What's new in the agility world...
First Contact Stops Production Due to Lockdown
In light of the new limited lockdown, it is
with great regret that First Contact has announced that they will be suspending
manufacturing until further notice.
On Facebook Hazel Higgins
said, 'We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this but I don’t
consider ours an essential service (even though it is to us to be able to
pay wages and bills. We will keep you updated as and when we know more about
what is happening. Thank you for your patience in this difficult time.
Enjoy the extra quality
time with loved ones and your dogs.
The Canine Massage Guild
Welcomes Marcelle Cassar as Veterinary Technical Advisor
The Canine Massage Guild is
delighted to announce the appointment of Marcelle Cassar BVSc (Hons) CCRT MRCVS
as its Veterinary Technical Advisor. In addition to her veterinary
qualifications, Marcelle has pursued an education in complementary therapy by
achieving the Certificate in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy awarded by the Canine
Rehabilitation Institute in the USA. She has also completed a course in
Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management allowing her to offer
acupuncture in general practice.
Even then, she felt that
there was still a gap in her knowledge, so Marcelle trained to become a Clinical
Canine Massage Therapist with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre. She comments,
“As a member of the Canine Massage Guild, I now feel I have a fantastic set of
manual skills which enable me to really help dogs with any muscular/soft tissue
problems whether through orthopaedic or neurological conditions, pre-or post-
surgery, sporting injuries, trauma or simply getting older.”
In addition to being the
Clinical Director of the Animal Rehabilitation Centre based at Oakhill Vets in
Windermere, Cumbria Marcelle has also accepted the role of Veterinary Technical
Advisor to Canine Massage Guild where she will act as primary contact for other
vets and veterinary enquiries. Marcelle will also answer technical queries,
help to educate vets and their staff about clinical canine massage therapy,
represent the Guild at congresses, universities and industry meetings, and help
to produce educational literature and articles.
Natalie Lenton, founder
of The Canine Massage Therapy Centre and Guild, said, 'Working with
client-centred veterinary practices has always been a number one priority
for the Guild and its therapists. Following the launch earlier this year of
our Integrated Veterinary Care Initiative (IVCI), a bridge between
veterinary practices and clinical canine massage, we are delighted to
announce that one of our own former students and Guild Member, the highly
skilled and versatile Marcelle Cassar BVSc (Hons) CCRT MRCVS has agreed to
build that bridge even further by working closely with practices wanting to
know more about the many benefits of this therapy. The IVCI, Marcelle’s
appointment, and the ongoing clinical trials of The Lenton Method™ at both
Winchester and Sparsholt Universities demonstrate how vital we believe it is
that clinical canine massage becomes a fully accepted, mainstream treatment
for dogs at all veterinary practices.'
Vets wanting a peer’s
perspective on how clinical canine massage therapy as taught to Canine Massage
Guild therapists can benefit their practice may contact her on
About the Canine Massage
Clinical Canine Massage Therapy is unique to members of the Canine Massage Guild
and typically sees results in 1-3 sessions based on an ethical client approach
model and the unique integrative blend of 4 disciplines of massage alongside the
exclusive Lenton Method™.
Announcement about Doggyjumps
As most people are aware,
Doggyjumps Ltd is in liquidation.
Paul MacKay of Wes Lo K9
Agility has confirmed that he has now secured the exclusive production and
supply rights to the Doggyjumps jump cups. These will be available to buy from
him in the near future.
He said, 'I am not taking
orders at present. However, when I have them in stock, they will be
advertised. Please bear with me whilst this happens.'
Wes Lo supplies top quality Dog Agility equipment from our base near Edinburgh.
Collection is welcomed and we can despatch items
K9-GTS Timing Gate System Comes to the UK
Australian company SMW
Electronics is launching it's K9-GTS timing system for dog agility in the UK.
Already approved for use in Australia, the USA and the majority of Europe, it
comes with a rechargeable system which is suitable for use in all countries. It
can be used indoors and outdoors in direct sunlight for is idea for Agility and
Jumping runs as well as Games, Snooker and Gamblers.
