Counting the Days!

August 30, 2008

It’s now just 20 days until we leave for World Championships.  We will go to Hamilton for a team practice at Say Yes where we get to train indoors on the new carpet, then we are flying out to Helsinki. 

We haven’t done much course running yet but we have been working on lots of flat work and jump grids and lots of conditioning.  I am trying hard to keep the dogs in good shape this year but I am also trying to prevent any injuries this close to the competition.  Bounder came up lame last week while playing at the park but seems to be fine now after a visit to the chiropractor. 

As part of this years fund raising Jen and I are planning a funmatch on October 5th with half the funds going to our AAC national team and the other half going to the world team.  We will be running some courses from the world championships but also some easier courses for the novice dogs and handlers. 

I spent the day on the phone with what must have been every riding arena in town.  I am looking for an arena to rent this winter but it seems like everything is taken.  I can always go back to Sherwood Meadows but the footing was not ideal and I really don’t want to have to start classes at 7am on Sunday mornings!

It turns out I wont be able to go see Greg Darrett in Seattle as it is the same weekend Susan Salo will be here in Edmonton.  I have a flight credit that I have to use to fly somewhere in the US so it looks like I may end up going to Florida this January for some agility camps and trials.   I would like to try and get my qualifiers for US nationals early in the season and Florida may be the place to do it.

Since Fanny has been here I have really been focusing on Riot and Preston’s tugging.  We have been tugging before supper, tugging before we run at the off leash park and being very aware of what type of tugging I reinforce.  Riot is such as crazy little dog, always trying to outsmart me and take the easy way out…I always have to be one step ahead of her.  Preston is so good with the tugging, I can start to get his supper ready and he seeks out a tug toy and forces it into my hand. 

Preston and I have been working on our obedience and he is getting very good.  We are now heeling in the right direction and have nice duration and attitude.  I haven’t seen any CKC obedience in a while so I think I might make an effort to watch a trial next time we have one in town so I know what its all about.  Preston will be my versatile dog: agility, frisbee, freestyle, obedience, maybe some herding next?  I plan on getting some video of his obedience, now one week into training, but we will see if the weather holds up.