the ground, set of regulation channels from Max200, and a set of 2x2 (6 poles, 3 bases) from Arf Agility in Maine, also good prices. We bought the regulation after we saw a problem ... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 11:32:58 EST Magazines, Journals, Newsletters.... Which do you read. <BR> <BR> We read Clean Run Agility Magazine the monthly exercises are great for any level. You just need a few jumps and maybe a tunnel. <BR> <BR> We love the helpful information in Whole Dog Journal. <BR> <BR> We get so many offers which I will try for a year the above 2 are keepers. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 11:04:24 EST Did you go to a trial this weekend? Just wanting to know how everyone did if they showed this weekend - we can use this topic to report our successes and such. <BR> <BR> Pati Sun, 17 May 2009 22:08:11 EST Let's hear it from the TEAM! I recently joined this team and was looking at some of the member spark pages. It looks as if many of the Team have reached their goals and dropped out. I was wondering who all was still around. I love to talk agility and agility is what is motivating me to lose weight. So I was wondering if we could do kind of a roll call. <BR> <BR> Let us hear from you--where you live, what venue you show in or are taking lessons in, what kind of dogs you have, any thing to help us get to know each oth... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:34:46 EST Is or was your dog afraid? I'm very new to agility and am doing it with one of our rescued greyhounds, wyatt. He is 5 years old and I don't really know his background other than he is an X racer. <BR> <BR> He is quite timid around all the agility equipment so I've had to work slow with him. Simply getting him to look at something is a big deal. We've had several accomplishments and the biggest one was when he went up and over the A-frame....several times in a row and finally seemed to enjoy it. Well...several we... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 08:26:30 EST Not really new here, but . . . I've been simply signed up because I like agility. I have a Groenendael who just turned 1 in December, and we just went to our first agility class last night. I was surprised at how well Coco did on some of the new stuff. <BR> <BR> I've been watching agility matches on TV, and I have a friend who owns a facility for dog shows/training/kenneling so I can watch matches almost monthly. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing from others! Wed, 21 Jan 2009 07:29:45 EST running visually impaired dog My MACH hopeful (not our breeding & a spay) is now visually impaired. I knew something had changed this spring. Her problem is vitreal floaters, dorsal degeneration and cataracts. If you are not familiar with floaters they jump into your line of sight. Mag's are significant in both eyes which are a great distraction. Think of something, a bird, flying into your face. Having a cataract myself I can tell you that they disperse the light in the eye like a prism. Had it since I was a kid before s... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 12:26:47 EST Time to come clean and start again OK, for the last few weeks I've been fighting migraines and feeding them. It's time to "stop the madness" and start again. I just felt it necessary to post this for accountability sake. <BR> <BR> "My name is Elizabeth Demko and I LOVE CHOCOLATE!" LOL!!! <BR> <BR> Hope all the mothers had a good weekend and here's to a great week ahead for all of us. <BR> <BR> Liz. :) <em>211</em> Mon, 12 May 2008 12:18:48 EST Live Like You Are Dying One of our most amazing local competitors, Lis' Kristoff, is fighting her final battle with breast cancer after an 8-year war. Two weekends ago, after being told she has only three weeks left, this nationally-ranked competitor made her last run with her Chinese Cresed, Diva, to earn her ADCH. Lis' has set an incredibly brave example for all of us, and you can send her a message if you visit: <BR><BR>sicles.html Wed, 23 Apr 2008 19:34:44 EST Big Day Ladies, I've done. I reached my goal weight. I've lost 62.2 lb. I'm going to try for a few more gone, but if I stay here, I'm perfectly happy. <BR> <BR> Keep it up. It's so worth it! <BR> <BR> Nita Thu, 17 Apr 2008 17:29:31 EST Got Puppy Pics? fun contest will help Rat Terriers is a site where you can send in a confession about your dog, or from your dog (they explain it better on the site). the dogfessions are 4x6 cards decorated and mailed in. There are contests with super prizes (I know I've won A LOT of them). <BR> <BR> Anyway, each entry to earns a charity in NY a buck apiece. For March and April, they are adding PUPPYFESSIONS and for each Puppyfession recieved, the non profit org I am involved with gets a... