Thursday, January 28, 2016

The 2015 Agility Year In Review

Well, 2015 is in the books and this weekend we begin the 2016 agility season. We had a pretty good year in the 2015.

In April, Keltic got his Agility Dog of Canada title putting him in Advanced in all events. He has since moved out of Advanced in both Jumpers and Snooker but he has yet to run a Masters level course. He needs only two more Gambles for his Advanced Games title.  Standards are another story. He did get one Advanced Standard Q in 2015, he needs three for his Advanced Agility Dog title and they might be hard to get as we are still working through weave and contact issues. At the end of 2015, it seemed like we had gotten past the start line stay problem; I guess we'll see if that's true on Sunday.

Agility Dog of Canada

We also did three UKI trials last year. Keltic did get one Q in Speedstakes.  He also was in the Kanine Kup for his third year. It was likely our last year as he gets a handicap now since he has the ADC title and he would get the same handicap next year even if he didn't have the title because the goal of K9 Kup is to prepare dog and handler teams for agility trials so they want to be able to offer the opportunity to other teams just starting out. Keltic's team did really well taking first place overall and placing first in the Standard event.

Snowdogs Unharnessed
Beckett also had a pretty good year. We went to the Canada Cup again and this time we actually got to run in the finals. In fact we got to run in the finals of all three events, not many dogs accomplished that.  We didn't place in any of those events but I was really happy with our performance.  We had done a UKI trial the day before the Canada Cup and I think four days was too much for Beckett. I thought perhaps we had a chance to place in the Steeplechase event but when it came time to do the the second set of weaves Beckett kept popping; I think he was too tired by then so we just went on without finishing the weaves.

Beckett flying at Canada Cup

Canada Cup Grand Prix Runs
Beckett also got his Expert Bronze Snooker this year; that's 10 qualifying scores at the Master level.  He finished the year with 24 qualifying scores; thus making the AAC Top Dogs list for 2015. You need 9 Q's to make that list.  During the year, we also reached a personal goal of 100 lifetime Q's and actually now Beckett has 108 Q's.  Beckett needs 3 Team Q's for Expert Bronze Team and 7 Standard Q's for his Expert Silver Standard title and Silver Award of Merit so that is what we will be focusing on this year.  Beckett also did some UKI trials and got 5 Q's; one in a game that AAC doesn't  have called Snakes and Ladders.

Expert Bronze Snooker

This year we are entered in the AAC Regional Championships, Keltic's first. Hopefully we will do well as Nationals are being held only two hours drive from home.

I'm hoping 2016 will be as fun as 2015 was with no injuries and lots of clean runs.


  1. You are such brilliant pups! We already know you'll ace 2016☺

  2. How cool that Nationals is so close to home! Fingers and paws crossed here for you.

    Happy 2016!

  3. Congratulations! Looks like you had a good year!


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