Posted by: jility | December 5, 2012

There’s No Place Like Home

The subject for today’s Dog Agility Blog Event is Backyard Training.

About 6 ½ years ago, we decided to make some major changes in our lives.  We gave our Washington home to our son and his family, sold our California home and bought an RV with the money from that sale. We moved into the RV (or as we call her, The Global Warmer) full time. We only had seven dogs then. Now we have nine.

For the first five years, we traveled extensively across North America going from trial to trial. We bought four fold up jumps and stuck them underneath the Global Warmer with great intentions. We never took them out of the box until this summer when we gave them to a friend. Our plan was to take these four jumps to a park to train during our travels. That never happened.

We found that the only way we practiced while on the road was to find an agility field to rent. We did that by checking Clean Run as well as some other websites. We were pretty lucky to find some great places to train along the way.

Home base was still Washington. Our house, built by Sir Cussalot, sat on 55 acres, so there were lots of places to set up the GW for the summer and fall. We have our own agility field full of equipment while there, so training is only hampered by the amount of excuses I can find.

WA agility

Our Washington agility field

When in Southern California, we park at Sir C’s daughter’s place. There the girls have about 2 ½ acres to run. A lot less than Washington, but 2 ½ acres is Ponderosa sized for California. So we also have our own equipment on which to train while we enjoy the Southern California sunshine all winter and spring.

Out Temecula resting place for the winter

Out Temecula resting place for the winter

So, why am I even writing this blog about limited backyard training? I have no clue at all! I really have nothing of value to write, but since this is Blog Action Day, I felt I must write something.

I can tell you that my friend/instructor, Stacy Winkler of Vista, California, has done a video on using three jumps to perfect your dog’s understanding and your handling. Hopefully, this video will be released soon. It is fabulous for people who have limited space for training, or even for those who have acres and acres!

If you would like more information on this video, drop me a note and I will let you know when it becomes available. You can find my email on my website www.recipetowin.com

Happy backyard training!


Responses

  1. What part of WA state do you live in? I live between Mill Creek and Thrasher Corner with a Bothell address.

    • We are in Silver Creek. It is just the other side of Ethel, right next to Salkum and on the way to Harmony 😉

  2. See Helen!!!!!!!!! I do read all your posts now. The book arrived yesterday, and it is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know me so well that I would read it in print form rather than on the computer. We loved the dedication to Mel; what a guy. If I were rich, I would buy many copies and give it away for Christmas presents to my dog friends that really do try to learn about structure and improve it in their own breeding programs.

    Ernie is hanging in there. No blood this week, just plateletes. That probably means he is starting to produce some reds of his own. We got him compression socks and they are helping to bring the swelling down at least temporarily. He hasn’t worn them long enough yet to see if there will be any long term benefits. He was just thrilled last night that he could cross his legs for the first time in a month. We will have the results of the bone marrow biopsy next week so we will know more then.

    Let us know if you see any good movies. When they come out on DVD I will rent them so we do not lose out on all the movies.

    Take care. Miss you both MUCH

    Jane Quoting The Global Warmers :

    jility posted: “The subject for today’s Dog Agility Blog Event is Backyard Training. About 6 ½ years ago, we decided to make some major changes in our lives. We gave our Washington home to our son and his family, sold our California home and bought an RV with the m”

  3. I’d like to see Stacey’s video when it comes out.

  4. I can’t believe it’s been 6 1/2 yrs!

    • I CAN! LOL


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