Continuing Improvements

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The mission of the International Dog Agility League is

“… to provide an inexpensive, competitive, games-oriented agility venue for dogs of all sizes without regard to breed or pedigree; to facilitate broad-based league play competition; to facilitate skill development; and provide a shared experience that spans geographic boundaries.”

We want the league to be fun, fair, and friendly. At the beginning of the year, we began making pilot changes to the rules to help attain our mission. We continue to invite input from the field of competitors to keep evolving the league.

Fun

I think we are all having fun; agility at its core is “a game we play with our dog in the park,” (Bud Houston, Founder of IDAL). Competition is great; it serves an innate human need but having fun while competing is even better.

Fun is kind of relative though. If someone is a true novice, they may feel discouraged and left out because they do not have some of the advanced skills, or they earn faults, slow times, etc. We want all skill levels to feel welcome, challenged appropriately, and feel that they are contributing to their team’s success. That is why we began to divide out the more novice players and provide slightly easier courses for them. Additionally, those instructors who use the league courses as part of their classes, can make simple modifications to allow everyone to play.

Fair

There are certainly barriers to achieving absolute fairness. Some of the reasons are:

  1. Inevitable variations in how courses are built even with maps. This can impact total distance, approach angles, distance to options, etc.
  2. Not centrally judged. One could argue that one judge understands the rules differently, but all judges make errors, even within the same class.
  3. Different skill levels of players
  4. Different team sizes, especially with regard to LPP calculations and dropped scores
  5. Different equipment sizes
  6. Different field conditions
  7. Others!

In our efforts to make the league as fair as possible, we are seeking ways to address some of those reasons. I may have gotten more gray hair as I researched different sports leagues and their organization, handicapping systems, different calculation possibilities, database portals, ISPs and web hosts…

So, we will continue to adapt our structure and processes. Please be patient and flexible. If you have comments or suggestions, let me know! I will not throw ideas away without giving them some consideration.

Friendly

I think friendly goes hand in hand with fun. Everyone’s agility journey is different, even with a new dog. Everyone may have a different agility goal. Everyone deserves respect.

Goals for the Year

  1. Finalize team structures and rule changes
  2. Get database online so that everyone has access to their own data
  3. Create a couple of videos evaluating different aspects of league runs
  4. Modify titles to allow for earning titles throughout a dog’s career

Stretch Goals

  1. Have forms online so that registrations and run entries can be made directly into the database
  2. Alternative storage and viewing method for videos
  3. Get clubs to rejoin the league and invite new clubs

Conclusion

I hope folks enjoyed their patches, certificates, and flags. (We will also accept feedback on that.) I sent a few extras for your new members, but I am sure you will need more as you grow. I plan to send out certificates and flags at least twice a year. Unfortunately, it was VERY expensive to send items to Canada and Mexico. If anyone has ideas on that, let me know. One club gave me a US address to someone who regularly visits the other country.

I will accept suggestions on how to make the above goals possible. I will also accept any volunteer help!

I will be posting a new draft of the rules that breaks down club/team structure further. The new structure should help less experienced players and will hopefully provide an additional layer of competitiveness within each club. The effort to break down teams is primarily upfront and should not be difficult. I will help you with this if you prefer. We may not be able to fully implement the breakdown for this season, but we can try!!

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May 2022 IDAL Courses (Update 2)

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The following courses are for May 2022 IDAL play. This year, we are alternating between standard type courses and games. The league seasons will be 4 months long so that each season will have two numbered courses and two games. Additionally, each season will be a discreet unit. Results will be tallied for the season rather than an entire year; however, end of year results will also be reported.

Instructors, if you have some specific skills, scenarios, and/or obstacles you want to work when using the IDAL courses in class, please let me know. I will try my best to get them included. If anyone would like to request a specific game to play, let me know.

Folks are always welcome to try their hand at designing league courses!

Briefing for May 2022

This month we are playing a game designed by Melissa Wallace in Grand Bay, Alabama. The May 2022 courses are all similar. They are based on a game that was originally played in TDAA in 2018. This month we get to play “What’s My Line.” This is a popular game in TDAA. It is simple in concept…

The objective is to perform every obstacle on the field as quickly as possible without repeating or omitting any. 

You may start and end by crossing either side of the Start/Finish line. All obstacles are bidirectional. Each obstacle is worth 1 point. The numbers on the obstacles are only for the judge and score table. You will hear the judge calling out the number associated with the obstacles after you successfully complete each one.

If an obstacle is performed more than once, the judge calls the number, but the team loses a point. The dog may continue on course.

Performance faults will be indicated by the judge calling “Fault.” No faults will be added to your time. However, a faulted obstacle earns no points and is counted as completed (but zero points). If the faulted obstacle is reattempted, the dog would earn a fault for repeating an obstacle. No refusals on the up contact will be faulted. Continue on the course.

If the handler opts to use food, a toy, or a training aid, please indicate that fault on the roster (that fault will adjust the score).

Time starts and stops when the dog crosses the start/finish line. It would be helpful if you yell “Done” to the timer because they may not have kept track of what obstacles you took.

Scored: Points, then time. Time is a tie breaker.

NOTES: If you do not have a judge (i.e. you run by yourself), the video must be reviewed to ensure that the run is scored correctly. All levels will compete on the same course, but Initiates and Dabblers will be divided into their own teams.

Course Maps

Maps with Coordinates

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

40×85 League

50×60 League

60×90 League

Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

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April 2022 IDAL League Courses

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The following courses are for April 2022 IDAL play. This year, we are alternating between standard type courses and games. The league seasons will be 4 months long so that each season will have two numbered courses and two games. Additionally, each season will be a discreet unit. Results will be tallied for the season rather than an entire year; however, end of year results will also be reported.

Instructors, if you have some specific skills, scenarios, and/or obstacles you want to work when using the IDAL courses in class, please let me know. I will try my best to get them included. If anyone would like to request a specific game to play, let me know.

Folks are always welcome to try their hand at designing league courses!