Owner Sheldon Wilson
said, 'Drop the use of stop watches. Now there is no need to hire timing
equipment for shows or competition training, The K9-GTS multi sensor system
has been specially designed for use at multi events such as agility shows.
The system includes everything you need - Start / Stop gate pairs and Lion
batteries and even 42 active horn sounds which signal countdowns, start,
stop and/or elimination according a menu selection. Since it was released in
2017, we have sold many to show organisers, groups and private trainers
around the world.'
All systems are shipped via
international shippers FedEx or TNT.
To promote sales in UK, SMW are offering free freight for the first two
sales of Package 2 for Dog Agility that refer to Agilitynet.com as the
site reference for the sale.
For more information visit
Luxury Dog Bed
Covers in Tartan Fabric
Berkeley Dog Beds at New Website
Berkeley Dog Beds has
launched new website and on-line shop, featuring a complete range of
British-made premium quality dog beds, blankets, covers and related accessories.
The company has built an
enviable reputation for manufacturing some highly innovative dog beds including
their Waterproof Orthopaedic Mattress which uses pocket spring technology and
deep layers of natural fibre for optimum comfort and joint support.
Also listed are their steel
frame Raised Dog Beds, a handy, stylish Travel Dog Bed and a Wooden Dog Bed
Frame that is handmade in solid English oak.
New for 2019/20 are a
selection of exciting new fabrics and colours for their removable, washable
covers, stylish luxury dog blankets in both polar fleece and faux fur and a
unique dog bed freshener made with organic Lavender and Camomile.
Berkeley has pioneered the
use of natural materials in their manufacturing process and do not use foam,
memory foam or fire retardant chemicals.
Their Blog contains many
helpful and informative articles to help you choose the best dog bed for your
dog and is well worth a read.
See the new website at
New Range of Hoopers Equipment Launched
Hoopers Equipment has launched a range of hoops, pop-up
barrels, tunnels, gates and tangos for both professional trainers and those
wanting to practice at home. The products have been designed to NADAC
specifications for both materials and dimensions, with attention given to
safety, durability and portability.
The portability of the equipment opens new opportunities
for trainers to teach at several locations as all of the equipment, including
barrels, can be easily transported in a car or small van to provide a truly
mobile business. As well as the ease of transportation, the products solve a lot
of storage problems.
The colours of the equipment underline hoopers as a fun
sport. Hoops are available in a variety of colours and the pop-up barrels, as
used for NADAC hoopers in the USA and equine barrel racing, come in bright GB
colours of red, white and blue.
Sherlock Bones reveals interesting information in his
reviews of the products on the company's website, particularly of the hoops and
barrels. You can find Sherlock’s reviews, information, and an online shop at
New Naylor Web Site
Naylor Industries is pleased
to announce the launch of their new
website – where a full range of agility tunnels and accessories are
All agility tunnels are made
from heavy duty
wearing materials which are easy to clean and are made from flame retardant PVC
in a variety of colours.
A wide range of colours are
available and four standard diameters:-
Poppy’s Picnic Adds Pheasant Bites to Treats Range
Raw dog food manufacturer
Poppy’s Picnic has launched it's new TASTY Pheasant Bites, the latest addition
to its air-dried TASTY Treats range. The 100% pure protein bites are perfect for
all dogs, including those with grain intolerances and sensitive stomachs, and
are a good source of B vitamins, iron and other essential minerals and amino
Poppy’s Picnic Pheasant
Bites are naturally low-fat and made in the UK. The new dog treats are tasty
little morsels of air-dried pheasant breast fillet, and weigh in at 60g per
pack. They are gluten free and hypoallergenic, making them suitable for dogs
with food intolerances.
Dylan Watkins, founder
of Poppy’s Picnic, discusses the new bites, 'Many dog owners face the issue
of feeding their dog a selective diet due to food intolerances. These can
often be triggered by the fillers and grains that are unnecessarily added to
many processed pet foods and treats. Our new bites are 100% pure air-dried
pheasant breast with no hidden nasties. They provide a high protein treat
and a natural source of collagen, whilst being low in calories.'
