Cool Things about the IDAL

One of the cool things about running historical courses is the ability to compare runs. You could compare your dog now to your dog when he previously ran a course. You could compare the top dogs from the previous run to the current one. You could also compare your run to the Top Dog. The list of options continues.

So, let’s look at a couple of runs. We will compare Gracie and Peak. Gracie was our first-place dog, and Peak was the second-place dog. I did not talk about the handlers in the video, but that also has some impact on the run time.

I suggest you watch the video first and then come back and use an app or program that will allow you to scroll forward and backward while you read through this. I created this with Coach’s Eye. There are other apps that do the same thing. I have not used Coach’s Eye very much, so I am still learning it.

Look at the lead out positions of each handler. Does one have an advantage over the other?

The next handling difference is at 9-10. Gary elects to perform a Blind Cross (BC) while Christina does a Rear Cross (RC). Look at where each handler is when the dog comes out of the tunnel. Gary is almost past 8. Christina appears to be behind 8 and is between the jump and A-frame. Because Gary left his dog at the tunnel, he is able to get downstream to make the blind. Christina appears to have planned an RC, so she hangs back a little. How did you plan to make the cross?

Gary keeps his position ahead of Gracie by sending to 10-11 and stays ahead into the tunnel. Christina puts in a sprint and leaves Peak in the #12 tunnel. She then races Peak to 15. Gary also sprints the line. At 16, Gary shows strong deceleration and goes low to cue a tight wrap. Christina does not get low, but it looks like she adds the off hand as she decelerates and turns in to the dog’s line to cue the turn.

Both handlers leave their dogs in the tunnel (17) and race down the line. Gary does a BC between 18-19, and Christina does a Front Cross (FC). Do you need to cross? What advantage does crossing give you? How did you handle this section?

If you like this post, give a comment below. I also take all constructive criticism. Feel free to share your handling strategy.

May 2021 60×90 Masters Results

Another month gone; I cannot believe how fast time is flying. This post is for the results of the 60×90 Masters League. Four clubs have reported results for this League for May. This was a fun games course with the opportunity to earn serious bonuses. Watch some of the videos to see how competitors work the distance challenges.

We have been using “historical” courses for a while now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are courses that have been played before. The efforts of dogs playing in May earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP) based on the entire field of dogs who have competed on the course, including historical performances. The LPP is a measure of rank based on how they placed in relation to all the other dogs.

60×90 Masters May 2021 Results

The May 2021 60×90 Masters league was a game called Jumplers designed by Games Master Wayne Van Deusen in November 2017. The course is numbered but offers the opportunity to earn one of three bonuses depending on where the handler stands while directing the dog through the course. See the course map below to see how the bonuses are earned. The course is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonus.

The May 2021 60×90 Masters league was a game called Jumplers designed by Games Master Wayne Van Deusen in November 2017. The course is numbered but offers the opportunity to earn one of three bonuses depending on where the handler stands while directing the dog through the course. See the course map below to see how the bonuses are earned. The course is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonus.

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 May is from the third-place team, Jumping C Crew out of Exeter, California. Rockstar Ruby, an Australian Cattle handled by Liz Clements, once again ran off with first place this month. She really is a Rockstar! They finished this course with zero faults with a 20-point bonus in 26.9. That gave her a score of 6.9 seconds.

The Top Dog from 2017 was Meherah, a Border Collie handled by Daelyn Grome. The completed the course with zero faults and a 30-point bonus in 21.81 seconds. That gave them a score of -8.19. Yep, that is a negative score.

First-Place Team – 641 LPP

The first-place team in May was K9 Powersports out of Grand Junction, Colorado. Sweet Nellie Mae, a Cocker Spaniel handled by Nancy Langner, was the team’s top scoring dog. They finished this course with 5 faults and a 20-point bonus in 26.55 seconds. That gave them a score of 11.55.

Second-Place Team – 614 LPP

Jumpin’ K-9’s out of Temecula, California was our second-place team.

The top scoring dog for was Vino, a Miniature American Shepherd handled by Jackie Powell. I wonder if they drank some “Vino” that evening to celebrate the win. They finished this course with zero faults and a 20-point bonus in 30.16 seconds. That gave them a score of 10.16.

Third-Place Team – 553 LPP

Jumping C Crew out of Exeter, California was our third-place team. Rockstar Ruby, an Australian Cattle Dog handled by Liz Clements, was their top dog. They finished this course with zero faults and a 20-point bonus in 26.9 seconds. That gave them a score of 6.9. They are our Top Dog this month.

Fourth-Place Team – 535 LPP

POTC Thunder Pawz out of Brimfield, Illinois was our fourth-place team this month. Trixie, an All-American, and Valerie Doubet was their top team. They finished this course with zero faults and a 20-point bonus in 28.88 seconds. That gave them a score of 8.88.

Spotlight Dog of the Month

Our spotlight dog of the month is Skye who runs for K9 Powersports out of Grand Junction, Colorado. Skye, a Miniature Australian Shepherd, is handled by Cindy Johnson. They completed the course with 5 faults and no bonus in 34.42 seconds. That gave them a score of 39.42.