Briefing for April 2022

The April 2022 courses are all similar. We are playing a designed by Cindy Valdez from Jumpin’ K-9’s in Temecula, California. I am calling it “Hop Into Spring.”  Scored Time, plus faults.

There are three sequences on the course. All three sequences must be completed, but they can be completed in any order. Before each sequence, the middle, unnumbered jump must be taken. The middle jump is bidirectional. The numbered obstacles must be taken in the order indicated. Standard course faults apply.

Dogs must start on the table. Handlers are permitted to lead out. Time starts when the first paw hits the ground and stops when the dog hits the table with any part of their body AFTER finishing all three sequences (or the handler gives up). If the dog takes the table at any time before completing all three sequences, it is merely counted as a wrong course. The team can continue to complete all the sequences. Standard course faults apply. Scored Time, Plus Faults.

Course Maps

Here is the cute little bunny Cindy used to create her game:

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet/s below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

  • Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

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March 2022 IDAL League Courses

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The following courses are for March 2022 IDAL play. This year, we will be alternating between numbered, standard type courses and games. The league seasons will be 4 months long so that each season will have two numbered courses and two games. Additionally, each season will be a discreet unit. Results will be tallied for the season rather than an entire year; however, end of year results will also be reported.

Instructors, if you have some specific skills, scenarios, and/or obstacles you want to work when using the IDAL courses in class, please let me know. I will try my best to get them included. If anyone would like to request a specific game to play, let me know.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The March 2022 50×70 Fast & Fun league game is a Numbered Course designed by Melissa Wallace. Scored Time, plus faults.

60×90 Masters

The March 2022 60×90 Masters league is a Numbered Course designed by Melissa Wallace. Scored Time, plus faults.

40X85 Fast & Fun

The March 2022 40×85 league is also a Numbered Course designed by Melissa Wallace. Scored Time, Plus Faults.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.

The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 60×90 Masters League focuses on advanced handling challenges.

The 40×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

  • Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

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2021 LPP Summary File

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At the bottom of this post is a link to an Excel file listing all dogs registered with IDAL and their total LPP earned. The first worksheet is the tally for just the competitors who were active in 2021 sorted by DogID. You can search on DogID or a portion of the dog’s call name.

At this time, it is not sorted by club, I am working on that, but I wanted to get something out to you as soon as I could. As a part of this project, I will be identifying any titles earned in 2021 and getting those out ASAP. I have received the item that will be distributed to the team captains to hand out to all active players in 2021. I think it came out pretty good! As soon as I get the LPP sorted by club, I will be sending the item out.

February 2022 IDAL League Courses

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Clarification of the briefing for Cowboy Dog:

Please see the picture. The send is to the barrel only. The first time is a 90 degree turn. The second time is a 180. The line going to the tunnel allows the handler flexibility if they get stuck.

The following courses are for February 2022 IDAL play. This year, we will be alternating between numbered, standard type courses and games. The league seasons will be 4 months long so that each season will have two numbered courses and two games. Additionally, each season will be a discreet unit. Results will be tallied for the season rather than an entire year; however, end of year results will also be reported.

Instructors, if you have some specific skills, scenarios, and/or obstacles you want to work when using the IDAL courses in class, please let me know. I will try my best to get them included. If anyone would like to request a specific game to play, let me know.

Less experienced handlers may have a send around the barrel at six feet rather than thirteen feet. Please make an annotation on the map if a handler uses the shorter distance.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The February 2022 50×70 Fast & Fun league game is Cowboy Dog designed by Melissa Wallace. Scored Time, plus faults.

60×90 Masters

The February 2022 60×90 Masters league is Cowboy Dog designed by Melissa Wallace. Scored Time, plus faults.

40X85 Fast & Fun

The February 2022 40×85 league is also Cowboy Dog designed by Melissa Wallace. Scored Time, Plus Faults.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 60×90 Masters League focuses on advanced handling challenges.

The 40×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 40×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

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January 2022 IDAL League Courses

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The following courses are for January 2022 IDAL play. We are starting the new year off with some simple, crazy numbered courses. This year the league seasons will be 4 months long, and each season will be a discreet unit. Results will be tallied for the season rather than an entire year; however, end of year results will also be reported. Additionally, each season will include two standard based courses and two games. Folks reported that they enjoyed the games and would like to have them included.

Due to the size constraints of each ring, not all the standard equipment can be used each month. I will try to rotate equipment so that we can get time on all of them. Instructors, if you have some specific skills, scenarios, and/or obstacles you want to work when using the IDAL courses in class, please let me know. I will try my best to get them included. If anyone would like to request a specific game to play, let me know.

NOTE that each league includes a Novice/Open type course. Team Captains should assign their members to that category as appropriate. This assignment should be based on their current level of competition or performance. It is not required that anyone start at that level, even new members. Please read the instructions for the new fault schedule, as this level has some oddities.

If you would like to design courses for the league or learn how to design courses, give me a shout. I will add you to our group. All courses are welcome. I will work with anyone to help you design a successful course be it numbered or a game.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The January 2022 50×70 Fast & Fun league game is a Numbered Course designed by Melissa Wallace. Scored Time, minus faults.

60×90 Masters

The January 2022 60×90 Masters league is also a numbered course designed by Melissa Wallace. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

40X85 Fast & Fun

The January 2022 40×85 league is also a numbered course designed by Melissa Wallace. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 60×90 Masters League focuses on advanced handling challenges.

The 40×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

  • Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

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New Year’s Message from the Secretary

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

January courses and rosters should be out later today.

I have received feedback from many of the team captains and players based on the query I sent out a short while back. Based on that feedback and some other ideas, I have been editing the rules. Those will be out sometime this week. Changes include modifications to the fault schedule, season length, titles, levels, clarification to some of the equipment that is described, clarification on a couple of existing faults, addition of a junior handler category, etc. Most are very small changes.

Novice and Open level handlers will get a little assistance for their scores and success. Clubs with fewer than 5 dogs will also be getting a little help as they compete against larger teams.

LPP calculation remains the same. Team LPP calculation remains the same, but each season will be a discreet unit rather than running for the entire year.

