Above: In the training field
Agility Bits News and Updates
A combination of medication and the pandemic has led to a bit of weight gain for Jilly. I had to buy some scales and put her on a diet so that she can compete again.
New Style Blog
I've updated the blog so that it's easier to use. You can find it here. All the main articles are there and I've put the more personal entries and updates on a separate page.
Can I say thank you to all the companies who want to work with me to improve Agility Bits. Before you email me please would you read the information on the Contact Us page.
I was reminded of a funny story the other day about something that happened to me at a match. I thought it could happen to anyone but on second thoughts it could only happen to me.
How do I get started in dog agility?
This question is often asked by people who would love to try some agility with their dogs. Here's an FAQ page that will help beginners to get started and have some fun in this great sport of ours.
Rover - Our New Partner
I'm delighted to announce that we have new partner. Rover is a really comprehensive directory of dog boarders, dog sitters and dog walkers. I put in my postcode and found some good results for people in my area who could look after the dogs in an emergency. I do have people who can help out and who have helped out when the chips were down but what if those people weren't available? Do have a look and see what you think.
For those of you who use desktops or laptops I came across this very old page on my website. Alas it was no longer working and Google was complaining. The page showed a selection of Jamie's toys and when you put the mouse over them they moved and squeaked. I looked at the code and it was totally out of date. I couldn't even remember how it was written so I spent several happy hours working out how to get it working again. It doesn't work on mobiles. Getting sound to work on mobiles is a black art but one day I may go down that road. I think I might need to go to the crossroads at midnight to achieve that though. Perhaps I need to get out more.
Got the tent, got the dogs and entered the show but what about a garden for the dogs? I'd thrown my old windbreaks away and needed to make a new one n a hurry.
Here's a really easy recipe for home made dog treats and the dogs love it. There's a link to my YouTube video on the page as well.
Here's the brand new web page to go with the vlog. I'll be updating it with progress and new ideas and hopefully it will inspire you to shed a few pounds.
I've updated the old web page on losing weight seeing as I'm at it again. I've also added a link to my new vlog with part one of my brand new weight loss plan. It's all part of the keeping up with, and getting ahead of your dog strategy for those of us who are not in the first flush of youth.
I made a barn door tyre and it works. To have a look at this marvel go to the equipment pages. It's actually quite easy to make.
Put your dogs on the Activity Register online.
Sasha and Jilly have discovered great fun activity using the dog's natural athleticism to negotiate natural and man made obstacles.
Are you looking for a show near you?
There are no shows at the moment due to coronavirus but they will be back.
The Kennel Club has a useful show finder tool on their website where you can search for any kind of Kennel Club licensed show to enter or go as a spectator. It includes
Agility, Breed / Dog Showing, Canicross Race, Flyball, Heelwork To Music, Obedience, Rally and Working Trial/Bloodhound Trials
You can also find useful Kennel Club links and all the minutes of the Agility Liaison Council Meetings on the Kennel Club page.
Some of the bits in Agility Bits
There are lots of interesting articles in the blog covering all sorts of subjects from training and hoopers to competing at agility with an epileptic dog.
Make your own equipment. Lots of ideas and designs for jumps, contacts etc.
All sorts of things from getting a great startline weight to folding socks for camping. There are pages on losing weight for humans and of course a Hoopers page.
All sorts of information on how to enter your first shows. If you just want to get started in agility have a look at the FAQ page How do I get Started in Dog Agility? where you'll find answers to the commonly asked questions
Most dogs love agility and this breeds directory includes comments from handlers of various breeds.
Groomers Online always has lots of offers and now they have a new loyalty scheme. For every £1 spent online you will earn Pro Treat points that you can turn into credit to spend on anything on the Groomers website
Handy links to the Kennel Club Agility Pages, including minutes of the Agility Liaison Committee meetings and the Agility regulations.
A light hearted look at the funny side of dog agility including how to teach the dogwalk using a chicken, a cat and a plank.
Are you having trouble naming a dog? Most of the names in this section were sent in by visitors to Agility Bits and they may give you inspiration. The names section has just been updated and you can send in your own dog names if you want to.
I'm going to give these a whirl the next time I need something for the dogs. They have really competitive prices, free delivery and 15% off your first order. They've got to be worth a look.
Here's a selection of games to play with your dogs plus a couple of daft computer games.
I've been playing with the site and to make it tidier I've used a menu icon at the top of the page instead of using acres of screen. I hope you like it. It should work on mobiles and various different browsers. When I have time I'll put it on all the pages.
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