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  1. The 2013 WAO Team USA eBook has an awesome article on foundation tricks for agility dogs. Many trick ideas in there. Plus a great cause (if you're in the USA- and even if not... ;)/>/> ) Silvia Trkman has a few DVDs with TONS of tricks Control Unleased, as mentioned above has tons of tricks. You might try the Puppy Program for a 5 month old. Susan Garrett's book Shaping Success (my favorite agility book, as it were) also has tons of tricks. And then if you're really ambitious, you could start working on your Trick Dog titles, which I believe use this book series.
  2. No- no real blogs to share, I can never remember them LOL! I frequent FB, the GSD forum, and this forum. I love AgilityNerd, but tend to only get there when I see Steve post something on FB. Same goes for Susan Garrett's webpage and Daisy Peel's webpage. I tend to only get to those pages when I see activity via FB. If I were smart, I'd set up an RSS feed, but oh well. Sorry- in the blog respect, I'm pretty boring. I find that I tend to seek out info more than just randomly stumbling on it. [EDIT]- I will note though that if you're looking for blogs, the Dog Agility Blog Events website would be a GREAT way to find new agility blogs! http://dog-agility-blog-events.posterous.com/pages/the-blogs
  3. There are some who believe (Tori Self included) that all of the names for maneuvers that have minute differences are pretty ridiculous. For her, that move was just a straight blind cross followed by a curved blind cross- nothing more, nothing less. That's what I love about agility: no, you don't have to learn a new term. You can take it as deep as you want to!
  4. I wish! I've searched and searched and found few. Actually- that's how I found this forum- looking for an agility forum (and to get BC info). But I have to say even our GSD agility forum is more active than this one. Having said that, I still get frustrated with the lack of activity there. I'd LOVE to find an actual ACTIVE agility forum. I read some big name player (I have a terrible memory, btw!) say recently when asked how often they practice agility: "I practice maybe 5-10 minutes per day, but I think about it constantly!" That is sooooooo me.
  5. Ha! I was just about to link to BadDogAgility's analysis of Daisy's run. Just found it this morning for myself when she linked to it on her FB page.
  6. How do I personally go about it? Well, I'm not much of a reader; I'm really slow at it. So I personally prefer to rent or buy DVDs. Or, a cheaper option that I do regularly- as in, a LOT- is just browse youtube for big name runners and study their handling styles- especially in the challenging FCI or WAO World level courses. I eat up those videos!! If you truly want to see this in action, I can point you to a post I made just today doing exactly that-- watching Tori Self and her amazing Rev do some very fine handling! She did an interesting move that I wanted to learn more about. Here's me learning more about it: Jaakko turn vs Ketschker turn -Youtube -AgilityNerd -Anything on CleanRun -WorldTeam fundraisers are GREAT places to learn handling skills! They often have ebooks FULL of useful info! (Support your 2013 WAO Agility Team!) -Lots of running/handling! Take video. Watch the video back. Dissect why what you thought would work didn't work. Watch what you're doing and how you can improve. I post lots of short clips of myself trying out new handling sequences on youtube regularly. For example, . Or really !-I started a "Course of the Week" club on the GSD forum. There we posted challenging (well, *I* posted challenging) courses and dissected them. . This was a great way to learn different sequencing options. When you run it one way, and then see video of someone else run it differently- it really opens your eyes to possibilities!-Finally, I'd say another way to learn is to get the best instructor you can find/afford. I'm so incredibly happy with my current instructor. She runs agility aggressively. I love that! She's there to run HARD, FAST, and WIN! She's an amazing wealth of info, and I'm sure she gets tired of my finding FCI World's courses to post on her FB page and ask her questions about them... ;)/>/>/>
  7. Funny- so I looked up who the "big name" is in that DVD, and it's Kathy Keats- who owns "The Agility Coach." I've never been to the site, so I just went there to check it out. What do I find? "The Art of Reading Agility Courses."
  8. There's also a DVD on CleanRun called "Walking the Course." It is specifically about one course. A big name handler (sorry don't know her name- lol) walks you through and shows you numerous different options. I don't think there's anything mind blowing in there- but if you're on a mission for course analysis, it should be right up your alley. CleanRun also has an entire subsection dedicated to course analysis. Not surprisingly, you'll find a few books on handling systems in there. In my last agility class, my instructor let me run her ultra fast BC. (No, really- she placed 6th in semi finals in PGP at the nationals last year. Unfortunately missed his weave entry in finals. She really does have very, very fast dogs!) I think the fact that I love and study handling systems helps me to understand and execute a good handling strategy on the fast dog. I handled him from the front, and was able to stay ahead. My opinion is that course analysis begins with the study of handling systems. (I didn't say embracing a handling system- I said studying handling systems.) The more options you're aware of, the better you will be at applying those options to analyzing a course.
