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SNIPPETS

  • The Pestwick show has been re-located to Rozelle Park  in Ayr.   (Show Diary)

  • The closing date for the Dog Vegas show at Ramsey has been extended to 14 September. (Show Diary)

  • The UK Agility Team is off to Austria for IMCA / PAWC 2015 on 27 - 30 August. (Show Snippets)

  • The KC celebrates a successful international agility festival at Rockingham. Top results including Olympia and Crufts qualifiers available now.  (Show Snippets)

  • The YKC is looking for dogs and handlers to take part in the European Open Junior Agility Championships which will take place 9-10 July 2016 in Slovakia. (Wanted)

  • West Lakes and Barrow have agreed to do a joint show in August 2016.  (Show Diary)

  • Rother Valley has extended the closing date for their show via their on-line entry system ONLY. (Show Diary)

  • The Dumfries & Galloway show on 27th September is full as they have reached their capping limit. (Show Diary)

  • Agility Team GB fought hard at the EO but did not bring home any medals. (Show Snippets)

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it.

The Animal Health Co Classic
As ever, size was everything at the Heat 6 of Animal Health Co. Classic and, once again, one of the smaller dogs on the circuit beat all comers.

Boy was it hot at Dog Vegas in Thetford... and a red and white won!

We are seeing a growing trend that the ladies feature far more than the gentlemen in the top 5 at each heat. Is it numbers or ability?

Royal Canin® Agility Challenge
Some 160 partnerships stepped up to the Challenge, set by judge by Ian Stowers - and the rising stars of Agility really shone. The Final, judged by Paul Moore, will  take place on Sunday, 27th September 2015 at the Malvern Autumn Show.

Fitzpatrick Referrals 4th Height Jumping Cup
Read Pete Richardson's judge's report from the Agility Club heat of the Fitzpatrick Referrals 4th Height Jumping Cup on 27 July 2015.

Brillo International Bounce
Congratulations to all those Small and Medium dogs that have qualified so far for the 2015 Final to be held on Saturday, 19 September 2015.

Adams Qualifiers
The first Adams Derby was set up in 2001 by Chris and Sandra Adams. Over the years, they have added a Jumping Cup, Laser Pairs, Anysize Jumping and Junior Agility qualifiers to their repertoire.

Skinners Grand Prix
It's never easy achieving two clear rounds in a row at speed but the winners of the first Skinners Grand Prix at Chatsworth did just that and more in front of a huge audience.

Just So Jump & Twist Pairs
Following 10 exciting heats held at shows across the country, the final of The Just So Jump & Twist pairs took place at Tag Summer Show in Uttoxeter.

RESCUE US

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes.

You can now add potential agility dogs direct, using the on-line form. This is a free to rescue organisations and private individuals!

NEWS & INFO

Training Places & Spaces
Starting a new group of beginners, looking for few competing handlers to fill your classes or needing a few people to fill a workshop or seminar? Email the details and we will post them for you.

  • HATS (Gtr London)
  • Tenterden (Kent)
  • Stuart Doughty Agility Training (Worcs)

IMCA / PAWS
The UK Agility Team sets off to Austria for the 2015 competition. Good luck, guys.

KC Agility Council Minutes
Find out what was decided at the meeting on 13 July and what was not.

Supplier's News
DogBooksOnline have recently started selling the Wicked Hound Recurve Sports Collar on their website.
This collar was designed by a vet and top agility competitor in Australia,  specifically for performance dogs.

Training News
Dawn Weaver's long-awaited follow up to Knowledge Equals Speed! will be available at the end of June. To Run or Not to Run reveals everything you need to know about contacts!

Kennel Club News

  • Time to start thinking about the Kennel  Club Liaison Council elections. If you belong to a KC registered society, you can have your say by nominating someone to represent your area.
  • The Kennel Club General Committee has agreed to change the ‘dogs in hot cars’ notice for KC licensed shows and events to include all vehicles.

E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey


SCHEDULES

Sorry but it's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can now be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

A Grade Change Form is available via a link on the front page of iSS


Attention: Show Organisers Click here to input your essential show details onto the iSS Show Diary.


SPECIALS

Mad Moment of Valgrays
Lou Cadman wasn't looking for another dog, let a lone a Large one, but she fell in love with a scrawny brown dog who looked like Gromit and she has not regretted her decision to rehome a dog called Paddy (formerly Chocky).

Turmeric for Dogs
Carol Hunkin, a former agility competitor who lives with two elderly agility dogs who have benefited from taking turmeric, explains why the golden paste is taking the agility community by storm.

Another Look at... the FCI World Championships
Bonny Quick, one of our most consistent and successful competitor, asks if the FCI Worlds can be considered the 'best of the best' international competition when non-pedigree dogs are not allowed to compete.

Mark Leybourne
With the help of a good woman and a good dog, Mark Leybourne, racing driver turned agility handler, has battled with a painful neurological disease and will be competing at the KCI Festival for the first time this year.