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:58:46 EST Agility translated to Fitness Okay, I've been bad. REALLY bad. I've only logged 117 fitness minutes for the year. Sure, I've done more. And since I'm chairing a 3-day AKC trial this weekend, I thought I should get proactive about getting my "props" for agility. So walk-throughs count for something, and since I normally "run-through" three or four times before actually running my dog, I get a nice little 5-minute jog in, right? Multiply that by the number of classes, and finally I'm feeling like I'm not a total bum! :-) So... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 18:25:39 EST hi i live in central new york with my belgian tervuren, chase. we've been doing agility for about 2 years and he's doing really well - when he focuses. i also show him in breed, therefore he's unaltered and he finds the girls in class very distracting! he's getting better, but it's challenging. <BR> <BR> we train at a place about 20 minutes from our house. it's run by 2 sisters and they really make it all about the dogs. they even have a halloween party (complete with costume contest) and ... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 09:37:40 EST I got the neatest pet first aid kit today I got a package in the mail today. <BR> In it is the coolest dog first aid kit. <BR> <BR> The kit is in a nylon zip bag aprox 7" x 7" x 5" deep. Inside of it are over 60 items! and on the outside is an emergency whistle. <BR> <BR> Included are: <BR> Anti bacterial soap, blanket/tarp <BR> collapaible food and water bowl <BR> cpr shield <BR> 4" roll flex wrap <BR> K9 Quencher electrolyet replacement <BR> leash <BR> Re-sealable bags <BR> Clean up bag <BR> emergency ID tag <BR> sissors <BR> Kwi... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 16:45:25 EST Agility cues? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Zoe took her first, and only, agility class a few months ago, and I have since decided to work harder on her obedience before getting back into it. We are now onto an advanced obedience and doing more off leash work around other dogs (distractions), which is what Zoe needed. <BR> <BR> I have just purchased a couple of jumps and have set them up in my basement, so we can practice. <BR> <BR> My question is, do you use words, hand signals or both to direct the dogs th... Mon, 14 Jan 2008 17:08:30 EST Calling all agility addicts!! I joined this team about a month or so ago, hoping to get together with some agility "nuts" like myself. With relation to SP, I'd enjoy talking about trials (and the volunteer table full of food) as well as how people deal with "being on the road" at these trials and how they plan their food. <BR> <BR> I live fairly remote and must always travel to trials which entails restaurants and motels/rvs. Anyone here travel to trials? <BR> <BR> Where are people in their agility training? Just sta... Sun, 18 Nov 2007 15:06:44 EST October 2007 Challenge: 64 or 1/2 in 24! I've done this challenge as a Mini-Challenge (one week) on another team I am the leader of and it's done very well, so let's see how this team does! <BR> <BR> It's recommended that we drink 1/2 our body weight in fluids during a 24 hour period. For some of us, that's pretty much equal to our 64 ounces. For others, it's not and could actually be unrealistic. <BR> <BR> However (you knew there was a catch coming right?), I'd like to challenge you to commit to drinking either 1/2 your body ... Tue, 2 Oct 2007 13:28:52 EST September 2007: I Dare You Challenge Typical of me with this Team, I have a Challenge for us this month, but I'm a few days into the month in posting it. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, some of you new members will rally around and make this a fun Team again. It's been so slow for the past several months, so here is my effort in bringing some life back! <BR> <BR> It's called the I Dare You Challenge and here is how it works. Each day, maybe even a few times a day, someone will come on and post a dare to the rest of the group inside thi... Tue, 4 Sep 2007 15:58:41 EST New Member Introductions Please see the New Member Introductions Sticky Topic above, under the General Discussion Forum, rather than post them here. Thank you!!! <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 26 Jun 2007 10:35:32 EST June 2007: Exercise Plege Challenge! Ok, you guys, after having May off since I didn't post a Challenge (my bad), it's time to get back to work. BACK, after popular demand: ta-daaaa! The Monthly Challenge! ;) <BR> <BR> Here is how our challenge will work for June. We'll each post the minutes of exercise we'll pledge do this month, like this: <BR> <BR> LABryant: 60/3/720/660 <BR> <BR> What does that mean??? Breakdown: <BR> 60 = The minutes I pledge to exercise each day. <BR> <BR> 3 = The days of week I pledge to exerc... Tue, 29 May 2007 13:24:35 EST April 2007: Walk 150 Miles Challenge Hello folks!!! I've come up with a new Challenge for always a couple of days late, eh? (wink) <BR> <BR> Here is what I propose: <BR> <BR> We, as a TEAM, walk 200 miles this month. <BR> <BR> Before you freak out, I think we can do this. :) How do I figure it? Well, there are 23 members on this board. If only HALF of us walk (that's 11 or 12 people) walk a total of 10 miles in the span of an entire MONTH, we will have done it! Actually we will have overdone it, but let's t... Wed, 4 Apr 2007 13:25:25 EST Does anyone make their own dogfood? If you make your own dogfood please share your recipe!! <BR> <BR> We have decide to stop all commercial dog food since the scare last week. I was feeding mine boiled chicken and rice with a tblsp of dry Iams mixed in. Now it is chicken and rice with pumpkin mixed in. Fri, 30 Mar 2007 18:20:22 EST recent food recall/ rat poison Rat poison may have tainted pet foodDiscovery means good news for sick animals <BR> <BR> (3/23/07) - ABC News has learned that investigators have determined that a rodent-killing chemical is the toxin in the tainted pet food that has killed several animals. <BR> <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> Also on <BR> <BR> Send news tips | RSS | ABC13 E-lert | Info mentioned on air | Search <BR> <BR> ---------... Fri, 23 Mar 2007 13:11:46 EST I've knocked down a few bars and DQ'd This doesn't refer to my agility competitions, it's my weightloss failure. I have fallen off the trail and need to get back on.. I have returned to step one and am starting all over again. I've had NO time for me and the last 2 weeks have been horrible now I have decided to go back to step one and do a few healthy things for me. <BR> <BR> 1 - Make an appt with my dr for a complete physical, which I hope includes blood tests for my cholesterol. <BR> <BR> 2 - With the weather getting nicer I ... Mon, 19 Mar 2007 08:14:08 EST March 2007: Clean Run Challenge Contest Ok, ladies, I've got it!!!! <BR> <BR> My March Challenge to you is this: <BR> Whoever on this team loses the most weight (pounds & ounces) by April 1, 2007 and I'm talking pounds here, I personally will treat to a 1 year online subscription to Clean Run Magazine. <BR> <BR> If you are up for this contest, you will <BR> <BR> 1. log your Current Weight and Goal Weight in this Forum as follows: <BR> <BR> CW: 133.8 <BR> GW: 129.0 <BR> <BR> Note: *It would be best if you didn't try to lose ... Tue, 6 Mar 2007 12:21:01 EST BRAGS It occured to me that we don't have an ongoing brag topic. So I'll start one, even though our brag for last weekend in Decatur AL isn't a huge one. We had six runs for the weekend and only one Q. But it was our first Q in Excellent B (jumpers) and our very first MACH points. All two of them! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> The rest of the runs went well too and I was pleased with the weekend overall. Wed, 28 Feb 2007 11:38:11 EST AKC Survey to allow/ disallow mixed breeds <BR> <BR> <BR> Give your opinion! Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:41:05 EST Whats better than a QQ? Losing a bunch o inches! Whoo Hoo <BR> I just measured in and since I started Spark People - Jan 15th, I am officially down 4 whole inches off my waist, another 4 whole inches off my hips and 3/4 inch off my neck. I am down 17 lbs total. <BR> <BR> AND - My Rat Terrier is down 1/2 lbs, the Border Collie is down 2 lbs and my big shepherd mix is down 4 lbs! <BR> <BR> We are all losers! Whoo Hoo <BR> <BR> This is a good day, and even better than a QQ - except for not getting a ribbon. I think I will make myself one. ... Wed, 21 Feb 2007 16:33:35 EST Our first time back in 6 months! Well tonight is our first night back to agility after 6 months away.. we have 6 weeks to train before the Syracuse AKC Agility Show. Everyone wish us luck on getting back up to par in 6 weeks. Our only rusty area is weave poles and as if I am having de ja vue, we ate, slept and breathed weave poles before the Syracuse show last year because we didn't do uprights yet. LOL The irony! Once again we will be practicing inside with our weavepole set... *crosses fingers* Tue, 13 Feb 2007 10:09:41 EST The pitfalls of agility (and age) I started agility almost two years ago and it finally happened--the dreaded fall. I was doing a run-through with Smithers in a packed-dirt arena and couldn't make it to the end of the dog walk fast enough to do the front cross I had planned. So I tried to "flip" him out to the right but he thought