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    Where did the summer go?!?!? quickly and with lots of fun! We have had a fab summer holiday, loving the time we have spent as a family.

    Shows have been intermittent at best - the ones we have got to we have left early as too hot / wet/cold/poorly child etc etc! But then again it really doesn't matter, we have had fun with the dogs, the kids and our friends, and thats what it is all about.

    I have been more up to date on facebook than here on the website - please do check out the SWAT Dogs page. I have decided to copy below two posts which i have put on FB over the summer which i have had good feedback about - i hope it is helpful :-)


    "A piece of advice to all my clients / friends in advance of your winter training.
    If your aim over winter is to teach something specific ie faster contacts, faster weaves, tighter turns, new commands etc then think very carefully about entering winter shows / matches.
    You need weeks / months of consistent rewarding of behaviours before you start to add them into sequences - so competing, even at a fun show -  can undo all your training. If contacts are being re taught - you should not be doing agility runs at  a show until you are 100% happy with them in training, over a period of time.
    And dogs all benefit from a break - give them a month off - they will come back faster and happier! They should not be working all year round.
    Don't be conned into entering everything on offer - unless of course focus and your own nerves are your issues "


    "Does anyone else have their winter training plan sorted yet??!?
    I do Maybe because the last two winters I have been too fat/ ill to train! But watching some of the Olympia qualifying runs got me wondering. ..... I have been determined to keep Maid in G4 this year as I am not happy with her turns, far too wide. Yet some of those runs show top handlers with dogs with huge turns! And I have noticed the same when watching champ recently. Forward speed, handler speed and running contacts seem the most important factor.
    I shall stick to my plans. ...I can't run faster, so running contacts are not for me.... I also firmly believe that dogs are more like to get injured when turning wide as it usually means they are trying to turn in the air, and putting their body through a lot of impact, or not using their muscles correctly. Just a thought "
    Hope to see you all at a show soon - we will be the ones arriving late, leaving early, but hopefully smiling!! :-)




  2. I can't believe it has been so long since i blogged! Time just passes so quickly and 24 hours in a day is not long enough to complete the essential family / life tasks nevermind any extras! Oh well....

    Exciting things have been happening. Tor had her puppies in May and they are gorgeous! I know i am biased, but they really are! I am so so pleased with the homes we have got for them. For a number of reasons we still have a little Tri boy looking for a home - he is a stunner and i am very tempted but the time is just not right with Adam being so little. He has fab markings and is a confident happy chap so if you know anyone who maybe interested please tell them!

    I will get to train 3 of the pups as not only is Gill and Jan having one now so is Jo! She has gone to the dark side :-) exciting times for all involved. Check out the facebook page for pics of them all.

    Other news is that Lily ran her first ever full course on her own with no adult at Golden Valley  - such a confident happy run it was amazing to watch. We just need to have more junior classes to enter that are not YKC where you have to be 6years old!

    We have also just done the first ever SWAT boot camp - it was a huge success and i was so pleased with the progress dogs made. It was eventful as always, and tiring but i would definitely do it again. Just need to fine tune some of it - especially timings so Jo and I get to eat our lunch :-) It was ;lovely to hear people saying over and over " oh Jo just told me that" - so handlers were being given consistent info all weekend - no swapping methods from one trainer to another. Great fun!

    As a family we are all ok. We camped at Wye Valley and decided not to do that again this year! It was too much like hard work with Adam, so roll on next year when he is a little older and it should be easier (fingers crossed!) The dogs have been doing well. Maid continues to improve - her confidence is building and she is beginning to turn alot better after all the grid work I have been doing with her. We are still training every run and that will continue for the rest of this season. Raq is amazing - I love running him! I just need to be fit enough to either run or speak for the whole course! And also to be able to remember the whole course!! Boo continues to amaze us at 10 and half - she got into the Champ final at Thames, we just didnt realise and had left! whoops!! Kye is plodding along happy to be out and about or sleeping. Glee is enjoying her training and we are making progress with her weaves and dog walk - its slow progress as she tires so quickly with the heat - so she is being clipped very short this week - not how i like her to look but she needs to be able to work!

    So that's us in a nut shell! SWAT members have been getting some great results which is lovely to see - thank you to all of them for their support at shows. Hope to see you at training next week xx