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Karlin
14th October 2007, 11:14 PM
Just crossposting this pic here as I am so proud of Jaspar who beat out all the big dogs to take first place in the open agility course we had at Pet Expo. It wasn;t a really serious competition at all but we all did our best after full afternoons each day of agility workshops, on view to any and all who wanted to come watch. Jaspar just flew around the course. I learned so much about giving the right signals and Carol the instructor's approach of keeping it as simple as possible -- eg not calling out individual commands for each different piece of equipment (she just uses 'go!' and directs by hand signals or body signals) and not usign the dog's name (which will normally get the dog to keep looking at you and not at where it is going) -- chimed perfectly with me and Jaspar and basically, my handling of him improved enormously which meant he could do what he already does well, much more accurately and faster. I could practically hear him saying ' well thank goodness you finally figured out how to talk to me in a language we can both understand!'.

I really encourage people to do agility just for fun as it creates such a great relationship with your dog, but be sure to get a rewards-based teacher -- some of them tell you to scold the dog for doing things wrong (and at competitons you actually see people smack their dogs for 'not doing things right' :( but as I have really learned to see after this weekend's many hours of training, it isn't the DOG doing things wrong, it is almost always US not giving clear signals to them and so shouting at them only totally confuses them -- they think they did what we asked (and they almost always do, once they know the equipment!) and now we are yelling at them...?! :confused:

Anyway here is Jaspar conked out with his rosette:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2404/1572538456_e30e6d27cf_m.jpg

And here's a picture of all of them testing out their new wonderful bed I got at the show (merino wool fleece and faux suede cover that zips off and can be washed in the wool cycle). I set it on the floor and they were all on it about 3 nanoseconds later. Cavaliers sure love beds that are SOFT.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2193/1571650037_960d1418b2_m.jpg

Celticharmony
15th October 2007, 12:01 AM
Congratulations on such success at the show and know I have missed a great day. Loved the beautiful fleece. Looks positively luxuious and a nice reward for Jaspar today! May I just ask at what age you began agility with your dogs and how much training do they need before their first show? It shocked me a little to hear of some people smacking their dogs and surprised they are not disqualified for that. So glad Lily is over her ordeal too. Continued appreciation for all the helpful advice and tips you give on the forums.

ourempire
15th October 2007, 06:26 PM
Congratulations with Jaspar! :rah:
He looks tired but pleased after his huge achievement!

Jen
15th October 2007, 06:42 PM
Excellent results for both you and Jaspar! :rah: What fun, too!

brid kenny
15th October 2007, 07:14 PM
Go Jasper!!!

Maxwell&me
15th October 2007, 07:25 PM
Gosh is that Jasper a little doll, love the one of them sleeping

Debby with a Y
15th October 2007, 07:42 PM
Congratulations, Jaspar! Well done, handsome little man!! :rah:

Nicki
15th October 2007, 10:22 PM
YAY Jaspar - well done to both of you, I should think you are both exhausted but a wonderful weekend and a fabulous result in the competition.

I love that bed - they do look really comfy.

This is the link if anyone is interested - they are also on E-bay and I
believe they will ship internationally too.

http://www.bronteglen.co.uk/bronteglenDetail.asp?cat=2&subCat=25&prod=35&name=Merino%20Wool%20Dog%20Bed%20with%20a%20100%%2 0merino%20wool%20fabric

Cathryn
15th October 2007, 11:17 PM
Well done Jaspar!! :cl*p: they do look comfy on that bed don't they? Ohhh!! Nicki said the "E" (bay) word!! Will deffo go and check that out, could use a few more nice beds for the cuddle to snuggle up on!!

Think I will look into agility with Josie's lad Mr.chips, he is a fast learner and incredibly athletic and can certainly jump, food orientated and what's more there is a fantastic training club half an hour away, their fly ball team are almost always in the final's at Crufts each year, could be something to do whilst I wait for my next show puppy to be born, plus it'll help get me a bit fitter too!!

OK off to :*bay: now and see if I can find those beds!! They look good enough for me to sleep on!! :slp: :slp:

Cathryn
15th October 2007, 11:23 PM
:w*w: Check out these throws they sell as well!! Incredible value!!

http://www.bronteglen.co.uk/bronteglenList.asp?cat=3&subcat=19&name=Faux%20Fur%20-%20Throws%20&%20Boulster%20cushions

Cathy Moon
18th October 2007, 03:36 AM
:jump::jump:
Congrats to Jaspar and you! :rah:
That bed looks really cosy!

Rj Mac
18th October 2007, 06:00 PM
Congrats to you both :D:thmbsup:......what a brilliant pic of them all cuddled up :D