A Surprise and an Opportunity to put MicroTraining to the test

I love how life occasionally presents unexpected opportunities. I had pretty much resigned myself to a rally trial free winter when I got an email from one of the folks with Regina Kennel & Obedience Club. One of the judges they had lined up is ill and not able to judge this weekend – wouldContinue reading “A Surprise and an Opportunity to put MicroTraining to the test”

Rally Course of the Week – January 16, 2012

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is another straight forward Excellent course with the exception of the weave poles as the first station. Some dogs, especially those who compete in agility, will leave for the weave poles right off the start line and this may incur out of position deductions. Download this Course: CARO 60′x 70′ CourseContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – January 16, 2012”

Rally Course of the Week – January 9, 2012

Course Details Level: Advanced Team (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is a great team course for distracted dogs as most of time, each team will be working in their own half of the ring. There is the mandatory pass designed at the beginning of the first pair’s course and the end of second pair’s course. When deciding which halfContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – January 9, 2012”

Rally Course of the Week – January 2, 2012

Course Details Level: Advanced (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is another bic Course with a lot of sits (13!). Since you only have 3 minutes to complete all this work, you need to be working towards a smooth performance without having to take the time (and point penalty) for extra cues. It also helps to move at a briskContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – January 2, 2012”

Rally Course of the Week – December 26, 2011

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: In this fairly straightforward Excellent course, the main challenge is working relatively closely to obstacles and the tunnel in particular seems to be a difficult obstacle for many dogs to ignore. Using obstacles as distractions in training is always a good idea, especially if you have a dog withContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – December 26, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – December 19, 2011

Course Details Level: Advanced Team (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This course has each team waiting near the centre of the course while the other team works around them which may or may not be something your dog is comfortable with. It’s a good idea to think about practicing your team runs while waiting with your dog in variousContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – December 19, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – December 12, 2011

Course Details Level: Advanced (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This course is ‘light’ on advanced exercise but it is essentially built around the food bowl exercise. furthermore, the food bowl exercise is right of the bat so your dog will KNOW exactly where they are. This course makes a good case for practicing other exercises and general heeling around mega distractions because theyContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – December 12, 2011”

Winter 2011-2012 Indoor Training Projects

Winter is officially here and I feel like Hibernating. Bear, on the other hand, has ideas of his own. Lately he has been bringing me his toys, trying to entice me into playing with him. If I don’t respond he brings them to Sean who exclaimed earlier this week “will you DO something with thisContinue reading “Winter 2011-2012 Indoor Training Projects”

On the Road Again…our CKC Adventure

After Bear’s performance last month in Regina, I decided to enter him in a couple of CKC Rally Obedience trials here in Brandon at the Wheat City Kennel Club Dog Shows. In the past, our poorest performances have been at CKC shows. There are likely a thousand and one reasons for the poor performances but I’ll list only aContinue reading “On the Road Again…our CKC Adventure”

Rally Course of the Week – December 5, 2011

Course Details Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is a long course on a very large field with plenty of sits. The ony redeeming factor is that the sits are relatively spaced out and provide handlers with many opportunities to reward their dogs. Download this Course: CARO 50′x 70′ Course – Novice 3 (T11-63) If you would like to haveContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – December 5, 2011”