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When Angela Lucas tried to explain Hoopers to a non-dog owner, the
response was 'Oh, sounds like croquet with dogs.' When you take away the
fact that we donít roll the dogs into a ball and hit them with
flamingos, they're not far off. Angela - or shall we say 'Queen of
Hearts' - explains why she likes the new dog sport which is taking
the agility community by storm.
Flyball... You have to whisper
it. It's a dirty word to some agility folk. They say itís noisy, itís dangerous
and the dogs are out of control. But, what if we told you that flyball has more
in common with agility than you think and could even help your agility dog? Beth Rachlis, who does both at a high level, says that Flyball has changed, and
is more technical than ever. With good basic foundations, she thinks that dogs
can do both and pick up the other sport more easily than those who haven't
trained in either discipline. The foundation and ground skills needed are similar, just applied differently.
Thereís a hot new dog-sport hitting our shores, you might have come
across Hoopers already and seen just how much fun it is for both dogs
and handlers. Recently Sarah Hamblin from Canine Hoopers UK (CHUK)
shared some insight into how the sport of Canine Hoopers was formed in
the UK and why it is becoming one of the fastest growing dog sports
Tips for Hooperholics
By now most of the agility community
will have heard of a comparatively new sport called Hoopers. Recently Hooperholics UK founder
instructor Angela Lucas took a look back her
early efforts, and she really had a laugh. Compared to how she now approaches
training and handles her dog, she thought that she looked like a
banshee! Her words, not ours. And that was only four years ago!
year saw Nicola Smith unfortunately in a familiar position, having
to be on agility break due to injury. Her typical crazy collie Kiah (Ki) has no
fear - or respect - for her physical wellbeing and is hell-bent on
turning her owner prematurely grey! Unsurprisingly, restricted exercise
doesnít suit her high drive collie so Nicola always has a challenge on hand to make sure
that Kiah is as tired as possible on her enforced agility breaks and this gives
her a push to be extra creative in her training!