Friday, April 24, 2015

Working Out Agility Kinks

Rocco tears it up through the tire
Last weekend we took home more learnings than ribbons from our AKC agility trial. Yup, that's right, even Rocco's not a rocket all the time!

We did have one qualifying run, in FAST, which is a run where you devise your own course based on getting the most points in a set amount of time. It also includes a distance challenge where you send your dog out to complete a series of obstacles (usually two or three) without crossing a designated line (a real line tapped into the dirt).

Most of his runs looked like this...

... once he got past the first few obstacles.

The problem was, most of Rocco's runs started like this.

Stopping in front of a jump, counts as a refusal and we started every run (usually at the third obstacle or so) with a refusal. Then he'd run the rest of the course brilliantly! Since we're running at the Excellent level, the run needs to be clean and under time. So no refusals allowed!

So now we're working on motivation off the starting line, making the entire run as fun as the last 3/4 of every run!

Have you had a training issue you worked through?
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fido's Freebie Friday Goes to the Dogs!

Welcome to Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

We're been busy with lots of canine houseguests recently. Must be the time of year for spring vacations, and camp Rocco has become a favorite of many of his puppy pals!

Consistency: The Key to #PerfectWeight

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If you've ever started an exercise or weight loss routine, you know how important consistency is to achieving your goals. It's no surprise the same goes for your pets!

Friday, April 17, 2015

USDAA Agility Weekend

Rocco attacks the weaves last weekend!
Last weekend we had a blast at our first USDAA agility trial of the season. Rocco earned his PII titles in Jumpers and Snooker and we also earned Qs (qualifying runs in Gamblers and Standard).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

FitDog Friday Participation Awards

In a continuation of our 2nd year anniversary celebration for  FitDog Friday, today we're excited to announce -- along with our co-hosts SlimDoggy and My GBGV Life  -- the FitDog Friday Participation Awards!