Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Our Last Dog Show for the Year?

Maybe...., our dogs Max and Keesha will miss the year end dog show again at the Kennel Club. Little chance to get our last Local Medals for this year in Obedience, Agility and Jumpers. But we do have plans to organise our next USDAA Titling Event in December so watch out for it.

Meantime, we are prepping for our trip to the US with our dogs. Starting off with Alan Tay's Seminar this weekend. Alan came down on Sunday especially to watch the Agility and Jumpers trials. We have some interesting reviews about it. Anyways Keesha swept the Novice Agility and Jumpers Trials Championship with a single round each (no more 2 try chances and pick the best time, like the last few trials) also getting her JD title finally after absence from the Local Agility scene for totalling almost a year. Max loss by 0.22secs time fault with his clear round in Open Jumpers that is the first time he has a time fault which really tickle us. But to win back, he got his Open Obedience Championship Title again by participating this time with the new change in the Obedience Rules again that took effect in June 2008, well done my boy! We have been putting off our Baby Benji's training in Obedience and Agility for quite a bit now, it is time to put more concentration on him. Although he Qed to go to the Grand Prix Quarterfinals in the US this year, we will not be taking him there as we feel he is not ready for the long distance travel as he can be a nervous rack in his crate and we need to work on that before he can travel that far.

While doing the Sit Stay and Down Stay exercises off site some of us were just talking about the changes in the new rules and the wasted cost of buying our wooden and metal Utility scented articles all the way from the states. We bought 3 sets about 2 years back for USD600 plus not included shipping cost(@1.68 xchange rate) by the way they are up for sale if anyone is interested. One was saying at least we manage to use it while his was "New". hee hee. I suggested doing a dog show demo with them at least it will not go to waste.

With our busy weeks, we were glad we manage to 'steal' some quality bits of time here and there to train our dogs. Training is one thing, we also have to make sure our dogs are healthy and strong both Physically and Mentally same for us humans. But regularly you will hear of our (humans) complaints of aches and pains in Chinese you call them 'jiu sang' (old pain) coming back.

Talk about busy!@ We totally forgot to load up the pictures of our 3rd USDAA Trials and also videos! Arggghhh!! We are so so late. Apologies! Will try to load them up as soon as we can guys!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

What does Dog Agility and the Olympics have in common?


It is amazing what technology is nowadays. For pin point accuracy: Dartfish software is used in the Olympics and any other sports that requires detailed information on performance, movements, posture, direction, comparisons etc. No more guesswork when training. This is so cool! I believe our sports team here is Singapore is also using Dartfish during training.

Alan Tay who own Dartfish for Dog Agility has flown here to introduce to us how Dartfish has helped him and his dog improve in their Agility Performances and helped him and his students in their training. It is one supercool software but it does come with a price.

Alan Tay who lives in Colorado, has a Beautiful 100 by 100ft Agility Field in his ranch for his own training with his dogs and for his students. He owns Powerpups School for Dog Agility. We were very happy to have met him at the Cynosports Games last year while we were competing! You know the feeling of meeting a fellow Singaporean in a foreign country. Alan's very tech savvy and it will be a great boost to us with his knowledge in Agility training and competitions. Alan's holding an Agility Clinic next weekend and he allows 8 working spots for the 2 days only so 3 more spaces left. Unlimited Audit spaces are available!

(Correction as of todate is 1 working spot remain and unlimited Audit spaces!)


We welcome Alan to Singapore and wish him an enjoyable stay here!

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