Rally Course of the Week – September 19, 2011

Course Details Level: Versatility (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is a very basic CARO Versatility course however it’s deceptive. The challenges are, mainly that the dog has to work on both sides of the handler. This means that now simple things like a call front finish right are completely different! For many teams exercisesContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – September 19, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – September 12, 2011

Course Details Level: Advanced (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: In CARO, an advanced course may have between 15 and 20 stations. In the past, I would say most courses have closer to twenty stations so this one may seem really short to many of you but, it’s allowable. In this course, the only stations thatContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – September 12, 2011”

Rally Reflections…I think we’re over the hump!

Since February 2011, I’ve really been trying to change the way Bear and I ‘play’ the rally game. Our last successful run of trialing was back in 2009 and since then we have failed for Bear barking his head off in the ring, for Bear wandering around the ring like some sort of zombie dogContinue reading “Rally Reflections…I think we’re over the hump!”

CARO Working Stream – I think it could be fun!

A few weeks ago, as many of you know, we hosted a CARO rally trial. We offered most regular classes with the exception of Excellent Team and Versatility Excellent (not many folks working at this level yet). We also offered the new Working Level as a For Exhibition Only (FEO) run.  What is the WorkingContinue reading “CARO Working Stream – I think it could be fun!”

Rally Course of the Week – August 29, 2011

Course Details Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: Here is another course with a lot of sits (I count 14) and also three time-consuming exercises, the spiral, the weave and of course 1,2,3, steps forward. This means that even with 4 minutes to complete the course at the novice level, you and yourContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – August 29, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – August 22, 2011

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 50’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: At the Excellent level, there are always two obstacles for teams to perform. In this course the obstacles are weave poles and the tunnel. The main challenge of this course, aside from the excellent level exercises, is the fact that teams are working in closeContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – August 22, 2011”

Bear Tracks! Week Four

This week was a week of distractions. Our first distraction was a thunderstorm rolling in.  Bear isn’t afraid of thunder but he does bark at loud noises outside the house (when he’s inside) and this goes for motor bikes, loud trucks, fire works and…thunder. The great thing about prairie thunderstorms is you can see themContinue reading “Bear Tracks! Week Four”

Woodworking Weekend – Making a Cart (Part 1)

Ever since I attended a drafting seminar in New Brunswick way back in 2007 (put on by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada I think), I have been meaning to make a cart for Bear…I mean how hard can it be right? I found some cart plans that made sense to me on-line  atContinue reading “Woodworking Weekend – Making a Cart (Part 1)”

Bear Tracks! Week Three

I learned two very important things this week that will help me on blind tracks. And both items relate to… Body Language & Handling Very Important Thing #1: Bear works better when the track is down wind. I accidentally set a track with a leg up wind and he did lots of drifting back andContinue reading “Bear Tracks! Week Three”

Bear Tracks! Week One

The first week of the rest of our  tracking lives… Bear and I attended a tracking seminar last fall and  had a lot of fun, learned a lot and really enjoyed watching different dogs  work. We did maybe about 2 weeks of tracking last year before it got cold, I  got busy…you all know how it goes.Continue reading “Bear Tracks! Week One”