Sniff It – Week One

I have really been looking forward to our online Sniff It class with Sumac Grant-Johnston of Wag It Training in Maine, USA. Online training is the perfect opportunity to train at home and on my own time – attending class here means I need to find a class on a night that I am notContinue reading “Sniff It – Week One”

CKC and AHBA Herding Trials – September 28, 29 & 30, 2012

Two weekends ago, Bear and I attended our first herding trials ever. We attended a few classes this spring and Bear is getting better and better with the sheep. I am also getting better at handling so I was hopeful we would be able to at least achieve either a Herding Tested title under CKCContinue reading “CKC and AHBA Herding Trials – September 28, 29 & 30, 2012”

Encore DogSports Rally Trial–September 22 & 23, 2012

Last weekend, Bear and I, along with our friends Bella and Renee went to Regina to judge the first ever rally trial held by Encore DogSports. Since I was judging two half days, I had the opportunity to enter Bear in 6 c-stream runs. The trial was in a venue we had never been to.Continue reading “Encore DogSports Rally Trial–September 22 & 23, 2012”

COKC Agility Trial – September 15 & 16, 2012

Last weekend, Bear and I were entered in our first 2 day agility trial in many years. We were entered in gamblers, snooker, standard and jumpers on Saturday and gamblers, steeplechase, standard and jumpers on Sunday. I was unsure what the weekend would be like, especially since we had missed the last two classes beforeContinue reading “COKC Agility Trial – September 15 & 16, 2012”

Herding–September 12, 2012

Last Wednesday we made the trek to St. Norbert for our last chance at herding before the trial at the end of the month. On the weekend we went down to Bottineau, ND where I purchased a stock stick so now I look like I know what I am doing. My stick is plain whiteContinue reading “Herding–September 12, 2012”

Nested Rally Courses – September 10, 2012

The following courses are nested which means that the course changes between courses or levels are minimal and the trial or class can move along quickly. This is especially important at large trials or when a person is running multiple classes. The following team courses from a trial in June 2012 are nested in the orderContinue reading “Nested Rally Courses – September 10, 2012”

Post-Test Plans for Tracking

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. -Ralph Waldo Emmerson Oh haven’t you heard? I’m so done with feeling bad about the tracking test. While I am not over it, I am moving on, negative feelings are – to use a word – exhausting. Between teachingContinue reading “Post-Test Plans for Tracking”

Notes: Tracking lecture by John (Jack) Wilhelm September 2, 2012

The following is my interpretation of some of the topics covered in a short (2.5hour) lecture delivered by John (Jack) Wilhelm after our tracking test last Sunday. I am posting them, like I have for other seminars in the past, because writing helps me process things. I’ll add my thoughts/comments at another time. Training vs.Continue reading “Notes: Tracking lecture by John (Jack) Wilhelm September 2, 2012”

Our First TD Test – About as good as it could be…without passing

Before the Test We met at a Denny’s for the draw. In tracking there is an advantage to an earlier track – early tracks are often aged less and are likely to have more dew remaining on the vegetation. Dew is good because moisture enhances scent. Before the draw I got to meet a FacebookContinue reading “Our First TD Test – About as good as it could be…without passing”

Nested Rally Courses – September 3, 2012

The following courses are nested which means that the course changes between courses or levels are minimal and the trial or class can move along quickly. This is especially important at large trials or when a person is running multiple classes. The following courses from a trial in June 2012 are nested in the order theyContinue reading “Nested Rally Courses – September 3, 2012”