Above: A walk on the downs
Agility Bits News and Updates
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 I looked at the code and it was totally out of date.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.
Just discovered on ebay - It's what everyone's looking for
Agility people keep asking about the Manners Minder and where they can get one. Manners Minder is now called Treat and Train and it's a remote treat dispenser that will deliver a treat when you decide your dog needs a reward. It's great for training weaves and brilliant for Hoopers. I first came across one in Jilly's puppy training class and I was impressed. Usually they cost £105 but I've found the same thing cheaper on ebay costing just £90 and with free postage.
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.
Groomers Online has brought back their popular Garden Party shampoo and fragrance in their June offers, and they also have an offer of 4 for 3 on their Performance shampoos. Other great offers are 10% off the Rock Solid table and 10% off Groomers tunics. If you're looking for 5 speed clippers you'll get a five speed Andis tool free.
A compendium of bits and pieces on agility training plus Hoopers and rally obedience in the Bits section
Always has lots of offers and great deals. In particular their budget cages are really good value. Found something cheaper? They offer a price match to give the best deal. It' really worth looking at their best sellers as there are some great deals.
All sorts of things like getting a great startline weight and folding socks for camping. There are pages on losing weight for humans and of course the new Hoopers pages.
All sorts of information on starting to compete and what the classes are like.
Most dogs love agility and this breeds directory includes comments from handlers of various breeds.
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.
Here's a selection of games to play with your dogs plus a couple of daft computer games.
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.
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.