At Last…

Bear and I were  in Regina last weekend for the KAOS DogSports Rally Obedience trial. We have been chasing our Versatility title since 2009 and KAOS was offering two versatility runs on the Saturday. In the interest of saving money, I decided to drive down Friday evening and home on Saturday evening which meant onlyContinue reading “At Last…”

CARO Working Level Exercise Videos

For your viewing pleasure, here are the first two videos of Bear and I performing Novice Working exercises. Enjoy!

A Case for Keeping Rally-O Records

Not long after the KAOS Trial back in November, my CARO Advanced Team Certificate arrived! I was so thrilled because it’s our first CARO title in 2 years! As I admired the certificate, something didn’t seem quite right. Finally I realized that under the “Registered Name” portion of the certificate it read B.A. Bearacus, RAMCL,Continue reading “A Case for Keeping Rally-O Records”

A Surprise and an Opportunity to put MicroTraining to the test

I love how life occasionally presents unexpected opportunities. I had pretty much resigned myself to a rally trial free winter when I got an email from one of the folks with Regina Kennel & Obedience Club. One of the judges they had lined up is ill and not able to judge this weekend – wouldContinue reading “A Surprise and an Opportunity to put MicroTraining to the test”

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”

Rally Course of the Week – January 16, 2012

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is another straight forward Excellent course with the exception of the weave poles as the first station. Some dogs, especially those who compete in agility, will leave for the weave poles right off the start line and this may incur out of position deductions. Download this Course: CARO 60′x 70′ CourseContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – January 16, 2012”

Rally Course of the Week – January 9, 2012

Course Details Level: Advanced Team (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is a great team course for distracted dogs as most of time, each team will be working in their own half of the ring. There is the mandatory pass designed at the beginning of the first pair’s course and the end of second pair’s course. When deciding which halfContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – January 9, 2012”

Rally Course of the Week – January 2, 2012

Course Details Level: Advanced (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is another bic Course with a lot of sits (13!). Since you only have 3 minutes to complete all this work, you need to be working towards a smooth performance without having to take the time (and point penalty) for extra cues. It also helps to move at a briskContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – January 2, 2012”

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”

Rally Course of the Week – December 26, 2011

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: In this fairly straightforward Excellent course, the main challenge is working relatively closely to obstacles and the tunnel in particular seems to be a difficult obstacle for many dogs to ignore. Using obstacles as distractions in training is always a good idea, especially if you have a dog withContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – December 26, 2011”