I'm Jennifer living near Atlanta, Georgia. This blog is about my greyhound adventures. Thank you for letting me brag about my wonderful greyhounds and share our ups and downs as we train and compete in agility and obedience. We have also done a little dock jumping, tracking, swimming, and lots of hiking. No couch potatoes on this blog! My hounds still work and play for a living and they love every minute of it!
"Riley" (age 7 years) MACH Never A Doubt CD Cute As A Button Trail Blazer Ex-Racer #2 Agility Greyhound 33 QQs ~2300 MACH Pts
"Seven" (Age 5) MACH Never Satisfied Drama Queen "Pain & Gain" Movie Star Ex-Racer #5 Agility Greyhound 27QQ ~2000 MACH Pts
"Maddie" (age 1) Kells Never Drink Mad Dog 20/20 My First Puppy Coursing Bloodlines Future Star
BEHIND THE SCENES
Reagan (age 6 years) "Never Swing Left OA NAJ" Unrealized Talent House Dog Yodeler Hilarious
Katie "MACH Never Had Braces UD" 05/17/1998 - 10/21/2010 1st MACH Greyhound 14th Utility Dog Greyhound #5 Greyhound in AKC Agility Retired Oct. 2007 1 Squirrel Catch Kong Excavator Extraordinaire Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Travis MACH2 Never Expected CDX 06/08/1998 - 07/26/2008 #1 Greyhound in AKC Agility 1st GH to earn 2 MACHs Junior Jumper Dock Dogs title A Stunning, Sexy Dog Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Jessie Never Make It FCh CD NA NAJ 08/03/92 - 05/12/04 2 Coursing Best of Breeds #19 ASFA GH out of 300+ in '97 Greatest Teacher My Screw Up Dog
"Teresa CD AX AXJ" 1994? - 11/17/06 #6 Greyhound in AKC Agility Most Humbling Excellent Hiking Companion Coursing Field "Chump" Safe, Slow, and Sweet
At Maddie's age, she is still too young to do any serious training. She needs to be fully grown with growth plates closed (about 15 months) before starting to climb big agility obstacles, jumping 24 inches, and weaving.
One of the nice things about working with a 6 month old is that there is no rush or timeline. If she learns something between now and 18 months, I feel well ahead of schedule as all my other dogs started at 2 to 3 years. With competitions on the calendar, I feel self-imposed pressure to make sure Seven and Riley do a certain amount of agility and obedience each week. But with Maddie, it is all no big deal.
I am really pleased with Maddie's cone work. Basically, it is just a tight turn. Most jumps have wings so in the future she will need wrap around wings to do tight turns over jumps. We just do a few of these at a time. Recently, Maddie started galloping around the cone which I love.
The second thing on the video is an introduction to rear crosses. I am just teaching her to turn away from me when I use an opposite arm.
And then the last thing is just a little intro to jumping. I just want to introduce her to running between the jump stands and following my hand.