Training on the Green Grass

Yay summer is here! I have been out of town for a really long time, most of June actually, but I am back now and training again. I need to post about my long trip. It was a lot of fun and I drove almost 6,000 miles. 🙂 But I’m glad to be home and have nice weather to train outside!

Connor has been competing in agility regularly now, and now that we are in Excellent I am seeing our issues. He is not as confident as Jet. He’s been popping his weaves consistently, and he’s lagging behind me, not driving forward like I know he can do. So I’m working obstacles and sequences to try to gain him more confidence to get him to drive ahead more and complete the weaves. I even pulled out of our July trial in order to train and hopefully build up his confidence more. Here’s my training videos of him for today and yesterday. Yesterday we worked on his jumps, and today we worked on his weaves and teeter. I’m using the push-back game to hopefully get him to drive towards the obstacles more. And I’ll do this with sequences more too.

Connor and the jumps:

Connor and the Weaves:

Connor and the Teeter:

Maze and I continue to have fun learning what is best for him. Starting to train some 2×2 weaves by getting him to just go through one set. He does seem to poop out on my pretty quick… but we got some really nice throughs in! I don’t know if he stops trying because I don’t reward him with the toy if he’s wrong… or if I worked him too long. With the baby-teeter I set my watch to only work for 1 minute 30 seconds. But then I felt a bit rushed at first wanting to get so much in. LOL I am not used to setting a timer but maybe I really do need to get used to it.

On the sit-stays I didn’t set a timer, just worked and saw how he did. He’s doing good with that. I had a private lesson with Julie Daniels when I was on my trip and it was awesome! I have to joke that I needed a lesson with a pro to get my dog to do a stay.. LOL, but Maze is a bit of a challenge for me, and her method works great!

Maze Through 2x2s:

Maze baby teeter. He’s doing sooo so so well with this! We have been working a lot on moving things:

Maze sit/stay:

Connor in ASCA Agility

20160124_151332I’m so excited at how well Connor did at the ASCA Agility trial last weekend! I have been working on his weaves but didn’t know how good they would be at a trial. Well, good! Saturday he didn’t get both his weave entries, but on Sunday he did! I told him well… now he’s going to have to do AKC too!

I’m going to San Francisco this Thursday, through Monday, so I won’t be training or posting until I get back. So here’s some of Connor’s agility videos until I get back to training:

MACH Jet!

Well we went back to Agility for the Memorial Day trial, the last weekend in May. Jet’s physical therapist said he was doing well and we could give it a try. Ended up he did awesome that weekend. We went into the weekend needing 71 speed points for his MACH.

He Double Qd every day.. and even though I ran as fast as I could that last day, I was still a bit nervous on our last JWW run, and it caused Jet to hesitate just a bit before a jump. Not enough to call a refusal… but, enough that we were .09 seconds over the time we needed for the last bit of speed points! We ended that trial with 749 speed points! Oh boy, that was stressful!

I took Jet to Blackfoot, Idaho, and he did awesome. We went into the trial needed that one last speed point (He had 28 double Qs going into that trial), and we were lucky and able to Q the very first Standard run. Yay! He got 19 speed points that run, which gave us Jet’s MACH! I’m so thrilled!

MACH Jet!
MACH Jet!

It’s my 10th season doing agility, and Jet is my 3rd agility dog, and this is my very first MACH. I guess the third dog is the charm. He’s not super fast, but he’s very consistent. We came out of the Blackfoot 4 day trial with two more Double Qs and about 86 points towards his MACH2.

I just adore this little boy. He’s the first Danish-Swedish Farmdog with a MACH.

MACH Victory Lap
MACH Victory Lap

Earlier that week we did Obedience as well, in Filer, Idaho. Jet needed one more leg for his CD. Of course the day was clear all day, until the afternoon when we went into the ring. Then the thunder started to boom and, during the stay group, the rain hammered on the roof of the metal building so loud that we could hardly hear the judge say “return to your dogs.” But Jet was awesome, held it together for the run through and the stays, and he qualified with a score of 186. Yay! So Jet got his CD and his MACH in the same week.

I sure do adore my boy!

2012 In Review

Well, it’s 2013… wow. Where has all the time gone to?

