Wednesday, 28 December 2016

More than a Year!

Agility took something of a backseat for me in 2015 as my health stumbled and the exertion of agility became too much.  So it has been over a year since I last posted here.

In 2016 however, thanks to an off label drug, my health somewhat improved.  In fact, I've even stopped using the mobility scooter, and am once again walking in the ring, and "distance handling" with Finn.

I think he understands me better now too, as we are gradually collecting a few ribbons.

This was our first ever KC clear round - a Jumping round back in June at The Patch.

And at the Lisburn Show in August, we got two clear rounds in agility.  This one in G1-7:

And this one in G1-3 where we picked up second place, beaten by only 1/100th of a second!

Then in September at the Belfast DDTC show we finally managed to win our first KC Agility class!  I was so proud that he worked out what I wanted in this round - because sending him off, all on his own to those 6 weaves, was a bit of an "all or nothing" gamble. :) 

Of course, we don't always get things right, so for the sake of honesty, here's a round that is perhaps more typical with things going a bit pear-shaped!

I labelled this round Ooops!

As for training, I am still following Susan Garrett on H360, and I hope that in 2017 my co-ordination will improve some, and that we can gradually become more consistent in the ring.

Here's to 2017!


  1. Keep up the hard work! I love the sport and how you can match it to your energy levels. Distance handling has become a MUST for me.

    1. :) It is amazing what the dogs can learn, and indeed by distance handling we can keep up with the sport we love. :)