“Wow!” On So Many Levels

Posted on 07/19/10 29 Comments

This weekend was another fabulous Canada Cup competition. And it was wow, amazing as it is every year. There is always the threat that this event will go away as entries are inconsistent at best. The weekend is so much work for our hosts Susan and Adrian to take on, but it is almost like it has become a community thing. I see so many people rallying around the Canada Cup trying to keep the momentum rolling. It has become almost symbolic to Canadian agility, it is part of who we are, kind of like Tim Hortons or Toques okay, maybe not but sort of:).

It is so great that people from across Canada show up here (and the USA too). We had a huge turn out from Quebec and several as far away as Alberta.

This year I had some wow moments with my girls. Feature won both the Steeplechase finals and the Canada Cup finals itself. As exciting as it was for the wins (and of course all the cash-o-la)  I feel like I let Encore down as a handler. She didn’t even get into the finals of the CC because of my bone-headed absent mindedness when I was running her. She did have some really nice runs including winning the first round of Jumpers and coming in second to Feature in round one of  Steeplechase, plus she was 1 bar away from a perfect score in Snooker. So it wasn’t all bad, but I know my teamwork with her was not where it usually is and that disappoints me, not because we didn’t win, but because she is so much better than that and she deserves to have me at my best.

So another “wow” moment for me, learn from your disappointments and give my “comfortable slippers” the same focus as a handler on every run that I give the baby dog.

Unable to sit still for long, I ended up shaping a trick with Feature at the awards ceremonies.


Really cool to see four of the top five dogs are from Canada’s IFCS or FCI teams.

Here are some video highlights from the weekend. And speaking of videos, if any of you that have registered in my new e-course and are having difficulties viewing the videos in the recaller’s membership area, please try downloading the latest adobe flash software, that should make the difference.

I must admit, I was a bit pre-occupied this weekend.  I had to drive back home each night after the event rather than staying on site with the RV (as we normally do) because I needed internet access to help out everyone trying to sign up for the new e-course. And that leads me to another “wow.”

The response to the new e-course has been fantasticly wow and the enthusiasm from everyone that has signed up even more wowacious. It looks like I am going to have to close down sales early  than planned as we are fast approaching the limit of students that I wanted to take. So, if you have been waiting on this, I would make up your mind sooner rather than later! Will fill you in more in a newsletter later today.

Today I am grateful for another wonderful Canada Cup and heres to hoping it is not the end, but rather the beginning of an era where people travel from far and wide to experience the excitement of the Canada Cup!


  1. Barb says:
    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 11:14am

    Great runs at the Canada Cup. Id love to attend one year so I hope the Canadian tradition continues. Any chance you could post the courses for the runs. Thanks.


  2. Kathy says:
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 5:46pm

    wow, I got a message saying the recall class would be closed at 4 pm, I was at the vets with my dog who was hurt in our agility trial this last weekend, I put off my shopping in the city we were in to come home and get home in time to register for when you said the class would still be open, I got home at 2 pm and it ws closed. I am really upset because we were supposed to have until friday and then I get the notice we have until today, well, I will make sure NOT to sign up next time because I think that is pretty unfair to not honor the deadlines especially for all of us who have suppored all of the ebooks, the videos the dvds, the seminars, etc…


    • Susan says:
      Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 6:54pm

      @Kathy, my bad, I guess I should have specified what time zone “4 pm” is in. We actually didn’t close down until 4:20 PM today (we live near Toronto so it is EST, the same as New York City). I will do my best to make it up to you!


      • Kathy says:
        Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 7:55pm

        thanks so much, I was so upset about my dog and her injuries, and I am so worried about her… and then rushing home and feeling like I had missed out had me so bummed, but thanks for fixing things up, I am now looking forward to some great recall work!

  3. Zoey says:
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 1:39pm

    A vote for future e-courses: Living in a winter state, I would LOVE e-courses during the winter. Where I live, there are no indoor agility facilities. So focusing the e-course on something you can easily do inside the house over the winter months would be FABULOUS!!


  4. woopywoopy says:
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 1:23pm


    I’ve just joined the course and i’m really happy ! But i can’t find the 15 minutes videos nor the 4 Bonus Pre-course prep games. Is it normal ? thanks or your reply !


    • Susan says:
      Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 2:15pm

      All members should be able to click on the “Recallers” tab at the top of the home page. If that doesn’t work for you please contact jasonmrigler AT gmail DOT com


  5. Ann Lyons says:
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 11:14am

    My vote for the next e-course would be contacts also!


  6. Beau's Mom says:
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 10:29am

    For next e-courses I vote for basic foundation skills:
    – loose leash walking
    – start line stays
    – contact training

    Can’t thank you enough for developing this brilliant approach to learning recalls! 🙂


    • Susan says:
      Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 10:43am

      Cathi I think you will be impressed how your loose leash walking and your start line stays are going to improve after this recall course and you are welcome!


  7. wendy beard says:
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 8:16am

    Lovely runs!
    I’m curious – no spreads on course?


  8. denise says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 11:13pm

    My vote for another e course topic is definitely foundation games. I don’t care how much fun the “sexy” stuff is it’s your foundation games that has the greatest positive effect on my dogs.


