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SNIPPETS

  • The Milton Keynes show on 27-28 June has moved to a new, larger venue. (Show Diary)

  • Due to venue issues, High Peak will not be having a show this year.  (Show Diary)

  • Royal Canin will be supporting The Agility Challenge (formerly the Drontal Agility Challenge) for the next two years. (Qualifiers News)

  • Newlands will move to the same weekend as Billingshurst this yearto offer a weekend show with camping.  (Show Diary)

  • Burnham has made the tough decision not to hold a show in 2015.  (Show Snippets)

  • T & A Agility have been awarded KC Listed status starting with their August show. (Show Diary)

  • The Paws at Play show on 1 February is now closed for entries. (Show Diary)

  • Shrewsbury camping is full.  (Show Diary)
  • The Brillo International Bounce is back again for 2015 with 13 heats around the country. (Brillo Bounce)

  • The Barnstaple summer show has changed from 14 June to 24 May due availability of new venue. (Show Diary)

NEWS & INFO

Training Places & Spaces
New year, new resolutions. Looking for another place to train to gain that extra edge> Moving to a new area or want some extra private tuition? These clubs and events have spaces available.

  • A to Zooom (Bucks)

  • Paw X Paw (Gtr Manchester)

  • Dig It Dogs (Ches)

Training News
Greg Derrett, one of the world’s finest agility coaches is coming to East Anglia for a pair of New Year seminars.

Charity News
There will be a Valentine's Ball in aid of the Harrison Smith Future Care Fund, organised by Sue Smith of Smiffy's, on 14 February at The Brands Hatch Thistle Hotel.

YKC News
As part of their 30th anniversary celebrations, the YKC has set up a competition for a celebratory slogan! Come on Juniors. Put on your thinking caps.

KC Council Meeting Agenda - January 2015
Important reading for any agility person regardless of what flavour agility you do (KC, UKA, BAA, FAB or Independent etc) Topics up for discussion include:

  • 4th Jump Height Proposal
  • 5 Year Plan
  • Should agility be considered a 'sport?'
  • Judge's Working Party Report
  • Bitches in Season at shows

Crufts Car Stickers
Agilitynet readers who have qualified for Crufts have donated £58 to the KC Charitable Trust. Thank you.

Has your Team qualified for Crufts next year. You can get a car / van sticker for each and every one by sending an sae to Agilitynet, 38 Northolme Road, London N5 2UU They are free but if you send a voluntary donation to the KC Charitable Trust, we'll send you extras for the reserves and grooms!

Agility Team GB
The Agility Team GB Performance Weekend will be held alongside the Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts show in April. Team chiropractor Emma Fretwell has decided to step down from the position so that she can pursue private and business interests.

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


RESCUE DOGS

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes.

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!

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 has agreed to continue it's support of the agility community with the AHT Classic incorporating the Westcott's water jump.

Brillo International Bounce
The Brillo International Bounce for both Small and Medium dogs, will continue in 2015 with 13 qualifying heats around the country.

Qualifiers News
Television's 'Bionic' vet has agreed to sponsor the 4th Height Jumping Cup next year. There will be six qualifying heats held around the country this agility season.

Adams Qualifiers
The first Adams Derby was set up in 2001 by Chris and Sandra Adams. Over the years, they have added a Jumping Cup, Laser Pairs, Anysize Jumping and Junior Agility qualifiers to their repertoire.

Drontal Agility Challenge
The 2014 Final, judged by Andrew Dicker, was held at The Malvern Autumn Show on the Three Counties Showground, one of the best settings for a final anywhere in the country. The agility was good and so was the shopping not to mention the cider tent. All in all - a perfect day out.

Royal Canin Rest of the World Challenge
After two days of fierce competition, current holder Nicola Garrett retained her Royal Canin Rest of the World title at this year's Pembrokeshire By the Pond.

Welsh Handler of the Year
The  2014 Burn's Welsh Handler of the Year was crowned at the Pembrokeshire by the Pond show after a fierce competition.

Skinners Grand Prix
It's never easy achieving two clear rounds in a row at speed but the winners of the first Skinners Grand Prix at Chatsworth did just that and more in front of a huge audience.

Just So Jump & Twist Pairs
Following 10 exciting heats held at shows across the country, the final of The Just So Jump & Twist pairs took place at Tag Summer Show in Uttoxeter.

Triple Team Qualifier
TTQ is a new team event for three dogs per team for dogs of all sizes. Heats will be held throughout 2015 with two teams from each heat qualifying for the final

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.


REGULAR FEATURES

Clubs. Private Trainers & Show Organisers
Time to update your listings on Agilitynet for the new year. We sent out a mass emailing to every club or group that has a live email but there may be some where the contact information has changed so if you have not heard from us lately, please  check your entry and get in touch with us with new details.

Agilitynet Facebook
Agilitynet FB is a good place to exchange ideas but please remember to be respectful and kind to other people. For anyone who has a boxer currently in training, competing or interested in starting agility, there is a new FB page for you called Agility Boxers UK.

Winning Out Certificates 2014
Due to a serious health problem in the Agilitynet family, we will not be able to post the New Year's Honours List on 1 January as usual. We hope to get it on live as soon as possible. Thanks again to Lintbells who make iMove and uMove joint supplements for their invaluable help and sponsorship.

