Garden League ~ Weeks 18 & 19 ~ August 2020

Garden League ~ Weeks 18 & 19 ~ August 2020 Go to Source You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here: GardenLeagueResults.pdf Both Weeks 18 and 19 are documented below. These games are perfectly nested… which means that you can transition from one game to the next without moving a bit of equipment. These games continue the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed. Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome. Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League. Recording fees are very inexpensive. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations. Week

May 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun Results

May 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun Results Go to Source Two clubs have reported results for the 50×70 Fast & Fun League in May. We continue reporting to acknowledge everyone who has the will and wherewithal to continue playing during these interesting times. We are using “historical” courses, which have been played before. The efforts of dogs playing in May earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP), as the historical performances were ranked with the new performances. And LPP is a measure of rank. 50×70 Fast & Fun May 2020 Results The May 50×70 Fast & Fun League featured a numbered course designed by Wayne Van Deusen. This is a historic course originally played in November 2016. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults. Results Follow this link to

NDAL 60×90 Masters Results

NDAL 60×90 Masters Results Go to Source Two clubs have reported results for the 60×90 Masters League in May. We continue reporting to acknowledge everyone who has the will and wherewithal to continue playing during these interesting times. We are using “historical” courses, which have been played before. The efforts of dogs playing in May earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP), as the historical performances were ranked with the new performances. And LPP is a measure of rank.   60×90 Masters May 2020 Results The May 60×90 Masters League featured a numbered course designed by Wayne Van Deusen. This is a historic course originally played in November 2016. A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults. Results Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most

Putin’s Plan for America

Putin’s Plan for America Go to Source In 2016 Putin and Russia launched a massive assault on America using social media platforms, like Facebook. If we ever return to normal (and we haven’t been turned into a white supremacist dictatorship) the efficacy of changing political fortunes using social media will require a very thoughtful study. One thing is certain, every Trump supporter plugged into social media spent 2016 sharing dozens, if not hundreds, of propaganda posts that were authored by hacker agents in the Ukraine, and Romania, and Moscow. Putin had an army of propagandists turning out stuff that was gleefully accepted by Trump Nation… no matter how lame and ridiculous and incendiary. What Putin wants for America, is for us to collapse, to suffer,

Writing a Lesson Plan for Agility Classes

Writing a Lesson Plan for Agility Classes Go to Source Our floor is always set for the current NDAL league course. Consequently, it’s natural that we will develop the lesson plan using the set of equipment on the floor. A lesson plan should be appropriate for the skill level of the handlers and dogs for whom it is intended. So the exercises that we would present to a Masters class is going to be dramatically different from what we present to a Novice class. This is the course that we will be running this week: Sketching Out a Plan A “break-down” format is a lesson plan that is based literally on the sequencing from the NDAL game of the week. The curriculum probably should include “freestyle”

Science Fiction Script Scenario

Science Fiction Script Scenario Go to Source There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call … The Twilight Zone. ~ Rod Serling Have you ever though that it might be kind of fun to write a science fiction story at the same time you are living it? An unreal science fiction is what our world feels like these days. We live in a world beyond

Social Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #5 ~ The Exploding Pinwheel

Social Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #5 ~ The Exploding Pinwheel Go to Source I haven’t written to this topic in several days. I mindful that some of the training objectives I’ve shared with you in our “Social Distancing” series take at least several days, and sometimes months, to master. Anyone who is doing the homework might take a moment to regale me with your adventures in dog training. I would be delighted to hear from you. Index to Social Distancing Training Objectives published on this blog Social Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #1 ~ Working your dog at a lateral distancehttps://wp.me/pmSZZ-1vR https://wp.me/pmSZZ-1vRSocial Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #2 ~ The Dead Away Sendhttps://wp.me/pmSZZ-1w0 Social Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #3 ~ The Back Passhttps://wp.me/pmSZZ-1w6 Social Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #4

Making a Small Difference

Making a Small Difference Go to Source I woke up this morning determined to make some small difference as our country and the world suffers the ravages of the COVID19 pandemic. I’ve heard it said before that if one person dies, it is a tragedy. But when a million die, it’s a statistic. I hate that idea and reject it down to my soul. The horrible thing about this virus is the terrible end that it brings to people. A sick and dying person is surrounded by people in masks, and as they endure their last wrenching painful bit of life, they cannot be near the people they love, cannot feel their touch or hug or kiss. They die lonely and abandoned in a

Social Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #4 ~ Named Obstacle Discrimination

Social Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #4 ~ Named Obstacle Discrimination Go to Source This is a lesson plan that ideally requires an A-frame (or dogwalk) and a pipe tunnel. But, don’t you know, if you have a small space and not a lot of big agility equipment, the basics of the training can be satisfied with a box with the ends knocked out (as a substitute for the tunnel)… and a board on brick (as a substitute for a contact obstacle. I published much of this lesson plan less than a year ago. But then… a year ago most people weren’t confined to home with the prospect of or the ambition for actually doing homework. This is the Named Obstacle Discrimination. The basic idea

Social Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #3 ~ The Back Pass

Social Distancing ~ Lesson Plan #3 ~ The Back Pass Go to Source This is a lesson plan that requires not much space and no agility equipment, and yet will allow you to teach your dog a valuable skill. This is the Back Pass. Teaching the Back Pass I have tried here to arrange below recordings I have done while teaching the Back Pass to my dogs. These should that demonstrate the simple praise and reward methodology. I refrain, as much as possible from editing out small failures because, in real life, small failures are a part of the training adventure. I’m hoping that you will appreciate pictures, and I will spare you the theory and lecture.   CedarComeByIntro   CedarComeBContinued   Prim Back Pass:   PhoenixBackPass.wvm   Back Pass in Competition; squaring to the weave