Pamela has had a life of experiences with animals,dogs,horses, cows, pigs,in other words farm life.
Harley, a tri-colored male corgi, who was extremely busy, and a hard nut to crack for just some basic training commands, showed Pamela the path to the sport of agility. Her love for the agility sport has become a way of life for Pamela, who now offers weekly lessons, dog training, and seminars on the sport of agility.
“All my animal life experiences have contributed to the methods I use in my agility training. How rewarding those life long skills and experiences were when I won my first National Agility Titles with Harley and Jo Dee in 2008, and retained those titles in 2009 & 2010.” said Pamela
The blink of an eye, twitch of an ear, location of a shoulder or hip, nose up or down body movements are all key animal body language expressions of communication for a trainer to be aware of.
Results of a survey from the Journal of American Veterinary Association French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, ShihTzus, and similar breeds are called Brachycephalic. Nasal passages of these breeds are compressed and have trouble breathing under the best circumstances. Obesity which is rampant among these breeds exacerbates the problem adding the stress of air travel. If you are planning to travel with one of these breeds of dog, please consult your vet before traveling.
OBSTACLES Three skill levels of classes are performed over a pre-determined sequence and number of obstacles. The obstacles are as follows: A-Frame, Dog Walk, Teeter, Open tunnel, Closed tunnel, various jumps, weave poles (Open, Excellent only), and table. The brightly colored areas on the contact obstacles are safety zones for the dog. They must place at least one foot in this area, the only exception being the upside of the A-Frame.
The jumpers classes do not perform contact obstacles (A-Frame, table, teeter, dog walk). Dog/handler teams can therefore race through a course, composed primarily of jumps and tunnels, demonstrating a dog’s speed and jumping ability.
SCORING The judge will signal penalties such as run outs, refusals, off course, break in sit or down on the table and elimination. Each class has specific scoring requirements and each height and class type have course completion time requirements. The more difficult the class (Excellent being the most difficult) the tougher the qualifying requirements. Above all the handler must not touch or correct the dog in anyway and the dog must not leave the course.
One Open Hand – Wrong Course (off course) – 5 point deduction in Novice (2 allowed), Open (2 allowed), Excellent (2 allowed), elimination in all JWW classes One Closed Hand (fist) – Refusal / Run Out – 5 point deduction in Novice (2 allowed), Open (1 allowed), elimination in Excellent, Novice JWW (2 allowed), Open JWW (1 allowed), elimination in Excellent JWW Two Fingers or a “T” made with Both Hands – Table Fault (2 point deduction in Novice, Open, Excellent) Two Open Hands – Elimination in all classes
Be a part of Jo Dee competing for her National Agility Title for the 3rd year, by donating $4 towards a DOCNA National Bumper Sticker. Bumper Stickers are at Capco Tile and Stone Hwy 6 & 50, J & M Aquatics North Ave., and UPS Store Rimrock Plaza, Grand Junction.
Your support is most appreciated. DOCNA Nationals, Grand Junction, September 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th, Mesa Fairgrounds.
Harley and Jo Dee are soon to be parents, so we are starting to come up with some creative names for the new additions. Mary-Louise Barker ....Bettie Poops.....Virginia Woof....Iggy Pup....etc. Please send us your suggestions.
Just graduated from ABC Animal Behavior College looking for the opportunity to exercise the degree I have just earned. My dream would be to exercise my knowledge through assisting either the handicap, learning disabled, or post traumatic stress disorder clients with training for their service dog.
Also looking to develop a program with youth organization who want to learn the sport of agility or basic obedience training.
Behaviour Problems-Puppy Classes-Private or Group Lessons-Seminars-Public Speaking