Posts Tagged With: Jack Russell Terrier

If I knew then what I know now-Don’t blame the dog!

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When I started agility about eight years ago, I was a novice and so was my pup. There are several things I would do differently now looking back. But my main piece of advice is: Don’t blame the dog!

As a novice starting out there are so many things to remember to do, watch the dog, give your cues, move your body, watch where you are going, and remembering where to go next!

Train your dog and train yourself! In the beginning you are training your dog to do obstacles. I have found out that training the dog is the easy part. It was training myself that is hard. The handler must be the leader, providing the dog with timely cues on what obstacle to take and where they are going next. Your dog will go exactly where your body tells it to go.

When I watch novice handlers at trials I sometimes see handlers frustrated when their dog goes off course when their body language is clearly sending them that way! Dogs pick up on your emotions, frustration, and disappointment. Please do not de-motivate your dog.

Stay upbeat. Do not scold or become upset with your dog. Your relationship with your dog is much more important than any Q. That can be hard to see when you are first competing and you really want to do well. I found out that I was a lot more competitive than I thought I would be. But think about the your partner, he needs to be having fun too. When you make a mistake use that as information for next time. Just continue on and praise your dog, he is working his hardest for you. Always keep the fun in agility! If you keep up the fun, your dog will always be willing to play with you.

I am lucky, my Jack Russell Terrier ¬†was and is highly motivated to do agility. He was very forgiving of me and my mistakes! I didn’t understand as a novice handler that mistakes were my fault. I thought I needed to keep training the dog when I needed to improve my handling.

Try new things and listen to your dog. When it became clear that my Jack Russell Terrier, Stewie really disliked 2 on 2 off contacts, we tried something new. I went to running contacts which he very clearly preferred. Now one of his favorite things is “making air” over the A-frame.

Enjoy agility with your dog, and remember to play with your dog and have fun, that is the most important thing!

Stewie Aframe

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Top Ten Jack Russell Terrier 2011

Stewie made the NADAC Top Ten Breed list for 2011 in 5 classes!

He is the 5th JRT in Elite Chances
He is the 4th JRT in Elite Jumpers
The 4th JRT in Regular
The 3rd JRT in Touch n Go
The 3rd JRT in Tunnelers

This is the 3rd year that Stewie has made the list, but the 1st year he has made it in 5 classes.

Thanks for all the fun Stewie, you are a blast.

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Introducing…NATCH Stewie!

Stewie is now NATCH Stewie. He finished his Championship on Saturday, September 24 with a beautiful and fast Chances Q. Sarah Fix was the judge and the club was Act Up Agility, in North Smithfield, RI.

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NADAC Top Ten Jack Russell Terriers 2010

Stewie placed in 4 classes in the NADAC Top Ten Jack Russell Terriers 2010 in the USA and Canada.

Jumpers               4th place
Tunnelers           4th place
Touch and Go    5th place
Regular                6th place

What a great job Stewie! This is the 3rd year in a row he has placed on the Top Ten list.

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Elite Tunnelers 9-25-10

Addicted to Agility, Wrentham, MA
Last run of the day Saturday, hot day, and Stewie really turned it on,and had a great run in 25 seconds flat!

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Elite Jumpers 9-25-10

Addicted to Agility Elite Jumpers 9/25/10 First run of the day, and Stewie did an awesome job.Q and a 1st place.

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Dummerston Regular 1 7-11-2010

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Act Up Agility

Stewie and I are headed to Act Up Agility trial this weekend. Chances here we come!

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Top of the Morning to ya!

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Stewie and Cleveland in the snow!



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