Animated Xmas corgiCanine Cook
If you are cooking for the holidays, don't forget the dogs. Here are some healthy treats that your dog / dogs will love them. And they won't cost the earth.

  • Sheila Sardine Dog Biscuits

  • Brie's Turkey and Cranberry Dog Bones

  • Tasty Turkey Treats

  • Peanut Butter Poppers

  • Microwave Doggie Doughnuts

Rainbow Bridge
Sad to announce that Agilitynet has lost one of its lovely agility dogs: Beau, our big white Standard Poodle, crossed over on Christmas Eve,  very suddenly of a suspected brain tumour.

Senior Agility League
The 2015 SAL year starts on 23 December. It is not necessary to re-register if you were a SAL member in 2014. Just start adding your points and watch them grow. New members always welcome. Register today if you are 55 or older.

Happy Retirement
After a great career together, Anthony Clarke has announced that Ruby (Ag.Ch. Blazing Red of Rujaff) will be retiring from International Agility. They've been a great partnership for Team GB.

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified 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.

Ag. Ch, Dogs
There's another Another new Ag. Champ. Congratulations to Linda Hill and her JRT Ain’t No Angel (Small), handled by Steven Richardson, who gained their title at Castlereagh.

Show Diary
Planning your 2015 show season? If any show is missing let us know and we'll chase it down.

Rescue Me
Dogs on teh Agilitynet Rescue page stand more of a chance being rehomed for Christmas because their listing can stay live on the page until they find that forever home.

Flea Market
Time to clear out the garage or loft?  Sell those items which have been lying around for a while. There's cash in your caravan. Your junk is someone else's bargain!

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.

SPECIALS

4th Height Jumping
Ann Harmes which talks about her views on having a 550mm height in Kennel Club agility and why she has changed her mind. It's a good read and food for thought!

Holly the Re-Active Collie
Clive Bayliss tells the story of Holly the Re-Active Collie and how agility and the folks at Dog Learning Zone have helped her have more fun in the world.

Cooking4Mugs
Eat like an Italian even at shows in your caravan. Agility spouse, groom and chief cook 'n bottle washer Bruno Borriello's explains how he wrote his new cookbook between classes at shows. Buon appetito! All profits from sales of the book during 2014 will be donated to BBC Children in Need 2014.

Spot the Finalist Competition
The Animal Health Company will make a £25 donation to make to the favourite charity of the the person who can name the most finalists and supporters in a picture snapped after the Final. How many can you identify?

What's Wrong with European Handling?
Dante Camacho, a Brazilian who lives in and competes for Canada, looks at international agility and asks what do those 'weird moves' really mean?

IMCA – PAWC 2014 Report
They came, they saw, they conquered and came back from Italy with an amazing 14 podium places including three Gold medals. It was a great experience and they had fun, too!

I Am an Agility-holic
Lorraine Pearson is a self-confessed agility addict. She originally posted a shorter version of this article onto Agilitynet FB and got so many 'you have just described me' comments that she agreed to go public about her obsession.

DESPERATELY SEEKING...

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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. Join one today.

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.

UKA Gun Dog Agility League
The 2014 Gun Dog Agility UKA League results have been published. Congratulations to the winners!

Agility Terrier League
The Terrier League Final 2014 was held at Dog Vegas, Thetford on the 21 June. Well done to the all the winners.

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

TRAINING

Communicating with Your Dog
Good awareness is one of the most important things in improving handling skills and where better to start than with understanding your dogs' body language? Learn to recognise and interpret what your dog is thinking (more or less) with this article by behaviour counsellor and dog trainer Sheila Harper.

Dog Training Myths Busted
Ruth Turner
wrote this article for the Dig It DTC blog. It's all about those common dog training questions that we've all heard like... Are dogs wolves?

Positive Reward Training
Recent years have seen dramatic changes in how we train our dogs. Modern, positive means of training requires getting rid of the old ways of dominance, force based methods. Mike Afia is concerned that recently he has seen too many incidents of abusive behaviour in the name of training at shows.

HEALTH & FITNESS

ICE Cards
Did you ever think what would happen to your dogs should you, heaven forbid, have an accident when travelling to a show or training.  It occurred to Wendy Clay when she was stranded on the motorway in the freezing cold three hours from home, and  stared her thinking about what to do In Case of Emergency...

Agility, Energy & Injuries
Agility may be great fun but all the twisting, turning, jumping and landing can present a challenge to a dog’s joints as well as a drain on energy resources. So we asked James Howie Vet Director at Lintbell's to explain more about the most common injuries in dog agility?

Canine Pancreatitis
Since writing this article, Kay Westgate has had over 50 emails from owners with dogs suffering pancreatitis. They all say they find it helpful.

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.

REVIEWS

Back on Track Back Brace
As part of his job as a postman, back sufferer Richard Britton has to walk around eight miles a day. He's found that the BoT Back Brace has helped him significantly, so he wanted to make other aware of it's healing warmth.

Country Mun Stopper Pad Protectors
Stopper pads can easily be cut or ripped and injuries are a common reason for trips to the vet. Using these pads can help to avoid the risk of injury and discomfort to your dog and can save lotsa money in treatment costs.

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