Sunday, 27 February 2011

Training weekend in Tonsberg Norway

So its Sunday now and I am half way through my training weekend here in Tonsberg. Yesterday I had two groups both for 3 hours each where I was specifically doing handling with the groups and getting them to work on handling, timing and efficiency when negotiating certain sections of the course. Today I will do some more handling skills with them.

It snowed here for the whole day yesterday. We were in a greenhouse type place with astro turf flooring, which was heated also. It was very good training inside the venue.

I also have a session Monday 9am - 2pm after Sundays training sessions.


Thursday, 24 February 2011

Off to Norway this weekend!


So I have had a fairly busy week here doing lessons. Last weekend was also busy and although the ground on my course has been very wet and / or muddy, the training sessions have been good.

This Friday evening I am flying from Liverpool to Tonsberg in order to do 3 days of training classes at Tonsberg club. I am looking forward to going as I really like the people who I stay with and train. It is always productive and good fun.

I will update over the weekend.


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

My South Africa Youtube Video

I thought this was the best way to share my pics and memories with my friends. Hope you enjoy this video!


Friday, 11 February 2011

A Fun Course Plan

This is a plan of the course I was using this week for my lessons.

Some key tests/points:

Send on to the tyre
Wrong end tunnel
Independent Contacts
Go arounds

This make a enjoyable fast moving course. Have fun.


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Isle of Man training weekend

Isle of Man.

Last weekend Anna & I did a training weekend in the Isle of Man. We left on Friday night on a rather stormy evening for flying and made the short flight to the Island.

Saturday we split the training groups up into small groups of 4 or 5 who worked with each of us for and hour and a half. We then swapped groups after a short break.

In the afternoon we did the same thing with two groups who were competing and again spent an hour and a half with each group.

Both of us did a lot of work on turns (on preparing the dog for the turn its will make) verbal commands, timing, go arounds, pull throughs, body support and efficiency in handling.

We also worked a lot on analysing the path of the dog, and making sure as handlers we were not in that path of the dog. I was using my stop watch quite a bit, which enabled us to find ways to save time by handling in different ways.

The weather over the weekend was really rough, with a lot of rain and wind all weekend. Fortunately we were indoors, but flying back on Sunday evening on the small Flybe propeller plane was pretty fun, the approach to Birmingham resembling more a theme park ride than anything else!

This week I have lessons every day up until Sunday. Monday I spent laying a new land drain on to the course, as it has been very wet in recent weeks.


Thursday, 3 February 2011

This weekend

Am looking forward to visiting the Isle of Man again this weekend. It was back in 2009 I was last there, so it will be good to see everyone again and work on some more training ideas.

The UK weather is cold and wet.. it is a shock to the system from South Africa!