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RESCUE US
The Rescue page is sponsored
by Akela WholePrey
Rescue a dog. Rescue yourself.

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes. Yes, there are quite a few collies but there are also other breeds of all sizes and, on occasion, some from outside the UK.

You can now add potential agility dogs direct, using the on-line form. This is a free service for rescue organisations and private individuals!

NEWS & INFO

BSD World Championships
Following the BSD Team Selection Day last autumn, a team of eight dogs and handlers drove out to Germany to represented Great Britain at the FMBB World Championship.

AGILITYNET STUFF

CSJ Agility Open
CSJ is launching a brand new 4-day event next June at Addington Manor for ambitious handlers looking for a challenge.

IMCA/PAWC 2017
It was the second year that Mandy Melville-Love and Darren Stokes had been chosen for the IMCA – PAWC UK Team. This time they went out to Austria armed with Photizo and red light technology.

Proper Proofreading
Let Penny polish your prose. No job too small. She'll even proofread your show schedules. Discount for Agilitynet readers.

Show Diary
The 2017-2018 schedules are flooding in so you can plan your next few months of shows.

A special request to show organisers. Please please proofread your schedules carefully before you send them in so they do not have to be revised. The more eyes the better. It will save delay and confusion in the end.

Roadworks Ahead
Almost 19 years after Agilitynet first went live, we've decided we really need a good clear out. It's an enormous site now and there are just something things which are out of date and/or no longer relevant so please bear with us if links don't work. If you have anything special that you would like saved, pleases let us know.

Senior Agility League
Over 55 and still competing? Why not join the fun. All points count as long as there is a rosette awarded except 'just for fun' and training in the ring competitions.

We have made a change for 2017. Allsorts dogs have been taken out of the main categories and given one of their own. Due to the low numbers, we have combined all the age groups for this award. LHO points will count.

Thank you to our new sponsor for making it all possible. The Big Dg Bed Company makes good quality, comfortable beds for dogs of all sizes as well as specialist, active recovery orthopaedic beds for working dogs.

E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'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

SCHEDULES

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 if you want to enter. Schedules can be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

WHAT'S NEW...

Handler Fitness
Agility Team GB fitness coach Ruth MacGill says not to forget your own fitness when making training plans this winter.

Pic of the Litter
Kora and Twiglet pose by a half tonne of Westcotts Premium Dog Food, the same amount that is given away as prizes in one year of the Animal Health Company Classic! Now that's a heavyweight commitment to agility.

In Memory

  • Agility lost another legend yesterday when John Gilbert passed away, having fought ill health for a long time. Quite simply, agility wouldn’t be what it is today without him. His funeral will be on Monday, 4th December at The Vale Crematorium, Luton, Beds.
     

  • Joan Gardiner passed away on on 8th November. The funeral will be 7th December at 2.15pm at Ipswich Cemetery.

John Gilbert on World Agility (circa 2004)
We take a look back into Agility history shortly after we went to our first FCI World Championships with an article by John Gilbert. How things have changed. Or have they?

Enki Pooch Disposal Dog Towels
Where better to test out these new ecologically friendly dog towels than Scotland so we've asked four Scottish handlers to try them out. Leave those muddy paws outside.

Animal Health Co Classic
Ten things you may not know about the Animal Health Company Classic. There's more to hosting an agility qualifier than you think!

Also reports from the last three heats and the grand final, judged by Alan Mitchell

Bamboozle Barking Bakery
A new doggie bakery, producing home-made healthy biscuits and treats for dogs, it also offers personalised biscuits for fanatic dog owner or thank you gifts for judges and ring parties. Yum.

Morgan Shoosmith
Morgan is the 10 year old handler who is taking the Poodle world by storm. She's been competing since she was seven! Read her story in her own words...

Training News
Win Agility, an online agility training web site created by Bonnie Quick and Nicky Grant, has launched a new Puppy Series.

The Life of a KC Agility Judge
Emily Osborne started judging five years ago because she wanted to give something back to the sport and, though it can be hard work at times, she is still loving it.

ROYAL CANIN® Agility Challenge
Read Dave Deaville's Judge's report on the Final held at the Malvern Autumn Show this year. Congratulations to the winners.

Sponsorship News

  • Fun with Fido has agreed to sponsor of Chantal Karyta, a leading dog agility handler and trainer who has previously competed at Crufts and Olympia with her Shelties and represented Team England in the WAO and Team GB at the FCI Agility World Championships.
     

