Hi Pam, I’m sending AgilityFusion a picture of my 2 year old lab, Remington. He already has a reputation on the local agility circuit as “Tunnel Man!” He gets sucked into tunnels, and ends up on his back, and more times then not won’t come out of the tunnel! He rolls around in there and has a grand ole time. He never does this at home or practice, but seems to play to the crowd at trials. Trying to bribe him out with “cookies” worked for a bit, but he’s grown wise to that, (no food on course!) Now, I simply walk away and don’t say anything, and he’ll pop his head out more quickly to see where I am!! We finally actually had a perfect run, Q and 1st place at our local AKC trial. Maybe there’s light at the end of the “tunnel” after all. This is a picture of him “sliding” out of the tunnel at a CPE trial in Murrell’s Inlet, on his back, four in the air. What a goober boy he is. Good thing I have a sense of humor
With the rise of temperatures, the fleas get worse. Have you found anything that works? From dogster.com I read this all natural flea control recipe. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds great! All these herbs you can buy dry from a health food store. I’m not sure about wormwood and rue though…
You said it: with a rise in temperature comes a rise in the flea population.
Herbal Flea Control Recipe:
1. Combine one part of as many of the following powdered herbs as possible: Eucalyptus, rosemary, fennel, yellow dock, wormwood, rue.
2. Put mixture in shaker-top jar.
3. Apply the flea powder to your dog’s fur by brushing backwards and sprinkling it into the base of the hair (especially focus on the neck, back and belly).
4. Immediately take your dog outside so the vacating fleas don’t wind up on your floor.
5. Use this natural flea control recipe as frequently as necessary, up to several times per week for more serious infestations.
Do you remember your first agility competition? I do. I purchased a run for both AKC’s Novice class, as well as the Jumpers & Weaves class (because it’s always good to purchase multiple runs per dog, to make your trip more worthwhile). Sadly, I didn’t qualify for either. I don’t remember what happened. I think my dog knocked a bar for one (automatic elimination) and who knows, maybe she ran out of the ring on the other one. (It wouldn’t be the only time, so that’s why I don’t remember!). I was SO discouraged. I remember, however, this nice woman coming up to me and encouraging me with her own story. She said that a good many people don’t qualify at their first trial. We need to give ourselves slack. It takes time!
I sure appreciated her encouragement. In fact, I would encourage anyone who are veterans to ‘trialing’ to encourage at least one novice handler this weekend. Watch their faces and seek them out. It’s possible that because of your kind words, they will stay the course and not give up.
Something like this needs no introduction, except WATCH THIS ~ YOU’LL LOVE IT! An amazing dog trainer this guy is, and in such a nonassuming presentation. (oops, Lol, I just added to the introduction, didn’t I?)