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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!

SHOW SNIPPETS

  • Newton Heath has found a new venue for their 2015 Champ show.  (Show Snippets)

  • Amendments to the agility H regulations, recently approved by the General Committee and will come into effect on 1 January 2015. (Show Snippets)

  • Tunbridge Wells has been awarded Championship agility status for Small and Medium dogs from 2015 onwards.  (Show Snippets)

  • The February Agility Nuts show at Oakridge will now take place on the 15th, not on the 8th.  (Show Diary)

  • Changes to the PET passport scheme will be coming into effect at the end of the year.

  • Kennel Club Specimen Agility schedules have been revised for 2015. (Show Snippets)

  • Results of the Starters Cup (G 1 & 2) at Discover Dogs. (Show Snippets)

  • The date of the Bromsgrove show has permanently changed to August Bank Holiday.  (Show Diary)

  • Small / Mixi Pairs Winners crowned at  Discover Dogs. (Show Snippets)

  • Shrewsbury will be holding a 3-day show in May 2015 instead of their 2-day show. (Show

OTHER NEWS & INFO

Rescue News
Sadly Burgess Pet Care has decided not to continue with their sponsorship of The Dog Agility Rescue League. DARL founder Karen Fuller has also decided to step down from her role as Administrator.

Agility Team GB
Team chiropractor Emma Fretwell has decided to step down from the position so that she can pursue private and business interests.

Training 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.

  • Ready2Run (W. Mids)
  • Barking Needs (Staffs)

FMBB BSD World Champs 2015
The WBSDS and BSDA are planning to send a team to next years BSD World Championships in the Czech Republic on 7-10 May 2015.

IFCS Report
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 The Netherlands with two Gold and three Bronze medals.

BAA News
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 survey.

Crufts Car Stickers
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 Agilitynet 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.

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.

Qualifiers News
Adams has renamed their Medium/Small Derby. From now on, it will be known as the Adams Dinky Derby.

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.

Brillo International Bounce
Don Cooper reports on a  thoroughly enjoyable day judging the Final at a lovely show with some amazing dogs and handlers. Congratulations to the winners.

The Animal Health Co Classic
Judge Steph Thomas set the course for Heat 10 at Blenheim, the last of the 2014 qualifiers, using all the Ws - wall, wishing well and the Westcott's Water Jump.

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

Winning Out Certificates 2014
You can now fill in the form to claim your certificate. The New Year's Honours list will be on Agilitynet as usual on 1 January. Certificates will be sent out at the end of February 2015. Thanks to Lintbells who make iMove and uMove joint supplements for their invaluable help and sponsorship.

Desperately seeking...
Looking for someone who can help with the development of the Agilitynet website. General role: To maintain and fix issues, add features and improvements to the site.

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.

In Memory...
Kathy Thompson sadly passed away on 5th November due to acute leukaemia. She was a bubbly lady with a heart of gold. Details of Kathy's funeral on 27 November are now available for those who wish to attend or send flowers.

Rainbow Bridge
If you've lost a well loved dog, you can post a tribute to them on this page.

Clubs & Trainers
Highdown Agility is just one of clubs to have updated their listing on the Clubs & Trainers page recently. Is your club or group one of those? Is your group listed and is all the information correct including your training and contact details. Do you have a FB page?

Agilitynet Facebook
We have reached 10,100 members to the group. Imagine if we all went to the same show! Or if they all voted for the Fit for Function competition currently running. Please 'like' your favourite picture. The one with most 'likes' by midnight on Friday, 17 October will be our winner.

Ag. Ch, Dogs
There's another Another new Ag. Champ. Congratulations to Linda Hill and her JRT Aint 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 stand more of a chance to find an active home because they can stay on the page until they are rehomed.

 

Message Board
Post your message here whether it be congratulations, good luck, unclaimed rosettes or lost 'n found etc. It's a free service. Use it.

Flea Market
Lots of end of season 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 more.

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

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
E
at 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!

Living for Agility
Agility now has it's own song. Sing along...

Senior Agility League Winners
We hope you enjoy these 2 minute of fame interviews with some of our 2013 SAL Winners. And yes, there seems to be life after 55! Don't miss the interview with Perth the G6 Beagle.

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.

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!

Senior Agility League
The 2014 SAL year ends on 21 December 2014 and the 2015 SAL League starts 22 December 2015. There is still time to join or add your points. Do it now. You're not getting any younger.

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.


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.

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 dogs 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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