2019 will likely go down in international agility history


By Mark Laker

2019 will likely go down in international agility history as the year the European Open was run at night. With day time temperatures in the high 30’s a decision was made to start the competition at 7pm and run until to midnight. Then start at 5am the following day and run until 10:30am. After that it was too hot for dogs and humans to be doing agility.

Team GB rose to the challenge of the disrupted time table and ended up having one of our most successful EO’s ever.

Our focus this year has been on improving consistency. Our results demonstrated we’ve done exactly that. 


5th places in all three individual events (S,M & L). The highest place’s we’ve ever achieved in the small and medium height categories.

All three large teams made the team relay final – we’ve never achieved that before either, with one team finishing 5th overall.

Ex-juniors and handlers from the development programme in the placed teams and individual placing. 

All these results show we’re improving across all three height categories and our various programmes are bringing competitive dogs and handlers through to the adult teams. Of course when we’re looking at elite performance against the best in the world, there are always improvement opportunities. However, I’m encouraged that despite the challenges of this year’s championships, the team performed exceptionally well, supported each other, remained upbeat and were well prepared for the courses the judges set.

Another highlight was the handing over of the EO flag to the UK. We host the championships in 2020 which is a really exciting prospect.


Best regards,


Mark Laker

UK Team Manager


CSJ works for Sarah Hawkins’ dogs in July working tests

By Sarah Hawkins

Sarah Hawkins2I entered two puppy working tests recently. On Saturday 13th July he wasn’t in the top placings, but he won the best puppy award for puppy 15 months and under ). On Sunday 14th July, we came second in puppy test. He is on CSJ Tripe and doing really well on it he is only 11.5 months old he will be 1 on the 22nd July.

I’ve been feeding CSJ since 2016  and have used different food for them. I found Hike On! works really well with the dogs – keeps the weight on when they are working in the shooting season. They also like Complete Tripe! as that had the joint supplement in it. As you can see they look fit happy and healthy on CSJ products. The CSJ nutritionist is very helpful and the service is great.

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