Treats should always be
accounted for as part of a dogs daily food allowance and should only amount to
approximately 15% of their diet. The size of the bites can be adjusted based on
the size of the dog. If the dog is smaller in size, the treats can be modified
by being cut into smaller pieces so they are easier to consume.
The TASTY Pheasant Bites join
the wider TASTY range of air-dried treats which also includes: Dried Ox Heart
Bites, Dried Venison Bites, Dried Liver Bites, Dragon Skin Bites and more. Each
of these treats are made from 100% dried meat, and contain no added
preservatives or fillers of any kind.
Poppy’s Picnic aims to make
feeding a raw food diet easier. It's ranges of fresh, raw mince and exclusive
meatballs are easy-to-feed to dogs of all breeds and sizes, whether you want to
make a complete switch to raw feeding or add an occasional boost of freshness to
wet or dry food. The all-natural meals contain ingredients such as fresh raw
meat, garden-fresh vegetables and ground bone. No weird ingredients you don't
recognise, no chemical flavourings, no grains, fillers, or artificial additives
– just natural dog food, freshly prepared for your convenience. Poppy’s Picnic
TASTY treats fit perfectly into the diet and are prepared in the most natural
way possible. The all-new Poppy’s Picnic Pheasant Bites are simply 100% dried
breast fillet slices and nothing else.
The Poppy’s Picnic TASTY
Pheasant Bites are available online
and via independent pet shops nationwide. Click
here to find a stockist.
Trade enquiries are welcome and samples can be supplied on request.
About Poppy’s Picnic
Dylan Watkins launched Poppy’s Picnic in 2016 to make it easy for
people to feed their dogs a fresh, raw food diet the way nature intended. The
company had four offers when it was featured on BBC 2 Dragons’ Den, ran a
successful crowdfunding campaign, and has won 10 national and regional awards.
Based in the heart of Wiltshire, the company’s tasty wholesome recipes have been
lovingly crafted with the help of canine nutritionists and fourth generation
butchers. With no hidden nasties, the balanced meals contain all the goodness a
dog needs for optimal health and wellbeing. The food can be bought in
independent pet shops around the UK, online and in Hong Kong!
For advice on how to switch
your dog to a raw food diet or to explore the full range of Poppy’s Picnic dog
food, visit website and social media.
Poppy's Picnic Selects Young Ambassador
Raw dog food
manufacturer, Poppy's Picnic has recruited Young Kennel Club dog agility
specialist, Jess Cuthbertson as a new brand ambassador. They will be sponsoring
her dogs in competition and will be feeding them on Poppy's Picnic, In return,
Jess will wear a sponsored shirt and represents the brand at competitions around
the UK with appearances on their stand at shows. Jess will also write a blog on
the Poppy's website and
Facebook page along with updates on her competitions.
who is 18 years old and from Hinckley in Leicestershire, has been competing at
the highest level in dog agility for the past 6 years having been inspired to
take up the sport when she saw her friends taking part. Her achievements in dog
agility are many including a Bronze Medal in the Junior GB Team competing at the
European Open Juniors in Luxembourg in 2017, 5th place in the YKC Jumping and
YKC Teams at Crufts 2019, 3rd at the Junior Team GB Tryouts in 2019 and 4th
place in the Olympia Novice Qualifier plus many more Championship placings
around the country. Jess is now moving out of juniors to compete at senior level
but plans to still do a few junior classes at Crufts in 2020.
has five Border Collies - Lucy, Skye, Sasha, Cuba and Puerto Rico as well as a
German Spitz,Teddy. She's had four of her dogs since they were ppuppies while
two rescue dogs. She currently competes with Cuba, Puerto Rica and Sasha.
explains, 'Cuba is the first puppy I've had with the Bon Bellami Cuban
Princess breedline and I can’t put into words how amazing she is. At just
two years old, she won into Grade 4 in KC agility grading and was chosen to
represent Team GB with me. Puerto Rico is Cuba's cousin and our newest
addition to the family, He’s simply the sweetest dog ever.
