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NEWS & RESULTS

Charity News
The response to both Philippa Armstrong's and Pauline Angus's wheelchair appeals has been amazing. They are both are still seeking your support so they can continue the sport they love.

Suppliers News
Agility Warehouse has a new home within the on-line shop Pets Perfect. Be sure you sign up to their newsletter to be kept up to date with the latest offers and discounts.

Training News
Over the past year, the British Institute of Pet Dog Trainers (BIPDT) has developed an agility test for dog owners with owner and dog gaining a certificate for each level of achievement. They are also holding twice yearly, residential dog training instructor's courses.

Agility News & Info

  • THe D5 UKA show on 3- 4 May has been cancelled due to low entries. (Show Snippets)
  •  TraVal Agility Group has disbanded and is no longer taking classes nor holding shows. (Show Snippets)
  • Golden Valley DTC regret that due to circumstances beyond their control there will not be an Open KC show at the Hereford Country Fair (4 August) this year. (Show Snippets)

  • Dogs at the Easter EMDAC show will be jumping lower heights. (BAA News)

  • CSJ Are sponsoring the Highland Agility Stakes again.(Sponsorship News)

  • The Otley and Orchard May Day shows are being held at new venues. (Show Diary)

  • The 2014 Southam show in September will have classes for all grades in all heights. (Show Diary)

  • The Kennel Club has issued Guidance to recent amendments to agility regulations. (Show Snippets)

  • The Kennel Club has introduced a new interactive way to apply for Agility Warrants on-line. (Show Snippets)

  • Due to their show venue not being available, Redgates AC will not be holding a show this year.

Sponsorship News
CSJ have renewed their relationship with the Highland Agility Stakes. Woof & Brew, creators and producers of healthy herbal teas for dogs, has agreed to sponsor the Agilitynet Senior Agility League this year. Cheers!

IMCA/PAWC 2014
A list of people interested in taking part in the XV International Mix & Breed Championships (IMCA) and PAWC (ParAgility) in Italy in September this year is now being compiled. Places on Team GB are open to anyone wishing to represent their country at an international competition.

Training Places & Spaces
Moving to a new area, looking for a another club or some extra private tuition? These clubs and events have spaces available.

  • Delinquent Dogz (S. Yorks)
  • Eastern Agility (Surrey)

AGILITY LEAGUES

There is no better way to measure your achievement than by comparing like to like. The number of breed and special interest agility leagues is growing.

List of Leagues
Start here to find a league of your own. If there isn't a league for you and your dog, find some like-minded people and set one up. They're good fun.

Schnauzer & Schnauzer Cross Agility League
When successful Schnauzer handler Jo Plevin realised the Schnauzer League was no longer running, she decided to set up a new one.

Valgrays Dog of the Year
As there is no Wallingford show this year, the Valgrays Dogs of the Year Awards will be presented at Easter Celebration. In the meantime, you can preview the results here.

Agility Edge League
Agility Edge is a cash and sponsor prize league that rewards excellence in agility.

The MadSpaniels Agility League
The League is up and running again for 2014 and there are lots of new members already. It is open to all spaniel handlers.

Rescue Agility Scotland
2013 was a year of ups and downs for Rescue Agility Scotland. But when the League tables closed on 31 January 2014, it was evident that many dogs and handlers had enjoyed an extremely successful year.

Senior Agility League
The 2013 League is dead. Long live the 2014 League. Well done to all the older but wiser winners of the 2013 League. If you are 55 or over you are eligible to enter. Do it now. You're not getting any younger.

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it.

The Animal Health Co Classic
The Animal Health Company is launching a steeplechase style competition for dogs of all sizes, featuring the Westcott's Water Jump! With ten qualifiers around the country, everyone should have a chance to enter.

Drontal Agility Challenge
Drontal, the UK's favourite dog wormer, will continue its support of agility with the 2014 Agility Challenge consisting of 10 heats across the country.

Brillo International Bounce
The 15 shows which will host qualifying heats have been announced.
The Final will be held on Saturday, 6 September 2014 at Blenheim ATC Show Weekend at West Midlands Showground, Shrewsbury.

E-VENTS

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey

Events added in the last two weeks.


RESCUE DOGS

Some of the latest arrivals are previewed here but there are many more looking for active homes.

Rescue Me
You can now add potential agility dogs direct. It's a faster service and still free to rescue organisations and private individuals! Another new features is a Google map so you can see where the dog is located. Wales may not be THAT far away for the right dog!

SCHEDULES

Sorry but it's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can now be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

A Grade Change Form is available via a link on the front page of iSS


Attention: Show Organisers Click here to input your essential show details onto the iSS Show Diary.


SPECIALS

Queuing & Agility Dogs
For the past four years, Stephanie Fleig has been monitoring agility dogs to seet how they cope with the excitement and anticipation of agility for her PhD. work. Now she needs your help with her ground-breaking research.

