|Dogs R Us Agility Club|
Hi everyone my name is Harry and I have only been doing agility for three weeks.
Everyone is really nice in my group which is good as I was a bit worried about going without my brothers as I don't know anyone really, but I am glad I started with mommy.
I am having lots of fun though I am not as good as some doggy friends in my group. I did the A-Frame today which was very scary and very high but after the second go, I got it. My mom was very proud of me and gave me loads of love and treats for being a good clever boy.
So I will see how I go next week. See you all next week my new friends.
Love Harry. Xxxx
Hi everyone. It's Charlie here. I like to consider myself the most spoilt Springer in the UK. I want to be famous and model (and test food for) Skinners or Arden Grange, but until I make my break there I may aswell get my face on the scene by writing this blog instead. I thought I'd write about 'how to please the crowds at demos'. It is all about pleasing the crowd, and if that means that you have to have selective hearing when it comes to your humans commands then that is a sacrifice you may have to make.
I find that things that really get the crowd going include doing every obstacle except the one your human is yelling, going into the tunnel as many times as you possibly can before your human carries you off the course and my personal fave - running into the crowd so that my grandad can take a really good photo of me which I can possibly use for my modelling portfolio. Shep is telling me that I have to be serious now, so here are our top tips...
1. Don't be scared to do a demo! Whatever you can and can't do, just give it a go! Shep's first demo was just 4 jumps and an A frame!
2. Get to a demo early to help set up, and help to tidy away afterwards. This makes it much easier for everypawdy.
3. Remember to wear your Druac teeshirt or jumper - we are proud of our club!
4. Have fun! If your human forgets the course it doesn't matter! Just keep smiling and running - the crowd doesn't care!
5. Encourage people to 'have a go' with their dogs after the demo - the more people who join our club the better
6. Don't attempt any equipment you aren't comfortable with - it risks injury and just isn't worth it. I dislocated my little toe playing catch the other day so I really do know what pain you may go through!
7. Do the biggest poo possible and make your human clean it up - and remind them not to attach it to your windscreen wiper and forget about it like my human did!
8. Remind humans not to tie you up on your own if they need to go somewhere - ask a friend to keep an eye on you.
9. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing - if you see fox poo roll in it! Your humans are guaranteed to love it!
10. Most importantly HAVE FUN!
That's all from me for now. I'm off to dig a hole in the garden and then get bathed by mom. My favourite part of this will be having my ears blow dried!!
Hi everypawdy - it's Shep here! I have decided to do a little blog about what it is like to learn about agility at Druac.
My humans Nic and Jo have both helped me on my agility journey and I think they have enjoyed it so far - I know I certainly have!
I have been doing agility for 2 years now and I started about a year after my humans rescued me from 'Dog Samaritans'.
To start off my humans were really rubbish with giving me the correct commands and I thought that it was much more fun to run around the course (freestyle agility I like to call it), break through the fence and run to dad who was usually sitting with a cup of coffee (so I'd knock it over him for good measure), or even once (and my human was SO EMBARRASSED for some reason) I decided to see what it would be like to WEE on the tunnel!
After a few visits to the club though my humans finally got the hang of what they were supposed to be doing and I started to learn the equipment was really fun! I also LOVED my fab helpers - Dean, Doug, Gerry, Carrie, Jean and Marcia have all helped me with lots of things during my lessons!
I had two lots of lessons - In the beginners class I concentrated on things like jumps, tunnels and the tyre that you can see me jumping through in the picture above.
In my second set of lessons I learnt something called 'contacts', which is where I go over things like the A frame, dog walk and seesaw. I wasn't too good at getting the contact on the seesaw to start with, I kept using it as a launch pad and becoming airborne but I am much better now!
I am now graduated from my lessons, and my human even managed to win the 'most improved handler award' in 2014. (Between you and me it wasn't difficult because to start off with she didn't even remember her left and right commands!!)
I absolutely love DRUAC and I have come on so much since becoming a member. I have got so many dog and human friends in the club, and my current target is to learn how to weave! I am still working on this because I had to stop on Sunday after taking my human's finger for a treat - WHOOOPS!!
I would just like to say that absolutely any dog can do - and be fantastic at - agility - I have friends who are schnauzers, friends who are kelpies and friends who are huskies, as well as the usual concentration of collies and spaniels!
I would like to say that you and your humans should be brave and come and have a go - you will end up addicted like we all are, and you'll also get to have a big old slobbery smooch from me too!
Woofy Afternoon, Its callie here. So Mom took me to training this morning. Luckily she put my coat on as it was freeeeeeezing.
I had to wait in the car for ages as the humans set up the course. Mom said they were testing out a new course that we can use for demos so I was super excited as I really love demos.
When I got out the car I saw my friend Shep, he had to wait in the car for ages too but it was ok because it was now time to play.
I had my first go around the new course, mom told me to wait at the start but I was too excited so started straight away, mom didn't look pleased but I said I was sorry so she gave me some liver paste anyway. I blasted around the course soooooo fast I forgot to slow down for the seesaw and jumped off in the air. It was so much fun although Mom didn't think so.
Mom said my second go was better. She told everyone its because I'd had a poop, she's so embarrassing but I love her anyway.
Later on we moved over to the open course, there was lots of twists and turns but I really enjoyed it. I must have done it right because I got more Liver Paste. Yum!
Soon it was time to go, I didn't mind as I was realllllly tired, so I said bye to everyone and jumped in the car. I get to ride in the front seat with my own seatbelt. Mom says I'm spoilt but I don't care.
Speak soon, love Callie xxxxxx