Thunder storms and camping are not a good mix!
I barely slept all weekend, one minute it was hot and the dog's were panting so I would open all of the windows, then it would be windy and noisy so I would get up and shut them again, than hot again..............im still tired.
I also managed to fall quite badly on Saturday whilst running Holly, I hit my head, my back crunched and I think I have whip lash but a strange man caught Holly and she was ok with it, that's a massive step forward for her.
I didn't get the best results, Ty is really pushing his contacts at the moment and he seems to be getting faster as he gets older. Holly and Flake are starting to feel much more comfortable in G6, Flake even went clear on a hard Olympia Qualifier course.
Zazu got his first 2 clear rounds in agility, his contacts were lovely but he was very slow in his weaves so I need to do some work on this.
Emmy only had 2 jumping classes, on Saturday she was completely wild which was a shame because the course really suited her. On Sunday she had a nice clear and tied with another course for a run off, it was the first time I had been called for a run off but I didn't do it as I had to run Flake in the Crufts so I settled for the lower place.
I've got the Diamond show this weekend but my main focus is on getting the dog's ready for KC festival and making sure they have solid contacts.
I'm running a fun competition on 18th August which is open to everyone, it's a great chance for beginners to have a go at a competition in a no pressure environment and for more experience dog's to train contacts in the ring. Contact me for a booking form if you would like to come.
Flake was 8th in this agility
I don't normally put other peoples results on here because I think that it's their result to share not mine but the results this weekend were so impressive I'm going to put them on here.
Liz + Bandit 2nd in G1,2 agility
Vivien + Ollie 4th G1,2 agility
Lorna + Diffa 3rd G1,2 jumping
Dawn + Ruby 4th G1,2 jumping
Vivien + Ollie 4th G1,2 jumping
Jess + Stig 1st G 3-5 agility - almost G6 now
Ces + Tetley 1st G1,2 agility - making them G2
Karen + Ches 1st G3-5 agility
Lorna + Diffa 1st G1,2 agility - making them G3
Vivien + Ollie 3rd G1,2 agility
Pete + Mika 2nd G3-5 agility
Jess + Todd 3rd G3-5 agility
Sara + De 1st G3-5 agility - almost G6
Jess + Todd 1st G3-5 agility - making them G4
Karen + Keisha 8th G3-5 agility
Carol + Seren 4th G3-5 agility
Me and Holly 3rd G6 agility
Pretty awesome results I think and thank you all for working so hard :)
I don't think I've been so hot since I went to Bali!
I didn't perform very well over the weekend, I think partly because so much of my focus was on keeping the dog's cool rather than running them. I also managed to miss the jumping round of the Champ class (if you miss your order you can't run) so I had no chance of getting into the final. I ran the agility round to try and win it as you get 10 credits towards international competition. He was doing awesome round, absolutely flying and so on the edge, then I made one mistake at the second to last jump which got him faulted :(
Emmy got a 6th in G5 jumping, I loved running her jumping rounds and she did too.
Zazu was a very clever boy, he's still not doing 12 weaves but he got 6 every time. He was close to clear rounds a couple of times but just made baby mistakes. He's such a good boy and try's his best all of the time. I don't expect anything of him I'm just gratefull that I can run him.
It was Flake's 1st G6 show. She coped quite well with the courses but they did show up a couple of thing's that I need to work on. She was a bit confused by the difficult weave entries, she does them at home but isn't used to seeing them at show's so will work on this a bit when it's cool enough. She's also not used to me racing past her contacts so I need to work on this.
Holly was wild again but also did a couple of brilliant rounds with just 1 mistake, I'm starting to feel like we are getting it together in G6 so hopefully we will start getting some results soon.
On a not so good note, over the weekend a dog at the junior European open a dog was badly injured going into a pipe tunnel, it broke it's neck and could not be saved. It is the first time I have herd of an injury like this in agility, the details about the tunnel are not known yet. It does show that we need to make our own safety checks when competing and training our dog's, don't just assume that thing's will be safe and don't be afraid to speak up if you think something is not safe.
I had such a good weekend at this show, the weather was lovely, I had lot's of friends there and the dog's went really well.
Kev and Misty also came 3rd in the colimanor final on Saturday night :) Misty is Ty's Daughter.