Jet and I had an awesome time at Invitationals in Orlando, Florida, last month. Actually, Jet had an awesome year in 2012. Jet ran 3 clean runs out of 4 at Invitationals and ended up ranking #57 in the 16″ height class. Out of about 140ish dogs. Not too shabby for our first time! He also qualified in the T2B run we had at the pre-trial the Friday before. He is such an amazing boy. If you’d like to watch the videos.. they are on YouTube:
YouTube Invitationals Videos

Jet Invitationals
Jet Invitationals

In 2012 We went to a couple of seminars, including Denise Fenzi and Chris Zink. We are going to repeat the Denise Fenzi Seminar this March, too, though this year it’ll be in Idaho, instead of Colorado. So a much closer drive for us.

In AKC Agility, Jet gathered up 19 Double Q’s in 2012, and 509 speed points. Not too shabby. 🙂 He has all his Double Qs towards his MACH, and he only needs 171 speed points, hopefully we’ll gather the rest of those points by sometime this May. He got his MX and MXJ in 2012, and his first T2B title as well. He also got one leg toward his CD. And hopefully we’ll be able to pick the other 2 legs up in 2013.

In UKC Jet got his UWP (United Weight Pull) title, and a Total Dog award, since he placed 3rd place in conformation in the Terrier Group on the same day that he qualified in Weight Pull (though I still don’t like the Danish-Swedish Farmdogs being in the Terrier Group.) He also got 2 legs towards his UKC CD, hopefully we’ll get that last leg in 2013.

We didn’t do any Flyball in 2012, but maybe we’ll do a bit more in the future, I haven’t decided yet.

Jet, Tatum and Quinn and I spent a week at Camp Winnaribbun in August, and had a blast!

As for the other dogs…
Tatum got one leg in Open Standard in May of 2012 in AKC agility, which thrilled me! She’s a good girl, and has come a long way from where she started. She may never get another leg, but that’s okay, as long as we have fun. She pushes the boys around in the house quite well!

Quinn came to join our family in June of 2012. He’s a very sweet, loving, pushy smooth collie boy! I adore him, and it’s good to have a boy smooth blue collie in the house. Since we lost Levi in February of 2012… and I still miss him so very much.

Quinn Park
Quinn at the Park

All in all, 2012 was a very fun year. And I hope 2013 will be just as fun. I hope Jet gets his AKC, ASCA and UKC CD’s in 2013, as well as his MACH. I plan on retiring in August of 2013.. and then, well, the skies the limit! (Well, the money is the limit, actually. LOL).

Chase is probably actually retired from dog sports.. though I haven’t totally decided yet. He is becoming my husband’s walking dog, which is good. As is Muffit, our other Border Collie. They are about 9.5 years old now, so may just have some leisurely retirement years themselves.

Got this picture at Christmas, we have a very nice pack!

The Pack
The pack

Going to AKC Invitationals!

Jet and I are going to AKC Agility Invitationals in a few days! Only the top five dogs of each breed are invited to Invitationals. I’m very excited, and very nervous. Here’s some info if you are interested in following along.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Invitationals
Danish-Swedish Farmdog Invitationals


After each dog’s run, time and fault counts will be posted here:
http://www.akcagilityresults.com/ringside

Results after each round/jump height of competition has concluded will be posted to:

Twice a day end-of-round results will be posted to:
http://classic.akc.org/events/agility/invitational/index.cfm

On December 12, 2012, Jet, myself, and a good friend are heading to Orlando, Florida, for the AKC Agility Invitationals. Jet was also the top AKC agility Danish-Swedish Farmdog in 2011! Currently he has 22 Double Qs and 579 speed points towards his MACH. 171 more to go, and he’ll MACH! I’m hoping for that to happen sometime next May. It could be sooner, but we don’t have many trials until then.

I will be posting on Facebook while I’m at Invitationals. I probably won’t be blogging. So if you want to see what we are doing, check out my Facebook page:

My Facebook Page

Though you may have to friend me to get the updates. Which is fine, I like having friends. However, I may occasionally clean out my friends list, and if I accidentally delete anyone I know, I apologize… and may add you back at a later time.

I’m really excited, and pretty nervous too. Every clean run gets a ribbon, so my hope is only to get a clean run or two and come back with some ribbons. And some good pictures too. Should be fun!