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Croatian Sheepdog Working Championship

 

Because of its size and complexity the Croatian Sheepdog Working Championship deservers our special attention. I hope that the event, which brings together the Croatian sheepdog owners and admirers and where we can show off our dogs knowledge and beauty, will become traditional.

 

 

Croatian Sheepdog Working Championship - official website.

 

IMPRESSIONS AND RESULTS

 

Agility

 

It's our main and most popular activity. I started to compete in agility in the year 2004 with Živa and Alenka started to compete in the end of the year 2005 also with Živa. At the moment both Alenka and I are on the sick leave from agility. Little by little Nuša is starting to work with Rea and I hope she'll learn to love the sport as much as I do. Of course she's wishing for her own dog for a start ;-)

 

With agility you should start young and enjoy it throughout your life into the golden years :-) - video featuring Nuša (6 years) and Živa (9 years), 4.11.2011:

 

 

 

Competitions, successes and failures (some of the more memorable ones at least) - RESULTS (2006-2012)

 

All that can go wrong in agilityju :-) - video AGILITY BLOOPERS

 

Videos from the competitions: http://www.youtube.com/user/Jasna73

 

Slovenian Agility Commission - official website.

 

 

 

Frisbee

 

First we used Frisbee mostly for the recreational purposes and Grom and Siva quickly learned to love a new kind of recreation. Alenka and I didn't thought much about Frisbee competitions until we attended a seminar with Jean McCollister and Manca Mikec in May 2009. We still mostly use Frisbee for recreation, bur we also participate at some dogfrisbee competitions competing in different disciplines (time trial, minidistance, medley relay, dog dartbee).

 

Športno društvo Flipsi Slovenija - Dogfrisbee Club Website

 

 

RESULTS

 

Bikejoring

 

It is a recreation or sport where a harnessed dog or team of dogs attached to a towline, pull and run ahead of a cyclist. Bikejoring is a non snow season (dryland) activity. The dog or dogs are fitted with harnesses suitable for pulling and running in. The harnesses are normally attached to a gang line (if more than one dog is being used), and a bungee towline, which clips to the front of the bicycle. Bikejoring usually takes place cross country on soft trails (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikejoring).

 

 

MORE ABOUT OUR EXPERIMENTS WITH BIKEJORING...

 

Herding

 

They are sheepdogs aren't they? So why wouldn't we try herding sheep? But Grom didn't show any interest in sheep except maybe biting one, if it came to close. Besides any chance for a seminar was hundreds of kilometers away and chances for training were... Until since the summer of 2012 seminars and trainings were organized near Ljubljana and they suddenly become affordable. So I could finally put to test my theory about how Rea could be a good herding dog.

 

MORE ABOUT OUR EXPERIMENTS WITH HERDING...

 

Rally Obedience

 

Is a new canine event in Slovenia officially recognized since 2007. In RO the dog and the handler had to perform different linked up exercises on the course previously set up by the judge. There are motion exercises that include heeling with direction changes, speed changes, different figures around the traffic cones and performance of different obstacles (jumps, a see-saw, a table, a tunnel, weave poles). Stationary exercises include the changes of the dogs body position in different sequences, staying in the place, adjusting the dogs position to the handlers position, handling at the distance and similar.

 

I started to do RO with Grom for the similar reasons as everything else, to try something new. It turned out that RO exercises (specially RO IV) are really useful for warming up at the agility competitions. I also managed to test our performance at the RO competitions.

 

 

RESULTS

 

IPS Obedience

 

I started with classical obedience (as we call it) a little bit to show the club colleagues how well can an agility dog does the obedience exercises, but mainly because I enjoy doing different things with my dogs (and Grom is always ready to work).

 

The basic obedience exam for the companion dogs with behavioral test (BH test) includes exercises at the training area (on-leash and off-leash heeling, sit in motion, down in motion with a recall and long down), testing the behavior of the dog in different situations in an urban environment and a written exam for the dog's owner.

 

 

RESULTS

 

The Conformation Shows

 

They're still not our most popular activity, but since we have a handsome boy Grom and now his pretty daughter Rea, we sometimes participate at the dog shows.

 

 

RESULTS

 

 

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