Rally Course of the Week – October 31, 2011

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 50’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: In earlier posts, I wrote about the value of working precisely as it relates to course time and the need to be prepared for each and every exercise at your level. This course, makes a lot of demands by requiring you to be precise and prepared! lots of ‘long’ exercises with onlyContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – October 31, 2011”

Bear’s New Duds: A Carting Harness Review

Something very special came in the mail this week…Bear’s carting harness!!!!   After much internet searching I decided on a Nylon Siwash Carting Harness from Dog Works in Tennessee, USA. I placed my order on October 5th and it came on the 25th which means it made pretty good time, considering it had to cross theContinue reading “Bear’s New Duds: A Carting Harness Review”

Making a Cart – Part Two: Wheels on a Budget!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about our cart building progress. This weekend I was finally able to take some decent photos! I just added the last coat of stain to the cart boards and put the wheels back together which means by next weekend, I should be able to assemble the cart. Last month I visited aContinue reading “Making a Cart – Part Two: Wheels on a Budget!”

Rally Course of the Week – October 24, 2011

Course Details Level: Advanced (CARO) Space Required: 50’x60′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is a very condensed course with only six novice signs thrown in for changes of direction. According to CARO rules, an advanced course must have a minimum of 8 advanced stations. In this case you have 10 advanced stations in an 18 station course and it’s possible that you might encounterContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – October 24, 2011”

Tracking Update – (Re)Learning the Obvious

Well, I have to (sheepishly) admit that haven’t been out tracking much lately. Part of my reluctance has been that: I haven’t been really sure what to do about out corner trouble; and, I’ve been afraid that repeating the same (wrong) thing over and over might only serve to reinforce the bad habits I thinkContinue reading “Tracking Update – (Re)Learning the Obvious”

Rally Course of the Week – October 17, 2011

Course Details Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 50’x60′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is an example of a very long novice course. The 1,2,3 steps forward (5) and the spiral (8) add time but so do the stretches of heeling between exercises. From a handling perspective, this course is not very forgiving – to perform it successfully, you need a dog  a dogContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – October 17, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – October 10, 2011

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 50’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: Yet another shorter course which makes for a lot of hard work – but it’s over rather quickly! The main challenge with this course is working in proximity to the obstacles. If you have a dog that is very obstacle focused, she could easily beContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – October 10, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – October 3, 2011

Course Details Level: Advanced (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is another short course which means lots of advanced level exercises with little in between them. This means dogs are doing lots of distance and precision work. for many dogs working away from the handler is a challenge and staying in place while their handlerContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – October 3, 2011”

Rally Course of the Week – September 26, 2011

Course Details Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This course has plenty of opportunities to reward your dog and both a spiral and straight figure eight. what this means is that, depending on your dog’s regular working pace and your capacity for delivering rewards efficiently, you may find yourself short on time. This isContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – September 26, 2011”

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”