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Dash ends 2016 as #8 fastest Papillon in his AKC jump height

Just 9 months after Dash’s hip dislocation and 5 months after my knee replacement, we resumed agility in late October, 2016. We had not done a single competition in about a year. We qualified that day in both runs with 3rd places, for Dash’s #12 double-qualifier (QQ) toward his Master Agility Championship (MACH) title. After… Continue reading Dash ends 2016 as #8 fastest Papillon in his AKC jump height

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Dash finished his Rally Excellent title

Dash finished his Rally Excellent (obedience) title today at the Badger Kennel Club show in Deforest, WI. Dash’s performance would have earned 100/100… but I lost us 5 points for asking Dash to sit twice during a station whose sequence only called for one sit. Oops! The judge could have taken off 10 points, but… Continue reading Dash finished his Rally Excellent title

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How to make dog agility obstacles

At the request of Turkish junior agility handler, Zeynep Irmak Alpaslan, I took photos of some of my home-made regulation agility obstacles and am posting them here. Notes to FCI competitors: These obstacles are for competition in the USA (AKC & USDAA). They are usually the same as FCI measurements. But you should always look… Continue reading How to make dog agility obstacles

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Dash got three 1st place ribbons in agility!

Dash had a great weekend at the Badger Kennel Club agility trial in Middleton, WI. No errors are allowed at the Masters level, and we did make one error in the first run of the weekend–one extra obstacle. However, Dash got 1st place of approximately 15-19 dogs in his height division for the other three… Continue reading Dash got three 1st place ribbons in agility!

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Dash finished his Utility title…with first places!

Besides performing in a circus for 1,500 people this weekend, Dash also competed in formal obedience both Saturday and Sunday with Badger Kennel Club. He had one qualifier of the three needed to title in the most advanced level (UD). At this level, there is very small chance of qualifying at any given show, and… Continue reading Dash finished his Utility title…with first places!