Saturday, 9 August 2014

Axel Loves Agility

Axel here, thought I would show you some agility obstacles. I love, love, love playing agility.

this is me, showing my sheltie pants, going over a jump at 10". we just do 10" for training. in a real agility trial I would need to do the next one 16" but for practice my trainer just wants me to be comfortable.
next is the dog walk. this was when I first started so I can do a lot higher now. la de la de la, yup easy peasy ... I'm supposed to hit my contacts at the beginning & at the end, meaning all 4 paws must be on the contact.
we train 2x2 weaves ... here I am learning by this technique. you start by just going thru 2 poles, then gradually add 2 more & 2 more, finally you then add 6 more in 2 sets, I'm not there yet, but Scout is a weaving master, he loves the weaves.

this is the chute ... once you know the tunnel then the chute is easy peasy too! some dogs don't like the fabric touching their back but once you figure out where the end is, no problem ...
incoming!! yup this is the tunnel, most doggies love the tunnel best, tunnel hounds they call us ... you start with the tunnel really short so you can see the end of it. but then those pesky humans stretch it out at all different angles ... the good thing is there is always a treat at the end.
this is my rock star moment! photo by Avalon Ranch, where I go for grooming & agility training. this was at an agility demo a few weeks back ... guess what, I must have done good because they asked me back for another one this weekend.

another photo by Avalon Ranch ... yup I'm lovin it ... can you say YEAH ... I LOVE AGILITY!!


  1. You are a star for sure! Mr Reilly use to do agility and he was perfect at everything except time - he just had too much fun enjoying it and never wanted to run fast...but that is okay cause we only did it for fun anyway :)

  2. oh doggies that looks like fun, and treats involved too! you guys make it look easy!

    The Mad Scots

  3. Axel OMDs you are one agile Sheltie! Jumpin' Catfish we are impressed Mom says she cannot walk and chew gum at the same time.
    hugs madi your bfff

  4. Crikey Axel ..... you sure are lovin' it, aye?? Mum says Shelties are real good at agility. I like it too but I'm VERY easily distracted. I tend to go WALKABOUT a lot!! Well not so much walkabout. More like RUNABOUT!! I do love the shute though. It's my favourite.

  5. Axel, we can see from your face how much you love it. Glad you found something to be passionate about!

  6. You are so good at all of that, Axel, AND you make it look like a lot of fun. Mom has always wanted to do agility, but she says she is too old now.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  7. Axel we can sure see you were having a blast and enjoying every minute of it. Onwards and upwards. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. What beautiful shots of you playing agility, Axel! You are a star!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  9. That looks like FUN! I understand you're supposed to listen to your biped when you run agility, though ... so I'm not thinking it's in my near future. ;)
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  10. Looks like you're learning fast. Maybe we'll see you around. Avalon Ranch is pretty close to Ottawa.