In the hopes of getting some more of our teams back in the game, we have a New Year’s gift. For the first 3 months of this year, all run fees are WAIVED as are new dog registrations. All registrations paid in December will be refunded. Funds paid by individuals will be directly refunded. Funds paid by host clubs will be refunded upon request OR held as a credit on future run fees and registrations when they start back up in April.

Until further notice, junior handlers will not need to pay registration fees or run fees. Juniors are defined as under 17 years of age. Their status as a junior ends on the day after their 18th birthday. If sufficient junior handlers are in the leagues, there may be a mini-league for them, but they will run on the same league courses as everyone else.

I will be working with the team captains on some ideas for handling the videos. I want your life to easier in this respect.

I am excited about some awards that I will be sending out when I get them in hand. I hope you will like them. Certificates will also be coming. As I have mentioned previously, the database had some errors that are not unexpected given how long it has been in use. I will be using this data for certificates, and I will carryover all LPP earned as indicated in the previous database to the new one.

That is all I have for now. I look forward to an exciting new year. As always, ANYONE can submit courses for review to be used in the league. This includes games. Judges from other organizations (I know we have some TDAA judges competing) are definitely welcome to submit. Obviously, TDAA courses would need to be modified, and some elements of approved maps for other organizations should be modified so as not to be considered plagiarized.

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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. Any donations given to support the effort to keep it updated will go to Bud.

December 2021 IDAL League Courses

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The following courses are for December 2021 IDAL play. This month we have more new courses. This set is based on a course concept by Kayla Hartlage. Kayla was kind enough to send in a 60×90 Jumpers course that had some Premiere style elements. Kayla designed her course on paper and sent it in to me. I kept most of her challenges in there but obviously had to adjust for distances and such. THANKS, KAYLA!

If you would like to design courses for the league or learn how to design courses, give me a shout. I will add you to our group.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The December 2021 50×70 Fast & Fun league game is a Numbered Course, based on a design by Kayla Hartlage. Follow the numbers, keep the bars up, and hit the yellow.

60×90 Masters

The December 2021 60×90 Masters league is also a numbered course based on the design of Kayla Hartlage. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

36X85 Fast & Fun

The December 2021 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course based on a design by Kayla Hartlage. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 60×90 Masters League focuses on advanced handling challenges.

The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

  • Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

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“To Infinity and Beyond”

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As we approach the New Year, I want to get some input from all of you on the trajectory we should take in the League.

1) We have all levels of competitors. How do we allow them to compete successfully and contribute more fully to their team? Do we have separate courses/leagues for them? Do we handicap scores in some way?

2) Do we decrease the number of courses/leagues? Or change the course dimensions to reflect the current clubs?

3) Do we want to have a separate league for games and one (or more) for standard/jumpers type courses? Or alternate from month to month?

4) Do we want a separate Teacup league for the smaller dogs? Small dogs would not be required to run these courses. It would just be an option for those clubs who have TDAA equipment. (We probably will anyway since I host TDAA trials and could use the courses for serial trials.)

5) Should we apply a handicap to dogs of different heights? (We do this in TDAA tournaments)

6) Should we divide the year up somewhat differently since a few clubs switch leagues during the year due to weather? This switch puts them at a disadvantage for yearly placements.

7) Are there any obstacles we do not want to use in the different leagues or substitutions that can be made if a club does not have a particular obstacle? I do not plan on using the table in any league course unless it is for a game to start or stop time. There is too much variability in how we count that 5 seconds, and times are too close to allow that much variability.

You can comment below, email, or PM me your thoughts. pagc.live@gmail.com

October 2021 IDAL League Courses

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The following courses are for October 2021 IDAL play. This month we have some more new courses. The 60×90 course concept was designed by Melissa Wallace for competition in TDAA just last month. Obviously, the course has been spaced out for the larger dogs. Interestingly, TDAA has started allowing dogs from 20” to 22” to play as long as the club uses full size equipment. However, the spacing remains tighter than what you have in this month’s league courses. How will the big dogs do? I am curious to find out.

I modified the 60×90 to nest somewhat with the 36×85 and 50×70 course sizes. I am looking forward to running these two courses. I already ran the 60×90 à la TDAA style.

If you would like to design courses for the league or learn how to design courses, give me a shout. I will add you to our group.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The October 2021 50×70 Fast & Fun league game is a Numbered Course, based on a design by Melissa Wallace. Follow the numbers, keep the bars up, and hit the yellow.

60×90 Masters

The October 2021 60×90 Masters league is also a numbered course designed by Melissa Wallace. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

36X85 Fast & Fun

The October 2021 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course based on a design by Melissa Wallace. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 60×90 Masters League focuses on advanced handling challenges.


The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

  • Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

September 2021 IDAL League Courses

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The following courses are for September 2021 IDAL play. This month we are running new courses again. The course concept was designed by Ashley Ragland for competition in TDAA back in 2015. I modified the original concept to fit the equipment size and distances required for League play. I removed the teeter, chute, and tire and changed up the numbering some. Then I scaled the concept for 36×85 and 50×70 course sizes.

The courses are nested based on the A-Frame and central tunnel. A less traditional challenge, but interesting things are showing up in courses nowadays as judges get creative. Backside tunnels were a thing, maybe they will see a comeback. The courses look fun. I hope to set them up in my building with TDAA distances depending on the heat!

If you would like to design courses for the league or learn how to design courses, give me a shout. I will add you to our group.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The September 2021 50×70 Fast & Fun league game is a Numbered Course, based on a design by Ashley Ragland. Follow the numbers, keep the bars up, and hit the yellow.

60×90 Masters

The September 2021 60×90 Masters league is also a numbered course designed by Ashley Ragland and Melissa Wallace. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

36X85 Fast & Fun

The September 2021 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course based on a design by Ashley Ragland. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 60×90 Masters League focuses on advanced handling challenges.