June 60×90 Masters League

New teams are always welcomed to join us for IDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our ongoing leagues. The June 2021 International Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:

This is an historical course. We plan to start running new courses in the next season.

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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.

May 2021 50×70 Fast and Fun Results

Another month has zoomed on by, and we have some results to report. This league has the most competitors and boy are they wicked fast. Here are the results for the 50×70 Fast & Fun League. Five clubs have reported results for this League for May. K9 Powersports moved to a different league, and circumstances kept Paws4Fun from competing this month. I know that we are all sorry to hear the news. Jumping C Crew has rejoined this league, however!

We have been using “historical” courses for a while now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are courses that have been played before. The efforts of dogs playing in May earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP) based on the entire field of dogs who have competed on the course, including historical performances. The LPP is a measure of rank based on how they placed in relation to all the other dogs.

50×70 Fast & Fun May 2021 Results

The May 2021 50×70 Fast & Fun league was a numbered course designed by Games Master Wayne Van Deusen back in November 2017. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

Follow this link to view individual performance 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 May is from the first-place team, Agility Dream Dogs out of Albion, New York. TBC Gracie, a Border Collie handled by Gary McCarthy, finished this course with zero faults in 25.58 seconds.

The Top Dog on this course from November 2017 was Highland’s Intense Resolution handled by Dawn Plekkenpol. They represented Cloud Nine in Maple Grove, Minnesota. They completed the course with zero faults in 26.12 seconds.

First-Place Team – 1290 LPP

The first-place team in May is Agility Dream Dogs out of Albion, New York. The top scoring dog was Gracie, a Border Collie handled by Gary McCarthy, finished this course with zero faults in 25.58 seconds:

Second-Place Team – 1152 LPP

AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous out of Brooks, Kentucky was our second-place team. Peak, a Border Collie handled by Christina Wakefield, finished this course with zero faults in 28.07 seconds.

Third-Place Team – 941 LPP

Cloud Nine out of Maple Grove, Minnesota was our third-place team. Asher, a Miniature Schnauzer, handled by Susan Weyrauch, finished the course with zero faults in 33.25 seconds:

Fourth-Place Team – 843 LPP

K9cation out of Hudson, Colorado was our fourth-place team. Rock, a Border Collie, and handler Kelly Roll finished the course with zero faults in 31.44 seconds:

Fifth-Place Team – 814 LPP

The fifth-place team in May is from the All Breed Training Club of Akron in Tallmadge, Ohio. The top scoring dog was once again Kirby, a Gordon Setter, handled by Pamela Eberts. This duo is new to the IDAL this year. They finished the course with zero faults in 37.77 seconds:

Spotlight Dog of the Month

Our spotlight dog of the month is Pip, a fun Westhighland White Terrier, handled by David Flanery. Long-legged handler with a short-legged dog. They were fun to watch. They run for AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous out of Brooks, Kentucky. They finished the course with zero faults in 41.08 seconds. Nicely done!

June 50×70 Masters League

New teams are always welcome to join us for IDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our ongoing leagues. This is an historical course. We plan to start running new courses in the next season. The June 2021 International Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:

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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.

May 2021 36×85 Fast and Fun Results

This year seems to be flying by. Is it just me? This post is for the results of the 36×85 Fast & Fun League. Two clubs have reported results for this League in May. Circumstances prevented Paws4Fun and Jumping C Crew from playing this month, but K9Cation joined in the fun.

We played another “historical” course. These are courses that have been played before. Lifetime Performance Points (LPP) is a measure of rank.  The efforts of dogs playing in May earn LPP by comparing their scores against the entire field, including the historical performances.

36×85 Fast & Fun May 2021 Results

The May 2021 60×90 Fast & Fun league was a Numbered Course designed by Games Master Wayne Van Deusen back in November 2017.

A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

Follow the links below 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 May is from the first-place team, Dirty Dogs Agility League out of Parker, Colorado. Homie was handled by Lauren Sanchez-Suzman and finished this course with zero faults in 27.01 seconds.

The Top Dog from November 2017 was a Border Collie named Jewels Thrills n Spills and handled by Nic Ford. They represented Wicked West Australians and completed the course with 0 faults in 29.02 seconds.

First-Place Team – LPP 539

The first-place team in May was Dirty Dogs Agility out of Parker, Colorado. The top scoring dog was Nell, a Border The first-place team in May was Dirty Dogs Agility out of Parker, Colorado. The top scoring dog was Homie, handled by Lauren Sanchez-Suzman, and finished this course with zero faults in 27.01 seconds.

Second-Place Team – LPP 199

K9Cation out of Hudson, Colorado was our second-place team. Jasper, a Chocolate Lab handled by Shana Goodwin, once again got the top spot for the team.  They finished the course with 0 faults in 32.43 seconds:

Spotlight Dog of the Month

Our spotlight dog of the month is Whiskey, a Shelter Special, handled by Nifer Hoffman. Great distance; great job! They finished the course with 0 faults in 49.56 seconds:

June 36×85 Fast & Fun League

New teams are always welcomed to join us for IDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our ongoing leagues. The June 2021 International Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:

This is an historical course. We plan to start running new courses in the next season.

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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.