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So we did a tag team and I ran him for the 2nd half of the course, calling faults as I did so. Hilarity ensued.

LOL! Did anyone have a video camera? Cause I have a capture card.

The members of my new training group were taking turns filming each other for later analysis, but that run wasn't taped (alas) because I wasn't supposed to be handling.
Can you still trial there? We have (thank goodness) a couple of feet of snow.

Yep, it's an indoor facility - a heated horse arena 90'x150' feet.
Here's a new place that we're looking at (we'll be holding our Regionals there in June):
http://www.kestrelridgefarm.com /
Speficically, the indoor arena:
http://www.kestrelridgefarm.com/Facility Info.htm#

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
LOL! Did anyone have a video camera? Cause I have a capture card.

The members of my new training group were taking turns filming each other for later analysis, but that run wasn't taped (alas) because I wasn't supposed to be handling.

Pity. Would have liked to have seen it.
Can you still trial there? We have (thank goodness) a couple of feet of snow.

Yep, it's an indoor facility - a heated horse arena 90'x150' feet. Here's a new place that we're looking at (we'll be holding our Regionals there in June): http://www.kestrelridgefarm.com / Speficically, the indoor arena: http://www.kestrelridgefarm.com/Facility Info.htm#

its very nice.
we have a couple indoor heated arenas but not nearly as nice as that.

It looks like our club is never going to be accepted as an AKC club. I wish we would pursue other options (no USDS up here, for example) but the obedience people refuse to hear of it.
It looks like our club is never going to be accepted as an AKC club

Bummer. Any idea why not? Does your club do UKC and/or NADAC?

Beth
It looks like our club is never going to be accepted as an AKC club

Bummer. Any idea why not? Does your club do UKC and/or NADAC? Beth

yup. politics!!
the club isn't sanctioned as anything, no and won't consider anything else. pisses me off.
The area sounds great and the fence sounds fine, but ... cannot be easily built a good teeter base and weave poles.

Stuck-in-ground weave poles work well for me, though they have to go in before the ground freezes. Electric fencing poles with 3/4" PVC slipped over the poles (less than $20).

Depends on dog size and drive. For smaller dogs and for just starting out stick in the grounds can be fine, but I've learned from my own big dogs that it's best to graduate to stiff poles as soon as possible.

Viva was started with stick in the grounds on channel weaves, and it worked great until I started moving them together. Then she started simply knocking them out of the way with each passage. Not only did that mean I had to move them frequently as she "wallowed" out the spike holes, but it also meant that she didn't learn how to weave against resistance. And what that meant was that once she hit anchored, stiff weaves on a regular basis, she started getting hung in them. And after getting hung a number of times she once uprooted a set and carried it with her to the tunnel she started slowing down. She now has very decent weaves, but not superfast ones.
So I started Cala on a good weave base from day one. She's adapted better, but I still need to get to work with her on an anchored set ours at the building aren't anchored and her way of going through is to simply get them shaking horizontally so she can blast through. Hopefully long term she'll keep more of her lightning fast weave speed than Viva was able to.
Stuck-in-ground weave poles work well for me, though they have ... with 3/4" PVC slipped over the poles (less than $20).

Depends on dog size and drive. For smaller dogs and for just starting out stick in the grounds can be fine, but I've learned from my own big dogs that it's best to graduate to stiff poles as soon as possible.

Both Friday and Rocky pound through my stick-in-the-ground poles; maybe it's because my soil has been really compacted in the weave area (and that it contains a lot of clay), but the worst that's happened has been the odd pvc tube being flung off the fiberglass pole.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.