Thankfully, I decided to still head down to KCI at Rockingham Castle on day 1, the Thursday, to run Alf in the Starters Cup qualifier classes. With a 5:30am set off...
2 days and a plethora of mixed results. Out of 8 runs, there's one thing that they ALL had in common. Missed weave entry. Day one got off to a totally crazy start with a mad dash run in a jumping class. Noodle was in his element, absolutely bloody wild!
It's DV Matlock this week and we might, for once, actually be ready. That, however, is mostly down to the wonderful Kenny from Longfield Agility Solutions. Living just 8 minutes away from me, training is convenient and fits in with my self-employed life. After Otley, we were supposed to be training RC's for the A [...]
After mulling over our current state and the issues with Alfs back, it was deemed the best course of action was to train running contacts, so I went away and began doing just that. Try as I might, the fitter Alf got and the faster he was ploughing over the Dog Walk, his stop behaviour [...]
What a month. The Clear Round Curse still haunts us only this time I noticed something concerning...
Alf's first outdoor show and one of mixed results. We won a couple of classes but no clears at all - some 5, some 10, some E's, no C's!
After such an abysmal December at Bishop, I honestly thought giving it up would be the best option. Others agreed with me. That's what changed my mind - too many people to prove wrong, including myself!
The worst weekend I've ever had in my dog-filled life occurred just before Christmas in 2016, at Bishop Burton College in the main indoor arena. Everything that could have gone wrong, did.
Slightly more confident than his debut but still pretty shocking, on both of our parts! It was a wet day so his coat absorbed the orange-red sand like a sponge! He ran more open this time, even getting a 5th place...
Oh god, what a bloody disaster. Seriously, I'd proofed him at outdoor shows, but I didn't realise how sensitive he'd be to indoor! It was like reverting back 6 months with his training.