Cool Hot Summer Fun: 7

As you know, I love agility training. However, sometimes it’s raining or just too hot to do any agility training outside. That’s when the Ultra-Movable-Agility aka UMA set comes in handy. What you need? One human and one chair. You could even use a table. Really that’s all. How? Here it comes:

1. Under
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Instructions: put the human on a chair, look at one or both leg(s) and think “extend”. Crawl under the leg(s). Done! It’s that easy. The same can be done with a chair and even a table. So you really don’t need the human but I think that it is way more fun with one. They are also good for yummies in the tummy.

2. Over 
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Instructions: put the human on a chair, look at the leg(s) and think “extend”. Jump over the leg(s). Again, the same can be done with a chair or table. Whatever takes your fancy.

3. Up
armsc.jpgInstructions: Put the human in a stand. Make sure you grab a sturdy human and not a wobbly one. Pick an arm. Look at it and think “extend”. Jump up on said arm. This can also be done with a chair or even kitchen counter. Personally, I like the latter the best but I can’t even take a peek before the doggie police starts to bark.

Sorry for the not so clear illustration here. We experienced some technical difficulties. Something to do with not having enough arm to take the photograph. At least you can see how careful I’m about not digging any of my nails in the arm. After all, it’s very important to be gentle with your agility equipment. Sometimes I am “up in arms” too. That’s when I jump up high on my human and she wraps her arms around me. Oh, and before I forget, always get official approval with stamps and an inifinite number of carbon copies for any of these exercises. Especially if you want to be(come) a therapy dog.

Have fun,

Benji

A Wagging Day

Another pawbulous day today as I graduated from Agility Training I.  I successfully jumped through hoops and over many obstacles in the last two months. Not sure why humans complain so much about all the obstacles and hoops in their lifes. Just get on with it and over it. Next on my agenda is Advanced Agility Training. It should start in July. That’s when “the sparrows fall from the roof” as they say in Holland. Rest assured, we will be early birds to avoid the falling from the roof problem. I know, I know, every obstacle will be higher in Advanced Agility Training, but I’m sure I’m not gonna jump off the roof. No sirree.

You know what else we celebrated today? I seem to have attracted more than 300 followers with my woofanigans.  Not bad for an ex-shelter dog, heh?

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Two wagnificent followers on my tail

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The tire sure makes me tired 

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Crashed again once we got home

Try to stay out of trouble this week, I will try to do the same
Benji

Tactical Training: Update

Today is normally our offsite-agility training but since I graduated from the basic class we have to wait until next weekend before we can start with the next series. In the meantime, I registered myself as an All American Dog at the American Kennel Club (AKC). We didn’t know this but since 2009 you can list mixed breed canine partners with AKC. Normally we wouldn’t have bothered to sign up but once you are listed you can compete in AKC Agility, Obedience and Rally events. And we are interested in agility. We are not ready yet but never say never.

Anyhowls, I am getting off track here. I wanted to show you the tactical training course that was built under Ms. Zulu and my supervision at headquarters. The course requires a lot of jumping through hoops. Life is a bit like that, I’ve heard. We also have tunnels, not the ones I dig, for some reason they get covered up when I’m not looking. I know it’s a waste but what are you gonna do, hey? And no, I did not rip said tunnel. That’s one of M’s concoctions. It now looks kind of like a ruptured colon. I have to say though, all of a sudden I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and breeze through it without a problem. So maybe a ruptured colon is not always a bad thing.

In addition to the tunnel, we have another very “expensive” crawl-station. That station turns into a funny looking tent on cold winter days to protect the Forbidden Fruit tree that I showed you yesterday. Plus, the crawl-station is an excellent device to practice high jumps. Tree logs are helpful too to practice high jumps but we mainly practice our prepositions on them. Of course, y’all know those already, so there is not much to explain there.

Wishing you a Sunny Day; may the sun shine brightly wherever you are,
Benji

Graduation

It’s another day in paradise as my neighbor says. Today I graduated from Basic Agility Training! Before I even graduated I enrolled myself in the class “Agility Training 1”. I’m looking forward to it. I love the A-frame the best. The jumps and boardwalk are easy peasy.

During the previous training session, I had a blast racing through the tunnel. That was not so smart on my part as I discovered that it tends to result in fewer treats. Today I used my brains and pretended to hesitate before walking through the curved! tunnel. It worked and I ended up with way more treats. Proof that I’ve learned a ton of stuff and earned my badge.

