June 2012 Rally Trial – Wowzers!

While I am busy at an Agility trial this weekend (and recovering from it), I figured I would give an update of the rally which took place here in Brandon last weekend. To say the least, this trial was interesting. This is the first time in a while that we’ve had a trial in BrandonContinue reading “June 2012 Rally Trial – Wowzers!”

Thoughts on Tracking for 2012

Spring sprung many weeks ago here in Manitoba and it’s high time to start thinking about preparing for the fall tracking tests. I pulled out of the last tracking test we entered because I wasn’t certain we would pass. Actually I wasn’t certain of anything – I followed “the plan” but things did not seemContinue reading “Thoughts on Tracking for 2012”

Rally is not always about the Q’s

The reason I fell in love with rally, and became a judge, is because rally is about having fun and working together with your dog. Teams of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate and corrections in any form are heavily penalized. I also love CARO rally in particular because the trial environments IContinue reading “Rally is not always about the Q’s”

100 reasons for not training and 1 good reason for getting off the couch called Micro-Training

  I had some new years goals (call them resolutions if you want)…and then life intervened. By life I mean unexpected expenses, the death of one of our cats, a slow December at work followed the busiest month EVER at Prairie Dog Daycare. I’m working 50+ hours a week and to top it all off,Continue reading “100 reasons for not training and 1 good reason for getting off the couch called Micro-Training”

Tender Tuna Treats

At the last Rally Obedience Trial we attended in Regina, Saskatchewan, I borrowed some of my friend Dayna’s tuna fudge for one of our runs and Bear just about lost his mind. Tuna is not something Bear gets on a regular basis so I got to thinking I should make some grain free tuna treatsContinue reading “Tender Tuna Treats”

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”