Justine and Jessica

For last few years I've been doing a summer seminar up in Washington with Justine Davenport, this year Tammy brought both her and Jessica down to our area. I like their stuff, I have for years, it suits me really well and the trained skills are so helpful to my students. Agility will always have …

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Cat Hiking

Summer of Puppies continues, Carol's Briard puppies are 7.5 weeks, and I'll get to play with one for a couple weeks while she's waiting for her new owner. I do like Briards, but way too big and hairy for me. Playing with a puppy for a couple weeks will be fun though, they are very …

Goodbye to Fenny

Fenwick passed away this week, he was almost 18 years old. Bruce told me that he went for a walk around the field, and then passed away peacefully in his sleep. I'm so thankful he had such a long, healthy life and such a gentle passing. It's what I wish for all my animals. It …

Experimental Trial

I experimented with our quiet handling at the trial this weekend. Not totally, gave him weave, contact and tunnel cues, and anything else that seemed really appropriate, but I also tried to stay quiet if I could. REALLY tried not to say his name unless I really needed his attention. Was funny how I then …

Enough Already

What a week, we're falling apart over here. Last Friday Bright ended up with a deep gash on her stop pad, blood everywhere and it's going to be a pain to heal. 'Luckily' she's already broken anyway, but she is looking better with that injury but still not right in the rear. Monday Haku ran …

Navarre Experiment #1

Nothing like a disconnected trial to give you motivation to train. This week we started a new experiment in agility. I really don't like constantly calling (yelling, really) to try to get my dog to come in. And besides that, it obviously doesn't work. So this week we looked at running silently and seeing what …