I wanted him to go into the tunnel that was under the dog walk. Bottom line, I tripped over him and landed on my left knee. But I think I was lucky. It's swollen and sore but there's no pain in the ... Mon, 12 Feb 2007 09:39:12 EST AKC Invitational Don't forget that the AKC Agility Invitational is on Animal Planet tonight, 8 EST. I'm getting together with a bunch of friends to watch. Kind of like a Super Bowl party! <BR> <BR> Then tomorrow and Tuesday nights are the Westminster (on USA). Can't wait! Sun, 11 Feb 2007 09:22:25 EST Puppy Camp and Foundation Training I'm just back from a weekend Puppy Agility Camp. It was great. It was held indoors the temps here over the weekend were in the -40 rannge so it was nice to be in a warm building. Because the pups varied in age (7months-18months) there was a lot of class room time and some really good information about goal setting vs. expectations for our new agility charges. It reminded me a lot of my Spark goals. We also spent a lot of time working on impulse control with our pups, no mugging for treats or... Thu, 8 Feb 2007 07:40:17 EST How does judging and titles work? Just learning. Interested in know more about the judging and titles for agility. I find myself listening to greek or latin when I hear about all the points and titles for obedience. What is agility like when it comes to that stuff? <BR> <BR> Would watching the trials on TV this week or weekend (not sure exact dates) help me learn more?? Wed, 7 Feb 2007 18:59:15 EST how to find trials near me?? Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on ways to search for agility trials close to where you live? I live in Minnesota and have found some listed on the AKC web site event calendar, but wondering if there are others? <BR> <BR> Are all agility events generally AKC events? Would there ever been any for beginners that are more for fun? How would I find them? Just looking for some to watch to get used to it? <BR> <BR> Chris Tue, 6 Feb 2007 14:06:10 EST New Champions Congratulations to C-ATCH Lucy and Kathleen (Kathy) <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Mon, 5 Feb 2007 18:19:39 EST Am interested in the other Spark Team you are in I have found that seeing the different teams people are on give me a different view of the person and their interests/personality. How fun it is to learn about other people. Am wondering what other groups the Agility people are in. <BR> <BR> The Spark Teams I am on: <BR> 40 Something's <BR> Border Collies Rule <BR> Dog Agility Enthusiasts <BR> Dog Lovers <BR> Dog Motivators <BR> Dog Sports <BR> MIXED MUTT DOG HOUSE <BR> Rat Terrier Moms & Dads <BR> Small Dogs, Big Hearts <BR> ... Mon, 5 Feb 2007 16:11:20 EST February 2007: Walk a Mile with your Dog Challenge This months Challenge will include your dog. Sorry I'm so late posting it, but life got in the way, so I'm a few days late, but here it is: <BR> <BR> Walk as much as you can with your dog, one of them, if you have more than one. Try for a mile at least 4 times a week. <BR> <BR> Post your progress and discuss your results here. <BR> <BR> PS: I'm late getting this posted for the month of February because I actually hiked 8 miles with my older agility dog today. Wha-hoooo! I faired bet... Sun, 4 Feb 2007 21:24:39 EST Introduce Yourself and your dogs Hi may name is amanda and I have two dogs. Sasha, german shepherd, is my 2 year old baby and Sampson, Shar-Pei, my 11 month old. <BR> <BR> You can see them on my webpage here. Sun, 28 Jan 2007 22:17:37 EST Beware of TUG dog toys and throw rugs!! Hi guys! A few months back I went through H@LL with Mylo, my oldest min pin. I left him in laundry room with his bed and his rug while I ran some errands. His tummy must of been upset, becuase he ate the rug. We are talking 2 1/2 foot longs of carpet fiber here. We took him to the vet who said to give him canned pumpkin to move his bowels and clean him out. That worked sort of for a day or two. Then he got an intestional blockage from all of the carpet and he had to have surgery to remove it ... Sun, 28 Jan 2007 13:57:46 EST Fun Pet Website! I found a fun new website called, its like MySpace for your pet! Its worth checking out. <BR> <BR> I started a page for Zelda: <BR> <BR> I notice a lack of agility groups on there.