not least, we have Skye, who I’ve named my SkyePaws Agility Training school
after. She’s seven years old this year and is my first love. She is the most
perfect first agility dog anyone can have and I wouldn’t be doing any of
this if I didn’t meet her all those years ago. She was my companion from the
Beginners course right through to when I represented Team GB twice. With the
puppies. Cuba and Rico are coming through. Skye's agility career is starting
to slow down, but we’re enjoying every moment we have together. My main aim
now is to take care of her so she’s healthy and comfortable in her older
As well as being
an expert dog agility specialist, Jess is also a budding entrepreneur running
her won successful dog training school, SkpePaws Agility Training which provides
puppy and dog agility training to dog owners.
her sponsorship from Poppy’s Picnic Jess said, 'I’m thrilled to be part of the
Poppy’s Picnic family and to have my pups young and old #POWEREDBYPOPPYSPICNIC.'
is award-winning raw dog food which was featured on Dragon's Den. For more
information, visit their website.
Bepoke Campervans for Hire to Dog People
Canine Campervans, a new company offering
specially designed campervans for hire, has been set up by Ian Dobison and Clare
Stainton have been competing in Agility since about 2001. They took a step back
from agility a few years back but still wanted to go on different adventures
with their dogs.
Ian explained how it all
started. 'Having sold our caravan, we decided to design and build our own
Campervan to take their dogs away to many interesting places such as Wales,
Northumberland and the Highlands of Scotland and more recently a trip to the
Outer Hebrides. A few months later we decided to sell the first van and
build another. Better than the first one Three years on, we're now onto our
sixth campervan build. Then the idea came to us to hire out our campervans
so that many other people could enjoy the same freedom that we have.'
There are now three Canine Campervans to hire
out at three levels of specification with tariffs to suit people different
budgets. The vans are great for camping at shows or if camping is full, then
offer a much more versatile and comfortable set up for day parking. Prices
start from £50 per night (minimum three nights hire).
Anyone booking a hire will be offered 10%
discount throughout the month of May.
For more information or to make a booking, go
to the Canine Campervan Facebook page or email
The New Agility Club website is Live!
The Committee of The Agility
Club is proud to announce the launch of their new
website with improved member benefits.
The site will have all the
content you would expect, including news feeds, finals news, membership-only
content and, of course, the ability to update points in the popular league
competitions. As the new site is completely mobile friendly, it will be much
easier to upload league points on the go - even the minute you pick up that
The Club would like to thank
Pinkfin for all their hard work and help with bringing the website bang up to
date, along with Agilitynet for letting us share their brilliant show diary and,
of course, to Sean Cameron
for providing first class images. Can you spot your dog?
For further details, please
Beat the Heat with Oralade Hydrate
Oralade is offering a 20%
discount on your first purchase of Oralade Hydrate, new hypotonic drink for dogs
and cats that balances the effects of dehydration / heat stroke especially in
working dogs. Simply to go to their web site and use the voucher code: bacomp20
to claim your discount.
Recent veterinary research
has proved that dehydration in healthy dogs is exacerbated when dogs are working
in extreme temperatures. Just a small percentage drop in fluids can quickly have
a negative effect on how your dog’s body works and lead to dehydration. In
severe cases dehydration can be fatal. The recommended daily water intake for a
healthy 20 KG dog is 660 ml water, which rises dramatically when environmental
stressors like extreme heat, travel, or exercise promote de-hydration.
Studies have also shown that
hydration in healthy working dogs is enhanced by oral electrolyte solutions like
Oralade’s Hydrate+. Packed with essential electrolytes, functional amino acids,
glucose and prebiotics, Oralade Hydrate+ helps maintain optimum digestive
Dogs and cats lap up
Oralade’s Hydrate+ hypotonic formula that combines natural chicken and purified
water for increased palatability. It's ingredients nourish the mucosal barrier
and improves nutrient uptake, whilst stimulating the micro-flora that promotes
gut health. This balances the serious effects of de-hydration, which impacts
overtime at a cellular level by starving your dog of oxygen, fluid and
With no artificial additives
or preservatives, Oralade Hydrate+ offers peace of mind that its 100 per cent
natural keeping tongues and tails wagging.