Wishing you a great week and make sure you get rewarded for the work you do,

Benji

Agility = Fun++

Hope your Sunnyday was as sunny as mine. Mine was packed with fun as I went to agility training! The event with the inedibles did not repeat itself. I did look but the thing was nowhere to be found.  That may have been a good thing.

The trainer said that I’m very fast on my feet and a quick study. This time, all the obstacles we had practiced in previous sessions were spread out over the training field. M said the course was hard work but I can’t imagine why as she never jumped/ ran/ crawled through/ over tunnels, hurdles, boardwalks, or A-frames. Us canines did the hard work. The Ms and Ds only had to point fingers to direct us while they walked on the inside of the course. To be fair the Ms and Ds did have to give us treats. That is an important if not the most important part of the game.

What the agility course looks like? Well, I had to start on the boardwalk, then jump through the tire, turn sharply and jump over a hurdle, go to the platform and stand/ sit on it,  jump over another hurdle,  crawl through a tunnel, and then run over the A-frame. That was so much fun, I could do it over and over again.  Not sure if you noticed but the tunnel is now a piece of cake.  Yes, it did help that there were crumbs of some sort of cake all over it.

Two weeks from now will be my last basic training session and the trainer asked if we want to continue with Agility Training 1 in May. Of course, who would not want that?!

Have a great week and don’t forget: jumping through hoops can be fun,

Benji

 

 

Oops

sunday.JPGSunday was an oopsy kind of day. What happened? Well, it started out with one of my favorite activities: agility training. I was happily running from one obstacle to the next with Mach 3+ speed until we got to the tunnel. That tunnel was waayyy too small for me. Treats were inside the tunnel but pretty much in the middle. So I ran from one side to the other to get to the treats all the while trying not to get stuck in that tiny obstacle. Next thing I know the trainer is teasing me to enter the tunnel by swinging a great looking furry feathery thing in front of me. The thing looked like a cross between a rabbit and a squirrel. I decided to catch it and run away so I could check it out. Supposedly, that was not the idea and I was offered a tiny treat in exchange for the thing. That didn’t seem fair so I took the treat and swallowed the crossbreed as well. It turned out to be non-edible. Oops. You should have seen the look on the trainer’s and M’s face when they registered what had happened. All I can say is hey, I’m part retriever. I heard from my retriever fur-iends that you ain’t a retriever if you don’t have at least one foreign object in your stomach.

Anyhowls, out of thin air a brown bottle that said “hydrogen peroxide solution” showed up and before I could say “no sirree”, a tablespoon of said stuff was put in my throat. Yikes, that didn’t taste good. But like any good soldier, I swallowed that too.  M and the trainer were waiting for something, not sure what, but when it didn’t come the vet was consulted and I was spoonfed more of the stuff. I can tell you the second time was less fun and the third time it was just gross. And then all of a sudden I was down on my stomach and throwing up everything. Yes, that meant my breakfast, treats, and prize! M and the trainer were dancing and partying when that happened. And I was thinking “hey I am not having so much fun right here; can you pul-lease stop the racket”.

Once at home all was well; meaning no more liquidity stuff was put in my mouth. Ms. Zulu checked me out and we are now back to my regular meals and treat schedule. I even played some with my stuffed friends. This was after they had barely survived an unannounced security check. They all had to line up and were threatened with scissors or even the dump. This was not the first time either. Everyone that looks raggedy has to surrender in those instances. That’s just wrong. I thought it didn’t matter what my friends looked like but somehow it does. I like them all and care for them. Especially the shabby ones; I nibble passionately on their tattered parts. I don’t even hesitate to do heart surgery on them when needed. Lately, they have been quite healthy so there have not been any recent surgery attempts.

Have a great week, stay out of trouble and I will try to do the same,

Benji

Agility & Mach 2+

I was able to fit in one more agility training before the Mach 2+ event in France. And boy, am I glad I did. The A-frame was a piece of cake with icing on the cake, a.k.a. delicious treats. I surprised everybody by running up and down the thing without any effort. This will come in handy since there is this barrier thing that I have to tackle during the Mach 2+ event. After my agility session, I had a blast with my new friends as we could run around without restrictions.

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Ta-da!

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Sniff! Someone left lots of cake crumbs!

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Run! It’s fun!

Only a couple more days till Mach 2+…,

Benji