Friday, January 30, 2015

Introducing Our New Dogs: Jeb the Weim

We have a lot of new LCDA competitors and club members who are in various stages of training and competing. Some have made their debut this fall and others are getting ready. We've all seen most of them at the field for trials or classes, but here's a chance to get to know them a little better! Over the next few months, we'll be introducing our new dogs here on the Tips, Tricks, and Training (TTT) blog, so be sure to stop by and meet our newest 4-legged members.
If you're new to the club, new to competition, or have a new dog and haven't yet completed the questionnaire that was sent out through the website forum, be sure to complete that and send it, along with a picture, so your pup can be included!
This week, please welcome Jeb the Weimaraner! introduced by his handler, dog-mom, Allison Smith.
TTT: Let's start with the essentials: What's your pup's name, breed, and age.
Allison: Jeb, Weimaraner, 2 yrs old.
Jeb the Weim and Allison
TTT:  Now a bit of the story: when, where, why, and how did this pup come to you and agility?
Allison: We started in the Fall of 2013. I took an obedience class at LCDA when he was just a few months old. I thought it would be fun to take an agility class later, but had no idea we would end up where we are now!
TTT:  What's been the most difficult part of incorporating your newest family member into your household? The most rewarding?
Allison: Our biggest challenge has just been dealing with a weimaraner! We (my husband and I) thought we knew what we were getting into with this breed, but wow!
I grew up with a very calm, eager to please lab and very low maintenance mixed breeds. I wasn’t expecting so much of a challenge. I can’t imagine a more stubborn and defiant dog!
With that being said, I don’t think I’d ever get anything else now! Jeb is so incredibly intelligent and I enjoy him constantly challenging me (maybe I’m just crazy). We both learn and grow together and feeling that connection every day is rewarding beyond words.
TTT:  What challenges have you faced training this dog compared with others? What did he or she excel at?
Allison: Jeb is the first dog I’ve raised from a puppy and trained. As I mentioned before, he is very stubborn and likes to do what he wants, when he wants. Punishment doesn’t seem to faze him either. The last lab my family had would pout for the rest of the day if you even raised your voice at him. Jeb doesn’t seem to care at all! Weims are famous for trying to convince you that their way is the right way. So I would say my biggest challenge has been breaking him of bad habits. We are still struggling with plenty of those! (pulling on the leash, counter surfing, play biting when he gets excited…)
He is great at learning though and he always impresses me with that. He picks things up so quickly. Whether it’s in agility, trick training, playing games, or even just learning routines, he is always so eager to learn.
TTT:  What has your training regimen been for this dog?
Allison: Since Jeb has started agility, I think there hasn’t been a time he hasn’t been enrolled in a class. I try to take him to the field 3 times a week, and I do some conditioning and training at our house 2-3 times a week. I would like to work in some more cardio and cross training into his regimen, but it’s been difficult during the colder months. During the summer I take him swimming a good bit.
TTT:  What, if anything, have you learned or done training-wise with this dog that's new for you?
Allison: Everything! Ha!
It’s all new to me and I’m just trying to figure out what works for us along the way.
TTT:  Share your secrets: what's one silly thing you and your agility teammate do together when no one is looking?
Allison: Oh gosh… I have a few songs that I’ve made an agility parody of that I sing to him.
TTT:  One word that best describes this pup:
Allison: Perfect! ;)


Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Titles from Our January 2015 Trial

We had an outstanding weekend for LCDA's January trial--good weather, great competitors and dogs, and an amazing judge, Francisco "Paco" Berjon. Along with all of our usual fun, we had lots of exceptional runs and lots of new titles earned!

The weekend started with smiles and tears of joy as we rolled out our new special jumps honoring those LCDA dogs and handlers who have earned their ADCHs and PDCHs: Courtney and Sandy, Lori and Matilda, Randy with Justice and Circe, Anne and Hunley, and Wanda and Surfer Boy.

Commemorative Jumps for our proud ADCH and PDCH dogs and handlers!
l to r: Courtney/Sandy, Lori/Matilda, Randy/Justice and Circe,
Anne/Hunley, and Wanda/Surfer Boy.

Thank you to everyone who came out and played with their dogs, volunteered your time, and helped to make the weekend a success!  

Special congrats to those earning titles at the trial:

Wanda Usher and Sailor: Starters Standard AND Agility Dog
Mary Evans and Spring: Starters Jumpers, Starters Gamblers, Starters Relay, Starters Standard, AND Agility Dog
Sailor and Spring with all their trial bling!
Vanessa Routh and Bogey: Advanced Performance Jumpers
Diane Rutledge and Parker: Advanced Performance Relay
Karen McCray and Goldie: Advanced Performance Jumpers AND Advanced Performance Relay

Karen with Goldie and Diane with Parker:
What an Advanced Performance Relay Team!
Christine Vinciguerra and Rusty:  Performance Gambler Master
Randy Hunter and Cutter: Gambler Master
Elizabeth Ampleford and Kat: Relay Master
Courtney Holscher and Leila: Jumper Master
Alexis Chapman and Hula: Snooker Master
Alexis Chapman and Zumba: Gambler Master
Ruth Correia and Cheer: Relay Master AND Standard Agility Master

Christine and Rusty, Performance Gambler Masters!

Rebecca Schnulle and Koby: Gamblers Champion
Mimi Fountan and Joker: Gamblers Champion Silver
Lauren Hansen and Darci: Performance Snooker Champion Gold

To see more photos of our dogs and handlers from this and other LCDA trials and events, head over to our FLICKR page or Facebook Lowcountry Dog AgilityPics page.

Hope to see you all back at the next trial:  February 27-March 1, 2015.  Test schedule available on our LCDA website and at