A Year of Agility Challenges

A Year of Agility Challenges

I’m looking forward to the month of June, the month Emma was born. She will be 4 years old, with 2.5 years of agility seasons under her belt. I am feeling hopeful after this latest trial. It felt like we made some improvement in specific areas that have been very challenging for us. Practice course v … Read more…

2017 World Agility Championship

Have you dreamed of you and your dog competing on an international level? Do you enjoy watching very skilled teams compete at a sport you love? We do! Emma and I will be watching the 2017 IFCS World competition held in Spain this year. Hopefully, you will be too! There’s sure to be lots of … Read more…

Evaluating Agility Seminars

Evaluating Agility Seminars

Evaluating Agility Seminars – Prepare to get the best Value When you start getting serious about your agility performance, training opportunities will pop up from all directions. Online classes, private lessons, seminars, workshops, camps and more! All your agility friends want to go and you start catching that contagious feeling of excitement. You wistfully imagine … Read more…

Speed and Motivation Up and Running

Speed and Motivation Up and Running

Speed and Motivation with Courtney Keys topped off our Fall Workshops We were very fortunate to have more sunny and cool weather to finish off the That’s My Super Dog Fall Workshop Series. Starting out, Courtney demonstrated, then directed while each of us worked through an exercise that helps motivate our dog to go faster and ahead. … Read more…

Workshop Going the Right Way

Workshop Going the Right Way

Today’s Directionals Workshop was fantastic. We started off applying our clicker skills from last week’s lesson. This week, we focused on how to shape a behavior to go in the desired direction. Each of us had something different that we needed out of the lesson and Courtney gave us all lots of individual attention to help … Read more…

First Clicker Training Workshop Success

We hosted the first Courtney Keys Clicker Training for Relationship Building workshop this last Sunday. It was a beautiful, sunny day with plenty of shade and a nice breeze. We were all pretty comfortable and the dogs did very well. After giving us a basic introduction to the theory and methodology of clicker training, Courtney … Read more…

What makes a USDAA judge?

What makes a USDAA judge?

Interview with Courtney Keys  At my first agility competition,  it was a weird mix of fear and excitement. I only entered runs that I understood and only as many as I thought my dog and I could handle. I’d been trying to get to this place in time for a really long time. As I … Read more…

Online Agility Class Observation

Making the decision to take an online class I recently saw an online class I was interested in taking. Since I’ve never participated in online classes before, I was curious how it all works. This particular class is available online at Agility-U.com called Find Your Missing Link: Unlock Your Dog’s Full Potential by Melanie Miller. It … Read more…

Credibility in Agility

I haven’t had much to say lately, having been busy with smoothing out my agility ring to perfection. If you know the Texas Hill Country, you understand the battle with ROCKS. Anyway, this morning while I was once again dreaming of the perfect surface, scraping rocks off the ledge, I had some thoughts that have … Read more…

Flying High with Chiqui

Flying High with Chiqui

Interview with Joy Mercier.  It was so exciting to hear about Joy Mercier’s trip to the Netherlands for her first International competition. She graciously allowed me to pick her brain on everything from preparation for flying with her dog, Chiquita, to how she felt about the competition. Because she has so much valuable information to share, … Read more…

Welcome the New Agility Competitor

Welcome the New Agility Competitor

There’s a First Time for Everything You enter the large area full of busy people that you don’t know. You’ve never been there before and don’t know where to go. Your dog feels your energy and starts to bark, which only heightens your own anxiety. Your chair and stuff start to get heavy so you scan the arena … Read more…

Joy to the IFCS World Team

Joy to the IFCS World Team

Interview with Joy Mercier You start out training and competing in agility for fun. But oftentimes dreams of competing at a higher level sneak up on you.  If  it does, how do you achieve that goal? How might it affect the way you handle your dog? How do you manage the new stress level? What steps … Read more…