Surprise, surprise this month I’m writing about Crufts…

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By Mark Laker

Yes its that time of the year when dog enthusiasts all over converge on NEC for four days at one of, if not THE best known dog show on the planet.

 

Karen and I are planning on being there for three days this year. On Thursday I’ll be at the YKC ring watching the Agility Dog of the Year competition which is part of this year’s YKC Team GB qualification process. The standard of this years junior handlers is extremely high, so team selection is going to be tough…again…

 

Crufts is also a great opportunity to watch the senior squad members perform on the green carpet and to meet friends and clients in a perfect environment for dog fans.

 

Karen and I have recently refreshed Agility1st our online service for agility instructors. We launched at Crufts five years ago – it doesn’t seem that long ago. Since then the business has trained over 100 instructors and hopefully helped to raise the standard of agility instruction. So I’ll be looking forward to meeting some of our trainers at Crufts too.

 

And of course I’d love to catch-up with some CSJ customers, blog readers and followers. Ceri and the team have provided fantastic support to agility in the UK over the years and I feel honoured to represent them. So if you see me at Crufts come and have a chat. I’m particularly interested in any subjects you’d like me to blog about…or those you’d rather I didn’t!

Matlock & District Canine Society Results

 

By Andrew Dale

The committee of Matlock & District Canine Society wish to thank CSJ for generously sponsoring our show once again .Prizes were awarded to Group and Group Puppy winners ,Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show, Best  Puppy in Show and Reserve Best Puppy in Show also Best Veteran in Show.

 

Matlock & District Canine Society Unbenched 299 class Open Show was held at Newark Showground on Sunday 17th Feb 2019. 568 dogs entered and were judged on the group system .The Best in Show Judge was  Vanessa Cox.

 

Gundog Group 

Winner Spaniel (English Springer)

Puppy Retriever (Flat coated)

 

Terrier Group

Winner Border Terrier

Puppy Norfolk Terrier

 

Pastoral group

Winner Briard

Puppy White Swiss Shepherd Dog

 

Working group

Winner Newfoundland

Puppy Newfoundland

 

Toy Group

Winner Pomeranian

Puppy Miniature Pinscher

 

Utility Group

Winner Lhasa Apso

Puppy Keeshond

 

Hound Group

Winner Rhodesian Ridgeback

Puppy Saluki

 

Best in Show Lhasa  Apso

Reserve Best in Show Spaniel(English Springer)

 

Best Puppy in Show Saluki

Reserve Best Puppy in Show Norfolk Terrier

 

Best Veteran in Show  Papillon  (8 years old)

 

Photos by Lewis Baucutt which are also in ‘Our Dogs’ magazine.

 

Results from The Border Terrier Club Open Show on Feb 23rd 2019

005By Judith Fawcett

Just to advise that we had a fantastic day on Saturday at the show – it was really well attended and I believe everyone had a lovely day.

Feb 23rd 2019 – The Border Terrier Club Open Show

Venue: The Town Hall, Abbey Place, Jedburgh. TD8 6BE

Judge: Ms Tina Jones (Otterholme)

Entries: 115 making 141, 3 NFC

Winners

Best In Show: Ridgebow Pendle Witch

Reserve Best In Show: Thornheswin Thats My Girl

Best Opposite Sex: Howthwaite in Voice

Best Dog: Howthwaite in Voice

Reserve Best Dog: Drigothe Barbarian

Best Puppy – Dog: Peaky Blinder Spiced

Best Bitch: Ridgebow Pendle Witch

Reserve Best Bitch: Thornheswin Thats My Girl

Best Puppy – Bitch: Otterbobs Georgia Blue

Best Puppy: Otterbobs Georgia Blue

Best Veteran: Drigothe Barbarian

Reserve Best Bitch: Thornheswin Thats My Girl

Best Puppy – Bitch: Otterbobs Georgia Blue

Best Puppy: Otterbobs Georgia Blue

Follow the  link to see the full results from the show: http://www.borderterrier.org.uk/shows/cbshow/1700?1902251145

Here’s a picture of the main winners. Your sponsorship dog food etc., went down really well – our sincere thanks and appreciation once again.

I do hope that we will be able to come back to you again for next year’s show.

Judith Fawcett

Sponsorship Steward for The Border Terrier Club

Lowland Search & Rescue at Crufts introduce Search Dog Heroes project

By Jon Chapman

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As well as our normal air scenting search dogs, we are at Crufts, promoting the new Search Dog Heroes project with Missing People. This Search Dog Heroes project will deliver awareness to thousands of families nationally whose loved-ones are living with dementia, learning disabilities or mental health problems; all of which are linked with high risk disappearances, by delivering educational tools to advise on how to prevent disappearances and how to prepare for them. This includes how to capture a person’s scent and safely store it in case the worse happens, through a designed scent toolkit.

Find out more: https://searchdogheroes.org.uk/

We are in Hall 3 at Crufts on stand number 110

There will be search dogs that you can come and visit on the stand all day and we also have demos in the main arena on Saturday 9th at 11:30 and on Sunday 10th at 12:15.