  9. If you're going to eventually replace the surface with aluminum/rubber- then it might be wise to not spend a ton on the current surface. I went plywood/paint/sand on my a-frame that I built. It's lasting fine so far, but it's pretty new and this is the first winter. I read a tip on the agility yahoo group where someone had mentioned a good way to preserve the plywood where it hits the ground. Take a length of garden hose (same length as the A-Frame base), slit it length-wise and put it on the end of the plywood.
  10. Completely agree. The pug sounds like the dangerous dog to me. It's the one who bit first (according to your story). I cannot stand it how little dogs get away with nipping/biting. If my German Shepherd went around nipping/biting, she'd be labeled a "dangerous dog." In my book, little dogs don't get off just because they're little- EVER. Little dog owners should have to be as responsible as big dog owners, and should be held to the same standard! Pug owner should have removed their dog when stress signals were first being displayed. And yes, of course, larger dog owner also should have stepped in if play was getting too rough. Never the less- little dog bit first.
  11. Just make sure to get cold pressed, hexane free coconut oil. If it doesn't say it, then it isn't. It's easier to extract the oil if they heat it, but in doing so, they destroy some of the nutritional value. Hexane is a gas that is sometimes used in extraction- but it's also poisonous. The brand I linked to above meets both requirements. Amazon is the cheapest for this brand, but you can find it local in grocery stores. Costco also sells a large container of coconut oil that is very good. I've never used it, but know of plenty who have. It's something like $16.99 for 54oz which is a crazy good deal. If I ever renew my membership there, I'll likely switch.
  12. Yikes. Yeah, my numbers are all over the place. Here's the silicon pan I bought: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VPZ14Q/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i04 The description says there are twenty-four 15ml cavities. Google converter says that 15ml is 1.01 US Tablespoons. And there are three teaspoons in a tablespoon- so that's 3.03 teaspoons, twice daily for a total of 6.06 teaspoons (or 60 pound dosage). Sorry for the confusion. [EDIT]- I corrected the annotation in the video. I realized the issue. The numbers I said in the video were right in the video, I just accidentally said "tablespoons" instead of teaspoons. Each cavity is, in fact, 3 teaspoons. :)/>
  13. I use coconut oil and find it works WAY better than fish oil ever has for my dog. I use the brand Nutiva, which you can get on Amazon for pretty cheap. I give my 69 pound female 4tbsp/day which is lower than the recommended dosage of 1tsp/10lbs body weight. I saw results in 7 days- seriously! I always thought her coat looked pretty nice on fish oil, but since being diagnosed with Addison's Disease and having to be on prednisone every day I put her on coconut oil instead of fish oil. Someone had recommended it to me as a way to counteract the skin issues often found when using prednisone. It can be kind of a pain to scoop out of the container and properly measure (almost certainly end up being more generous and wasting some) so I found this method of per-measureing. I recorded a video to show how I do it. Here's a photo of my girl last summer when I thought her coat looked just fine. You can see it actually looks a little dry. And that was in bright sunlight. (This is also one month prior to the start of finding a diagnoses for her exercise intolerance. Look how tired she looks! Poor girl...) And here's her coat 5 days after starting coconut oil. Note that this is in the setting sun even and her coat looks amazing. Nice and shiny, soft too. Very healthy: I should note that coconut oil doesn't have all of the omegas that fish oil does, and for that reason it really isn't a direct replacement. I, personally, did stop feeding her fish oil since she appeared generally healthier on the coconut oil (at least by appearance). I also feed a salmon/fish based food- so she should be getting plenty of omegas through that anyway. But for you ultra health conscience- you'd probably want to use both oils.
  14. Just wanted to say thanks everyone for your stories. They really sound no different than any other breed- which for my case, is a good thing.
  15. Thanks for the info. Is it common for a border collie to live this long? I'll be ecstatic if my GSD lives this long. What nice long lives.
  16. Wow- nine dogs!? And here I can't decide if I want to add a second... You must spend a not-so-small fortune to trial all of them!
  17. Actually one thing I didn't think about is that I've not yet met a BC owner who only has one. You guys are nuts! LOL! I think my agility instructor has 8 (EIGHT!) dogs right now. Yes, most definitely once you have a "pack" I can see the need for crating. Great point. Yep, I can't say I'm too surprised by this. I guess I was just thinking that with the BC being a bit more crazy than "normal" dogs, that perhaps they might be a little more destructive. Of course, that's usually a sign of lack of stimulation which is a whole other topic. So I guess it's good to know that they can actually be left loose. I like that idea.