The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

  • Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

Follow us on Facebook:
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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

August 2021 IDAL League Courses

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The following courses are for August 2021 IDAL play. This month we are running new courses. The course layout was designed by Mike Hughson with the 60×90 being entirely his concept. One team asked for a contact for this month, so I chose this design from his three submissions to the FB Course Design Group. I modified his concept only by removing the dogwalk and teeter and flipping the location of a tunnel to get a square approach to the A-frame. I finessed distances since he sketched his courses while away from his computer. I then modified the design to get the 50×70 and 36×85 courses. The courses are nested based on the tunnel in the bottom right corner of the map. This should make things easier for clubs wanting to run more than one league. The courses look fun and challenging. I will have to set them up in my building with TDAA distances. With a heat index of 114, there is no way I can play outside.

If you would like to design courses for the league or learn how to design courses, give me a shout. I will add you to our group.

In addition to PAWS4FUN, Clicker Pets in Mexico is now rejoining us. I am so happy to see our international teams starting to come back.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The August 2021 50×70 Fast & Fun league game is a Numbered Course, designed by Mike Hughson and Melissa Wallace. Follow the numbers, keep the bars up, and hit the yellow.

60×90 Masters

The August 2021 60×90 Masters league is also a numbered course designed by Mike Hughson. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

36X85 Fast & Fun

The August 2021 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course designed by Mike Hughson and Melissa Wallace. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 60×90 Masters League focuses on advanced handling challenges.

The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

Follow us on Facebook:
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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

July 2021 IDAL Courses

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The following courses are for July 2021 IDAL play. This month we are running a few new courses after taking a long break in new designs because COVID-19 restricted play. The courses were initially inspired by the letter “E” from Nancy Gyse’s book Alphabet Drills, published in 2011 by Clean Run. I set up the letter for my beginner and intermediate students using different numbering based on each student’s skill. Interestingly, as I looked up the publication date for this blog, I flipped to the letter “E” and saw that she had also changed the exercise by adding a tunnel. You know what they say about brilliant minds!

PLEASE note that the courses are anchored at the bottom left of the ring rather than at the center baseline. I did this so that clubs running the 36×85 can simply add the weave poles, if they have room, to run the other leagues.

This is also the first month of the summer season. I hope our Northern folks get to have some fun! PAWS4FUN is rejoining us from Ontario, Canada. Welcome back! Anyone else coming back?

50×70 Fast & Fun

The July 2021 50×70 Fast & Fun league game is a Numbered Course, designed by Melissa Wallace. Follow the numbers, keep the bars up, and hit the yellow.

60×90 Masters

The July 2021 60×90 Masters league is also a numbered course designed by Melissa Wallace. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

36X85 Fast & Fun

The July 2021 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course designed by Melissa Wallace. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 60×90 Masters League focuses advanced handling challenges.

The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

  • Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters upon request.

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June 2021 IDAL League Courses

Featured

The following is a preview of the June 2021 courses and games for IDAL league play. This will hopefully be the last month of historical courses for a while. This is also the last month for the Spring season. Who is going to come out on top?

50×70 Fast & Fun

The June 2021 50×70 Fast & Fun league game is a Numbered Course, designed by Wayne Van Deusen. This game was first run in the NDAL in December of 2017. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults. Follow the numbers, keep the bars up, and hit the yellow.

Historical

for AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous in Brooks, Kentucky. Blade, a Border Collie handled by Brian Wakefield, finished this course with zero faults in 23.61 seconds. View the video at

60×90 Masters

The June 2021 60×90 Masters league is also a numbered course designed by Wayne Van Deusen. It was originally run in the IDAL in December 2017. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Historical

The standing Top Dog on this course, recorded in December 2017, was from United Colors of Agility, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Gemma, a Border Collie handled by Susan Dawson, finished this course with zero faults in 25.73 seconds.

36X85 Fast & Fun

The June 2021 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course designed by Wayne Van Deusen. It was originally run in the IDAL in December 2017. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Historical

The standing Top Dog on this course, recorded in December 2017, represented Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia: Jay, a Border Collie handled by Sylvia Hamilton, finished this course with zero faults in an incredible 20.71 seconds:

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

The 60×90 Masters League focuses advanced handling challenges.

The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.

Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters upon request.

Follow us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TopDogAgilityPlayers/

Read our blog:
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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Melissa Wallace pagc.live@gmail.com IDAL Secretary.

April 2022 50×70 Results

Below are the results for the 50×70 League for April 2022. The April course is a game designed by Cindy Valdez from Jumpin’ K-9’s in Temecula, California. I am calling it “Hop Into Spring.”  Scored Time, plus faults.

If anyone would like to design courses for the league, let me know!!!

The efforts of dogs playing in April earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP). The LPP is a measure of rank based on how each dog placed in relation to all the other dogs. The IDAL keeps a catalog of all the courses run since the league inception. When a course is run a second, third, fourth… time, the scores of ALL the dogs who have ever run the course are maintained in field. New runs are compared and ranked with the old runs. This ranking is a unique system in the agility world. It allows competitors to do such things as compare a current run to an older run by the same dog or visualize how handling has changed over the years. Honors (titles) are conferred based on the total LPP of a dog as well as the performance in each season.

50×70 Courses for April 2022

Briefing:

There are three sequences on the course. All three sequences must be completed, but they can be completed in any order. Before each sequence, the middle, unnumbered jump must be taken. The middle jump is bidirectional. The numbered obstacles must be taken in the order indicated. Standard course faults apply.

Dogs must start on the table. Handlers are permitted to lead out. Time starts when the first paw hits the ground and stops when the dog hits the table with any part of their body AFTER finishing all three sequences (or the handler gives up). If the dog takes the table at any time before completing all three sequences, it is merely counted as a wrong course. The team can continue to complete all the sequences. Standard course faults apply. Scored Time, Plus Faults.

50×70 Regular Standings

Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most are graced with a YouTube link:

Top Dog

The Top Dog of all the clubs reporting in April is Eleven. Eleven and Sean McQuaid of K9cation in Hudson, Colorado set the standard with no faults in 26.97 seconds.

First-Place Team – 377 LPP

AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous in Brooks, Kentucky took first place team in April. Maggie, a Parson Russell Terrier, took first for the team. Handled by Ann Embry, the team ran the course with no faults in 27.9 seconds.