  9. Christine says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9:52pm

    My vote is for nose touches and contacts. I had a big eye opener when at camp this spring about nose touches and where I went wrong in the past BUT really need that help of getting a brilliant performance and adding all sorts of distractions.


  10. Clyde Surles says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9:25pm

    Okay, who can shape their dog to do Susan’s trick? My first attempt ended up with front paws on chest (I was laying too flat on the chair) and no rear paws on ankles yet. What should we call this trick?


  11. Claire Duder says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 8:41pm

    I finally got a chance to look at the jumpers runs…WOW!

    As soon as I saw the caption that said Feature had 5 faults, I thought “I’ll bet she took the bar before the blue tunnel.” Strange how the tight handling stuff left bars up, and the straight run took one down!


  12. Melissa Blazak says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 6:12pm

    Congrats on the win!
    Another e-course topic????
    CONTACTS – having a hard time, yet it is soooo important


  13. Elizabeth Bowen says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 6:04pm

    I am grateful today that your IT person got the software stuff fixed so signing up was effortless even though I had to come up with a new pay pal password.

    Look forward to learning.


  14. Andrea says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 1:50pm

    Okay here’s my suggestion for an e-course:

    This winter I want to give my dogs a couple months off of agility and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it if you would do an ecourse on shaping some tricks/behaviours to help with building body awareness, flexibility, strength etc. What I envision is you post the behaviour at the beginning of the week and a video of the final procuct and a couple hints on getting started. Then we have a day or two to come up with our own plan, ideas etc. Then you post your plan and we have the rest of the week to try and shape the behaviour.

    By the way thanks for pushing us all to enter Canada Cup – I did and had an amazing time 🙂 I have actually also come up with a good use for my prize, and don’t worry it doesn’t involve the dogs “foraging” for food. lol



  15. Deborah says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 1:30pm

    Congratulations and Wowie Zowie! If I was going to choose a topic for another ecourse (or learn at your own pace web course – I take lots of these in scrapbook and genealogy land) I would go for a “getting started with the adult dog”. Consumed by my daughter’s wedding and then a kitchen remodel, I did not have time to focus on our puppy (that my husband declared we had to have “NOW” when our last BC passed away.) While I did a decent job on basics of sit, dwon, stay, come – I could not (or maybe did not) spend anytime on Crate Games, tug drive, learning to shape, etc.

    So now here I am ready to start training our 2 year old Sheltie. While I have a fair amount of knowledge of “pieces and parts” I am struggling a little on where to start – I know ‘start with the Foundation” – but there is SO much Foundation.

    I am currently workng on CG (Stage 3), the collar grab (does not phase her a bit), and adding distractons to her Stays.

    I wish I had a checklist incorporating CGs, Foundations, Handling, when to add a tunnel, jump grids, etc.,etc., etc.


  16. Mary M says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 12:59pm

    Nice runs!

    I vote (for next e-courses):
    – Contacts (2o2o)
    – Balancing drive with impulse control games (I am sure you have some that have never been shared)
    – Starting a puppy out right
    – Handling games
    – More one jump games
    – Jumping skills (dog focused)
    —–i could go on but these are at least a few thoughts.


  17. Darcy Roessler says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 12:16pm

    Your warning got me moving on this cloudy Monday and I am now an e-class student! Thanks for the warning!!

    Loved the runs and thought it was neat how you changed your serp to 2 front crosses for Feature in Jumpers and got a much tighter turn. That is why I love running 2 dogs! The 2nd dog is a bit of a “do over”.

    I am excited for CC next year. A few seminars at your place the week before would be an added bonus :o)


  18. Jenny Yasi says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 11:43am

    WOW! Wow runs! wowapowsicle!

    I’m a little bit lost in e-land, maybe because we’re actually moving in real life, and now I can’t find my crate games DVD, and I wanted to refresh and look at it again, so thought I’d mention that just to add a vote in favor of a crate-games warm-up to the recall course. Otherwise I’m going to have to dig through all these boxes! WHO TOOK MY CRATE GAMES DVD?! (in the mean time I’ll just have to watch the one jump DVD! I can’t wait to get started!!


    • Susan says:
      Monday, July 19, 2010 at 12:03pm

      Jenny, “wowzapopsicles” . . . I think I am going to have to steal that one. My advise is stop what you are doing and dig out the Crate Games DVD now!


  19. Claire Duder says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 11:12am

    Lovely runs!

    You asked what we wanted for the next e-course… I vote for contacts!


  20. Judith Batchelor says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9:47am

    OH yeah Congrats on the great runs


  21. Judith Batchelor says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9:46am

    Hopefully the Canada Cup will still be there next year- I will defiantly be there in some capacity. I wish I could afford the e course this time around- hopefully there will be another one in the near future.



  22. Deb Bogart says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9:28am

    What are the requirements to attend the Canada Cup? I would love to try and make it up there from New York next year.


  23. Kelly St-Jacques says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 8:39am

    Lovely runs, Susan; congratulations on a great weekend!


  24. Theresa Litourneau says:
    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 2:22am

    wow… those are such awesome runs !!
    Big congrats to you and the “kids ”
    Love Features little trick, and man, those thigh muscles I’m envying… time for me to get REBOUNDING !!


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