  18. That's really funny! When my girl was quite young (she was four months) and I didn't really know what the appropriate age to leave a dog uncrated was (she's also my first dog)- she would pull books off my bookcase and chew them up. Never did any other damage to anything, but books... Kind of funny!
  19. Title says it all. As I continue to learn about BCs and continue to wonder if I'd really want one or not- I looked at my adult GSD as I left the house this morning and told her to "be good." She has full reign of the house and is not crated. It's not an issue- and I like that. But I know lots of folks who do crate their GSDs during the day... so perhaps this is nothing more than training and/or personal opinion. So what's life like with a border collie in this regard? Do you crate when you leave for work? Do you find that you have to crate, or do you let your BC run loose without issue? I'd like to hear some opinions either way... I'm not sure how useful this thread will be since it's more likely simple personal preference. Note, I'm not talking about puppies or adolescents. Of course I think those dogs should be crated.
  20. While none of the symptoms would seem to match Addison's Disease, the fact that three vets are still mystified would be enough for me to request a check of the dog's cortisol levels, and if low- request a stim test. Addison's Disease is dubbed the "Great Pretender" because it mimics other issues. That said, it doesn't typically mimic the issues highlighted... A cortisol level check is quite cheap though.
  21. Agility Record Book is a free application that works on either Mac or Windows computers. I don't know the developer, but I have sent him an email or two in the past to discuss new options/features. He was quick to respond. The app is reasonably easy to enter data into, and groups agility "stuff" logically. What I mean is that you create a "dog" which has "trials" which have "runs" etc. Actually, I don't have it in front of me at the moment, but "trials" may be a level above "dog" since multiple dogs could compete in the same trial. You can enter all the standard info for your run- standard course time, course yardage, points, Q?, placement, etc... Anyway, it also has a built in calendar which allows you to manage what trials you have sent in your premiums for, if you've reserved your hotel, if your premium has been accepted, closing date for trial, etc, etc. Overall- I've found it to be incredibly helpful. As a free app, it's amazing. FAR better than the $20 phone app I paid for. http://www.agilityrecordbook.com/download.php Once I get home from work, I can take some screenshots if you're interested.
  22. I agree with this. The oddest part of the story is not that the trial secretary made a mistake in the rule interpretation (I'm sure it happens!) but that the friend wrote a note and disappeared. Why wouldn't the friend come back and discuss with the OP? Now that I find strange. I am currently only competing at CPE Level 2 (actually hoping to clear out level 2 this weekend) and I've already found it increasingly difficult to keep track of runs and Qs. Just downloaded Agility Record Book which is pretty darn nice!
  23. Thank you! She's a pretty remarkable dog. I don't think I'd be as into agility as I am had I not learned it with her. Her willingness to participate with focus, speed, and gusto really is inspiring. It's caused me to look around at other dogs (specifically BCs) and to be able to appreciate them more. She continues to floor me with her agility. That said, I'm in the same boat as you with looking for some place to make up speed. While I've never trained a stopped contact (seems counter-intuitive to me in a game of speed) Pimg's weaves are sadly very slow. Given her size and age, I just don't see her weaves improving much. And so I started looking at places where I could make up the time lost in weaves- contacts were it. That realization is what pushed me to start actually training running contacts. Ok- I'm not going to ever have a sub one second dogwalk like ST's dogs, but my girl's DW is definitely faster than most of the local dogs we compete against in our class. So that's good...
  24. Thanks! Yes, I believe I've seen the video you're talking about from ST, but man- her dogs are INSANELY fast! hahahaha! I like to think we can be competitive with moderately fast border collies, but not with the super fast- and definitely not against Trkman's dogs. This may be the video you're thinking of- at least it's the one I was thinking of:
  25. I hope you guys don't mind me posting here, even though I don't yet have a BC. But I do have a border collie question on this subject... With the snow, it's been really difficult to train outdoors. I've been working on Silvia Trkman's "Tricks for Balance, Strength, and Coordination" DVD indoors, but today at lunch I noticed the dogwalk had all the snow and ice melted off. So we did some contact training on my lunch break. I know that this isn't the most accurate method of measurement, but I used a stopwatch to mark the instant she crosses the start of the dogwalk and the instant she exited the dogwalk. For each run in order in the video, I got: 1.507 seconds (going straight off the end) 1.573 seconds (going straight off the end) 1.543 seconds (asking for a turn off the end to the left [cued late]) 1.782 seconds (asking for a turn off the end to the left) 1.962 seconds (asking for a turn off the end to the left) 2.338 seconds (asking for a turn off the end to the right) An average of 1.784 second dogwalk. Granted- it's a low dogwalk, I understand. As I fade the hoop and she maintains criteria, I'll raise it up to full height. I'm just curious what the average dogwalk time is for a fast border collie?
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