Second-Place Team – 325 LPP

K9 Powersports in Grand Junction, Colorado took second. Jessie, a Border Collie handled by Crystal Wert, ran the course with 0 faults in 31.56 seconds.

http://y2u.be/jTSRxIj9pvM

Third-Place Team – 277 LPP

Sport Dogs Jalisco in Mexico took third place. Amie, a Labrador, dashed into their top spot with 0 faults in 35.36 seconds. Amie is handled by Nohemi Ramos.

Fourth-Place Team – 272 LPP

K9cation out of Hudson, Colorado took fourth place. Their top dog was Eleven who was also the overall Top Dog. Eleven and Sean McQuaid finished the course with zero faults in 26.97 seconds.

Fifth-Place Team – 242 LPP

The All Breed Training Club of Akron in Tallmadge, Ohio took third. Savvy, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Cindy Fink took the club’s lead yet again. They completed the course with zero faults in 31.71 seconds.

Sixth-Place Team – 122 LPP

Lakeside Agility Club (Formerly Clicker Pets) from Jalisco, Mexico took fourth place. Camilla, a Border Collie handled by Linda Hendy, took top honors. They had 0 faults in 47.81 seconds.

Results for Initiates and Dabblers

Although the Initiates and Dabblers ran the same course, they are also ranked among their skill level. Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Most have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Top Dog for the month of April is Amie, a Labrador handled by Nohemi Ramos. They run for Sport Dogs Jalisco in Jalisco, Mexico. They ran the course with 0 faults in 35.36 seconds.

Second-Place Dog

The second-place dog is Chocorrol, an All American handled by Guadelupe Espinosa. They are also from Sport Dogs Jalisco. They ran the course with five faults in 30.94 seconds. Urghhh! Those off-course options!!!

Third-Place Dog  

The third-place dog, also from Jalisco Dog Sports, was Cody. Cody is a Bichon handled by Maria Elena Perez. They had zero faults and completed the course in 38.34 seconds.

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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available for purchase at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. All proceeds from the sale will go to Bud.

March 60×90 Results

Below are the results for the 60×90 League for March 2022. The March course is the second standard type course for the First Season of 2022. The course was designed by Melissa Wallace, the league secretary. The March course is actually two courses. One is the normal league course, and the other is designed to be more friendly to the less experienced players. Having separate courses is currently in a testing phase to evaluate the implementation methodology, practicality, and utility for league players. However, players seem to appreciate the option. Thus, we will likely continue having two courses for each league.

If anyone would like to design courses for the league, let me know!!!

The efforts of dogs playing in March earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP). The LPP is a measure of rank based on how each dog placed in relation to all the other dogs. The IDAL keeps a catalog of all the courses run since the league inception. When a course is run a second, third, fourth… time, the scores of ALL the dogs who have ever run the course are maintained in field. New runs are compared and ranked with the old runs. This ranking is a unique system in the agility world. It allows competitors to do such things as compare a current run to an older run by the same dog or visualize how handling has changed over the years. Honors (titles) are conferred based on the total LPP of a dog as well as the performance in each season.

60×90 Courses for March 2022

60×90 Regular Standings

Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most are graced with a YouTube link:

Top Dog

The Top Dog of all the clubs reporting in March is Kyria from Jumping C Crew. Kyria and Kathy Greenway burned up the course in 33.17 seconds with no faults. Kyria is Border Collie.

First-Place Team – 400 LPP

The first-place club in March is Jumping C Crew. Kyria and Kathy Greenway took the club’s top spot. They ran the course in 33.17 with zero faults.

Second-Place Teams – 372 LPP

Second place was close one this month, but Jumpin’ K-9’s pulled in to second by 1 point. The Mighty Quinn took the top spot for the club. Quinn, an Australian Shepherd handled by Kaye Fitzpatrick, nailed their top spot in 36.73 seconds with no faults.

Third-Place Team – 371 LPP

Third place this month goes to Cloud Nine from Minnesota. Navi the Border Collie, handled by Ali Kuschel, took the club’s top spo. They completed the course with zero faults in 33.86 seconds.

Fourth-Place Team – 274 LPP

Bennie, a Poodle handled by Nancy Mersot, continues to jet through courses for POTC Thunder Pawz.  They finished this course with zero faults in 37.03 seconds. This club hails from Brimfield, Illinois.

Fifth-Place Team – 226 LPP

Our fifth-place club was Sport Dogs Jalisco from Mexico. Spyke, a Miniature Schnauzer handled by Mirasol Rivas took their top spot. They finished this course with zero faults in 44.27 seconds. Schnauzers are pretty impressive agility dogs; I have known quite a few running in different venues.

Results for Initiates

Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Most have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Initiates this month ran the full course rather than the somewhat easier one. Their scores were added to the LPP calculation for the regular course. However, I am listing them separately here to compare like skill levels.

The Top Dog for the month of March is Mutya, an All American handled by Felipe Zanartu. They took the Top Dog spot be running with zero faults in 37.08 seconds.

Second-Place Dog

The second-place dog is Milo. Milo is a Terrier handled by Talena Campbell. They ran the course with zero faults in 44.18 seconds.

Third-Place Dog  

The third-place dog was Lilly, an Australian Shepherd handled by Mike Biel. They had zero faults and completed the course in 46.37 seconds.

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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available for purchase at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. All proceeds from the sale will go to Bud.

March 2022 50×70 League Results

Below are the results for the 50×70 League for March 2022. The March course is the second standard type course for the First Season of 2022. The course was designed by Melissa Wallace, the league secretary. The March course is actually two courses. One is the normal league course, and the other is designed to be more friendly to the less experienced players. Having separate courses is currently in a testing phase to evaluate the implementation methodology, practicality, and utility for league players. However, players seem to appreciate the option. Thus, we will likely continue having two courses for each league.

If anyone would like to design courses for the league, let me know!!!

