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One of the pups practicing on the "Home
-----We are getting
very into agility - the fastest growing and most popular dog "sport"
right now and I have been having so much fun! I just got a full set of
AKC approved equipment - a bit pricey but I am serious about it and when
I make it to the Nationals a few years down the road it will be worth it.
----- In agility
they have to go over 4 "contacts" - a see saw, an A frame (which
is a 9 foot "wall" they run up one side and down the other),
a Dog Walk (which is a 12 foot walk that is 4 feet high) and a table that
they have to jump on and wait on a stay for 5 seconds until they are released.
Then they have the jumps - single jumps, panel jumps, triple and double
jumps and a tire jump. And finally they have to go through a tube - and
a chute. For those of you that haven't seen it - it's a fast paced fun
filled event! It is modeled somewhat after Stadium Horse Jumping, there
is even an event called the Steeple Chase! Agility is a timed event - so
they have to go faster than the other dogs - BUT can't have faults either
like hitting poles or missing the "yellow zone" on the contact
equipment. As everything it appears easy when watching someone do it -
but there is a whole lot involved.
had the AKC nationals on tv the other day - I believe they said there were
750 dogs entered! Of course they only showed the finalists on tv - but
that is a HUGE event and a good reason to spend some time in the Florida
sun in January.
my main agility dog right now - I am also working with Rhett and Mariah.
I will also do it with Zena but she is pregnant right now so - no jumping
doing really well. Because I don't have all the equipment here I am just
using home made stuff so that I can still work her and get her muscles
built up and ready for competition! My weave "poles" are a set
of 9 stumps - they aren't near as close as real weaves because obviously
they don't have any give so she can't really weave them. But she has the
idea of going in and out and not missing any. I say Weaves and she runs
right up there and starts doing them. She is jumping regulation height
with room to spare. And she is doing the see saw well to - I can't get
it to regulation height but she still knows how to go up and tip it and
walk down. I am putting little patterns together with my homemade equipment
and we are both having so much fun! When I work another dog she just barks
and whines and feels sorry for her self that she can't do it again, its
fun to be able to do something with them that they enjoy as much as you.
equipment will arrive the week of March 7. I might even try to go into
a "schooling trial" they have in Helena on March 12 - we will
just have to see how it goes.
-----I am also
going to get some groups together - people that want to practice or learn
agility. So if your close enough to us and are interested - contact me!
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