WonderDogs

Hi everyone,

WonderDogs, the place where Belle and I take our agility classes, is in need of some financial help. I really love this place and I’m really upset that I might lose it. I understand that not everyone can afford to donate, but every little bit helps. If you can’t help financially you can at least share the campaign.

Click here for the GoFundMe campaign

-Jessica

The 3rd Class and Vlog #6

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.

  1. Bring poop baggies. Belle likes to start class that way.
  2. One bag of treats is not enough.
  3. I must work with her everyday in order to see results.
  4. Don’t tell Belle “no” when she messes up.
  5. Be more energetic when training her.

The first two things might sound funny, but I’m tired of cleaning up after Belle even though I take her outside before class starts, and she eats a lot of treats.

Our Second Class and Vlog #5

Belle and I had our second agility class. I’d love to say that it went smoothly but a certain furry four legged friend of was a giant pain in the rear. On the plus side, Belle didn’t poop or pee on the floor this week, soย silver lining.

When I got to WonderDogs I immediately took Belle out to go to the bathroom. After last week when she decided to show her whole class whatย going inside means, I wanted to be on the safe non-stinky side. But Belle wouldn’t go! She just kept sniffing all the new smells! Walk her to the left away from smells,ย NEW SMELLS, walk back to the other smells that she already smelled,ย SAME SMELLS!

Our First Agility Class and Vlog #3

DSC_0030Belle 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 were not allowed to let our dogs socialize while we were there. It makes sense though, because as my teacher said, “You don’t want to be at a competition and then have your dog hop the fence in order to go say ‘hi’ to a friend.” And considering Belle is already so easily distracted, I spent a lot of time getting her attention back from dog butts to focus on me.

And with all the bacon treats in my pockets you would think I’d be the better choice.

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.

Agility is an athletic event which demonstrates a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in varying situations. It requires conditioning, concentration, training, and (most importantly) teamwork. Handlers and their dogs traverse an obstacle course against a clock.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I hadn’t found out much about the classes.

BUT NOW I HAVE!

Sort of…

Woofing It (Vlog #1)

As part of my Core 2 research project, I am training my Labernard, Belle, to compete in AKC Agility Trials. I start classes on March 2nd, 2015, at Wonderdogs in Berlin, NJ and I just wanted to make a quick post about where I am at the start of all this and also to introduce you to Belle!

Click here to check out the whole project: Woofing It

Only 200

I only managed to shoot 200 arrows this week so far. I’m hoping to get outside tomorrow and shoot most of my day away in the back yard.

It’s hard to get out and work on my form when I have so much homework and such to do. This week was spring break and I thought I’d have the time to just shoot all day every day, but I ended up doing homework instead. There have been many beautiful days this week and I have spent them inside writing, editing photos, and cutting video.

I wish I had more to write but it is only this confession.