Crufts, here we go!

After battling with an injury for the past 5 months, today is a special day. We have been given the go ahead from Manouk’s orthopaedist, Scott Rigg from Bridge Vets in Aberdeen, to compete in the agility championship at Crufts on Sunday!

This has been a long but interesting journey and I have learnt a lot, especially in how patient we have to be to rehabilitate an injured sport dog. The rehabilitation included a cross discipline program, with lead walks, canine massage therapy, core stability exercises, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, with Scott regularly assessing the progress. In fact we have done barely any agility.

So that’s it then, I now have 4 days to remind myself how to run an agility course. This is definitely a scary thought! And unless something unexpected happens, in 5 days we should be heading to the arena. A dream come true, an even more special dream after having to fight so many odds this past few months.

Scott, thank you for your patience and support in getting Manouk back on track, I realise the journey with Manouk’s rehabilitation is not over but we would not have been where we are today without you. I really appreciate how available you have been for us (in addition to your expertise of course!) despite the busy schedule of your clinic.

Finally, good luck to all my friends participating to Crufts, especially my Scottish fellow competitors. Even if I have a weird accent, I am a Scottish agilitist after all and proud to be!

 

PS: Some of you asked if it was possible to watch Crufts online. There is an official YouTube Crufts channel and in the past year there have been a good coverage of the main arena. If you have time, I would advise you to watch the international agility which is held on the Saturday and support our Scottish Agility Dog of the year (2014) team Alan Short & Bruce. There will be 3 rounds, 2 qualifying rounds and one final round, running respectively at: 11:30: qualifying jumping round; 14:00: qualifying agility round; 17:10: final

The championship agility is held on the Sunday: 09:00: qualifying jumping round; 11:00: qualifying agility round; 16:55: final

Canine Pawsibilities’ first Christmas party

On Monday 29th of December, we had the first ever Christmas party and I would like to thank everybody who participated (and brought their sense of humour) to make it such a success!

As we are lucky to have a photographer in the group, more fab pictures that have been taken by Dave can be viewed and downloaded on Dave and Holly’s website 

Mehwi is now 9 months and has officially started his agility career!

You may think that a lot of agility work was required to achieve these exercises but it is not the case. In fact, for some of the exercises, you are witnessing Mehwi’s first attempts.

Background work, what we call “puppy foundation” and fun, with no agility equipment, is what helped Mehwi understand so quickly my body language and verbal commands.

 

A typical training evening at CANINE Pawsibilities

Starring Ava, Skyler, Clova, Doodle, Patch and Rum, enjoying their time!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I just would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I am now heading back for France for a couple of weeks and I am looking forward to train you all next year!

If you need to contact me, please drop me an email, I will answer to all communication when I get back, week of the 6th of January.

 

Interested in Agility Classes?

I am looking into organising some agility classes on Thursday evenings (indoors) and week ends (mainly outdoors).

If you are interested by any of these options please email me.

Puppy and Junior Classes (Mondays and Wednesdays)

Well, that’s it, the puppy, junior and adult classes have started.

Mondays:

Junior Class at 16:15 The junior class started in fact three weeks ago and is a mix of obedience and fun agility where we practice obedience drills.

Puppy Class at 18:00. I welcomed my first guests last Monday

Wednesdays:

Adult Class at 18:00 or 19:00 every other week. This class is new and will start this Wednesday

 

 

 

A warm welcome to CANINE Pawsibilities

After years of globe trotting, those who know me may be surprised to find out that rather than settle down, I have decided to embark on a new adventure called CANINE Pawsibilities.

For those who do not know me, I would like to introduce 4 of my partners in crime: Midge, Mollo, Manouk and Mozzie. Will you be able to recognise them?