Sunday, 30 December 2012


This is a blog about a sport that myself and wife, +Susi Cooper, partake in with our dogs (more on them later).  For those of you who don't know about dog agility, it is a competition for dogs of all shapes and sizes to compete over a course of obstacles.  Each dog is timed where the fastest dog without faults wins.  Faults are picked up by knocking a jump down or failing a piece of equipment.

We currently own four poodles.  Two toy bitches (Doople and Shadow), one miniature dog (Zazu), and one standard bitch (Winnie).  You can find out more on them in the 'Dog' tab.  I also run a friends collie called Storm.

We Started agility training with them a little over two years in autumn 2010.  At the time we only had Doople and Shadow, Winnie was only 10 months old.  We had previously competed in flyball with them.  This is essentially a relay race for involving a dog running over hurdles to fetch a tennis ball.  We wanted to do more with our dogs so we decided to take up agility.  Once we started we were hooked and have never looked back!

We train at Barking Mad near Kettering, Northamptonshire with Den and Niki Keeler.  They have both taught us so much and we really appreciate everything they give.  They are great trainers and helped us to work well with our dogs and also to enjoy them more.  The only downside is that now me and Shadow have started to beat them, only occasionally but it's a start!  The Barking Mad website can be found here:

I am going to write about the shows we go and how we get, mainly so I can track how we have been doing but others may (or may not!) find it interesting.