We also managed to get 7 of Ty's pup's together for a photo, it's a shame Becky didn't go on Sunday or we could have had 7 of the 8 pups from the Ty and Tricky litter (the 8th is in New Zealand).
(L-R) Tyke, Diggit, Tarique, Misty, Spring, Coco and Flake.
He make's the most beautiful babies :) Im now on a mission to find him another girlfriend.
Back to the competition, I took Ty to Smart on The Tuesday before the show as he hadn't been going very well. Tamzin found a few tight spots which she sorted out but nothing serious.
I took the dog's for a gentle walk on the Wednesday morning, when I got home I found Ty had pulled off a toe nail and had a graze on his back, so he was on strict bed rest for the rest of the week (on my bed) he spent most of his time watching me out of the window with my slipper in his mouth.
I only ran him in the champ on Sunday in which he was amazing, his time in the champ agility was 1 sec faster than the winner with a brick out of the wall. He also went clear in the jumping so got into the final. It was lovely to have so many friends there when I was running in the final, Im sure a lot of them could have gone home much earlier than they did. Unfortunatly he missed the weave entry but never mind.
Flake was awesome all weekend, I held her contacts in all of her agility rounds to make sure that she is solid on them at her first G6 show this weekend. These were her results
2nd G5 agility
5th G3-5 Novice Olympia agility
5th G3-5 Novice Dog Vegas agility
1st G5 jumping
I'm really excited about running her this weekend, she just gives me so much it makes my job really easy.
Holly was wild on Saturday but I felt much more in tune with her on Sunday, she did a lovely round in G6,7 jumping I just pulled her off the tunnel.
Irana borrowed Emmy and did some really good stuff with her.
On the same day Ty hurt himself Zazu got his leg stuck in the feed cupboard, he was sore for a couple of day's after so I didn't train him then when I tried to run him at the show Saturday morning he wouldn't do a jump on a right bend so I took him out and didn't run him for the rest of the weekend, I assume he was still a bit sore although he didn't show any signs of it no matter how much I pulled him about, he seem's better now so hopefully he will be fine for Rugby this weekend. Here's Ty's champ agility run and Flake's win.
This is an article I've told a few people about, it make's a lot of sense and is worth a read.
The weekend before last I went to my first FAB show, this is a serious of non KC show's run by Dawn weaver. It was a nice small show but not the kind of thing I really enjoy. Ty and Flake won a class each and Holly did some good stuff. I also ran Zazu not for competition and he was fab.
I was looking forward to Lansdown and get back to a big competitive show. I didn't really have any goals for this show but I absolutely loved running my dog's, I just wanted to work on basic skills for Flake and Holly like contacts and weaves and build their confidence a bit. With Ty it would have been nice to have get some more Crufts points but it wasn't a priority.
The thing I was most looking forward to was running Zazu, I expected nothing from him, I just wanted him to have fun and if he could get his criteria on his contacts I would be happy. His first run was in G3 jumping, it was a lovely flowing course which was perfect for such a young dog, he was clear up until the weaves so I was very happy. I then did his G3 agility, I decided to miss out the weaves as he's not confident on them, he did everything I asked and in my mind had a clear round. His agility on Sunday was a G3-5 Olympia Qualifier and again he was clear all of the way round to the weaves but I don't care, I absolutely loved running him, he looked so happy and tried really hard for me.
Ty didn't run very well this weekend, I've booked him in to Smart clinic to be checked because he has been coming out of his weaves and knocking the odd pole. I want to be certain that he is ok physically before I try to sort the problems out with training.
Emmy did a lovely jumping round on Sat and came 7th. I'm not getting on very well with her contact training though and I'm feeling a bit demoralised about it. I did a bit of trick training with her on Saturday night mainly so I could reward her for using her back feet. She was good while I was asking her to do things she knew but as soon as I started asking for more she just started barking at me rather than trying to figure out what I wanted. I think I need to work through this before I go back to contacts, she has obviously got confused and resorted to barking at me rather than figuring it out (which can only be my fault). I hope that by getting her confident that she can figure it out again I might be able to sort her contacts out eventually.
I'm looking forward to Tuffley this weekend, hopefully Ty will be back on form and I get to run Zazu again :)
Zazu Novice Olympia
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