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Agility Contests Go to the Dogs as Tiny Breeds Star in 'Petit Prix'
Wall Street Journal ^ | 2-1-12 | Claire Ansberry

Posted on 02/01/2012 6:15:57 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

PITTSBURGH—Amber, a canine athlete, recently won first place in an agility competition, narrowly beating out Daisy, a Chihuahua, in the 4-inch-tall category.

The 3-year-old, four-pound Yorkshire, who wore a ribbon in her hair for the event, cleared several hurdles and tunnels, zigzagged through poles and traversed a teeter-totter at an average two yards per second in a race against the clock. Amber's owner credits her success to practice and mentoring from a family member, Tiffany, who competes in the 8-inch category and has several titles, including Teacup Agile Dog Champion.

"Amber just follows everything Tiffany does," says Phyllis Bandi, who has a scrapbook filled with awards devoted to each of the Yorkshires.

Many animals compete in agility contests, which involve creatures, directed by their owner or trainer, negotiating timed obstacle courses. Feline events feature cats, enticed by a toy or feather on a stick, who attempt to clear hurdles, stairs and jumps without knocking any down, in under four minutes and 30 seconds. Some distracted cats have taken 15 minutes. Many contests are sponsored by the Cat Fanciers' Association, which has a feline agility coordinator and training video, offering tips on coaxing reluctant cats through tunnels.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: agility; cats; dogs; kittyping; smallbreeds Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: Joe 6-pack; Slings and Arrows

Agililty dog and cat ping!


2 posted on 02/01/2012 6:16:57 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Nothing more fun that watching a JRT "Working".

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They're extremely agile dogs who will climb trees if at all possible.
3 posted on 02/01/2012 6:21:10 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

4 posted on 02/01/2012 6:22:07 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: cripplecreek

A JRT on a mission is a sight to behold. Jacks have three speeds-asleep,all out and turbo.


5 posted on 02/01/2012 6:28:32 AM PST by Himyar
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I have a toy Yorkie and a Labrador Retriever. The Lab taught the Yorkie to retrieve and now the Yorkie runs circles around the Lab in retrieving. Never thought I'd have a little dog but have to admit, they're awesome!
6 posted on 02/01/2012 6:29:21 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Some distracted cats have taken 15 minutes.

The kitties figured out a long time ago that "They'll feed me anyway."
7 posted on 02/01/2012 6:30:24 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

These “dogs” are not really dogs.


8 posted on 02/01/2012 6:35:59 AM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen You up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: svcw
These “dogs” are not really dogs.

You're probably right. I'm more a fancier of the hound breeds, myself, and prefer a big dog. But there's a certain fascination in the little rodent-like things. I was recently given a half-Chihuahua, half-lemur critter and she has a good bit of charm as long as you don't expect her to kill a burglary or round up a herd of cattle as a real dog would. Meanwhile, it's pretty cute to have an Eohippus-type creature following me around.

9 posted on 02/01/2012 6:49:43 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: ottbmare

I am not a dog person, if I had been around when canines were being domesticated it would have never happened.
However, I am partial to Rhodesian Ridge-backs.
My daughter has a couple of Catahoula hounds, they are ok. Very loyal to the kids and have the energy to keep up.
I do like the “rodent-like thing” description.


10 posted on 02/01/2012 6:54:54 AM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen You up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: svcw
Oh, but they think they are, and it's all that matters.
11 posted on 02/01/2012 7:04:41 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

That is true. ;-)
I just wish those big dogs would stop thinking they are lap dogs.


12 posted on 02/01/2012 7:09:42 AM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen You up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

13 posted on 02/01/2012 7:13:37 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This helps me look forward to both the SB and the Puppy Bowl!


14 posted on 02/01/2012 7:18:19 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: cripplecreek

I used to have JRT’s. I loved racing them and doing go to ground.


15 posted on 02/01/2012 7:39:29 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Toy dogs are either physically sound enough, or they’re not. Not everyone is cut out to be a champion. Here’s the dog that won the 2011 toy dog class at the National Agility trial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxLPvLSmZQ0

She’s got it all because she’s an athlete AND she’s got one of the most accomplished trainers (of any breed) in the sport.


16 posted on 02/01/2012 7:46:11 AM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Darnright

OMG. That is amazing! My Golden was sort of a dunce at agility. He loved the jumps, the weave and the A frame, but he was scared to death of the dog walk and the teeter totter and just refused. Finally, we just stopped going because I decided that if he wasn’t having fun, what was the point?

