Puppy Course

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8, 2017 by gillc13

PUPPY OBEDIENCE CLASSES – NEW 6 WEEK COURSE DATES

Week 1 Saturday 11th November

Week 2 Saturday 18th November

Week 3 Saturday 25th November

Week 4 Saturday 2nd December

Week 5 Saturday 9th December

Week 6 Saturday 16th December (Inc. Xmas Party)

Puppy Classes 10.00- 10.45am

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 **

For any enquiries, please message or email me and I will get back to you asap. Your patience is appreciated, thank you.

Future dates: New courses for puppies and adults start on 2nd December – all info and dates will be posted nearer the time.

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Obedience – classes 4th November

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2017 by gillc13

Obedience 4th November. Due to the weather conditions this morning, please consider most classes cancelled. Week 3 pups can still attend if they wish as we can use the club hut and there will be trainers up there. The rain is due to start to clear between 11am and 12 , so I will leave it up to the 11am classes to check the weather and if any want to come up if the weather improves, that’s fine.
If not, we will see you all next week and play catch up. Week 1 pups will still start next week as planned and will post further details this week.
Stay safe all this weekend

Obedience – New dates

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2017 by gillc13

OBEDIENCE CLASSES – NEW 6 WEEK COURSE DATES

Week 1 Saturday 21st October

Week 2 Saturday 28th October

Week 3 Saturday 4th November

Week 4 Saturday 11th November

Week 5 Saturday 18th November

Week 6 Saturday 25th November

Puppy Classes 10.00- 10.45am, Foundation Adult Classes 11am – 12 noon

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 **

For any enquiries, please message or email me and I will respond asap. As I sometimes can’t check daily, I thank you for your patience:)

Existing Classes:

Latest week 6 pups completed – move to Puppy Advanced 10am

Puppy Advanced completed – move to Foundation Advanced 11am

Foundation – those already discussed with Gil, move to Foundation Advanced 11am

Bronze/Silver Group – 11am

Gold – 12 noon

Thanks

Jane’s Thoughts Part 1.5

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2017 by jane60blackwell

This blog is about a word beginning with’E’ and is important to dogs and humans in agility and life too….

No, it’s not Elimination…. it’s Exercise!

I will give you some ideas on dogs and handlers warm-up and cool down.

Warm-up.

Research has proved that preparing you and your dogs muscles for imminent physical exercise lessens the chance of injury. Unprepared for activity, a cold muscle is more easily injured and recovery can take 6 weeks or more. it also prevents stiffness. Warming-up increases the heart rate which generates greater circulation which in turn gives more oxygen to the muscles. Active stretches are good  where the dog does the muscle stretching ie extending the neck and back for a treat.Some ideas are moving your dog at different speeds for 20 minutes. 10 mins at a trot and 10 mins at a faster pace incorporating turns, acceleration and deceleration, weaving through legs and going round trees or posts.

For my personal warm-up, I do some walking lunges, lengthening legs in various directions, gentle jog leading up to a faster pace and hill climbers ( a great one for getting the heart going!) . You could aim to be slightly out of breath on the start-line though realise that this isn’t easy if your dog queues with you! However, even if you do a warm-up 15-20 minutes before a run, it will be beneficial.

Cool Down.

After a run, your aim is to get your dogs temperature down by walking him for 5-15 minutes. The lactic acids created in a run are put back into circulation,oxygen supplies are refilled and levels of acidity fall. After this, give the dog a drink, leave them for 20 mins then another walk of 15 mins and another drink. Static stretches, where the handler does the stretching ie gently pull on a back leg. These stretches can damage cold muscles so are more helpful as a cool down.

Handler Cool down.

It is necessary for us to stretch too. Some tips are Hamstring stretch, Quad stretch and leaning single leg calf stretch.Just stretching for a few minutes a day will help us keep a good range of motion and decrease our chances of injury due to a pulled muscle.

‘Other’ Exercise!

I increased my exercising almost 2 years ago and have seen a difference in my level of fitness and together with a change of eating habits have had weight loss too!

There are a few mental barriers that people might relate to…..

I don’t have time.

I’m not motivated enough.

I don’t know where to start.

These will be addressed on my next blog!

References…. One Mind Dogs and Agility Net.

Thanks for reading.

Jane

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2017 by gillc13

NEW PUPPY OBEDIENCE CLASSES – 6 WEEK COURSE DATES

Week 1 Saturday 30th September

Week 2 Saturday 7th October

Week 3 Saturday 14th October

Week 4 Saturday 21st October

Week 5 Saturday 28th October

Week 6 Saturday 4th November

Puppy Classes 10.00- 10.45am

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 **

Other classes remain the same as usual – except the following:

Week 6 pups just completed have this week off, then a free top up week on the 7th October at 10am, then the 14th off before starting Puppy Advanced group on 21st October.

Those that have just taken the silver test (or are there or thereabouts in Silver), can now join the 12 noon group from this week to finish Silver and go through the full Gold training.

New course dates for additional classes for pups and adults will begin on 21st Oct 2017.

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!

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