Class #7

I didn't post for class #5 and we couldn't go to class #6 because Belle was in heat but lemme tell you about class #7. We were a small class this week and one of my instructors was not there. We had an addition to our class this week, a corgi named Max. We started [...]

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Woofing It: Interview Questions

    Did you start agility by taking classes? What were they like and how long was it before your dog started showing confidence on the obstacles? IF YOU DIDN'T TAKE CLASSES: How did you train your dog for agility? What was your dog's worst obstacle when s/he first started? What did s/he do? What [...]

Who’s Ready for Some Belle-O-Vision!?

My GoPro came in last week and I immediately strapped it onto Belle. Just for the record: She hates the GoPro Fetch harness. But she's getting more used to it each time I put it on her. I almost always have Belle on a leash so I mount the camera on her front so that [...]

Our 4th Class and Vlog #8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KHryztVu0g Just a funny side note: No one asked me why I was recording/taking pictures of class until I put a GoPro on Belle. But now that everyone knows, people have been staying out of my camera shots! Hooray! On to class: We started with a low jump. Normally, Belle goes over these fine. I [...]

Some Ideas for Presenting My Research

At the end of this semester I must present all the research I am doing. I've been meditating on that since I've involved so much media in my project. If I start recording some video diary entries now, I could do a lengthy vlogumentary, but I'm not sure how I would query that. I also thought about [...]

The 3rd Class and Vlog #6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO-F83NLbRA Wow, Vlog #6? I don't believe myself. I must be lying. I think the third class is a great time to reflect on what I've learned so far. Bring poop baggies. Belle likes to start class that way. One bag of treats is not enough. I must work with her everyday in order to [...]

Some Outside Sessions Vlog #4

http://youtu.be/UtXktNuxYks As promised, I recorded some training with Belle in the backyard. She decided to show me up while the camera was running and actually listened. I feel like the cable lead had something to do with it.  The moment that the camera stopped and we were within spitting distance of my backdoor, Belle decided [...]

Our First Agility Class and Vlog #3

http://youtu.be/vU8Kb687Wgg Belle and I had our first class last night at WonderDogs, in Berlin, NJ. The class has mixed levels, meaning some people have taken agility classes before and some have not. I thought Belle might stand out and be the only large dog but she wasn't. One thing that surprised me was that we [...]

More Notes and Vlog #2

Our first class is tonight! Here is a brief vlog about Belle (and her sister Luka) getting their shots. Belle needs hers for class, but they were both due to get them. Don't worry, their big ol' Lab butts don't feel a thing. http://youtu.be/Wzcql6inWxs Agility is an athletic event which demonstrates a dog's willingness to [...]