Wow on the agility. Sounds like it ties in well with hunt and field.
I feel for you on the fur. My girl comes from very furry lines. I'm not too excited about that part. I've been known to shear a dog down in the spring when the shedding gets to be too much.
Last weekend Connie Cleveland was up for a seminar. We signed up as a working team. Connie asks ahead of time what your problem is. Mine was very simple since Lucy's only 7 months old. She hates to be crated when it's not night time. When it's bedtime, she's fine. When I need to crate her during the day, she howls, digs, cries, and carries on for hours. She's totally covered in saliva from screaming. This makes it very difficult to attend events where she needs to be crated for periods of time waiting for our turn. It's downright embarassing. So Connie came up with the 3 cent solution. Take an empty water bottle with 3 coins inside. Then hit the side of the crate everytime she starts up and tell her quiet. I spent the entire weekend at the seminar with Lucy in a crate next to me, wacking the crate when necessary. By the end of the weekend (boy is she tough), she finally was fine. I was very surprised by how many people came and spoke with me about their own dogs that kept them from attending agility or obedience events because of the crate issues. So now Lucy is very good about the crate and seems to understand that she just has to wait sometimes. So any of you all run into this issue?
This weekend we will miss again. My husband has a 60 mile snow bike race up in Talkeetna. While we are up there I will take the dogs out and throw for them or hide bumpers in the snow. We've only had 40 inches so far this year (compared to 100 inches last year at this time). But Talkeetna has been getting several feet a week. So it should be interesting throwing in the snow.
Lucy is doing really well in her novice obedience class. The trainer thinks she is ready for competition next month.
~ Stacey with Hunter, Lucy and Riot, missing Reilly, Tiger and Pennie