Sunday, January 15, 2012

This N That...

Lots to talk about but no real theme...
Last week I was finally able to attend Agility Underground's League Play. This week was 'Steeplechase'.


Steeplechase agility courses are a fast-paced race against the clock for both dog and handler. The steeplechase course is a two-round competition based on a basic jumpers-style course, with at least two spread hurdles, a long jump, weave poles and the A-frame with either the A-frame or weave poles being used twice. The emphasis on a steeplechase course is on speed, with dogs being scored according to speed and faults. Steeplechase is one of the few dog agility events that actually offer a prize purse and winnings divided among the top dogs.

Linda walked the course with me and explained how she goes about memorizing a course for competition. It was incredibly helpful as I've been wondering how I'd ever be able to do just that! It was great to watch all of the dog/handler teams run against the clock. One of my goals is to be able to participate in such a fun team activity some day...



Gilda is happy and healthy. She turns 3 today! With her double coat and endless energy, she still requires a lengthy daily walk. I am so very thankful that in this frigid weather, Mike does the lion share of the walking! I bought some Musher's Secret to apply to her toes (I believe weekly applications are recommended) so she doesn't get salt burn or those pesky and painful snowballs between her toes. She was not happy that I made her wear a coat today... 


{The dreaded coat}




She will hopefully get to go to League Play with me next week just to have that 'Agility Dog' experience and to see her Jessica friend. Gilda continues to have Leash Reactivity issue on walks and we are trying to use the 'Lots of treats when people/dogs appear' approach to desensitizing both dogs. 
I also have plans to investigate Treibball for Gilda as she truly lives to herd.


Pico continues to be both good and bad. He is officially housebroken but is still marking at Doggy Daycare... He is also much more reliable around the house but still can't help himself when it comes to shredding any paper products he can reach. I am attempting to teach him the Weave Poles using the 2 x 2 method. We are in the very beginning stages but he seems to be understanding his entries well so far. He is also (finally) getting the meaning of 'Stay'.


{The dreaded Stay}

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