The efforts of dogs playing in March earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP). The LPP is a measure of rank based on how each dog placed in relation to all the other dogs. The IDAL keeps a catalog of all the courses run since the league inception. When a course is run a second, third, fourth… time, the scores of ALL the dogs who have ever run the course are maintained in field. New runs are compared and ranked with the old runs. This ranking is a unique system in the agility world. It allows competitors to do such things as compare a current run to an older run by the same dog or visualize how handling has changed over the years. Honors (titles) are conferred based on the total LPP of a dog as well as the performance in each season.

50×70 Courses for March 2022

50×70 Regular Standings

Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most are graced with a YouTube link:

Top Dog

The Top Dog of all the clubs reporting in March is Eleven. Eleven and Sean McQuaid of K9cation in Hudson, Colorado blazed through the course with no faults in 19.5 seconds. Unfortunately, there is no video. ☹

First-Place Team – 481 LPP

The first-place team in March is K9 Powersports in Grand Junction, Colorado. Kate, an Australian Shepherd handled by Jennifer Richardson, was their top dog who was fourth overall.

http://y2u.be/ivkTPvD4LoM

Second-Place Teams – 469 LPP

We actually had a tie for second place in March. Have we ever had that happen?  AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous and Jumping C Crew both earned 469 points. Peak and Christina Wakefield were on top for AQ4U with 5 faults in 19.05 seconds. Alaska and Liz Clements took the top spot for Jumping C Crew with zero faults in 21.37.

Peak

Alaska

Fourth-Place Team – 452 LPP

K9cation out of Hudson, Colorado took fourth place. Their top dog was Eleven who was also the overall Top Dog. Eleven and Sean McQuaid finished the course with zero faults in 19.5 seconds.

Fifth-Place Team – 335 LPP

The All Breed Training Club of Akron in Tallmadge, Ohio took fifth. Savvy, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Cindy Fink took the club’s lead again. They completed the course with zero faults in 25.38 seconds.

Sixth-Place Team – 327 LPP

PAWS4FUN in Ontario, Canada was our sixth-place team. Jazz danced into their top spot with zero faults in 30.99 seconds. Jazz is a Shepherd cross handled by Deborah Brown.

Seventh-Place Team – 247 LPP

Sport Dogs Jalisco in Mexico took seventh place. Spyke, a Miniature Schnauzer, dashed into the top spot with 5 faults in 28.22 seconds. Spyke is handled by Marisol Rivas.

Eighth-Place Team – 102 LPP

Clicker Pets, also a team from Mexico, took eighth place. Piper, a Papillon handled by Paul Rigo came out on top in March. They are a new team for the club. They ran with zero faults in 44.72 seconds.

Results for Initiate and Dabbler Course

Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Most have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Top Dog for the month of March is ZaZ, a Border Collie handled by Linda Hendy. They run for Clicker Pets in Jalisco, Mexico. They got ran the course with five faults in 32.67 seconds. Darn Bar!

Second-Place Dog

The second-place dog is Daisy, a Terrier Mix handled by Nicki Roberts. They ran the course with zero faults in 41.43 seconds.

Third-Place Dog  

The third-place dog was Melanie, a Havanese handled by Betty White. They had zero faults and completed the course in 60.4 seconds.

Notable Dogs

Our deepest condolences go out to Gaetane Courchesne; after losing one of her older dogs, Bistro, she suddenly lost her Lhasa Apso, Panda Soleiw. Unfortunately, Gaetane has also had to retire her Shih Tzu, Pitou Son Altesse. Many hugs Gaetane!

Panda
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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available for purchase at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. All proceeds from the sale will go to Bud.

March 2022 40×85 Results

This post is for the results of the 36×85 League of the IDAL. The March course is the second standard type course for the 2022 First League Season. The course was designed by Melissa Wallace, the league secretary. The March course is actually two courses. One is the normal league course, and the other is designed to be more friendly to the less experienced players. Having separate courses is currently in a testing phase to evaluate the implementation methodology, practicality, and utility for league players. However, players seem to appreciate the option. Thus, we will likely continue having two courses for each league.

If you would like to design courses for the league or learn how to design courses, give me a shout. I will add you to our group.

The efforts of dogs playing in March earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP). The LPP is a measure of rank based on how each dog placed in relation to all the other dogs. The IDAL keeps a catalog of all the courses run since the league inception. When a course is run a second, third, fourth… time, the scores of ALL the dogs who have ever run the course are maintained in field. New runs are compared and ranked with the old runs. This ranking is a unique system in the agility world. It allows competitors to do such things as compare a current run to an older run by the same dog or visualize how handling has changed over the years. Honors (titles) are conferred based on the total LPP of a dog as well as the performance in each season.

40×85 Courses for March 2022

40×85 Regular Results

Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Most have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Top Dog for the month Homie, a Border Collie handled by Laura Sanchez-Suzmann. They rocked the course with zero faults in 25.81 seconds.

https://youtu.be/Co3tSE2lF9s

First- Place Club – 160 LPP

Dirty Dogs Agility League in Parker, Colorado took first place this time. Their top dog was Homie, a Border Collie handled by Lauren Sanchez-Suzmann. They ran the course with zero faults in 25.81 seconds.

Second-Place Club – 100 LPP

The second-place club was PAWS4FUN in Ontario, Canada. The top dog was Joey, a Corgi/Poodle cross handled by Janet Clark. They ran the course with zero faults in 39.24 seconds.

Third-Place Club – 40 LPP

The third-place club was Sport Dogs Jalisco. Unfortunately, they did not see that the course went to 19 and only ran up to #16. That earned everyone 60 faults. However, they looked awesome on the course they ran. Some nice handling there. The top dog for the club was Abby, a Miniature Schnauzer handled by Alejandro Juarez. They ran the course with 60 faults in 35.15 seconds.

40×85 Initiate/Dabbler Results

Only Dirty Dogs ran this course. Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Most have YouTube links:

Top Dog Initiates/Dabblers

The Top Dog for March is Copper, a Minitaure North American Shepherd handled by Chari Leleck. This team runs for Dirty Dogs Agility League in Parker, Colorado. They had zero faults and completed the course in 38.78 seconds.

Second-Place Dog

The second-place dog is Simla, a Labrador Retriever handled by Karen Perse. They ran the course with zero faults in 39.12 seconds.

