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August 14th, 2017 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Agility – Ziva’s 1st year

Hard to believe it was just a year from ACT 1 to Excellent for this team new to agility. On to Masters! Good girl Ziva!

She always tries everything I ask of her.  She has been an amazing first competition dog for me as we both work our way through all of these new experiences.

PAM Alta-Tollhaus Ziva VCD1 (CD, NAP, NJP, TD), BN, RE, TDX, AXP, AJP, ACT1, DN, TKA, HIC, TDI,TC, CGC

Ziva 2016 ACT 1 to 2017 Excellent

July 16th, 2017 by Lynda

Paw Palooza – Day 2

Today was day 2 of Paw Palooza and the Cape Cod Kennel Club was holding another dog agility demonstration. My mother and I went to the event early this morning with Aiden. We helped set up the agility equipment and get ready for the demo at 10:00am. Jack had to work today, but since this is an animal event and only two towns over from Harwich, he was able to come over for some community policing.

While Jack was still at the event we were approached by a gentleman who wanted to meet Aiden after seeing him in the demo. Turns out that he is looking for a GSD puppy. As we were  explaining how important it is to find a good breeder he told us that he lives in Michigan. What a coincidence!! We, ofcourse, told him Aiden was from Michigan and gave him all of the AT contact information.

…..we are still waiting for some business cards from you Julie!





It was a much hotter day. Aiden cooling his feetDSC04663

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Outside of the tent of the dog trainer who has used Aiden as the test dog for CGC and TDI we saw this poster. One of the pictures is of Lark, Aila, and Aiden.


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Have a great summer everybody!

See you next time!



July 15th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at Paw Palooza!

Today at the 2nd annual Paw Palooza members of the Cape Cod Kennel Club participated in a dog agility demonstration. No ribbons or titles for anyone here…this was just for fun! This was a way to introduce people to the sport of dog agility and how important it is for the dog and human to work as a team. It was a warm but cloudy day and there were crowds of people with dogs and children. We had a great time.

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This video was taken by someone Jack works with on a cellphone. It is very out of focus however we found it interesting to listen to the announcer and the crowd.

After the demo we walked around the various booths. Aiden makes friends wherever he goes. DSC04509







July 15th, 2017 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Ziva at the Western Lakes Training Club Agility Trial

After picking up 3 trick dog titles the day before,  Ziva was was entered June 9th and 10th at the Western Lakes Training Club agility trial in Buffalo, NY.

On Friday she finished 2 titles in one day!  She qualified on Friday in Excellent standard , but no one was available to video the run 🙁

Her second class of the day was Jumpers and she qualified with a first place.  The video of that run is posted below.

On Saturday, she was moved up to Masters.  In standard she had an excellent run, but I got her in a bad spot coming off the A-Frame and she knocked a bar, so no Q.

In Jumpers she qualified with a 3rd place and her 1st PACH points!

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June 26th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden’s busy, fun weekend

On Thursday (June 22nd) we drove up to Scarborough, Maine. The Collie Club of Maine was holding an agility trial at the Wassamki Springs Campground. We went to the trial site and set up our tent. This was to be our base at the trial….we were staying in a hotel not sleeping in a tent!

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We took Aiden for a walk around the campground and everyone wanted to meet him, including these two girls.6-22-17 (11)

On Friday morning Aiden’s first class was Premier Standard. He was the only 24″ dog to qualify and therefore placed 1st. Aiden was one of only 4 dogs out of 26 in the whole class to qualify.

His second class was Masters Standard. Aiden had a great run and qualified in 2nd place earning 26 MACH points.

By the time it got to Masters Jumpers in the afternoon the sun was blazing and it was nearly 80 degrees. It was a really nice course for large dogs and Aiden had a great run but unfortunately knocked the first bar on the double jump.

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After Aiden’s classes he had fun playing in the water.6-23-17 (90)

Saturday was day 2 of the Collie Club of Maine Agility Trial. This is a 3 day trail but we were only entered for 2 days. The day started out mostly cloudy, warm and very humid.

Aiden’s first class was Masters FAST. For the first time ever Aiden and I got all 80 points. We were one second over the course time therefore 1 point was deducted. Aiden qualified with 79 points and 1st place.

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The clouds started to break up and as the sun came out the temperature started to rise. Aiden’s next class was Masters Standard. He had a very nice run but unfortunately one bar came down.

In between classes there was an AKC evaluator on site offering the new AKC Novice Trick Dog Test. Aiden and I decided to try it out! A total of 10 “tricks” are required to earn the Novice Trick Dog Title unless the dog has a CGC. Since Aiden has his CGC he was only required to perform 5 “tricks”. For an agility dog this was fairly easy. Each “trick” had to be performed twice. Aiden had to walk across a balance beam, jump over a low bar, go through a tunnel, touch to hand and do a sit, down and come by hand signals only. Aiden passed and has now earned the Novice Trick Dog Title (TKN).

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The temperature continued to rise to 86 degrees. We took Aiden for a much deserved swim.6-23-17 (55)
Aiden’s last run at this trial was Masters Jumpers with Weaves. Aiden had a fantastic, enthusiastic run. He ran the course in 28.37 seconds and all the bars stayed up! He qualified with 2nd place and his 10th Masters JWW Leg earning his Masters JWW Title (MXJ). He also earned 16 MACH Points. This was a nice ending to a very nice trial.

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The reason we did not stay for the 3rd day of the agility trial was because Aiden was entered in the new AKC Farm Dog Certified Test hosted by the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club in Whatley, MA. The test is a series of 12 exercises that represent various situations that a dog may encounter in a farm environment. The dog must demonstrate self-control, confidence and obedience when exposed to livestock and other unique sights, sounds and scents that are found on a farm. After the agility trial on Saturday we drove to Deerfield, MA. On Sunday morning we went the test site. There were two tests scheduled, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with two different judges. There were 50 dogs entered for each test. The test was set up both inside and outside. Jack was able to get a few pictures of some of the “exercise stations” but was not able to get close enough to get pictures of everything Aiden had to do in order to pass the test.

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Loose leash walking around farm equipment with distractions – test 16-25-17 Farm Dog Test 1 (30)

Loose leash walking around farm equipment with distractions – test 26-25-17 Farm Dog Test 2 (18)Some of the livestock – the ducks6-25-17 Farm Dog Test 1 (1)

Dog calmly waits while handler feeds livestock6-25-17 Farm Dog Test 2 (23)

Jump up and sit on hay bale6-25-17 Farm Dog Test 1 (42)

The sheep6-25-17 Farm Dog Test 1 (12)

Reactions to other farm dogs – test 16-25-17 Farm Dog Test 1 (47)

Physical Examination – test 26-25-17 Farm Dog Test 2 (28)

Jack, Aiden and I went for a nice walk between tests

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Aiden passed both tests and earned his Farm Dog Certified Title (FDC).6-25-17 U-Ch, V, PAM Alta-Tollhaus Aiden IPO-2, VCD2 (CDX, OA, OAJ, TD), BN, RE, MX, MXJ, MXF, OAP, OJP, NFP, CA, DN, TKN, FDC, CGC, IT, TC, TDI

Aiden earned three new titles this weekend.6-24-17 Iphone (13)

U-Ch, V, PAM Alta-Tollhaus Aiden