NATALIHi! My name is Natali and here I am pictured with my first agility dog Oliver.
We started to go to agility training in 2009 at our local dogclub Säde in Tartu. Olli as I call him was 9-months old at that point and none of the obstacles proved to be a problem for him. He was really fast and I was quite inapt. It took us quite a few years before we found a way of working which suited both of us. It is quite a challenge to teach agility to a quick, untiring and stubborn terrier. In order to succeed, I had to learn a lot of things in a short period of time. I had to be a trustworthy partner o my quick four-legged friend. As time passed our cooperation started going smoothly and we both became great fans of agility. Besides agility, I took time to teach Olli tricks which in great part helped us to understand eachother better and do wonders to his ability to consentrate and observe.
COMPETITION EXPERIENCE WITH OLIVER
We started competing on the A1 level in november 2010. Oliver was really fast and I could barely keep up. In the heat of the moment, the leading techniques faded from my mind and I was really nervous. We made some mistakes but enjoyed the run out because the most important thing was to get that feeling of going through the course and cooperating with the dog.
|Video from agilitycompetition in Pärnu 18. 06.2011 , AG1 (judge Peteris Akimovs LV).|| Video from agilitycompetition in Haapsalu 23. 07.2011, AG1 (judge Henri Luomala FIN).|
When training Oliver, the biggest challenge was to teach him contact obstacles: the dogwalk, the A-frame and the seesaw. At first he thought that the contact obtacles were to jump over an the 2on2off method did not work in a competition environment. It was difficult to have no hurdles fall down. Oliver was a fast runner and the hurdles would constantly be in his way. Of course my handling skills were far from perfect and did not favour clearing the course withour errors. Another problem for Olli was standing still at the start line. I learned to start with the dog.We managed to cross over to A2 in 2011. The supportive atmosphere and hard training at Säde dog club made us a stronger partnership. Oliver’s strengths have always been enthusiasm, speed, untiredness, lightning reactions, good contact with the handler, quick turns, strong clearance of the dogwalk and A-frame and perfect entrance to the slalom ( irrespective of the handlers position).
|Video from agilitycompetition in Pärnus 27.05.2012 , AG2 clean run, speed 4,67 m/s (judge Anne Tammiksalu EST ).|| Video from agilitycompetition in Helsingis SyysSkabat 2012, AG2 (judge Hans Fried AUT). It was nice corse except DSQ in the end.|
|Video from agilitycompetition in Helsingis SyysSkabat 2013, AG3 clean run, 3rd place 3/26 (judgeRitva Herrala FIN).|| Video from agilitycompetition in Tallinnas 19.10.2013 , AG3, clean run, 1st place 1/28, speed 4,83 m/s (judge Harri Huittinen FIN).|
|International All Breeds Cup 2013 in Poland|| Video from Moravia Open 2013 (judgeJan Egil Eide NOR). Speed 4,44 (3rd time, but two mistakes), 21/46.|
COMPETITION EXPERIENCE WITH ENDY
Endy is a fine and aspiring agilityrussell. She started agility training as part of a group around one years of age. Before that she learned different tricks, turns, tunnels, touching etc at home. Endy was always in attendance when we were competing with Oliver.
Endy likes agility a lot. Her favorite obstacles are tunnels, slalom, the dogwalk and the A-frame. Endy does not like jumping hurdles. We have practised hurdles and jumping techniques and I hope the situation will improve and Endy will become a better jumper. It seems that she doesn’t trust he hurdles and jumps from too far out and too high which results in a fallen hurdle. The quicker the course and the less time she has to adjust her step before the hurdle, the better she does. That is why I’ve started re-teaching her the 2on2off as a running contact. Her movement has become a bit better, her speed quicker and jumps a bit better aswell.
|Video from agilitycompetition "ROYAL CANIN VASARA" in Lithuania, Šauliai 29.06.14, OPEN, judge Anne Savioja FIN.||Video from agilitycompetition in Tartus, AG1, jumping, clen run, 1st place (judge Marjo Heino FIN).|
TEACHING TRICKS AND AGILITY
In February 2014, I started as an intern agility coach at the Tartu dog club Säde. My day job is also in consulting and training. My wide experiences in the field of adult education have helped me as an agility coach aswell.