Hi gang, I’m back! I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from the blog, mostly due to being incredibly busy. I’ve started to teach more agility classes (on top of my actual full-time job), as well as my duties as the new RD for NS/NL for the AAC. I’ve also been steadily getting my condo ready […]
End of the Year Review: I learned some lessons, and none of them were what I would have predicted
Last weekend marks the official end of the 2015 Agility Season for myself and pretty much everyone in the Maritimes. Even though we were 0/8 in the Q department after two days of competition, Raafi managed to finish off the year really well at our last trial, which might seem like a funny thing to […]
Course Maps! Pushes, threadles, and obstacle descrims, oh my!
So I’ve been dabbling with making my own course maps. Mostly because I have limited equipment and limited space, and trolling around online to find stuff that perfectly fits my criteria can take forever. So as I like this blog to be a resource for others I thought I’d share some of the maps I’ve […]
Blogger Action Day: Continuing Education (in all it’s myriad forms).
Education in agility has come a long way, even in the last few years. Handling methods are becoming more refined, training across the globe is becoming more consistent, and there are avenues for learning that will work for just about anyone. The main problem being, of course, figuring out which one is going to be […]
I audited a Jenny Damm seminar. TLDR: it was AMAZING.
A lot of people are talking about Jenny Damm right now after the World Championship. If you’re wondering what all the hubbub is about I’d suggest taking some time to listen to Bad Dog Agility’s podcast giving a great rundown on the event. The main thing people are talking about is how much Jenny Damm’s […]
Defining Success and Failure, and how they sometimes end up being the same thing
As usual the Dog Agility Blog Action Day topic has given me an opportunity to talk about something in a way I might not have planned. The subject this time is “Success”, a sometimes nebulous concept to try and define, especially in the moment after you stumble out of the ring. It just so happens that […]
The Three Most Fundamental Principles Needed to Be a Good Trainer
I have talked about a similar subject before on this blog, though from a bit of a different view point. In this previous post I was speaking more from experience about the best teachers I’ve ever had. These were traits for someone teaching other humans, and in a lot of ways were really specific to […]
And I died again.
Maybe I should just state for the record that I will likely be going on hiatus for every winter for the rest of my life from blogging. Not because I don’t have the time, but because I generally spend the winter concentrating all of my energy on how much I hate the cold, ice, snow, […]
Whewwweeeee! First show completed!!
I’ve had one hell of a time for the last two weekends let me tell you. I don’t think I’ve felt this good in a while. It’s been a lot of work to get to this point but I feel like I’m starting to find my way in this crazy, crazy weird world of agility. […]
The Makings of a Good Trainer
I’m a bit late to the party, but it’s time again for another Dog Agility Blog Event and this time we’re talking about something that is very important, and something that is equally difficult to figure out before you’ve invested a lot of time: what makes a good trainer? I’ve had a lot of teachers and […]
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