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Agility Corgis

For the agile Corgi--whether it's to rein in that rambunctious energy, hone in that intelligence, or just to have something to do--it's AGILITY!

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Comment by Baxter & Zigs on April 9, 2014 at 1:54pm

Congratulations!!! He looks so regal and very pretty ribbons!!

Comment by Gail & Ashton on April 9, 2014 at 1:16pm

Brag! Ashton Q'd twice in Open Jumpers and once in Open Standard which was a title run! Moved up to Excellent Standard but knocked a bar. Otherwise was a very nice run. Pretty good for his first trial back in over a year and Ashton loved it! (Hubby got a new job which started him off working 12 hour weekend night shifts which really cuts into agility time! Thank goodness he is now on weekday days!)  3 first places and new title! Go Team Ashton!

Comment by Marcie on February 9, 2014 at 5:12pm
Yay! We had a fabulous fun run yesterday. It is the first event where Becca kept her head and didn't get a case of the zoomies. Only one of our three runs would have been a qualifier, but she was tuned into me and had a blast. I think it is time to try a trial again.
Comment by Cheri on January 20, 2014 at 12:55pm

And I do running contacts with my corgis. My Pembroke and my older Cardigan have never once missed a contact (knock on wood). My younger Cardigan however is going to take some work to learn to execute the perfect running contact. But the running is what I plan for him also.

Comment by Cheri on January 20, 2014 at 12:53pm

Do you NEED a pause for control? Personally when statements like that are made, sometimes they're a result of the person making the statement's handling issues, not something the student necessarily needs to do.  When an instructor says it's for "control" what they mean is that it gives someone with a dog who is always ahead of the handler time to catch up with their dog, take a breath and get into position for the next sequence. If your dog is pacing you, as you indicated, there's really little need for a 2o2o for "control". You've already got control. Don't allow your instructor to push you into a behavior that you're not 100% sold on being for you and your dog. It's your dog, your run and therefore your decision to make the choice as to what you think is best for you and your dog. The instructor is allowed to have an opinion, but not to dictate what you will or will not do with your dog on your run.

Comment by Judith Andre on January 18, 2014 at 11:52pm

I would agree that the 4 on the floor isn'r probably the best on the body.  I think the key to that would be to give them a few steps out from the dog walk before you ask them to stop.  I will never have anything but a running dog walk at this point.  I have found that if I can get up very slightly in front of him and turn into him that can work to slow him down.  The trick is to get there in time...doesn't usually happen.  A friend of mine had one of the dog minders and didn't like it.  Not sure why.  I've never tried one. 

Comment by Baxter & Zigs on January 18, 2014 at 10:16pm

I think the key to the running dogwalk is training for lots of paws in the contact zone. It's hard though because once they get going they can fly off! I heard of four on the floor, but it still requires them to come to a stop as they are coming off a contact. If they don't slow down, they'd be coming to an abrupt stop to get the four on the floor. Better for the shoulders so they aren't at an angle, but I could imagine the process to get it would have the same stopping motions as 2o/2o. I just got a Manners Minder, a remote control treat dispenser. It's a lot of fun and really helpful for teaching running contacts.

Comment by Marcie on January 18, 2014 at 8:29pm
Becca is the only dog in class with a running contact. Occasionally she will miss her contact on the dog walk, but is solid on the a-frame. I wondered about her back and 2o2o with the aflame.
Comment by Judith Andre on January 18, 2014 at 8:04pm

We learned with running contacts.  Not too long after that almost everybody around here started doing 2 on 2 off.  I have continued with the running contacts figuring 2o2o is a lot of pry on a Corgi's little body.  Now some people are doing 4 on the floor which seems to make a lot of sense.  I haven't quite convinced Murray that is a good idea unless I use a target...can't do that in the ring!  The only contact he ever misses is the dog walk on occasion and I would love to get more control on that.  He's a stubborn speed freak and I'm a fat old lady so it would be nice.  Some of the best advice I had from an instructor when I was having a hard time getting in the position I wanted to be was to not mentally defeat myself, but rather to think I can and go all out to do it.  That helps a lot..having the confidence to think you can be there...otherwise you slow yourself down.  I know that's a little off topic, but applies when you're trying to keep up with them on the dog walk etc.

Comment by Baxter & Zigs on January 18, 2014 at 8:01pm

I've taught mine a couple of distance cues to flip into tunnels when coming down the aframe. Now dogwalks are another story! =)

 

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