The CKC just released their agility statistics for 2014 and I'm proud to say both Spryte and Strider made the list.
Spryte finished off as the #10 All breed agility dog in Canada, #2 Herding breed (missing #1 by 1 point!) and the #2 Sheltie for 2014.
Strider ranked as the #4 Herding dog in Canada and the #3 Sheltie for 2014. This was a really wonderful surprise as last year was Strider's last year of competition. What a great way to end a very long and successful agility career with the perfect canine partner.
Statistics can be found at http://www.ckc.ca/getattachment/Events/Top-Dogs/2014-TAD-Stats-3.pdf.aspx
Friday, 10 April 2015
Spark is now 18 months old. In the dog world that means she is now old enough to compete in agility trials. We celebrated her coming of age by entering two agility trials back to back. The UKI Western Spring cup and a CKC agility trial the following weekend.
Spark exceeded my expectations. She was confident and happy each and every time we entered the ring. We ran 7 runs both days of the UKI trial and she gave me 110% on every run. Spark was fast, sassy and loving every minute of it. Spark won the 12" Speedstakes Challenge, won the second 12" Masters Series, earned a bye into the finals at Nationals and earned her first agility title: Beginner International Dog! It was a thrill to run Spark on some very challenging courses and we held our own against dogs much older and more experienced than her. Unfortunately I was too busy hosting the event and running two dogs to get any videos. I wish I had of taken the time to get a few of her runs recorded. I would have loved a record of our first time in the ring together.
Our CKC trial debut was equally successful with Spark qualifying in all her runs and earning her Novice Agility and Novice Jumpers titles. I did manage to get a few of those runs on video, they are below.
Spryte was also entered in both trials. The UKI trial was her first event since September and since whelping her last litter. The UKI trial had some highs and lows for Spryte. She was pretty excited to be trialing again and her self control was really lacking at times. She leaped off a few contacts and ran past me a few times to take off course tunnels. But she also had some really great runs, winning the 16" Masters Series on the first day of competition.
The CKC trial was a huge success for Spryte and I. This was the first trial that she held pretty much every single contact all weekend long. It has been over a year since this has occurred. I have been battling getting control of her contacts ever since I tried to teach her a running Aframe last winter. I have struggled with her leaping off contacts in competition for a year and I was really wondering if I would ever get back the reliable dog I used to have. But this past weekend control happened for us and I now look forward to future competitions with Spryte.
Our little pack of Shelties has increased to four. It was not my intention to keep from our Quick/Spryte litter, but after several homes fell through for Syrah I decided that she was meant to be my dog. She is an amazing little puppy with tons of drive and heart. Syrah is the happiest Sheltie puppy I have ever met. Her tail never stops wagging, and there is always a smile on her face. We joke that she is half lab puppy. I am so happy I kept her and I am having a blast raising and training another little spitfire puppy. I will try and post more often with updates on Syrah. I really love this puppy!
Friday, 23 January 2015
Monday, 19 January 2015
Sunday, 11 January 2015
Puppies have a lot going on now! Every day we take trips outside to play in the snow. We are lucky to have had above zero temperatures the last few days and the trend is supposed to continue. So the puppies have had a chance to get out and play every day. They run, tackle each other, chase Spryte and Spark around, explore, eat snow and generally have a great time. The puppies are having a ball with their new freedom.
Crate training started this week. The puppies now sleep in a crate at night when it is bedtime. The boys pile in one kennel and the girls in another. They will sleep together for a week or so and then I will start to put them in their own kennel to sleep by themselves. The first night there was wailing and crying for about a half hour before the puppies settled down to sleep. But the next evening they knew what was going on and they settled in right away without any crying. Right now they sleep for about 5-6 hours in the kennel before waking up and needing to go out. By the time the puppies leave they should easily sleep for 6-7 hours in the kennel at night.
We have also started car rides this week. We drive around the neighbourhood with the puppies in a kennel. The first time was similar to the first time in a kennel. Lots of yelping and whimpering. But after a little bit they calmed down and went to sleep. Car rides will become part of the norm by the time they leave here.
puppies wrestling with momma Spryte
Fizz, Reese and Zin with Spryte