‘Dog Agility’ Archive

Spark’s First Agility Trial: An Analysis November 15, 2013 Comments Off

As I mentioned in my post about Strata’s MACH, I entered Spark in his first couple of trials in the fall. He made his d├ębut at my club’s trial, Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club, just in Novice Jumpers with Weaves. He was a very good boy! His run on Saturday was adorable. His start line was […]

Finch Goes to the Agility Trial September 19, 2013 Comments Off

Finch has progressed by leaps and bounds. His reactivity toward people is almost non-existent at this point. Unless they have a strange object or do something very threatening, they won’t scare Finch. Recent “tests” in my neighborhood have included multiple kids riding one bicycle at the same time, joggers carrying umbrellas, and a sight-impaired man […]

MACH Strata: The Journey September 16, 2013 2 Comments

It’s been a busy month for all of us here at Spring Forth and I apologize for taking such an extended absence from blogging! I’ll jump right in with some good news. Strata finished his Master Agility Championship (MACH) on Sunday, August 25th at the Tri-State Shetland Sheepdog Club agility trial in Hamden, CT. We […]

Upcoming Agility Trial: Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club/Middlesex County Kennel Club July 1, 2013 Comments Off

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat this weekend? Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club and Middlesex County Kennel Club are hosting an AKC Agility Trial this weekend, July 6th and 7th, at Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Smithfield, RI. There will be two rings of agility in air-conditioned comfort. This venue offers […]

What Makes a Good Foundation Agility Class? June 10, 2013 Comments Off

In my earlier post about Puppies in Agility Classes, I laid out an informal definition of a foundation agility class. To elaborate on that, here’s what I think a good foundation agility class should encompass: A good foundation agility program should grow the dog and handler’s teamwork and communication first. Only then should the team […]

Improving Agility Organizations: Thoughts On Participation June 5, 2013 4 Comments

Today is Dog Agility Blogger Action Day, and the topic is “Improving Agility Organizations”. I’d like to take a look at participation and how all agility organizations – from training centers, to local trial committees, to national clubs – can improve participation at events. To be clear, I’m not talking about increasing entries. AKC’s trial […]

Puppies in Agility Classes June 4, 2013 1 Comment

Later this week, I’ll be launching my new dog agility training program with an Open House event that is open to all. I’m incredibly excited about this new endeavor and can’t wait to start teaching classes next week! I have been fielding a lot of questions about agility classes, particularly since I am offering a […]