Joanne Harker
Not only is Joanne addicted to agility but she's started collecting doodles (poodle crosses). Now she is standing for NE area rep and has taken the time to reflect on hos agility has changed her life.

The M & M Show
The M & M Winter Series, set up by sisters Moria Bowden and Maddie Greenwood, is a cross between an agility show for beginners and the Great British Bake Off.

Casper & Callie
Agility has played a big part in Deborah Noon's life, but now she has considerable concern about the appropriate jump height for her rescue dogs.

Texts from an Agility Dog
More texts ... this time from an inexperienced agility dog, thanks to Sue Jones. Based on October Jones' funny - and sometimes bizarre - book of passive-aggressive messages between to himself and his dog. If a bulldog can text, so can an agility dog. LOL.

REVIEWS

Wicked Hounds Recurve Sports Collar
Top competitor Lucy Osborne reviews this new collar designed by a vet and top agility competitor in Australia, specifically for performance dogs.

iFetch
Julie Tait kindly reviewed the iFetch automatic ball launcher for Agilitynet with the help of her dogs Alfie and Poppy. What fun they had!

Chaser Toys
Stacey Irwin-Burns reviews Chaser-Toys motivational bungee and non-bungee toys.

Cooking4Mugs
Eat like an Italian even at shows in your caravan.  Bruno Borriello's explains how he wrote his new cookbook between classes at shows. Buon appetito!

Back on Track Back Brace
A
s part of his job as a postman, back sufferer Richard Britton has to walk around eight miles a day. He's found that the BoT Back Brace has helped him significantly, so he wanted to make other aware of it's healing warmth.

REGULAR FEATURES

In Memory
The agility world has lost one of its shining stars. Sadly Tom Greening lost his fight against cancer.

Rainbow Bridge
Goodbye Beanie. You were Monica Dixon's special dog.

Senior Agility League
There are now 441 members of the Senior Agility League. Go for it, golden-agers! (Like teen-agers...slower but smarter!)

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified judges, please put your name forward for the Judge's A-List. Show secretaries will be booking shows for next year and it is a great way to get on the radar.

Latest judges to join:-

  • Bill Chaffe
  • Jo Harker - updated
  • Connor Harley - updated
  • Jacqui & Kelsey Wood
  • Aileen Watson - updated
  • Iain Davey-Smith
  • Faye (Taylor) Nemeth
  • Amanda Smith

TRAINING

Canine Vision
Understanding how and what your dogs see could make a visible difference to your agility. For instance, did you know that dogs are red-green colour blind?

Do Medical Conditions Influence Dog Behaviour?
To what extent do medical conditions influence the behaviour of the domestic dogs? asks Sarah Gardner in her university dissertation. Thank you to everyone who completed her questionnaire which enabled this work.

Tenth Pole Syndrome
If you dog keeps popping out of the 10th pole of the weaves, here is an article which you might find helpful, from American agility guru Linda Mecklenburg.

Communicating with Your Dog
Good awareness is one of the most important things in improving handling skills and where better to start than with understanding your dogs' body language? Learn to recognise and interpret what your dog is thinking (more or less) with this article by behaviour counsellor and dog trainer Sheila Harper.

Dog Training Myths Busted
Ruth Turner wrote this article for the Dig It DTC blog. It's all about those common dog training questions that we've all heard like... Are dogs wolves?

Positive Reward Training
Recent years have seen dramatic changes in how we train our dogs. Modern, positive means of training requires getting rid of the old ways of dominance, force based methods. Mike Afia is concerned that recently he has seen too many inc
idents of abusive behaviour in the name of training at shows.

WANTED...

How can we help you find that elusive item you been desperately seeking? Try a free 'want' ad. You might be lucky

AGILITY LEAGUES

There is no better way to measure your achievement than by comparing like to like. The number of breed and special interest agility leagues is growing. Join one today.

List of Leagues
Start here to find a league of your own. If there isn't a league for you and your dog, find some like-minded people and set one up. They're good fun.

UKA Gun Dog Agility League
The 2014 Gun Dog Agility UKA League results have been published. Congratulations to the winners!

Scottish Terrier Breeds Agility League
They may have short legs but they can still shift. The STB Agility League is open to any Terrier breed or X originating from Scotland e.g. Cairns, Scotties, Westies, Dandy Dimonts, Skyes, etc. New members welcome.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Agiity League
Well done to all those clever Staffords that took part in the STB league last year.

Agility Terrier League
T
he Agility Terrier League 2015 is now open for new members. It is open to all terriers and their crosses. There are great prizes on offer for each grade winner and there is an annual final you could qualify for.

Schnauzer & Schnauzer X Agility League
When successful Schnauzer handler Jo Plevin realised the Schnauzer League was no longer running, she decided to set up a new one.

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