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sun, 28 Jan 2007 11:30:11 EST Agility book? I think somewhere in all our posting, someone mentioned a book that is a MUST if training your dog for agility. I couldn't find that post (maybe it was on a different forum). Can anyone tell me the name of it? I *think* it was written by Susan something... Sun, 28 Jan 2007 10:38:58 EST My newest agility dog doing great in Puppy class I just started a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (yep, I know not the number one choice for agility dogs) and she is doing AWESOME in class! <BR> <BR> This is week 3 and she is so happy to work. She also learned to behave in a soft crate without scratching the door. <BR> <BR> Since I have multiple high drive dogs in the top levels of the venues I participate in, it's fun to have a novice dog. <BR> <BR> I also just started handling a dog that hasn't worked for anyone but his owner before. It ... Sat, 27 Jan 2007 19:20:17 EST wow. I DID Lose weight doing agility In my first week of Sparks, I lost 5 lbs. Thought it was cause I was "going" all the time and it was water weight. <BR> <BR> 2 days a week I have agility classes from 7:30 am until 11Am - a steady stream of classes with different dogs. <BR> <BR> On the other 3 weekdays, I have 1 or 2 hours of class with the other dogs. <BR> <BR> I show most weekends. <BR> <BR> SO, I added a 1 mile walk to my T/TH routine (with a nice lady I met here on SPARKS - Joypop is her nic - and her dog). <BR> <BR... Fri, 26 Jan 2007 14:19:10 EST Wish me luck? No, not even luck, just a brain would do fine. I'm leaving for a trial in a couple of hours and my main goal for the weekend is not to get lost! I've been having a hard time since moving up to Excellent. I know the course when I go in, but sometimes when I come out of a front cross I get discombobulated and go the wrong way! My trainer has been working with me on this, but needless to say, I'll be avoiding front crosses if possible! <BR> <BR> I used to think that the so-called Menopause Memo... Thu, 25 Jan 2007 09:27:32 EST OOC: All Those Points Hey, way to go with all the points Pangaea! <BR> <BR> As a self-declared point ho, I'm impressed by those who manage to gather so many more points, and am always looking for ways to increase my point total. <BR> <BR> Care to share your secrets with us wanna-bes? <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 24 Jan 2007 17:58:44 EST OOC: All Those Points Hey, way to go with all the points Pangaea! <BR> <BR> As a self-declared point ho, I'm impressed by those who manage to gather so many more points, and am always looking for ways to increase my point total. <BR> <BR> Care to share your secrets with us wanna-bes? <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 24 Jan 2007 17:58:21 EST New handler to the group - meet the dogs Hi <BR> I am new to the group. Glad to see other agility people here :) I figured since my littlest agility dog has been on a diet for months, I should be too! <BR> <BR> I show multiple breeds in multiple venues. AKC and CPE are the trials we go to most often, but we have titles in USDAA, NADAC and ASCA as well. <BR> <BR> We are a part of the PM2 Dog Agility Team and we are proud canine ambassadors for the Active Care line of dog food by Breeder's Choice. <BR> <BR> Currently on the team: <... Thu, 18 Jan 2007 16:57:21 EST Favorite Trial Foods What kind of foods do you eat when at a trial? I always pack breakfast and lunch food to avoid concession stand or fast food. Here are my faves: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Banana (110 cal) <BR> Boiled egg (85 cal) <BR> DelMonte Fruit Naturals: red grapefruit (120 cal) <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> Flour tortilla, pita, or wrap with meat and/or cheese or peanut butter <BR> <BR> Snacks: <BR> Balance Gold Chocolate Peanut bar (210 cal) <BR> Luna Bar Chai Tea (180 cal) <BR> 100 calorie snack packs (Che... Thu, 18 Jan 2007 15:22:23 EST Hi there I'm new to this group and have been at Sparkpeople for about a two and a half weeks. On Saturday I picked up my new puppy, Chechu, who's now just over 9 weeks old! I'm really interested in starting agility with him and want to make a course in my backyard. Any suggestions on how to make obstacles that are small-budget friendly? <BR> <BR> Oh and he's a aussie cattle dog/border collie/heeler mix. I might want to look into frisbee with him as well. Wed, 17 Jan 2007 21:20:52 EST Upcoming trials So who has trials coming up in the next month? I'll be in Franklin TN the last weekend of this month and in Decatur AL the last weekend in February. The second one is the same place where I got sick in November. I think I'll have to wear a mask there this time to make sure my asthma doesn't flare up from the dust. Tue, 16 Jan 2007 12:56:10 EST Counting Cardio on Trial Days We went to a trial this last weekend, and did really well, yeah us! But my question is really about how to count/track cardio involved in trialing. I know I'm getting a ton of exercise on trial days, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to count it. <BR> <BR> I ended up doing 2min/run at a jogging pace, and tossing in an hour of slow walking to cover all the extra moving around I did for the day. <BR> <BR> Anyone have a better way to count it? