Archive for April, 2013

Injured reserve list

Posted: April 9, 2013 in injury
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I’m sorry to report that Jagger’s had a minor injury of some sort. Over the last two weeks, he has at various times come up hopping on three legs briefly (one hind or another in the air) after sprinting. He looks sound within minutes, seems back to normal after a few days of rest and gradually increasing activity, but as soon as he sprints the injury is back. We’re taking it easy for a couple of weeks while we try to figure out what’s going on. It was disappointing that I had to pull him from both this round of online Agility Foundations Class as well as an upcoming local seminar on running contacts. But, better to be careful now than risk a more serious injury.

Jagger awaits his vet exam

I can has lollipop if I am good for vet-lady?

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There always seems to be a lot of discussion surrounding running contacts regarding how to decide whether or not you “should” train them. There’s somehow the implication that you “can’t” train running contacts unless you’ve completed a checklist that says you “should.” Personally, I have always thought that there’s nothing particularly special about them and that you don’t need a reason to train them other than that you like them. They are a labor of love, they take a long time, and you need to love them to go out and train them. Case in point, here’s what our dogwalk training looked like for the month of March:

I only train them 2 or 3 times a week, and I don’t tape every session, but this is a pretty good idea of what things look like. I probably spend 10-20 min total per session which includes warm up & cool down with plenty of time to play tug and rest in between efforts.