Oralade Hydrate+ 400ml
retails at £4.50. For more information and to take advantage of this special
offer, visit: www.oraladepet.com
Join CSJ Facebook
In addition to the UKA CSJ
Grand Prix and the CSJ Highland Agility Stakes, major agility sponsor CSJ
Specialist Canine Feeds is supporting The CSJ Agility Open event next month as
well as the KC International Agility Festival and Team GB!
You are cordially invited to
join their dedicated Facebook Group, CSJ Agility so that you can learn even more
about their invaluable contribution to our sport, their wide range of dog food
and herbs and enter their regular competitions for super prizes.
New Free Dog Agility App
Tom Barnish has just released
a free agility app for iPhone and Android devices called AgiliTrack. It lets you
keep a record of all the shows and runs you have done with your dogs. It also
shows some statistics for each dog including total clear runs, total top three
placings. You can analyse the equipment you are incurring faults on, see a
distribution of your placings and results and then create a ‘To work on’ list to
assist with your training. You can also see your progress towards the next KC
grade or UKA level.
This works for multiple dogs
and you can also download and open the data for each dog if you want to do
Tom said, 'in addition to
the app being free there are also no in-app adverts or purchases, I created
it purely as I thought it could of use to members of the agility community
and so that I could learn a new skill.,
AgiliTrack is available from
the App Store and Google Play.
New CSJ Agility Facebook Competiiton
CSJ is launching its brand
new CSJ Agility
Facebook page with a competition to win all-natural tick and flea repellent
Billy No Mates! with seaweed, fenugreek, mint, neem and lemon balm.
To enter, submit photos of
dog(s) playing in the long grass where those little critters love to hang out
until they can hang on to your dog! The best three will win a bottle of Billy No
Mates! and the best agility-related pic will also win a 1kg bag of CSJ's very
latest food, All-Rounder.
To learn more, go to
New Line of Touchango Toys
Touchango K9 have released
their own range of tough and durable toys with some bright and funky webbing
patterns unique to Touchango. All of the Touchango Toys have soft padded handles
for comfort and tough, long lasting accessories.
Jo Dorrell said, 'If you
asked me what makes Touchango Toys different, I would say attention to
detail. Each toy is beautifully co-ordinated, and handmade by ourselves to
our exacting standards, using the highest quality materials.
They're tried, tested and much loved by our own dogs. We have a real passion
for these toys!'
The toys cater for dogs of
all sizes from the Mighty Mini range for puppies and small dogs to the Big Boys
Toys for those that like larger balls. The Touchango Flappy Carrot is certainly
proving to be very popular and is definitely a talking point!
With new designs and patterns
being added all the time, there is a lot more to come.
For more information go to
New Physio Equipment Attracting
Attention in the Agility World
The SafeRocker+ was launched
in the autumn to the vet physio world, but it is catching agility people's eye,
The SafeRocker+ was launched
after a year of prototype testing and has rapidly proved popular with veterinary
physios. The kit is highly flexible in it's manner of use and provides
therapists with a lot of options in one piece of equipment. It has been
developed by BDBCo.VET, as a super safe approach to providing unstable surfaces
Managing Director Dru
Ross said, 'We expected sales to be good as it was well received during
prototype testing. We didn’t have those involved in agility in mind at all
when we were designing it. However, one of the physios testing the prototype
introduced the equipment to an agility trainer who gave us an insight in to
how those involved in agility could use the equipment.'
