December Trials

Words to the wise: Stay home (or just don’t enter) if you are invited to go to an agility trial in an unheated Virginia horse barn during the second week of December. It will take me a while to recover from this one. The good parts were the dogs’ runs which were exceptionally wonderful, until the afternoon of day #2 when the handler’s brain became mush and she couldn’t form a complete “go tunnel” cue and “table” came out instead

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Tuck the Floor Dog

As inferred earlier Tuck did not come without issues, and it only took me about a day and a half to find out what the biggest one was. That’s when he started resource guarding, and the biggest resource he was guarding was me. He decided that Libby was not to be allowed near me especially in the study. Needless to say that did not sit well with Libby nor I. I was angry and Libby was upset. It really bothered

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Q&A – USDAA Agility

In an email discussion list I’m on, I’ve recently answered some questions about my favorite agility venue and would like to share this info. So here is my USDAA FAQ – which may be added to as more comes up. Q. With what I can read on the USDAA website, it looks like the dogs run “naked”. At least the people get to wear their clothes. Also looks like USDAA runs all “Starters” together without “A” and “B” classes.I couldn’t

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If There’s a Joon. . .

If there’s a Joon there must be a Benny, so I thought I’d start the Benny & Joon saga. I adopted Benny a week ago yesterday though I have to admit that it wasn’t until Monday or Tuesday of this week that I was convinced I’d keep him. I’m not as web/blog savvy as Averill, so bear with me. Benny (new name Tuck, but that’s not nearly so fun as Benny & Joon) is an 18 mo. old Tibetan spaniel

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Joon surprises me

Received shipment of Clean Run toys. Nice rabbit tug with two handles, thought Joon might like it. Anyway, our big session today consisted of working her on leash using handfuls of Red Barn applied as appropriate for desired behaviors. Clicker too, just for the heck of it. She was AMAZING. Leaving her to wander and explore is obviously a loser at this time. Far more rewarding than she finds me – for now. But with the leash and frequent clicks

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