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Simon's Training Blog

Simon's First Agility Competition!

Posted by , 25 February 2009 - - - - - - · 1,721 views

Simon's Agility Debut

Simon had a pretty exciting week! He had his first Group Agility Class on Tuesday Feb 10 and on Saturday Feb 14 he had his first run in AKC Agility competition.
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Simon Is Starting to Work

Posted by , 30 January 2009 - - - - - - · 505 views


Simon, Al, Gracie and I just got back from 5 days of agility training devoted to Simon.  A friend who lives on the Olympic Penninsula has a great training facility, with both an indoor arena and an outdoor agility field.  She invited us...

A Mystery?

Posted by , 13 November 2008 - - - - - - · 518 views

Simon is working his way back to confidence.  He's had a couple of occassions where he has shut down on me, and although I have some ideas on what causes him to go into his shell, I am not certain on the cause or causes.  It's still a mystery.

Last weekend at a dog trial,...

I never realized Simon was sooo Soft.

Posted by , 22 October 2008 - - - - - - · 574 views

It's been a tough couple of weeks.  Simon has taken a huge step backwards, and it is very very surprising to me.  

I haven't seen it before, and I don't think I missed it, but right now he is a very very very soft dog.  It...

Simon's Terrified of the Teeter Now?!

Posted by , 09 October 2008 - - - - - - · 625 views

Up until this week Simon has done awesome.  I haven't done a lot of teeter work with him, but he was running over a full height teeter and holding his stay when it banged down.  Because of his progress and focus I started a couple of weeks ago working more on the teeter.  Simon was playing the bang it game with...

The hardest test yet!

Posted by , 06 October 2008 - - - - - - · 341 views

Simon has had a few more "tests" in the last couple of weeks.  He has passed them all.  Ok, one of them last Saturday was a little too much to expect of him.



Posted by , 24 September 2008 - - - - - - · 622 views

Last night after Simon had to watch Al taking class from his crate, he got a chance to play.  There were essentially two classes in the building at the same time.  My class which was breaking up, and the next class which was beginning to assemble.  

I planned an 11 obstacle sequence that I wanted to try with...


Posted by , 24 September 2008 - - - - - - · 358 views

Sunday was another yucky day.  The clouds were just above your head and it rained most of the day.  Al had a bad run in the rain in the morning, hiding out in the first tunnel on the course, and although it was a little dark and damp in there, it seemed better to him than being out in the rain.  Since there...

Rain! Yuck

Posted by , 20 September 2008 - - - - - - · 334 views

Had an agility trial today.  Al has been feeling great so I d ecided to go and run him.  It poured rain!!  Summer was very short here this year.  Less than 2 months and it's back to rain.  Yuck.  

I took Simon to the practice jump and started to work a bit with him.  I didn't have the crate...

Busy Week

Posted by , 18 September 2008 - - - - - - · 339 views

Simon had a busy few days, and I'm happy he got some time with me.  3 training sessions in a week.  Good thing gas is cheap. :American Flag:

Today we went to our private lesson with Jef Blake and worked on speed (drive) and some more advanced handling.  Simon ran faster than he has ever, and really...

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