He saw his “friend”, a GSD, fall off of the dog walk; and that just ended it for him. It is not like I could pick him up and put him on the aparatus at 80 lbs. LOL

What an enthusiastic little competitor!


17 posted on 02/01/2012 8:02:50 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The dogwalk is definitely one of the contacts that give advantage to the toy dogs. The board is wider for them than it is for the bigger dogs. So they can fly across, where the big guys need to slow down and be more careful.

I think you were wise to listen to your dog. Perhaps you could try a different sport he would like - Rally or even tracking, for example.


18 posted on 02/01/2012 8:10:45 AM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Just adorable. I’m afraid I’d have a bit of trouble trying to get my little 3 pound “couch potato” to participate in agility. Some days I’m lucky just to get her to “sit!”


19 posted on 02/01/2012 8:14:57 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: ottbmare

I used to have a friend with horses. Her farrier had a chihuahua. Every farrier has to have a dog. This was his.


20 posted on 02/01/2012 8:19:18 AM PST by Mercat
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To: goseminoles
We were out surveying our domain from atop the woodpile this morning.

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21 posted on 02/01/2012 8:23:01 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Darnright

The odd thing is that when my Golden watched as his “girlfriend”, the GSD, fell off the dogwalk, it blocked him from ever doing that again, although he’d successfully navigated the dogwalk before. But, the GSD got right back on and was the star of the dogwalk thereafter.

My Golden was having none of it. Once in a while he would lose concentration and successfully navigate the dogwalk, but then it was like one of those light bulbs went off over his head, and he thought, “Wait a minute. I don’t do dog walks.” And, he would balk the next time he was asked to do it. Very annoying.


22 posted on 02/01/2012 8:30:21 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: cripplecreek

He is a cutie.

I am a little partial to Rat Terriers but JRT’s are nice as well. We recently lost our Muffy, 13 year old Rattie. It was so sudden, unexpected and sad as hell.

We just found a breeder North of Tampa who had a litter in December. She had the perfect female puppy. We pick her up on Saturday.

Wanted to post a picture of new puppy but couldn’t figure out how to post a picture.


23 posted on 02/01/2012 8:33:27 AM PST by bbernard
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To: goseminoles; cripplecreek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fTQhXaDOOI

Environmental Agilty starring Just Jesse! Ignore the music. Just watch the dog.


24 posted on 02/01/2012 8:40:03 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: svcw

“These “dogs” are not really dogs.”

I agree. I think of them as fuzzy little lap animals but not dogs. Now, German Shepherds, Malamutes, Huskies, Dobermans, good old mutts——there are some dogs for you!


25 posted on 02/01/2012 8:59:10 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Biggirl

Puppy Bowl FTW!


26 posted on 02/01/2012 10:07:33 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Himyar; cripplecreek; goseminoles; bbernard

Fear the JRT! Fear it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTN5kTkdvME


27 posted on 02/01/2012 10:12:14 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

OMG, that is hilarious!


28 posted on 02/01/2012 10:15:01 AM PST by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: RedWhiteBlue

Gotta watch out for those JRT’s or they’ll open a can of Whoop-Ass on you. (A fun-sized can, but...)


29 posted on 02/01/2012 10:18:39 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That’s funny!!!


30 posted on 02/01/2012 10:19:16 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

Small dog, big heart.


31 posted on 02/01/2012 10:23:21 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Mine does that. He runs at me at a full sprint and leaps at me so I catch him.


32 posted on 02/01/2012 10:23:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

JRTs don’t act like little dogs at all. (other than wanting to sleep in my lap when I’m at the computer)


33 posted on 02/01/2012 10:26:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Jack Russell Playtime.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz-7d96xLNY&feature=related


34 posted on 02/01/2012 10:34:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: svcw; ottbmare

Little dogs are not rodent like. They are small canines! lol My chihuhua, Sammy, could probably run circles around a Jack Russel Terrier. Sammy loves to pretend he is a greyhound and gallops around the apartment. He has more energy than my bigger dogs had.


35 posted on 02/01/2012 10:35:55 AM PST by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: cripplecreek

Awww!


36 posted on 02/01/2012 1:15:35 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Mercat

Thanks for the ping.

BTW, have you seen this show? It’s a hoot. The feline version of the “Dog Whisperer.”
http://animal.discovery.com/tv/my-cat-from-hell/


37 posted on 02/01/2012 2:42:55 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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