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Break Free!

July 31, 2010

After watching numerous agility tire accidents on the world-renowned YouTube I have come to a conclusion of which I wrote upon one of the videos comments: When the safety of a dog is compromised in an effort to save money, the agility club should be blamed. There are a variety of break-a-way tires available encourage your club to use them! I have seen accidents that were not too severe and others that caused dogs to yelp in agony. I haven’t done much research but I can imagine that carpal injuries from poor landings, chest injuries from banging into the tire and back injuries from incidents such as the one in the video shown above are common and difficult to manage. Since there is such a simple alternative I have no idea why some clubs still enforce these tires. It’s not like the agility world is bogged down with traditionalism we utilize positive reinforcement and clicker training for goodness sakes! That’s not traditional AT ALL! Please write a calm letter or email to the secretary of the club you compete in politely asking them to consider break-a-way tires! Consider it… umm…¬†breaking free of the old dogma.

Your Editor,

TheAgilityJournalist

PS- The video is not mine. It belongs to arielagility on YouTube.

Only If You WANT To!!!

July 28, 2010

Okay, so, first thing’s first: The News section has disappeared. No, aliens did not yank it off the planet of this Earth, your computer is not a dingbat and you did not go blind, I intentionally took it off! Why? Because I’m changing this blog to an opinion based blog so I have no need for facts. This will be an inspirational¬†“magazine” as opposed to a “this event happened and…” magazine. Moving on…

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Winning, It Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

July 24, 2010

It sure annoys me how people will become unethical and perturbed simply for the sake of winning. Why? Everyone who is intermittently going through (or has gone through) this phase typically is somewhat oblivious to their reasoning for commencing the sport of their choice. When I hear of drug use to achieve a higher level of performance I am so saddened by what our world has become. And besides that, why is it impossible for us to achieve the victory without the usage of enhancements? Now, when I talk enhancements I am not talking conditioning or food- my dog gets flax seed, fried eggs, Bach Flower Remedies and an organic food to keep his vitality sharp- but rather of things that can harm your body or mind (ex. marijuana). Today I started getting impatient with my dog who, strangely, is refusing to walk OFF of the teeter totter. He’ll walk on, bring it to the ground and get his contacts along the way, but he refuses to exit the plank. I was getting frustrated when I was about to haul on his leash and I just stopped and thought. Why had I started this sport? For the challenge. What would yanking really do? Get a temporary result that would have consequences such as Bailey possibly not wanting to get on the plank again. Okay, breathe… I examined the situation and found out that Bailey wasn’t actually afraid of exiting the plank, but actually of the noise of the teeter swinging back up in the air. Now I am working on his noise desensitization. Now I can say that I had a victory today: I solved a problem. So don’t get too caught up in winning- the point of this sport is to enhance the bond you have with your dog so work on that and your performance will, consecutively, improve!

Your editor,

TheAgilityJournalist

AAC: An Adventurous Conundrum

July 24, 2010

I’ve been having difficulties with AAC (Agility Association of Canada) member clubs lately. See, I’ve been highly interested in competing within one of these specific clubs however my… less than ideal, Shih Tzu/Terrier is only fourteen months old- as of July. Ok, I have no problem with the “minimum eighteen month” dog age rule, but when the members are confused about this and I have to first read the rulebook and then go to the AAC secretary to confirm, something is wrong. Why is everyone here so confused!? You’d think amongst the peace of this beautiful country we would be able to clarify a simple rule- but oh NO! It’s so annoying to e-mail the secretary of a local club, tell them your dog is fourteen months and then have them say, “Oh yeah, so he’ll be able to compete in September.” When the secretary gave me this information I was content. Great, I thought, a dog has to only have sixteen months to compete. But then I went to get Bailey’s ID and I was slapped in the face with this strange new information. I, personally, would be competing within the TDAA or CKC if I could, just because of the more founded foundation. Anyhow, what are YOUR experiences with misinformation in your organizations? What would you change about your competition club if you could?

Your editor,

TheAgilityJournalist

PS- The video is NOT MINE! All copyrights go to YouTube and ClickerDogs. This is a video of the AAC Nationals Steeplechase.

Information Destination

July 22, 2010

You love agility, you want the most up-to-date information about the sport and the incredible dogs and people who compete in it. But this is not training information so you don’t want to pay for it- which is why The Agility Journal is 100% free and will always stay that way! This is information about events, trainers, competitors, top news, new feeding revelations and absolutely everything that you need to know! The AKC changed it’s rules? Fine. It’ll be posted here! For this reason we have two different sections to this website: Articles and News. The articles section is this one where I will post; post’s and keep you fresh and alive within the sport and the news section will be reserved for things that can fit into three sentences or less. For example, if I am informed of a great new food it will be posted under “Articles” because I will want to explain the ratios, the ingredients, the important activities of each of the ingredients, etc. If the AAC changes a regulation, though, it will inevitably be posted beneath “News” because I can say the old rule, the new rule and when the rule will be in effect in less than three sentences. Nice and organized and clipped and proper! Sometimes I may wish to write an article about a topic in the “News” section though and sometimes it will be other opposite. Are you a journalist or enthusiastic writer? Contact me with a piece you want posted here and I’ll gladly post it! Also, I personally find all of my news feed so if you could inform me of events, that would be great! Enjoy!

Your Editor,

TheAgilityJournalist

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