Above: A walk on the downs
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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.
It's two days since Sasha's vestibular episode and this morning I rang the vet. Sasha seemed better but what really worried me was the amount of steroids she was taking...
Sasha had a vestibular attack yesterday and had to be rushed to the vet.
This is something that we read all the time on agility forums so I thought I'd write a bit about something that really has nothing to do with agility
The minutes of the ALC meeting held on 11th July 2019 are available.
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 I looked at the code and it was totally out of date.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.
Jilly's Blog - Why do Hoopers?
For the last four weeks Jilly has been going to Hoopers classes and she's doing very well. This week Sasha decided she would take up Hoopers as well. Read more about Hoopers on the blog...
For those who are looking for a copy of the Hooperholics rules you can find it here.
How Jilly's coping following her seizures . The vets have finally decided that Jilly needs medication to bring her fits under control
I'm delighted to say our new Coleman Galileo tent survived it's first outing in spite of the horrendous weather. Jilly did well at the show and we took some comments on board that really helped.
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.
The hoopers page has been updated. Hoopers is the fastest growing dog sport in the UK. Everyone's doing it. Find out more and find out how to make a Hoopers hoop.
Jilly bounces back after a traumatic week and we spend two hours training the fastest lines with Dave Munnings. Read more on the blog.....
We have a terrifying ordeal this week but hopefully all is well now....read more on the blog.
This morning I was sent a brilliant document from our Wag It Games trainer Melissa Chapman...read more on the blog
Four things to do when you're old and fat and you think the courses are too fast for you. Honestly they're not.
Dog Blog - Weaves that Wow and a dodgy wait
Here's what happens when I don't maintain criteria on the wait at the start. We did manage to fix it this time....
In my new video I've just learned how to fold a pair of socks. No, don't go away. It might be useful for camping. On the other hand....
Some of the other dog blog articles
Fun in the snow - We had lots of fun when we got snowed in.
Monday 17th December - The final run of 2018 in what's been the most difficult year of my life.
We did it. We got our wait at the start - I've put a great deal of effort into retraining Jilly's wait
Seeds, seeds and more seeds - Getting rid of seeds out of their coats.
Getting a great wait at the start - Retraining a serial wait breaker
This is the story of a serial wait breaker. It started with a few broken waits then a trail of broken waits and finally absolutely no wait at all. Sound familiar? Are you as desperate as I was? Read more in the bits section....
Progression in 2019
For those who are a bit confused about the new rules for progression the Kennel Club now has a page that explains exactly what you need to do to progress to a higher grade. How to progress in agility
Kennel Club - New rules from January 2019
The Kennel Club has announced the new rules to apply from January 2019.
It includes a lower dog walk and tougher criteria for moving up the
grades. If you have a new young dog and you're grade 3 you can
start the dog in grade 2. New jump heights will come in on 1st
January 2020 and there will be a fourth measured height.
Kennel Club ALC Meetings
Links to the minutes of the meeting and all the annexes held on 12th July are available. This includes the recommendations for new jump heights.
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?
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.
We've learned lots about contacts on our training courses.
For those people who have just got a puppy this is a really good ebook. If your puppy has got to the hooligan stage (adolescence) there are some excellent chapters to help you through this difficult phase.
Visitors to Agility Bits may have noticed that the website has been quiet for a while. Sadly I have to give you the news that my beloved husband Bernie passed away on 21st July 2018.
Some of the bits in Agility Bits
Make your own equipment. Lots of ideas and designs for jumps, contacts etc.
Get lifetime cover with the PDSA
Petplanet has lots of great Christmas deals plus their usual sales offers
Petplanet is also well known for its budget cages which are brilliant value.
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.