luck to Agility Team GB competing at the Agility FCI World Championships in Luxembourg.
The Agility Team GB
training days for 2015 have been announced
Hayley Laches will be taking over from June Bass as head of the BAA.
The 2014 Eastbourne show in October has been cancelled.
There will be a new date for their May 2015 show. (Show Snippets)
West Cornwall (West CATS) show on 6 September has cancelled due to low entry.
The Mixed Ability Agility Show &
Fundraiser for the IMCA / ParAgility Team UK at Horam has been rescheduled for Sunday, 14
September at the same Venue.
The number of qualifiers Animal Health Co Classic
heat at Blenheim will
The Agility Nuts Winter League Series will take place at Oakridge Arena.
The Poodle TC show will be held at a new venue in Bucks.
OTHER NEWS & INFO
It was the first year that FAB had qualified to send a GB Team to the
International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS)
World Championships and no one knew what to expect. In the end they came home from
with two Gold and three Bronze medals.
Hayley Laches will take the helm of the British Agility Association (BAA)
organisation from June Bass on 1 September. Some things will remain the same but she
also has lots of ideas for making BAA shows even better.
For all those who compete or are interested in
competing at BAA shows, could you please spare a few minutes to complete this
– PAWC Italy UK Team News
Yippee yi aye! The UK team is off to the Cowboys Guest Ranch near Milan,
Italy for the 15th International Mix & Breed Championship Agility (IMCA) and 13th
Paragility World Cup (PAWC) from 4 -7 September 2014. Here's a must see
film preview of PAWC by Simon
Drew from Kaspar
Kennel Club News
The minutes of the Liaison Council meeting on 17 July are now available online. They're
kinda long but worth a read.
Mike and Julie Stallard are celebrating their 1st anniversary with a
special charity class at Dog Vegas this weekend to raise money to buy a community
electric wheelchair for wheelchair bound handlers.
Places & Spaces
Thinking of starting agility and trying to find a club,
moving to a new area or
some extra private tuition? These clubs and events have spaces available.
Those jolly 'I've Qualified
for Crufts' car stickers are back for 2015. If you have qualified in agility, YKC,
flyball, obedience or breed etc. you can obtain one from Agi
litynet by sending an SAE
to 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 two stickers - one for your car and the
other for your dog van.
Looking for the winning edge?
to the success of the previous seminars held regularly since 2007, t
Kennel Club Canine Sports Science Seminar will be returning this November.
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.
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.
This year's 2014 Senior League is in full swing with almost 300 members. If you are 55 or over,
there's still time to enter the 2014 League. Do
it now. You're not getting any younger.
& 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.
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.
Brillo International Bounce
Congratulations to all the partnerships who have
qualified for the Brillo International Bounce Final to be held at the Blenheim show on
Charlotte Martin, running Agilitynet's own Fern (Ludgate Flower
Power), was the winner of Heat 7 at the Rugby Champ show. The rest of
results are here.
The Animal Health Co Classic
It was good to see Welsh
handlers featuring in the Animal Health line up of
Heat 7 at the Welsh KC Champ show which was won by Bonnie Quick.
KC Olympia 2014
Not long to go until the Semi
Finals of the KC Agility Stakes at the KCI Festival. Here
the latest and maybe the last published list of Olympia
qualifiers though it could still change in the next few days if anyone else pulls out.
Congratulations to everyone who has qualified for
this year's final on Sunday, 6 July at Scotland's National Game Fair at Scone
So Jump & Twist Pairs
The results of the first ever heat of this new competition
are in and the organisers can breath a sigh of relief.
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.'
Events added in the last two weeks.
Some of the latest arrivals are previewed here 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!
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.
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.
Just how friendly and
diverse is our sport? Kayden Medcalf first brought this issue to our attention on FB.
He reports on the results of his on-line survey of heterosexual and LGBT competitors
and their experiences at shows and training.
Bras for Agility
A woman can only run as fast as her boobs will allow her! When Lesley Short was made
she decided to have a trade stand selling sports bras as
a way of continuing to be part of the agility community.
Richard Partridge explains why he and his wife Sheila decided to adopt a feral dog from Romania
when there are so many dogs in the UK needing homes.
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.
Very sad news that popular agility competitor and judge Lesley Jeavons passed away on 1
Even though it is nearing the end of the show season, we still have more than 325 show
for teh end of the year and 2015 already listed on the Show Diary. There's a show out
there for everyone.
Keep those good luck messages to our GB Teams competing abroad. They need our
Clubs & Trainers
If you are starting a new club or offering private tuition and want to get on the agility map, let us know.
send you a simple questionnaire to complete for a free entry on the Agilitynet Clubs &
Trainers. Please everybody, can you check that your own club details are correct.
Candy may have had her 'Sptiz moments' in the ring but she still
reached G7. But her cheeky grin will be missed.
Lots of bargains for sale including car cages for probably every size and shape car
or van, caravans and tents and pre-loved agility equipment to say nothing of puppies
for agility, camping passes and
Thinking about getting another dog for agility?
Why not look at one of these rescue dogs who would love an active home.
Advertising on Agilitynet
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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
Very soon all the show secretaries will be looking for judges for their 2015 show.
Check your contact
details now. All types o judges welcome - KC, UKA, FAB, etc.
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?
recognise and interpret what your dog is thinking (more or less) with this article by
behaviour counsellor and dog trainer Sheila Harper.
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.
Mary Ann Nester was looking for something to put the fun back into her relationship with her
dog Tico and so she booked in for a Dogtective course.
HEALTH & FITNESS
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
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?
& Agility Dogs
For the past four years, Stephanie
Fleig has been monitoring agility dogs to see how they cope with the excitement and
anticipation of agility for her PhD work. She now needs 10 more people who are going to the
Lune Valley show to help with her ground-breaking
writing this article, Kay Westgate has had over 50 emails from owners with dogs
suffering pancreatitis. They all say they find it helpful.
Pilates Approach to Dog Agility
Pilates instructor and agility enthusiast Stacy
Weeks explains how Pilates can help you be a better handler.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foundation Jumping Skills
Heidi Pichotta agreed to review Lee Windeatt's first
DVD because she loved it!
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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