Caroline Walker of All
About Agility says of the SafeRocker+ “I recently had the opportunity to use
the SafeRocker at All About Agility. We have a large selection of dogs
ranging from puppies to competing dogs along with a couple who are currently
undergoing rehab. I found the rocker to be very versatile especially for the
younger dogs who lack confidence. It was nice and gentle which will help the
puppies get used to movement for their later agility career. I also used it
for my dog in rehab and could do multiple exercises on it which for a
trainer is very useful especially if limited for space. Highly recommend
this piece of kit.'
The SafeRocker+ (SR+)
comprises a continuous curve and a flat side, so can be used either way up. The
equipment is useful for balance and proprioception training for both hindlimbs
and forelimbs, as well as for side to side exercises. It can be used for
developing and reinstating core strength and confidence on unstable surfaces. It
is also suitable for stretching, and reaction and control work.
The SR+ delivers an easily
controlled rocking action. The continuous base curve prevents any sudden tipping
or slamming. Should a dog leap off in an uncontrolled way, the SR+ will not bang
noisily. If the dog is off-centre, the SR+ simply tilts gently in response to a
change in position. Rocking and tilting are easily managed by foot or use of
wedges or blocks.
BDBCo.VET is the veterinary
part of the Big Dog Bed Company, sponsor of the Senior Agility League, and
designs and manufactures growing range of veterinary and vet physio equipment.
The SafeRocker+ retails at
£189 incl VAT www.BDBCo.Vet www
New Salomon Wide-fit Agility Shoes Available at Agility World
Salomon aren't making that much fuss about it
really, but the first ever wide-fit Speedcross 4 trainers are now available for
the first time from Agility World. Right now they have an introductory
offer on them at the moment a saving of £21.00!
Agility World owner Sam Clarke said, 'I’ve
often been asked about a wide fit agility shoe, so I’m thrilled that Salomon
has responded to feedback. The Spwedcross 4 trainers are already proving
very popular with customers. They've sold amazingly well since end of
January when we first ordered. Long hours of training and competing can be
really hard on your feet, so it’s important that your shoes are a good fit.'
Salomon’s legendary Speedcross 4 trainer
has long been the go-to choice for many. A well-fitting agility shoe, combining
excellent grip, cushioning and stability is the goal for most competitors;
But what if your feet are slightly broader?
Fortunately you no longer have to squeeze them into uncomfortably tight shoes:
available for the very first time, Agility World, the website devoted to
products for agility enthusiasts, recently introduced the Speedcross 4 Wide Fit
trainer to its range.
Available in men’s and ladies colour options, the
wide fit trainer has an extra 12mm in the fore foot, the equivalent of a size EE
fitting. It’s still lightweight and highly cushioned, providing ultimate
stability and aggressive grip, just as you'd expect from a Speedcross shoe.
Ladies’ wide-fit Speedcross trainers are
available in sizes 3.5 to 9, while men’s range from size 6.5 to 13.5.
The trainers also benefit from Speedcross’s
trademarked Quicklace system, allowing you to easily adjust the laces with just
one pull, plus a moulded mid-sole and foot bed for improved comfort.
For more information, or to buy trainers from
Speedcross's wide-fit range, visit Agility World at
Bamboozle Barking Bakery to Offer Tasty Treats for Judges
Bamboozle Barking Bakery,
makers of home-made dog treats and biscuits, has introduced a range of healthy
personalised dog biscuits which can be used as thank you gifts for judges and
ring parties. They also make great gifts for special occasions - including
Christmas - for the agility enthusiast.
All BBB products are made
with healthy, nutritious ingredients and have a great taste to tempt any
four-legged friend. The range includes a popular turkey treat to use as a reward
for good work.
Owner Nina Whitnell said,
'As a dog owner for over 25 years, I have tried and tested many treats and
biscuits for my dogs and others none of which ticked all the boxes and so i
started to bake. After lots of trials, I eventually had products fit for
purpose and made all my six dogs drool. I invited friends including dog
trainers and competitors to trial my treats and I'm pleased to say were
greatly received by them. '
Reviews and product
information including ingredients can be found on the BBB website. Delivery
options and sizes are all clearly displayed making it easy to order.
For more information or to get a quote for your
club, show or doggie event, email Nina at