Dachshunds can do Agility!

Dach_Agility_0913-2Joy Gonszor writes:

On the 1st September 2013, 23 Dachshunds took part in the first ever Dachshund Agility Competition. A massive thank you to Yulia Titovets who has worked tirelessly to organise a number of Dachshund Agility training classes over the summer and the competition itself.

Little Revel End has become home to the Dachshund Agility as it is a purpose built dog activity agility flooring, which is perfect for Dachshunds as it offers support as they cover the jumps and with purpose built small equipment. Competitors and Supporters arrived early morning to home baked cakes made by Kate Webbe and Alex Gonszor. Alex was also our time keeper for the day, keeping a close eye on all the faults and rounds.

The competition kicked off with Puppy Jumping: 1st Mia and Marion Philipson, 2nd Marcel and Emma Cole, 3rd Sweep and Lia Curtis. Puppy Agility: 1st Marcel and Emma Cole, 2nd Sweep and Lia Curtis, 3rd Mia and Marion Philipson.

 

We moved on to the Beginners’ Classes. Jumping: 1st Basil and Emma Newman, 2nd Dennis and Tom Boyer, 3rd Betsy and Becca Moody, 4th Holly and Joy Gonszor, Special Prizes: Ollie and Lia Curtis, Daniel and Marion Philipson. Agility: 1st Basil and Emma Newman, 2nd Oscar and Suzie Veszpremi, 3rd Dennis and Tom Boyer, 4th Ollie and Lia Curtis, Special Prizes: Daniel and Marion Philipson.

Final rounds were Advanced Classes. Jumping: 1st Miley and Sam White, 2nd Cassius and Sarah Anderson, 3rd Toffee and Lisa Parker, 4th Truffle and Joy Gonszor, Special Prizes: Stanley and Lia Curtis, Jensen and Delianne Meenhorst

Beau and Hadley with Becca Moody, Ernie and Sara Freeman, Betsy and Craig Baker. Agility: 1st Jeffrey and Jenna Chesham, 2nd Miley and Sam White, 3rd Toffee and Lisa Parker, 4th Ernie and Sara Freeman, 5th Betty and Sarah Goulding, Special Prizes: Stanley, Jensen, Truffle, Beau, Hadley, Cassius, Betsy, Louie with Sarah Goulding.

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A special mention to Holly who was the oldest Dachshund to take part in the competition at 7 years. Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? There was a lovely range of prizes won and a special mention to our sponsors: Bob and Lush, Lily’s Kitchen, Barking Heads, Angell Petco, SausageDogHotel, Matt Wyman, Little Revel End Kennel and Cattery, Four Little Paws Photography and Joy Gonszor.

 

 

Quotes from the day:

Sam White with Miley the Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund:  “Miley really enjoys agility and literally flies around the course. I struggle to keep up with her, and I’m sure the reward of sausage at the end helps motivate her. After all she is a sausage dog!”

Emma Newman (Pet Advisor for the Dachshund Breed Council Health Sub-committee) and Bail the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund:  “I have had a great time learning agility with Basil. Yulia is a very patient teacher and we have learnt a huge amount in just a few sessions. We are looking forward to continuing over the winter – as well as being great exercise for hound and handler. The sessions are great fun and very friendly. I think getting involved in any suitable activity with your Dachshund helps build the bond between you.”

A great day was had by everyone and I would recommend Agility to anyone with a Dachshund. The dogs have a great time and as an owner it’s a joy to watch them. I am certainly looking forward to the continued training that Yulia is offering over the winter, please contact us for training dates (Oct 20th/27th 2013) and for the next competition which we are hoping to hold in the Spring of 2014.

[photos courtesy and copyright of Yulia Titivets]

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