Space Dogs
Have you seen a dog with a yellow ribbon on its lead or wearing a Space Dogs 'I Need Space' vest and wondered why ?  Joanne Livemore takes a look at the Campaign and some of the reasons why a dog may need space.

Pip's Progress
Remember Leigh and her Spaniel Pip who trained at Watford and moved to Perth, Australia last  year shortly after they started competing. Well, she's been to her first Aussie show and sent us the video.

101 Tips for Newbies Revisited
Some words of wisdom for anyone starting out on their agility competition career and some things to remember for those who are on the circuit already.

 Agility Council Rep Mini Profiles
Meet your area Liaison Council rep. They're your voice at the Kennel Club so it is worth getting to know a little more about them.

Zico Retires
One of truly great ABC agility dogs Ag.Ch. Dragonheart Dark Destroyer AW/G has retired after a glittering agility career with Nigel Staines. All the best, Zico.

From HTM to Agility Dog
After Fran's Cobb's husband passed away and with retirement fast approaching, she decided to buy a puppy to train for Heelwork to Music. However, once she and her dog Jazz discovered agility, there was no turning back.

Laverock Tails
Mandy and Marcus Bainbridge share some of their stories of five happy years at their award winning, multiple dog friendly holiday cottages in beautiful Co. Durham.

Philippa Armstrong
39 years of Rheumatoid Arthritis have taken their toll on inspirational mobility impaired handler Philippa Armstrong. Now she needs a new wheelchair to get back into agility... and you can help.

REGULAR FEATURES

Judge's A-List
Don't miss any judging appointments because your details are out of date on the Agilitynet Judge's A-List. And just to clarify, the Judge's A-List is open to all judges - KC, UKA, BAA and independent, old experienced hands and newbies. All welcome.

Agilitynet Facebook
There are now more than 8000+ members of FB and the number is growing every day. Have you joined yet?

Show Diary
We would like to encourage all show secretaries and organisers to send us their ring plans, not just for the actual show but for the archives. They are invaluable for anyone trying to find information for their Warrants and people aspiring to be Champ judges.

Advertising on Agilitynet
If you are interested in promoting your products and/or services to the agility community, what better way than via Agilitynet. After all, you are reading it now, aren't you! To find out more about advertising your goods and services, see our rate card.

Clubs & Trainers
If you are starting a new club or offering private tuition and want to get on the agility map, let us know and we'll send you a simple questionnaire to complete for a free entry on the Agilitynet Clubs & Trainers.

HEALTH & FITNESS

A Pilates Approach to Dog Agility
Pilates instructor and agility enthusiast Stacy Weeks explains how Pilates can help you be a better handler.

Be AgilityFIT
You might wonder what martial arts have in common with running an agility dog? Personal trainer Mike Wood & Eleanor Balchin have developed an exercise regime specifically for those who compete in dog agility.

Wag & Tone
Karen Laker, Sue Holstead and Ruth MacGill have put together an e-book that describes a way that dogs and owners can have fun working out together. Combining dog training with exercise and music, it's just what Mary Ann Nester has been waiting for.

Total Hip Replacement -
Update
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it has been a real roller-coaster ride of a year for Jackie Bromwich. Her talented you collie Fern had to have a total hip replacement. This is the story of her journey back to fitness with the help of Fitzpatrick Referrals. 

Fit for Fun
Agility is a high risk sport due to all that running, twisting and turning. Despite the best preparation, not all injuries can be prevented which is why Chartered Vet Physiotherapist Sally Medcalf has written an article how to spot problems and prevent injuries.

Veterinary Thermal Imaging
The No. 1 cause of injury in high impact in active dog sports like agility is doing too much, too soon and too fast. Thermal imaging utilises a colourful new technology as a diagnostic tool, but it can also be used as a management tool to monitor a performance animal or can be used to assess the usefulness of a treatment.

Canine Pancreatitis
When Kay Westgate was told that her li
ttle dog Twiggy had pancreatitis she felt really guilty. It took a while to learn how to live with a dog on a diet. Kay wrote this article, hoping to help other owners in a similar situation.

Border Collie Collapse
Border Collie Collapse (BCC) is a relatively rare condition usually seen in working dogs or those training for high intensity activity such as agility or flyball. Vet Netty Mattey has studied it and explains more about it.

DNA Testing
Taking the time to find out what breeds make up your crossbreed dog can affect the way you train it - and it could answer the question, once and for all, about whether you are eligible to enter an ABC class.


DESPERATELY SEEKING...

Looking for a pairs partner or another team member, flat mate or camping pass? You can also look for specific car cages, van or dog vehicles and demo teams for your fairs and fetes? If all else has failed, try our free 'want' ads.

REVIEWS

Essential Foundation Jumping Skills
Heidi Pichotta agreed to review Lee Windeatt's first DVD because she loved it!

Pup2Perfection DVD
This step by step guide from Lauren Langman and the Devon Dogs team, reviewed by Manda Scott, is aimed at anyone with a new puppy or young dog or simply interested in dog training.

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