Above: A walk on the downs
Agility Bits News and Updates
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....
Dog Blog - Fun in the snow
We don't get a lot of snow in Cornwall so when it happens it's quite exciting. We had lots of fun when we got snowed in. Read more in the dog blog
Dog Blog - Hoopers Fun on New Year's Day
Happy new year everyone. We’re having a lot of fun with Hoopers. I put some hoops up in the training field on New Year’s day to see if it was something Sasha might enjoy.
Dog Blog - Monday 17th December
The final run of 2018 in what's been the most difficult year of my life.
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
Dog Blog - We did it. We got our wait at the start
I've put a great deal of effort into retraining Jilly. She has been a serial wait breaker for about two or three years and I've been running from the start with her all that time. When I hurt my knee it had to stop.
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
With two small changes we have at last found a cure for not-weaving-in-the-ring-itis. That’s all it took to stop Jilly from running past the weave...
Dog Blog - OUCH! The return of the dodgy knee
I've actually been to the doctor this time and got some advice. Some of the things I've discovered may help you too.
I'd find this very disheartening if I was starting to train. Here's my take on this well known adage that keeps being trotted out.
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.
Dog Blog - A Startline wait in 6 days - Can we do it?
Given Jilly has no wait at all on the
startline and that as soon as I move she moves as well this is quite a
challenge. Can we do it? read more on The
Dog Blog - Ready for measuring?
It's not long now until the Kennel Club decides whether to accept the Agility Liaison Council's recommendation to introduce a new measured fourth height. If they do you might need to get your dog measured. Read more on the dog blog....
Hoopers is becoming more and more popular and is great fun to run
alongside agility shows. Can it be run as a competition?
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.
Dog Blog - Seeds, seeds and more seeds
It's that time of year again. They go out looking clean and
tidy and come back looking like ragbags.
Dog Blog - Painful knees and a load of shoes
How a major shoe crisis solved a knee problem. I'd tried
everything else except healing and that was next on the list.
Read more on the dog blog. It might just help some knee sufferers.
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.
I made a breakaway tyre and it works. To have a look at this marvel go to the equipment pages. It's actually quite easy to make.
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.
Jilly has tied for first place in the February Wag It Games Novice Shadow Skills trial and we have a title/
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.
Well done Jilly. She won her agility class at Barnstaple with her first clear round outdoors at a KC show.
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.
Some of the bits in Agility Bits
Lots of bargains from our partners. Find everything you need for your dog
Check out the special offers from our grooming partners
Make your own equipment. Lots of ideas and designs for jumps, contacts etc.
If you're grade 1 or 2 it can be confusing working out which classes you're eligible for, especially if you want someone in a higher grade to run your dog for you. Here are the rules with some examples.
A compendium of bits and pieces on dog training from loose heelwork to leg weaving. Training also includes
Various articles and a complete online ebook on pulling dogs.
All sorts of information on starting to compete and what the classes are like.
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.
Most dogs love agility and this breeds directory includes comments from handlers of various breeds.
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.