Third-Place Dog  

The third-place dog was Brewster. Brewster is a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Laura Chartier. They ran the course with zero faults in 44.95 seconds.

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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available for download at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. All donations from the sale will go to Bud Houston.

February 2022 60×90 League Results

Below are the results for the 60×90 League for February 2022. I was deeply conflicted by February’s results when I first started analyzing them in the 40×85 League.

First, I did not foresee a hoop as being an issue. I teach all dogs to wrap a cone from a distance as one of their first foundation exercises. Cones have many uses in practice and training. In one use, I use the cone as part of an obstacle, such as a jump stanchion, to transfer that cone send distance to a jump. I also use hoops in training because we have some folks locally who compete in NADAC and ASCA, and they are a great tool for young, older, or disabled/injured dogs who cannot or should not jump.

Second, I knew that some would do okay with distance and others would not. Games in many venues have distance challenges, and IDAL embraces agility games. I know that many folks do not compete in those venues, but even AKC has FAST (Forward and SEND Time). So, my conflict was in how to handle the scores. One club actually made it more difficult by adding a straight out jump. Sending a dog into the great beyond is kind of hard, so kudos to those who successfully did that send.

After much thought, repeated video review, attempted measurement of distances on videos, etc., I decided to just follow the briefing, but Initiates and Dabblers had the shorter send distance of 6 feet.

The February 2022 60×90 game was designed by Melissa Wallace and was modified from a TDAA trial in December 2021. The game is scored Time, plus Faults. The results are below.

If anyone would like to design courses for the league, let me know!!!

The efforts of dogs playing in February earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP) based on the entire field of dogs who have competed on the course. The LPP is a measure of rank based on how they placed in relation to all the other dogs.

60×90 League February 2022 Results

Results

Follow the links to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:

Top Dog

The Top Dog of all the clubs reporting in February is from Cloud Nine in chilly Minnessota. Navi, a Border Collie handled by Ali Kuschel, took the spot. They finished this course with zero faults in a blistering 19.90 seconds. Yep, you read that correctly!

First-Place Team – 335 LPP

Our first-place club was Jumping C Crew. Alaska, an Australian Stumpy Tail handled by Liz Clements, took their spot. They finished this course with zero faults in a crazy fast 21.28 seconds.

Second-Place Team – 308 LPP

Our second-place team is Jumpin’ K-9’s out of Temecula, California. Blaze, an Australian Shepherd handled by Carol Pregler completed the course with zero faults in 23.53 seconds.

Third-Place Team – 246 LPP

Cloud Nine from Minnesota was our third-place club this month. Navi the Border Collie, handled by Ali Kuschel, took the club’s top spot as well as Top Dog. They completed the course with zero faults in 19.9 seconds.

Fourth-Place Team – 233 LPP

Our fourth-place club was POTC Thunder Pawz from Brimfield, Illinois. Bennie, a Poodle handled by Nancy Mersot, hit the top of the roster for the club. They finished this course with five faults in 38.69 seconds.

Fifth-Place Team – 30 LPP

Our fifth-place club was Sport Dogs Jalisco from Mexico. Amie, a Labrador Retriever handled by Nohemi Ramos collected the LPP for the club. They finished this course with five faults in 38.02 seconds.

Results for Initiates and Dabblers

Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Some have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Top Dog for the month is Tucker, an athletic All American handled by Deanna Gabbert. They compete with Jumpin’ K-9’s in California. They ran the course with zero faults in 36.94 seconds. Nice switch!

Second-Place Dog

The second-place dog is Daisy, an Australian Shepherd handled by Amanda Guthrie. They compete with POTC Thunderpawz in Illinois. They ran the course with five faults in 33.26 seconds.

Third-Place Dog  

The third-place dog is Amie, a Labrador retriever handled by Nohemi Ramos. They compete for Jalisco Sport Dogs in Mexico. They ran the course with five faults in 38.02 seconds.

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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available for purchase at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. All proceeds from the sale will go to Bud.

February 2022 50×70 Fast and Fun Results

Below are the results for the 50×70 League for February 2022. I was deeply conflicted by February’s results when I first started analyzing them in the 40×85 League.

First, I did not foresee a hoop as being an issue. I teach all dogs to wrap a cone from a distance as one of their first foundation exercises. Cones have many uses in practice and training. In one use, I use the cone as part of an obstacle, such as a jump stanchion, to transfer that cone send distance to a jump. I also use hoops in training because we have some folks locally who compete in NADAC and ASCA, and they are a great tool for young, older, or disabled/injured dogs who cannot or should not jump.

Second, I knew that some would do okay with distance and others would not. Games in many venues have distance challenges, and IDAL embraces agility games. I know that many folks do not compete in those venues, but even AKC has FAST (Forward and SEND Time). So, my conflict was in how to handle the scores. One club actually made it more difficult by adding a straight out jump. Sending a dog into the great beyond is kind of hard, so kudos to those who successfully did that send.

After much thought, repeated video review, attempted measurement of distances on videos, etc., I decided to just follow the briefing, but Initiates and Dabblers had the shorter send distance of 6 feet.

The February 2022 50×70 game was designed by Melissa Wallace and was modified from a TDAA trial in December 2021. The game is scored Time, plus Faults. The results are below.

If anyone would like to design courses for the league, let me know!!!

The efforts of dogs playing in February earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP) based on the entire field of dogs who have competed on the course. The LPP is a measure of rank based on how they placed in relation to all the other dogs.

50×70 February 2022 Regular Course Results

Standings Regular 50×70

Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Scores highlighted in yellow are the Initiates and Dabblers scored on the full 13 foot send. All are graced with a YouTube link:

Top Dog

The Top Dog of all the clubs reporting in February is Jasper. Jasper and Shana Goodwin of K9cation in Hudson, Colorado blasted the course with both sends, no faults in 21.78 seconds.

First-Place Team – 421 LPP

The first-place team in February is AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous out of Brooks, Kentucky. The top scoring dog was Peak, a Border Collie handled by Christina Wakefield. They finished this course getting both sends with zero faults in 22.18 seconds.

