Looking for Clues in a Jumpers Debacle

Very few of my runs are “flawless.”  I do have screw ups just like anyone else, but at last weekend’s Canadian Nationals I had a lulu of a fiasco, the likes of which I have not experienced in a while. Encore and I are pretty solid in our teamwork so when she has a …

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Harvesting the Fruits of Training

Back in November of last year, I wrote about how I felt the need to work on my dog’s Gambling Skills. The post was called “Getting Old Fashioned”. My winter project was to grow my dog’s skills so that the Gamblers class was not going to turn my stomach at a regional or national event. […]

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AAC Nationals Steeplechase

Well the 9th Canadian National Agility Championships have been put to bed. No I did not “win” the overall championship, but I did have a great weekend.  The event was really well run, the organizers thought of just about everything, right down to having packages of  “Sham-Wow” rags at each ring! The readers digest version […]

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Worth Repeating

This has been around the internet a few times, it is awesome, you have have even seen it at Starbucks. Even if you have seen it, it is well worth more than one look.  Have a great weekend everyone.  http://www.youtube.com/user/PlayingForChange#play/user/C122061BDC373B4B Today I am so grateful to all of the people in my life that stand […]

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Canadian Nationals Agility Championships

Twister, Buzz & Stoni capturing 2 first every Canadian National Championships

This morning we head up to Ottawa for the Canadian National Agility Championships.  This would be the ninth year for this event. It is different than any other National Championship that I am aware of, not only in that consistency is crucial, but also the dog’s ability to do Gamblers is critical as well.  You […]

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Peaceful Success

Executing with Encore, two minds working as one.

Yesterday I started explaining my thoughts on the evolution of ourselves as competitors.  Remember Stage one was the “Romance Stage” where ignorance is bliss and we get extreme joy just watching our dog being able to do a sequence of 2 or 3 jumps in a row without going around one of them. Stage Two, […]

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Your Evolution through “Competitiveness”

Getting a thrill watching 9" Shelby clear 26" high jump. Circa 1989 (or maybe 1889)

There was discussion this week on one of the agility lists about running agility “just for fun” rather than being competitive about it. It reminded me of a lecture I include when doing Mental Prep for Sport workshops.  It is about each of our own individual evolution as a competitor in sport. This concept was first introduced […]

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Summer Afternoon In Canada

It is a lazy Friday afternoon (if there is such a thing around here). I just did some training after taking a bunch of phone calls from all of you. Yes, I was manning the phones the last 2 days. Fun . . . for a change. Anyway I am working on a video for […]

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Dissecting Punishment

Feature driving across the dogwalk. Ken Kennedy.

One of last week’s blog posted caused a bit of a stir amoungst some of you so I will deal with a couple of comments that were made.    From Nelci   AWESOME!! Love the picture of Feature on the Teeter. I do have some questions, after this “exercise” with Feature and the DW, what […]

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Slowing Things Down

jumpers final

I felt a little badly that my last post was all about Encore while Feature had a great weekend at Canada Cup herself. So to alleviate some guilt, I had to post Feature’s run for you all as well. Just so you know this isn’t just some narcissistic indulgence, I decided to set up the video as […]

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