Agilitynet 20th Anniversary
Amazing Prize Draw
No, we can't believe it either. Agilitynet was
launched in 1998 as a 'hobby' website back in the
days when we mixed up computers with calculators! To
say thank you to the the agility community for two
decades of your support, we have organised an
amazing grand draw with 20 prizes - one for each
year - donated by 20 different agility suppliers. It
is free to everyone in the UK though you can enter
only once. Anyone who enters is entitled to a 10%
discount on all orders from X-tra Dog. So everyone's
a winner. The deadline for entering is 31st October.
Can You Top
New records include:-
- The oldest handler to make a dog up to Champ
- Most consecutive places for litter-mates
- Youngest handlers to win a Champ ticket
- Highest place for a first run at a show
- Youngest person to win a class in the UK
- Litter mates winning the same class (FH and LHO)
- Most capped agility judge
- Fastest time to fill camping at an agility show
- Husband / wife team to win out of the same Grade at the same show
many people Longleat was and forever will be their all-time favourite agility
show venue. In those doing agility seemed come
second to the social side. Shirley
Elkins shares her memories of those days when one woke up to the roar of lions!
History of Agility
Want to read more about the good ole days
and find out about when, where and how agility
There were 622 show licences issue by The Kennel
Club in 2018 as compared to 89 in 1998. Just shows
you how much Agility has grown over the last 20
News & Good Causes
Friends have set up a
JustGiving page to help support the family of Jon
Winney who has
suffered a heart scare whilst
training one of his dogs.
& Snow - An Interview with Two Spitz Dogs
If dogs could talk, an interview with Ice and
Snow might go something like this... ALFS co-organiser Mark Bunyan
Pic fof the Litter
Elimination biscuits - what a great idea!
The Lenton Method®
Massage Guild will be making history when both
Sparsholt and Winchester universities conduct the
first ever, in-depth clinical trials on the efficacy
of this clinical canine massage therapy.
If you were compiling an agility playlist of music
to train by which tracks would you choose? New
- Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Try getting these tunes out of your head. Do do do do do do
do do do... Thanks to Viv Fenwick, now I can't get that tune out of my
Where Anything Is Possible
Nigel Perry has a degenerative disc disease and is
classed as disabled, so it wasn't surprising that
his agility journey didn't get off to a great
start. He persevered, however, and this year he was
asked to be a member of Team UK at the IMCA / PAWC
There was only one word for the European Open Junior Agility Championships in
The Netherlands on 13th - 15th July and that was EXTREME.
Still the best way to reach agility people!
You can buy and
/ or sell your unwanted items on the Flea
Market all year round. It's free and talks direct to the dog
people you want to reach.
For many of us in the dog agility world, our lives revolve around
our dogs and we can be devastated by their loss.
Agility competitor and pet bereavement counsellor
Emma-Jane LaRoche writes about this sad and
difficult time and how to deal with it.
After reading Jody Brigden's story about her love for her dogs and agility,
Sally Perks - also 13 years old - realised she wasn't alone.
Chip Off the Eastern Block
In 2015 Mary McKie felt she was
ready for her next agility dog. She decided that she
would look for rescue – maybe six months to a year
old. As she lives in South West Scotland, she ruled
out dogs from the 'South' as too far away, so how
did she end up with a wee dog from Croatia?
Vegan or Vegetarian
In 2016 Cat Clark was admitted to hospital with sepsis. When
she returned home, she was left with Chronic Fatigue. Her doctors told her they
couldn’t help her, so after some research, she decided to remove both dairy and
meat from her diet. Sounds completely crazy and impossible, doesn't it, but it
It's not uncommon to hear
of 'poor practice' at places which offer Beginners
Agility classes. Rather than just complain about it,
top trainer and competitor Selena Bray decided to do something to help improve the methods used to train
agility newbies by writing this article.
Footwork - Best Foot Forward
Top agility handler and full time
trainer Shaun Hunt has put together a training programme so you can increase
your foot speed and co-ordination and improve your overall handling ability.
There's an extra 'run for fun' 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!
Golden Valley DTC hosted the Agria Brillo
Bounce heat at the Top Barn show, judged by Nick Chettle
in the continuing good weather while Steph Ayres
judges the heat at Just Dogs Live. The good weather continued for Rugby and
judge Alan Mitchell.
All the heats have been finished and the qualifiers meet at
at the Malvern Autumn Show on Sunday, 30th September 2018 under the
watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Martin Tait.
Bring it on!
Health Co Classic
We join the AHC heats
for news of the latest qualifiers for this competition which open to dogs of all
sizes. Not long until the Final on Saturday, 24 November 2018, kindly judged by
Championship Agility Judge Jackie Gardner.
Highland Agility Stakes
fought heats throughout the year culminated on 2nd
July with the CSJ Highland Agility Stakes finals,
held at Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace. All the
results and some comments from Scotland's favourite
'tartan trouser' Champ judge.
What a great report on the LOW 550 Scotland
Jumping Cup Final 2018 at the Prestwick show from Judge Sara Hawkswell. Congratulations
to the winners.
The Agility Club Starters
Everything you wanted to
know about this popular G1-2 competition except who
has qualified so far.
League for Spitz (ALFS)
After 10 years of
dedicated work, Kim Bailey has decided to retire from administering
Opal's Spitz League, so Mark Bunyan and Danielle Walker have decided
to set up a new league for Spitz breeds and their crosses in its
Touchango Toys - The Ringo
Touchango K9 has launched a range of toys that they
make themselves. Lisa Jordan reviews the Ringo, a durable ball on bungee handle which she uses with her
Chris Garrett has used Photizo Light Therapy on her dogs and
on herself for a while now, and she agreed
enthusiastically to review the Photizo® Vetcare
devise, a non-invasive alternative therapy tool for
wound healing, musculoskeletal conditions and pain
with Fido Treat Pods & Tuggies
Sharon Tuffnell reviews Becky Layphries' new interactive,
super squidgy treat pods and tuggies. Perfect for Agility
training, Flyball and other dog sports.
Daniel Gee reviews these agility trainers designed by a German
Championship handler and now in the UK for the first time.