Second-Place Team – 411 LPP

K9cation out of Hudson, Colorado was our second-place team. Jasper, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever handled by Shana Goodwin, was on top once again. They finished the course getting both sends with zero faults in 21.78 seconds.

Third-Place Team – 359 LPP

PAWS4FUN in Ontario, Canada took third place. Dune, another Labrador was their top dog. Dune, handled by Catherine Woolham, finished the course with both sends and zero faults in 24.95 seconds.

Fourth-Place Team – 318 LPP

Jumping C Crew took fourth place. Alaska, an Australian Stumpy Tail, once again took their top spot. Handled by Liz Clements, they got both sends with zero faults in 22.94 seconds.

Fifth-Place Team – 301 LPP

K9 Powersports was our fifth-place team. Clover, an All American was top dog. Clover and Nancy Eaton finished the course with both sends and zero faults in 27.71 seconds.

http://y2u.be/Jpa-Hg_MagY

Sixth-Place Team – 280 LPP

The All Breed Training Club of Akron in Tallmadge, Ohio was our sixth-place team. Savvy, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Cindy Fink took the top spot. They completed the course with both sends and zero faults in 23.23 seconds.

Seventh-Place Team – 219 LPP

Sport Dogs Jalisco in Mexico took seventh place. Amie, a Dabbler, got both sends with 5 faults in 25.57 seconds. Amie is handled by Nohemi Ramos. Great job!

Eighth-Place Team – 143 LPP

Clicker Pets from Jalisco, Mexico took eighth place. Camilla, a Border Collie handled Linda Hendy, took the top spot. They got both sends with zero faults in 42.31 seconds.

Results for Initiate and Dabbler Course

Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. All have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Top Dog for the month on the is Amie, a nice-looking Labrador handled by Nohemi Ramos. They run for Sport Dogs Jalisco. Some very nice handling there, Nohemi. They got both sends and ran the course with five faults in 25.57 seconds.

Second-Place Dog

The second-place dog is Endeavour, a Labrador handled by Catherine Woolham. They compete for PAWS4FUN in Ontario. They ran the course with zero faults in 34.48 seconds. Great work sticking with that first send.

Third-Place Dog  

The third-place dog was Kepler, a Miniature Poodle handled by Sheila Smail. They were able to get both sends in a total time of 36.63 seconds. They are also on the PAWS4FUN team.

 Notable Dog  

The top dog for Clicker Pets, another team from Mexico, was Suellen. Handled by Betty White, the team got both sends with zero faults in 60.24 seconds. This one is fun to watch.

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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available for purchase at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. All proceeds from the sale will go to Bud.

February 2022 40×85 Fast and Fun Results

This post is for the results of the 36×85 League. I was deeply conflicted by February’s results.

First, I did not foresee a hoop as being an issue. I teach all dogs to wrap a cone from a distance as one of their first foundation exercises. Cones have many uses in practice and training. In one use, I use the cone as part of an obstacle, such as a jump stanchion, to transfer that cone send distance to a jump. I also use hoops in training because we have some folks locally who compete in NADAC and ASCA, and they are a great tool for young, older, or disabled/injured dogs who cannot or should not jump.

Second, I knew that some would do okay with distance and others would not. Games in many venues have distance challenges, and IDAL embraces agility games. I know that many folks do not compete in those venues, but even AKC has FAST (Forward and SEND Time). So, my conflict was in how to handle the scores. One club actually made it more difficult by adding a straight out jump. Sending a dog into the great beyond is kind of hard, so kudos to those who successfully did that send.

After much thought, repeated video review, attempted measurement of distances on videos, etc., I decided to just follow the briefing, but Initiates and Dabblers had the shorter send distance of 6 feet.

The February 2022 36×85 game was designed by Melissa Wallace and was modified from a course used in a TDAA trial in December 2021. The game is scored Time, plus Faults. The results are below.

If you would like to design courses for the league or learn how to design courses, give me a shout. I will add you to our group.

The efforts of dogs playing in February earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP) based on the entire field of dogs who have competed on the course. The LPP is a measure of rank based on how they placed in relation to all the other dogs.

36×85 Game: Cowboy Dog February 2022 Results

36×85 Initiate/Dabbler Results

Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. All have YouTube links:

Top Dog Initiates/Dabblers

The Top Dog for February is Kepler, a Minitaure Poodle handled by Sheila Smail. This team runs for PAWS4FUN in Ontario, Canada. They got both sends and completed the course in 27.36.

Second-Place Dog I/D

The second-place dog is Amie, a Labrador Retriever handled by Nohemi Ramos. They ran the course with zero faults in 29.42 seconds getting both sends. This team is on the roster for Sport Dogs Jalisco in Mexico.

Third-Place Dog I/D

The third-place dog was Simla, a Labrador Retriever handled by Karen Perse. They also got both sends. They ran the course with zero faults in 33.56 seconds. They run for Dirty Dogs Agility League in Parker, Colorado.

36×85 Regular Results

Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Scores highlighted in yellow are the Initiates and Dabblers scored on the full 13 foot send. All have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Top Dog for the month is Ignited Scarlett, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco. They were on fire completing the course with zero faults in 19.43 seconds.

 

First- Place Club – 189 LPP

Sport Dogs Jalisco pulls into the lead for February with 189 LPP. The top dog for the club was Ignited Scarlett, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco. They ran the course with zero faults in 19.43 seconds.

 

Second-Place Club – 168 LPP

The second-place club was Dirty Dogs Agility League in Parker, Colorado. Their top dog was Homie, a Border Collie handled by Lauren Sanchez-Suzmann. They ran the course with zero faults in a blistering 20.16 seconds.

https://youtu.be/0p2D6lnNODg

 

Third-Place Club – 138 LPP

The third-place club was PAWS4FUN in Ontario, Canada. The top dog was Ralph, an Australian Shepherd handled by Benjamin Stanzel. They ran the course with zero faults in 22.42 seconds.

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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available for download at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. All donations from the sale will go to Bud Houston.