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 10 Jan 2007 11:13:59 EST Greetings to all My, how this group has grown in the month that I've been gone!! <BR> <BR> Bottom line--I got sick at a trial in Decatur AL on Thanksgiving weekend. A nasty bug developed into bronchitis and pneumonitis, which had me hovering on the brink of pneumonia. By the time I got over it the holidays were upon us and I was woefully behind on everything! But now I finally feel normal, the family is gone, and I'm ready to enter the Land of the Living once again. <BR> <BR> Oh, and our runs at the trial ... Tue, 2 Jan 2007 09:21:55 EST January 2007: Daily Exchange Challenge Ok, you guys, this is our Challenge for January. It's called the January Daily Exchange Challenge. <BR> <BR> It challenges each team member to exchange one step backwards with two steps forward, on a daily basis. The daily exchange can be anything that will benefit you in your weight loss program (more fruits & vegetables, staying within your calorie range, exercise, water, decreasing your stress level, etc.). What follows are some examples: <BR> <BR> 1) Some days we may want, really, r... Fri, 29 Dec 2006 12:04:26 EST Howdy from Kansas! Hey all, I'm super excited to find an agility group. I have a pembroke corgi that I do agility with...when I have time! Unfortunately this past semester in vet school we had surgery lab (doing spays and neuters) the same day as my agility class (I train with Lori Micheals- she was on the World Team this year with her sheltie Skye) and I wasn't able to make it to any of them. School just gets in the way of my dog sports! <em>234</em> We only do AKC and Hank currently has his OA and OAJ and w... Fri, 29 Dec 2006 01:25:50 EST End of Year Challenge! Ok ya'll...I'm a little late getting this out, but why don't we do this quickie Challenge for the end of this year. <BR> <BR> Let's each lose 2.5 pounds by the 25th! Now that might not sound like too much, but picture it, an entire pound of Crisco off your body is a major accomplishment! <BR> <BR> So that gives us 2.5 weeks to lose 2.5 pounds :) <BR> <BR> You can do it!!!! Are you in??? <BR> <BR> L. Fri, 8 Dec 2006 15:50:08 EST Leslie Nelson Seminar Hey guys, <BR> I just came home from a Leslie Nelson Seminar (Totally Reliable Recall DVD), and loved it so much. I am totally tired and exhausted in a good way. I will report more tomorrow. You guys all have a lovely rest of the weekend!!! Man, it is the first time in about 20 years I am going to bed before 8pm without being sick, hahah. Sun, 3 Dec 2006 19:42:16 EST My YouTube Videos <BR> <BR> Hey all, I hope this works. I put a little video of Bunny on YouTube. We were working on her turning left at the time. (And waving, you see her trying to earn a "waving click" at times). I basically do all the tricks I teach them via freeshaping, but I am just at the beginning, so there is a ton of stuff to learn and improve! <BR> <BR><BR>4A <BR> This one is of Velvet. She is learning to pick up to... Wed, 29 Nov 2006 18:15:40 EST I would happy if I could just..... Sometimes I have to break down my goals into ittle-bitty bits in order to see that I AM making progress. I'm an 'instant results' kind of person and having to wait until the next weigh-in sometimes just 'kills' me. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I went ahead, couldn't stop myself, and tried on my Size 8 pants this morning cuz, though that's one of my END goals, I can't seem to get there fast enough. Of course, I didn't fit into them and while that was a bit disappointing, I had to 'back up and punt' ... Tue, 28 Nov 2006 14:21:55 EST Nothing to do with dogs, but I ahve to brag! I've been thinking about going on a diet for a while, but I finally did on October 6. Me and a co-worker decided to start a Biggest Loser competition, and we got about 10 others in the company involved. Everyone put in $20, and whoever loses the most weight by December 21 wins all the money. It was a great motivator to kick start my diet! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was our halfway point weigh in (we're only weighing in twice, yesterday and the final weigh in) <BR> I am the winner do far, with a ... Sat, 18 Nov 2006 10:36:58 EST Our Agility successes from last night Well, here we go... <BR> Bunny has made it onto both the big and the small table in front of all those dogs. And she ran through the tunnel so well (with wagging tail), that we put a little towel over half of the exit even (pretent baby chute) and she still came running through. The other day with my husband there, I even got her to jump through the hoop. I think she is beginning to see the fun in this. <BR> Velvet went to the club hungry, and since I had outdone myself with attention exerc... Fri, 17 Nov 2006 16:13:16 EST Holiday plans So what do you guys have planned for Turkey Day? We're off the hook this year cause I'm going to a trial! My husband and I are leaving Thursday around noon. This will be interesting because he's never gone to an out-of-town trial with me before. I figure he'll be bored to tears by the end of the first day! <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 17 Nov 2006 15:02:05 EST Colitis--ugh Agnes has had recurring diarrhea and loss of appetite for a day or two about once a week for the past two months. Through the past two months of testing the vet has pretty much ruled out diet, bacteria, and parasites. I know that giardia and whipworm can be hard to catch but he is confident that he would have caught it by now. My fear is inflammatory bowel disease because others in her line have had it. I won't even speak of my greater fear because this is exactly how it started out with my f... Tue, 14 Nov 2006 16:19:38 EST Agility in Arkansas Last night I got back from a two-day trial near Little Rock. No Q's but we sure learned a lot!! <BR> <BR> Lynn, have you ever run under Gordon Simmons-Moake? I've attended a seminar by Jane but this was my first time to run under him. His courses were very challenging! Especially for little dogs, which he himself admitted. <BR> <BR> Our first run on Saturday morning I got lost after the 3rd jump! I literally woke up on the other side of an off-course jump and had to regroup while Smithers ... Mon, 13 Nov 2006 14:00:35 EST Just joined, Hi! Hi everyone! I'm so glad I found this group. I have a wonderfully fast, agile and extremely energetic dog. I started her in agility classes, but now that the sun sets early and its getting cold, no more classes until spring. I would love to get her into agility, but I'm at the spot where I jsut don't know even how to begin, other that taking classes. So I would love some advice if anyone has some. <BR> <BR> So thought i'd say hi from me and my baby Zelda! Sun, 12 Nov 2006 16:59:29 EST Getting/Keeping Attention I hope it is okay to post questions on separate threads. Well, just tell me if it annoys you. I would like to know how you have taught/handled the attention issue. My Bunny (the poodle) has not issues there, she is basically glued to me with her eyes the entire time when she is not in her crate, and I don't even need a leash for her. <BR> Velvet, the lab is a tougher one for the attention. She loves to sniff around for food (ever hungry, I have started giving her double portions before going... Fri, 10 Nov 2006 07:31:57 EST New member-- -SCHNOOTIE Hello and welcome! I'd love to hear about your dogs. Do compete in AKC, USDAA, and/or NADAC? <BR> <BR> I have three pugs, one competing in agility/obedience/rally and a year-old pup in training. The third is semi-retired. (She loves to train but isn't a fan of the show ring.) Wed, 8 Nov 2006 15:45:06 EST Introduction Schnootie I can't believe I found this team. So let's get right to the point..... My name is Ute, I am 37, lucky Mom of human twin girls (14) a labrador (4) and a poodle mix (3). I am learning Agility with both dogs, without the ambition to ever compete (my trainers have laughing fits about this statement, because they think I am too far gone with agility excitement to ever turn back). I use only positive reinforcement methods to train, usually the clicker. I do a lot of freeshaping with both dogs. Bun... Wed, 8 Nov 2006 15:42:08 EST Runs on YouTube Here are 4 of my 6 runs from last weekend. <BR> <BR><BR>iM <BR><BR>cg <BR><BR>Oo <BR><BR>3g <BR> <BR> Unfortunately my Q on Friday didn't get recorded cause my friends weren't there yet. Now I wish I would have asked someone to do it! Tue, 31 Oct 2006 14:16:35 EST Good luck!! Good luck at your trial this weekend! <BR> <BR> I'm cutting out of work a bit early today to go home and pack. I'm leaving for Brandon MS at 6 tomorrow morning so I need to have everything ready tonight. <BR> <BR> Have a great time running with your dogs!! <BR> <BR> Kathy Thu, 26 Oct 2006 13:24:54 EST Starting a new guy Lynn, how old is Cannon? I have a young guy who'll be a year old next week. I'm hoping to have him ready sometime next year, maybe in the fall. <BR> <BR> Are you going to the Newnan trial? I went last year but it's a little far out of my range and I'm entered in a trial the weekend before. Meaning I probably won't enter. Tue, 24 Oct 2006 13:32:35 EST Cover Photo Credits Cover photo taken by Tien Tran of Tien Tran Photography. <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 22 Oct 2006 10:56:47 EST