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!”

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”

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 Two

This was a gruelling tracking week as the plan we are following had six tracks a day! Now this might not sound like a lot when you imagine doing six 20 foot tracks but we gradually moved from a 5 meter track to 400 meter tracks which, takes a LOT of time! From a training perspective though, this meansContinue reading “Bear Tracks! Week Two”

Rally Course of the Week – July 18, 2011

Most people will notice the challenge of having to walk by food bowls before performing them. This is common enough and something both handlers and dogs should be prepared for. What might be less apparent is the fact that this course consist of numerous sits (I count 16!).