Jane’s Thoughts Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2017 by jane60blackwell

This is my first blog and I am a little nervous about writing it!

For those that don’t know me, I compete in agility with Zola who is my first agility dog. She is a 5 year old working cocker spaniel and hasn’t always been the easiest dog to train!

Having almost completed my Trainer Course from Agility 1st and in my first 6 months of teaching, I have become far more aware of watching handlers and dogs either at training or when competing. As a trainer, it is important to teach the foundations and impress upon your students why it is necessary to do this.

The following issues seem to crop up often…..

‘Wait’- this can be whatever position you choose and that your dog is happy to be in. Make sure that you choose 1 position and stick to it. I have had and still do on occasions have a problem with Zola standing from her sit but we are working on it.

‘Contacts’- there are 2 ways of executing these… Running and Stopped. I gather that running contacts are very difficult to teach and it is much more technical than just letting the dog run over and making contact with the bottom. Stopped are exactly that, ensuring that your dog stops at the bottom in a 2o2o position.

‘Driving to Tunnels’- the need for the dog to drive to a tunnel becomes more apparent as you move up the grades. You don’t want to be drawn to the tunnel entrance before you move to the next obstacle.

‘Training Plan’- These can run throughout the year but usually the winter gives you more time as there are fewer shows. The niggling things that are ‘Training Issues’ can be worked on frequently.

Rewards need to be given often and can be whatever your dog finds exciting.

Remember that this is Fun as well as being Competitive and you still take the best dog home!

There is NO criticism here, in fact I have been guilty of a couple of these issues.

Thanks for reading!

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Obedience – new courses

Posted in Uncategorized on September 3, 2017 by gillc13

NEW OBEDIENCE CLASSES – 6 WEEK COURSE DATES

Week 1 Saturday 9th September

Week 2 Saturday 16th September

Week 3 Saturday 23rd September

Week 4 Saturday 30th September

Week 5 Saturday 7th October

Week 6 Saturday 14th October

Puppy Classes 10.00- 10.45am

Foundation Adult Classes 11am – 12noon

Vaccination cards required on Week 1

Most classes take place outdoors so please dress accordingly.

** Please check the Clubs website on the ‘’Blog’ link at the top of the website, or on our Facebook page prior to classes each week for any changes or cancellations thank you **

As I may be offline for a few days next week, one of our trainers will respond to any queries asap – and if you email, I will get back to you as soon I can.

Your patience is appreciated

Existing Classes:

Completed week 6 pups – move to Puppy Advanced at 10am

Completed Puppy Advanced – move to Foundation Advanced – 11am class

Completed Foundation – move to Foundation Advanced – 11am

12 Noon – Silver/Gold & demo training session

Obedience – new courses

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2017 by gillc13

PUPPY OBEDIENCE CLASSES – NEW 6 WEEK COURSE DATES

Week 1 Saturday 19th August

Week 2 Saturday 26th August

Week 3 Saturday 2nd September

Week 4 Saturday 9th September

Week 5 Saturday 16th September

Week 6 Saturday 23rd September

Puppy Classes 10.00- 10.45am
Vaccination cards required on Week 1. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early on week 1 to enrol thank you. All enquiries/bookings to Gill Charles

** Please check the Clubs website on the ‘’Blog’ link at the top of the website, or on our Facebook page prior to classes each week for any changes or cancellations thank you **

Further Information:
Next new Adult and puppy courses due to start 9th Sept.

Those week 6 pups just completed will have this week off, then a free top up week on 26th Aug at 10am, a week off, then start Puppy Advanced on 9th Sept.

Update

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2017 by gillc13

Obedience classes – weather still a bit grim but supposed to be clearing mid morning. New pups can use the hut – everyone else will be on the field so please dress for the weather. Paws crossed it will be dry by then 😉

New course dates – Obedience

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2017 by gillc13

OBEDIENCE CLASSES – NEW 6 WEEK COURSE DATES

Week 1 Saturday 22nd July
Week 2 Saturday 29th July
** MEMBERS SUMMER SHOW ON SATURDAY 5TH AUGUST – ALL WELCOME ** (more details to follow)
Week 3 Saturday 12th August
Week 4 Saturday 19th August
Week 5 Saturday 26th August
Week 6 Saturday 2nd September

Puppy Classes 10.00- 10.45am, Foundation Adult Classes 11am – 12 noon. Please arrive 10 minutes earlier on week 1 to enrol. Vaccination cards required on Week 1

** Please check the Clubs website on the ‘’Blog’ link at the top of the website, or on our Facebook page prior to classes each week for any changes or cancellations thank you **

Existing classes:
Completed week 6 Pups – to Puppy Advanced at 10am
Completed Puppy Adv – to Foundation Adv at 11am
Completed week 6 Foundation – Foundation Adv at 11am

Bronze/ Silver KC groups – 11 am. Please note we are due to test either a Bronze or Silver on 12th August and will ask for names at training.

Gold group – 12 noon.

If you have any queries, please message on here – and I thank you for your patience in awaiting a response as it may not always be straight away smile emoticon

Puppy course dates

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29, 2017 by gillc13

PUPPY OBEDIENCE CLASSES – NEW 6 WEEK COURSE DATES

Week 1 Saturday 1st July
Week 2 Saturday 8th July
Week 3 Saturday 15th July
Week 4 Saturday 22nd July
Week 5 Saturday 29th July
Week 6 Saturday 5th August

Puppy Classes 10.00- 10.45am
Vaccination cards required on Week 1
Arrive 10-15 minutes early to enrol on week 1

** Please check the Clubs website on the ‘’Blog’ link at the top of the website, or on our Facebook page prior to classes each week for any changes or cancellations thank you **

** Further courses for both Puppies and Adult dogs – 22nd July, full dates to be posted nearer the time **

Obedience 10th June

Posted in Uncategorized on June 10, 2017 by gillc13

Obedience this morning – light rain/drizzle forecast for part of this morning – then clearing .. I hope! Training on as normal, so please dress for the conditions. We may use the hut when required for some of the pups. See you there