Archive for August, 2015

September League Course

August 31, 2015

The September course is the second of three games or courses for the summer series. This is a numbered course designed by Wayne Van Deusen. The scoring basis is Time, Plus Faults.

New clubs are welcomed to join us in league play. Download the September Workbook (contains scorekeeping, course map, and briefing).

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

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August League Results Notice ~ PAWS – AK

August 31, 2015

Results have been submitted by PAWS – AK (North Pole, Alaska) in the August competition of the summer series.

Results from the North Pole are included with previously reported results:

Download Current Standings.

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Jumping in to the League

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you still have time to play on the first course of the summer league. The workbook can be downloaded here: August League

The score-keeping workbook for the out-of-league course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

August League Results Notice ~ B&D Creekside

August 29, 2015

Results have been submitted by B&D Creekside (Latrobe, PA) in the August competition of the summer series. B&D is a new club in the league. While they’ve begun with a small smattering of dogs, this club has the capacity to report about 150 league results each week; and may very well become a formidable competitor in the league.

The B&D results are included with previously reported results:

Download Current Standings.

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Jumping in to the League

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you still have time to play on the first course of the summer league. The workbook can be downloaded here: August League

The score-keeping workbook for the out-of-league course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

August League Results Notice ~ K9 Manners & More

August 25, 2015

Results have been submitted by K9 Manners & More (Broken Arrow OK) in the August competition of the summer series. K9 Manners continue to grow their league team with something like 70 dogs, and a dozen of them new to league play with this reporting.

These are included with previously reported results:

Download Current Standings.

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Jumping in to the League

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you still have time to play on the first course of the summer league. The workbook can be downloaded here: August League

The score-keeping workbook for the out-of-league course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

August League Results Notice ~ K9 Power Sports

August 24, 2015

Results have been submitted by K9 Power Sports, (Grand Junction, CO) in the August competition of the summer series. These are included with previously reported results:

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Download Current Standings.

Jumping in to the League

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you still have time to play on the first course of the summer league. The workbook can be downloaded here: August League

The score-keeping workbook for the out-of-league course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

August League Results Notice ~ Clermont Dog Training Club

August 21, 2015

Results have been submitted by Clermont Dog Training Club, (in Kentucky, near Cincinnati) in the August competition of the summer series. These are included with previously reported results:

Download Current Standings.

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Jumping in to the League

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you still have time to play on the first course of the summer league. The workbook can be downloaded here: August League

The score-keeping workbook for the out-of-league course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

Out of League Game

August 20, 2015

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We’re adding pick-up game for National Dog Agility League clubs. Though results will not apply to the League underway, dogs still earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP).

This is a numbered course that will be scored Time, Plus Faults.

The League has focused on and even specialized in International level skills and challenges. These days aside from the USDAA’s Masters Challenge class (and the new AKC class) we don’t really have the opportunity to hone skills that are common in Europe and are very likely to be featured when we send our World Team to Europe.

What might have been considered ugly or unsafe only a few years ago is fodder for the central challenge in the International-style course.

Jumping in to the League

The score-keeping workbook for this pickup course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

And… if you have interested in jumping into League Play, you still have time to play on the first course of the summer league. The workbook can be downloaded here: August League

New NDAL Clubs

We’re pleased to welcome Clermont Dog Training Club (near Cincinnati Ohio) and B&D Creekside in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to the National Dog Agility League. There are a couple more clubs which may join us.

I know this is short notice. On Tuesday, August 25 I will be in Latrobe to do a distance clinic and introduce the National Dog Agility League to agility fans at B&D Creekside. You should contact Darlene (arcmasterdarlene@comcast.net) if you’d like to come out to play with us. It will run from 6:30 to about 9:00 and should be priced very inexpensively.

We have only a few league teams so far, around the U.S. and also with clubs in Canada and Mexico. League scores are derived from the top 5 performing dogs at each club or franchise. So clearly it gives an advantage to a club to run league with a large number of dogs.

We’re working to create a coalition of clubs in the Ohio Valley that will get together for an annual championship tournament that owes no affiliation to any big agility organization. They have such a tournament in Florida. Every club sends teams of nine dogs & handlers broken up into 3‑Beginner; 3-Intermediate; and 3-Masters. The winning “team” is the aggregate score.

Here’s hoping you’ll join us on the 25th!

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

Spring League Results ~ Update

August 16, 2015

The last results are finally recorded for the 2015 National Dog Agility League Spring series. You can view the summery scoresheet here:

http://www.dogagility.org/documents/Events/Spring2015LeagueResults.pdf

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

August League Results Notice ~ Clicker Pets

August 13, 2015

Results have been submitted by Clicker Pets, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico in the August competition of the summer series. These are included with previously reported results:

Download Current Standings.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

August League Results Notice ~ Country Dream

August 12, 2015

Results have been submitted by Country Dream, Waterford, Ohio in the August competition of the summer series. These are the first results to be reported:

Fname Lname Dog Jhgt Fault Time Bonus Score YouTube
Bud Houston Kory 20 0 27.66 20 7.66 http://youtu.be/1DTGoFlG0Tg
Marsha Houston Cedar 12 0 46.27 0 46.27 http://youtu.be/vhQAp2cnZ-E
Marsha Houston Phoenix 20 20 37.38 10 47.38 http://youtu.be/b2mlb0Adflg
Joan Birkinbine Nile 20 5 45.55 0 50.55 http://youtu.be/asri04yuBVc
Melissa Holmes Prim 20 10 50.07 0 60.07 http://youtu.be/PIX3miM5cY8
Jennifer Goudy Koda 16 25 40.47 0 65.47 http://youtu.be/s1Bj5HlZH90
Carol Mueller Pita 24 5 64.41 0 69.41 http://youtu.be/s0bc-qaljd0
Dennis McHenry Ranger 16 20 63.94 0 83.94 http://youtu.be/xpdGZTwcQQM

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This is a fun course, designed as a Helter Skelter. The Book of Agility Games says “In the U.K., there is a dog agility class called Helter Skelter. The game is named after a children’s ride at parks and fairs where a slide spirals down the side of a tower.

On first look the same-sided spiral looks almost too simple to consider as a game of competition. But in practice the handler needs to understand the subtle handling and movement differences between a tight pinwheel and a big wide open flow of obstacles. The Helter Skelter will certainly expose small errors in timing and position.

This variation of the Helter Skelter is called “there, and back again”. The course starts tight, then opens up; and then turns back on itself on a big sweep and tightens back into the central pinwheel.

To enhance the drama of the game this Helter Skelter has a distance challenge that will appeal to the gambler and risk taker. Two containment lines are drawn on the course that will earn the dog a bonus if the handler manages to stay on his side of the line while the dog works…without fault. This is the Time Warp element of the game; and so our variation is called “Warped Helter Skelter”.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.