  • Nerf Dog, one of the UK’s leading dog toy manufactures, will continue its sponsorship of Country Shows Agility two Kennel Club agility shows this winter at Morton Morrell College, (Warks) in December and January.

Engraving Studio
Engraving Studio's easy fit agility collar tags requires no fixing rings to be fitted to your dog collar - ideal for dogs taking part in dog agility and fly ball as there are no hanging parts to snag. Easy to swop between collars with deep long lasting engraving that won't fade or wear away.

Choosing Pet Insurance
We all know that veterinary bills can be eye watering, so it's no wonder that about 40% of owners have pet insurance. Policies can vary widely which means that it is very important to get the right cover for your dog first time. Julia Carr explains how it works and what to look for.

SPECIALS

Milo the Three Legged Agility Dog
Heather Smith's rescue collie Milo had agility dog written all over him. He was doing well until he was diagnosed with cancer and his hind leg had to be amputated. This is the amazing story of how he came back to agility with a little help from his friends.

Total Hip Replacement - An Inspirational Story
When Jackie Bromwich's promising dog Fern was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, it was a shattering moment. It's been four years since Fern had a hip replacement and she is now nine. Though it's been a long road and there have been setbacks, in the end, she has achieved G7. Their story should give heart to anyone who has a dog with HD. It's not the end of the world. You can still follow your dreams.

FLEA MARKET...
(now incorporating Wanted)

Looking to buy or sell a camping pass? Want to clean out your shed or basement by selling some agility equipment, car cages or camping equipment?  Make the Flea Market your first stop.

STANDARD FEATURES

Agility Wit & Wisdom
It seems the cost of dog agility is quite a lot in other countries around the world. We don't know how lucky we are to have so many shows at such reasonable prices for all dogs regardless of whether pedigree or crossbreed. So says Dawn Gilmour.

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified KC and UKA judges, please put your name forward for the Judge's A-List. Show secretaries will be booking shows for next year and it is a great way to get on the radar.

Last 10 judges to join or update their entries:-

  • David Carlile - Updated

  • Helen Ashenhurst

  • Jenny McLaren

  • Ruth Andrews

  • Hannah Grantham - Champ Judge

  • Sara Kirkwood -  Updated

  • Doreen Sizeland - Welcome back!

  • Jonathan Hallam - Updated

  • Jason Bartram -  Updated

  • Roy Seal

REVIEWS

Fun with Fido Treat Pods & Tuggies
Sharon Tuffnell reviews Becky Layphries' new interactive, super squidgy treat pods and tuggies. Perfect for Agility training, Flyball and other dog sports.

ByBenji Treats
Inspired by the South African beef snack Biltong, ByBenji Training Treats are made of premium quality, dry cured silverside of beef. But are they worth the money? Helen and Adrian Miller tried them out on their dogs.

DOGGO Parcours
Daniel Gee reviews these agility trainers designed by a German Championship handler and now in the UK for the first time.

Dog StreamZ Smart Collar Review
Sue Culmer offered to review some Dog StreamZ collars which were kindly donated to her rescue to test and here are her findings.

Ball Thrower Bag
If you throw, launch or chuck balls for your dogs, you'll want to know more about this new product. Rosie Lander reviews the clever new Ball Thrower Bag. Just £10 + £3.00 P&P of pick up on at Just Dogs Live where Jenny Fish is raising money for Dogs Trust.

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'run for fun' 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!

Qualifiers News
Agility Rocks, Dogs Matter and PAwS Shows have teamed up to bring you The UKA South West Winter Finals with 10 heats at UKA shows throughout the winter 2017/18.

Welsh Handler of the Year
The Burns Welsh Handler of the Year, run as part of the Pembrokeshire County show, is open to dogs of all sizes and grades run by Welsh handlers or people living in Wales. Wow! And what a final it was.

Agria Brillo Bounce
More results from heats 8, 9 and 10. Who will join the winners in the Final at the British Agility Championships in October?

LOW 550
Following 10 hotly contested heats during 2016/2017, dogs and handlers travelled from all around the UK to compete in the inaugural LOW 550 National Jumping Cup Final at Cirencester Park on 2nd September.

LOW 550 Scotland
It was a cold and windy day at Kelso but the dogs were flying at the  LOW 550 Scotland Jumping Cup Final 2017 at the Tweedbank show. Report by Judge Fiona Turnbull.

SAM's League
SAM's League was set up by Emily Osborne to support and represent Small and Medium dogs that run at Lower Height in KC classes and Toy and Midi at UKA in the UK. They now have 60 members and growing.

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