Trapsyke Lancashire Heelers
Trapsyke Agilty Album
I began agility with my 4th heeler in 2004, and as soon as I started I wished I'd known about it as a kid with my previous heelers!
Flaxley, who was acquired from Enid at the rescue in 2003 (aged 2 yrs), took to the sport like a duck to water, his confidence in general increased and he became a lot more sociable and less nervous around strange people and dogs, and although we never really competed seriously (as he is a bit of a 'one shot wonder'- he'll do one fantastic run at a competition, and then roll over on his back, 'on strike' on the start line, as if to say- 'you carry on mum, I'll wait here 'til you get back'), he always held his own at internal club competitions and still enjoys the local fun shows that are held near us and normally goes clear, sometimes earning him a place.
I know he's not really 'old' at age 9 or 10 but he had a toe removed a couple of years ago due to cancer, and his little 'Queen Anne' front is starting to collapse so we no longer train regularly and often only run him over Micro sized jumps- but we'll carry on until he no longer wants to take part- and Flaxley is very clear about it when he doesn't want to do something! (much to the amusement of onlookers!)
My next agility heeler is Bellsmond Skuttle of Trapsyke (Thistle to her friends), bred by Lyn Bell in 2005. We began training when she was 11 months old, and she showed much promise, but developed motivation issues, (unfortunately, as she was progressing so well, I think we maybe expected too much and progressed to the more complex courses too fast which knocked her confidence) however, after a year or so break- to have puppies, we went back to basics, on tiny jumps and since then she's been great.
Thistle is still never going to win any Kennel Club shows, due to her steady pace (and the fact that at KC we have to begin in grade 3 due to my first agility dog, a fabulous Dobermann X GSD called Kulu), but Thistle is always accurate, gaining us many clear rounds- just not fast enough to be in the placings!
Recently Thistle has been teaching a ten year old child how to do agility, and her steady pace and willingness to run for anyone really benefits her in this- we may even enter the pair in some junior handling in the future!
Thistle's daughter Pan (Trapsyke Pandemonium) covered the basics at a puppy class when she was 7 months old, and because of what happened with Thistle, I then concentrated on showing, terrier racing and obedience until she was more mature.
We began training in earnest with Tuffley Agility Club when Pan was 20 months old.
This approach seems to have paid off, as Pan is awesome, really enthusiastic, accurate, and speedy with it! So far, Pan has only competed at the local fun shows but she won the 'Nursery' class trophy from the autumn series of shows- even beating several collies on speed and accuracy, and she is well on the way to winning the 'Beginners' class in the winter series!
I'll probably give her another season before competing her at the Kennel Club and UK Agility shows, to make sure we have really got the hang of the weaves, but I have a feeling we won't stay in grade 3 for long!
Trapsyke Lancashire Heelers
Trapsyke Agility Photo Album