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RESCUE ME

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

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

SNIPPETS

  • Dartmoor DTC will be hosting an extra Open Agility Show on 30 January 2016 at Grange Equestrian Centre Northlew. (Show Diary)

  • The Kennel Club has changed its 'dogs in hot cars' notice for KC shows  licensed shows to make it clear that it encompasses all vehicles. (Kennel Club News)

  • Despite problems with the original venue, the Gleniffer show will go on, as scheduled, at the Lanark Racecourse. (Show Snippets)

  • First Contact now have two defibrillators available for shows.  (Suppliers News)

  • Camping is full at Rugby Champ on 11-12 July. (Show Diary)

  • After a wonderful 20-30 years of judging Don Curtis has decided to retire from judging. (Judge's A-List)

  • The KC has announced the members of the agility teams who will represent Great Britain at the 2015 European Open Agility Championships in Germany and the World Agility Championships in Italy. (Show Snippets)

  • Congratulations to our Jen Lewis on winning the Large Dog Individual Agility at the WAC 2015 in Italy. (Facebook)

  •  More that 2,500 dogs are expected at the KCI Festival in August.  (Show Snippets)

NEWS & INFO

Kennel Club News

  • Time to start thinking about the Kennel  Club Liaison Council elections. If you belong to a KC registered society, you can have your say by nominating someone to represent your area.
  • The Kennel Club General Committee has agreed to change the ‘dogs in hot cars’ notice for KC licensed shows and events to include all vehicles.

Charity News

  • Guess the number of sweeties in the jar to help send a member of Team GB to the European Open and World Championships.
  • Thus far £80 has been raised far for the Hare 'n Hounds defibrillator.

Training Places & Spaces
Starting a new group of beginners, looking for few competing handlers to fill your classes or needing a few people to fill a workshop or seminar? Email the details and we will post them for you.

Training News
Chance Dog Training Centre opens in Daventry and is available for hire for agility, obedience and heelwork to music etc.

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


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
£400 vouchers for a dog friendly holiday have been announced as prizes for the Brillo International Bounce and the Agria Grand Prix competitions, thanks to Agria Pet Insurance.

Brillo International Bounce
Agria Pet Insurance has some exciting news for handlers of Small and Medium dogs entering the Brillo International Bounce competition this year. The winner from each category will receive a £400 voucher towards a dog friendly break!

The Animal Health Co Classic
Once again. the Westcotts Water Jump caused quite a splash at Heat 2 of the Animal Health Co Classic at the Hatton Agility Festival. And the winner was... Alison Williamson with Chilli Peppa at Willowyarde.

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.

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.

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.


HOUSEKEEPING

We are always looking for ways to grow and improve Agilitynet for your benefit. Here are some things we've done lately.

  • You can contact us more easily, using the link at the top of the page, under the masthead.
  • Desperately seeking... is now called Wanted.

SPECIALS

A Paws for Thought
Take a moment to think what agility is all about. Here is a compilation of comments and observations from agility people.

Texts from an Agility Dog
Based on October Jones' funny - and sometimes bizarre - book of passive-aggressive messages between to himself and his dog. If a bulldog can text, so can an agility dog. LOL.

Staffords in Agility
Whether you call them Staffords or Staffies, there are more and more of these fast and fearless dogs being successful in agility.

Three Little Words
For a bit of fun, Tara Sutton asked people on Face Book to describe agility in just three words.

A Guide to Surviving Your First Show
Essential reading for anyone starting out on their agility competition adventure. Thanks to Cornwall AC for sharing it. We all have to start somewhere.

Plantar Fasciitis
No, it's not a spring flower. It's a sudden, searing pain in your foot which could keep you out for a season or more if you don't treat it correctly. Soraya Porter and her podiatrist Jo Coates explain what it is, how to treat it and how to avoid it.

Agility inspired Greenspace
Garden designer Jo Baker recently designed and built an original green space agility course for a dog daycare centre. Visually it looks stunning and the dogs are loving it.

REGULAR FEATURES

In Memory
Barbara Pointer passed away yesterday. She was in bed with her Papillons and it seems it was peaceful. We will keep in touch in regards to the funeral and wake arrangements.

Rainbow Bridge
Lizzie Lang is mourning the loss of her best friend and agility partner Benjii last month.

Working with Dogs
Freedom of Spirit Border Collie Dog Rescue in W. Yorkshire is looking for a permanent part-time member of staff.

Senior Agility League
See Anna Brastad's run at Santa Clara. Not bad for a 92 year old! Video

There are now 469 members of the Senior Agility League. Go for it, golden-agers! (Like teen-agers...slower but smarter!)

If you are 55 or older and young at heart, you are eligible to take part in the 2015 Senior Agility League. There is now a link to the League Points (under the masthead) so you can start adding your points any time. Register today

Canine Cook
Frozen peanut butter yogurt treats are sure to bring a smile to your dog's face and it's  perfectly safe for dogs in moderate servings. Also some recipes for dogs with renal failure.

Numbers
A number is a mathematical object which can be used to count, measure, label or tell a story. So what do they say about agility?

Rescue Us
Bella appears to be the most popular name for rescue dogs right now. They come in all shapes and sizes but all are looking for their forever homes.

Show Diary
Attention show organisers: Please let us know if you've reached your limit for entries or if camping is full so we can mark the Show Diary accordingly. Many people with new or young dogs would also like to know if you are having measuring, too.

Flea Market
Looking for a puppy or young dog (under 6 months) for agility? There are quite a few spring pups on the Flea Market now. We've heard that our Flea Market is firm favourite with the dog sports world as well as agility. More people, more choice.

Clubs. Private Trainers & Show Organisers
Time to update your listings on Agilitynet for2015. New club? Ask how you can get a free listing on Agilitynet.

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.

DESPERATELY SEEKING...

How can we help you find that elusive item you been looking for? Try a free 'want' ad. You might be lucky

REVIEWS

Chaser Toys
Stacey Irwin-Burns reviews Chaser-Toys motivational bungee and non-bungee toys.

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!

Back on Track Back Brace
As part of his job as a postman, back sufferer Richard Britton has to walk ar
ound 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.

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.

Scottish Terrier Breeds Agility League
They may have short legs but they can still shift. The STB Agility League is open to any Terrier breed or X originating from Scotland e.g. Cairns, Scotties, Westies, Dandy Dimonts, Skyes, etc. New members welcome.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Agiity League
Well done to all those clever Staffords that took part in the STB league last year.

Agility Terrier League
T
he Agility Terrier League 2015 is now open for new members. It is open to all terriers and their crosses. There are great prizes on offer for each grade winner and there is an annual final you could qualify for.

UKA Gun Dog Agility League
The 2014 Gun Dog Agility UKA League results have been published. Congratulations to 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 inc
idents 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.

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