And lastly, a huge thanks from me and the LR team. Sponsorship like yours really helps to keep these dogs out working night and day when requested by the Police.

Kind regards

Jon Chapman

Sponsorship – Lowland Rescue Search Dog Department 

*Remember, you can pick up a free goody bag including a sample of our exciting new hypo-allergenic All-Rounder food from the Lowland Rescue team on stand 3-110

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The CSJ Big Sporting Dog Quiz Of The Year Check your answers here…

 

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By Steven Richardson

Q1). How many championship tickets do you need to become an agility champion?
A). 3 championship tickets

Q2). What faults are incurred for a pole being knocked down?
A). 5 faults are incurred

Q3). What is the highest grade you can get to in Kennel Club shows?
A). Grade 7

Canicross

By Ben Robinson

Q4).What is the (stretched) length of the most commonly used canicross bungee line?
A): 2metres.

By Ben Robinson

Q5). What age can dogs compete in canicross competiton?
A): 1 year old.

By Lucy Matthews

Q6). What is the standard race distance for canicross?
A): 5km

Flyball

By Sam Bawden

Q7). How long is a flyball lane from the line to the box?
A). 51 foot

Q8). What consists of a multi breed flyball team?
A). 3 or 4 recognised breeds and one cross breed permitted

Q9). What is the fastest team time recorded?
A). 14.74 Tails We Win

Gundogs

By Andy Cullen

Q10).What does HPR mean?
A) Hunt Point Retriever.
Q11). Name three types of working Spaniel?
A) English Springer Cocker Spaniel Clumber Spaniel
Q12). What is a blind retrieve?
A) A retrieve the dog is sent for but hasn’t seen

HTM

By Kath Hardman

Q13). Is a dog allowed to compete whilst on a lead in HTM or Freestyle?
A). NO. A dog must be off lead whilst competing.

Q14). In Heelwork To Music, how many official positions can the dog work in?
A). 8 on the left or right hand side of the handler, facing forward or backward, across the front or back of the handler

Q15). What are the allocated maximum marks to be obtained for each of the three categories which are judged in HRM and Freestyle?
A. Content and Flow, Accuracy and Team Performance and Musical Interpretation, eachallocated a maximum of 10 marks

Obedience

By Jeannie Gee

Q16). What side does a dog usually do heelwork on in competitive obedience?
A: Left

By Mary Ray

Q17). Which is the first class that features sendaway as a test?
A: B

By Mary Ray

Q18). From which class do dogs have to retrieve the judge’s article?
A).:B

Sheepdogs

By Ceri Rundle

Q19) Who was first lady to win International Supreme Champs – when and where?
A). Julie Hill won the International in 1996 held at Chatsworth
Q20). How many handlers make up each Home Nations Team to go and compete at the annual International Championships?
A). 20 handlers (15 singles plus 1 reserve; 2 brace; 1 driving and 1 Young Handler).
Q21). Which Musketeer was mentioned in the first AWwD series?
A). d’Artagnan

Showdogs

By Emma Gates

Q22). How many Challenge Certificates must a dog win to become UK Champion?
A). 3
Q23). What does BIS stand for?
A). Best in Show
Q24). Which of the 7 groups in the UK is the border collie part of?
A. Pastoral

Sleddogs

By Mary Carter

Q25). If you want to tell your husky team to take a right turn, what command would you give?
A. Gee!
Q26. Which CSJsponsored handler won the IFSS European Championship in 2018 and the WSA World Championship in 2017?
A).John Carter
Q27). In Sleddog racing, what term is given to the metal anchor that is used to hold a Sleddog team from moving forward when racing in the snow?
A). Snow hook

 

Thank You!

Karen and Mark Laker launch a new website – Inner Agility

Moog2I always thought the off-season was a quiet time of the year… how wrong was I? The last couple of months have been as busy as ever in the Laker household. In the world of Agility Team GB we’ve been busy finishing the Performance Weekend schedule; preparing for squad day two for the juniors and adults later this month; working on the 2020 squad qualification process and trying to keep track of recent announcements about this years international events – not exactly a quiet time. And then….

Karen and I launched our new website – Inner Agilityhttps://inneragility.co.uk/ This has been something we’ve been meaning to do for a while. We decided it would be done in 2019. The idea is to bring together all our activities into one place. There’s still some tidying up to do with various social media sites, however the main piece of work is done thanks to our web designer friend Niall.

Following on from my recent article about forming habits I’m pleased to say so far, I’ve kept to the new habits I’m trying to establish…mostly! There is the occasional day where something comes along that prevents me from achieving the days objectives. Interestingly, it now annoys me and makes me more determined to achieve it the following day. I also have to be creative to achieve some habits when day-to-day activities get in the way. For example I set out to achieve 10,000 steps a day. This is doable on a usual day, but when I have to travel on business it’s quite hard…even with some of the long walks in airports. However, I’ve found that asking for a hotel room on the 10th floor and using the stairs rather than the lift I can not only achieve 10,000 steps but also achieve the days calorie count. Why is it that climbing stairs never gets easier…

I’ve attached a picture of my young lad Moog enjoying the recent snow we experienced while staying with family. I’m no photographer but I’m quite pleased with this one.