Our Star Beagles: One, a superSTAR… the other, a disaSTAR! ;)

So, this morning, the 4 of us trekked off to Goldfields in Bedfordview again, to try our hands at an Open Agility Show again. It was hosted by the Collie Club to raise money.

We (@peter_vs and I) decided – after our dismal performance at the last show – that we would take a treat on the course and automatically disqualify ourselves. (The reason being, that we wanted the beagles to at least stay with us, and finish the course, instead of just running off to sniff on their own mission. The grounds are unfamiliar to them, so we just need to keep trying and we’ll get there soon enough!).

First up, was the contact course… Peter & Oscar did very very well! And Harry & I also did pretty well (Harry missed the tyre jump and was a bit silly at the weaving poles).

Then we did the non-contact course… Harry did fantastically until about the 8th obstacle (8 out of 16) and then went off to some guys who were eating burgers on the side! Oscar did very nicely and Peter decided to leave the treat off the course in the Dog Jumping round.

Dog Jumping is very similar to Show Jumping in the horse world. All the dogs who get a clear round in the same class move onto a jump off. So, Harry was a complete idiot, and stopped to sniff EVERY SINGLE weave pole… up and down! Arrrrggg!! Oscar and Peter did BRILLIANTLY!!!! Without a treat and were the ONLY pair in our class with a clear round… which means… FIRST PLACE!! WOO HOO!! So, Oscar got a rosette, a toy, and a signature on his card (He needs 3 signatures for 1st place to move onto the next grade)

First Place at the Show!

First Place at the Show!

I am so very proud of Peter and Oscar!! Although, I have to say, that I am very proud of Harry too… even though he was a complete dumbass, it was still much much MUCH better than our last attempt! And it WILL continue to improve each time :)

Here is the Champion SuperStar Beagle…


Everyone was so supportive and proud of us too! Beagles are not very common in the agility world, because they are so hard to train, especially in agility.

So, all in all… yay for us!

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5 Responses to “Star Beagles”

  1. Kathleen Weaver says: |

    Very nice! I still believe you just need to take off an run and they will try to keep up with you.
    We start our season in a few weeks.

  2. Tanya says: |

    i run as fast as i can (granted – it’s not really all that fast!)… But we are all doing our best and having lots of fun and learning in the process!

  3. Virginia says: |

    Hi there,
    well done sounds like you and the boys had a successful outing. Also sounds like your boys have different personalities which is great. If they were similar in to many ways it would be boring…. have a good day :)

  4. Tanya says: |

    @Virginia yes, they are very different! Harry is calmer and not as toy or food driven as oscar. Oscar is very funny on the course… if he has had enough, he stops and howls at peter… as if to say “you want me to do it, give me a treat!” … its very funny and the crowd seems to love it!

    Such fun though!

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