What's new in the agility world...
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 canít 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, Heís simply the sweetest dog ever.
not least, we have Skye, who Iíve named my SkyePaws Agility Training school
after. Sheís seven years old this year and is my first love. She is the most
perfect first agility dog anyone can have and I wouldnít be doing any of
this if I didnít 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 weíre enjoying every moment we have together. My main aim
now is to take care of her so sheís 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 Poppyís Picnic Jess said, 'Iím thrilled to be part of the
Poppyís 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 dogís 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
Oraladeís Hydrate+. Packed with essential electrolytes, functional amino acids,
glucose and prebiotics, Oralade Hydrate+ helps maintain optimum digestive
Dogs and cats lap up
Oraladeís 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 ĎTo work oní 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 didnít 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+ ďI 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, 'Iíve
often been asked about a wide fit agility shoe, so Iím 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 itís important that your shoes are a good fit.'
Salomonís 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 menís and ladies colour options, the
wide fit trainer has an extra 12mm in the fore foot, the equivalent of a size EE
fitting. Itís still lightweight and highly cushioned, providing ultimate
stability and aggressive grip, just as you'd expect from a Speedcross shoe.
Ladiesí wide-fit Speedcross trainers are
available in sizes 3.5 to 9, while menís range from size 6.5 to 13.5.
The trainers also benefit from Speedcrossís
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