An Aiden and O’Connor update

An Aiden and O’Connor update

The weekend of December 7 – 9 Aiden was entered in the Yankee Golden Retriever Agility Trial in Amherst NH. 
On Thursday December 6th we met Mario for IPO training. Both boys did really well in all three phases.

Aiden in Protection
O’Connor in Protection

After training we headed up to NH. 

Over the weekend at the agility trial Aiden qualified in five classes including earning a Triple Q! Overall he earned four 1st places and one 2nd place.

Aiden with his Triple Q ribbons on Saturday

O’Connor got to have a mini puppy party with some other pups at the trial.
Jack and O’Connor hanging out at the trial

On December 19th O’Connor turned 11 months old.


On Saturday December 22nd Aiden and O’Connor met their friends, Lark and Hank, at Nickerson State Park in Brewster for a nice walk in the woods and around the pond.

Hank, Lark, O’Connor and Aiden

On December 23rd we found out that Aiden is featured on the cover of the January 2019 issue of Clean Run magazine. This is a national agility magazine.

Christmas Day

O’Connor, Dylan, Aiden and Lamont (the cat)

A walk at Bell’s Neck Conservation area in Harwich on Christmas Day

It has been our tradition for many years to spend our wedding anniversary on December 28th in New Hampshire at the 3 day Bearded Collie Club of America Agility trial. On Friday Aiden gave us a great Anniversary present…a Triple Q !!
After the trial on Saturday we went for a lovely walk with Aiden and Connor at the Joe English Reservation area at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center in Amherst. The boys had a great time running in the woods and splashing in the stream!

There are TWO GSDs in this picture

Overall Aiden qualified in 7 out of 11 runs with five 1st places, a 2nd and a 4th place and earned his Time to Beat Preferred (T2BP) Title. Not a bad way to end the year! It was a fun weekend, doing what Aiden and I both love…playing agility! Jack and Connor had a good time too!

Alta-Tollhaus Aiden and his son, Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor

A Double Q Weekend for Ziva!

A Double Q Weekend for Ziva!

Now that Ziva & I are getting back to the game after 5 months off for my illness, I entered her in the Flat Coat Retriever Agility Trial. What a great return to the game! Double Q’s and placements on Saturday and Sunday, an Open FAST leg and a Masters Standard Bronze title! What a good girl!

Saturdays JWW course-if only I could learn to keep my arm down when I run.  It really slows her down :(

Sundays Standard Course

She also had to check out the Grinch!

Aiden and O’Connor at the Thanksgiving Agility Cluster

Aiden and O’Connor at the Thanksgiving Agility Cluster

Each year at Thanksgiving we head out to Springfield, MA to the “Greatest Show on Dirt”, the Thanksgiving Agility Cluster.

This year was O’Connor’s first Cluster (not as a competitor), he tagged along to support his dad, Aiden! This is a very large, busy, noisy four ring agility trial, with over 500 dogs entered, going on at the same time as an AKC conformation, obedience and rally trial.

Great exposure for a young dog.

As usual we drove out on Thanksgiving Day and set up our crates and chairs at the Eastern States Exposition Fairground and then had dinner at the Storrowton Tavern.

On Friday we woke up to this…

Aiden’s first class of the day was Time to Beat Preferred. He had a clean run and qualified coming in 2nd for 9 points.

The second class was Premier Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. Aiden had a good run but knocked one bar down.

Next up was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. Aiden had a great run on a tough course but unfortunately got a refusal when I did a rear cross.

In between classes we took the boys out for a nice long walk despite the frigid temperature.

Connor found a Styrofoam ring that he thought was great fun to play with

The 4th class was Premier Standard Preferred. Aiden qualified in 1st place.

Aiden’s 5th and final class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred and Aiden was still raring to go! He qualified in 2nd place and earned 23 PACH points.

Aiden’s first day ribbons

On Saturday Aiden’s first class was Premier Standard Preferred. This was a very hard course with the second jump being a “backside”. Bad handling on my part caused Aiden to crash into the first jump as I was so concerned about getting him to the backside of the next jump I called him to soon.

The second class was  Masters Standard Preferred. Aiden had another good run but one bar came down.

During an agility trial this large there is always “down time”. We took advantage and brought Connor to the AKC Trick Dog testing area. Each dog is required to pass 10 tricks for the Trick Novice Title. Since Connor has already passed the Canine Good Citizen Test, that counts as 5 “tricks” so he only had to do 5 more.

Walk across balance beam

“Get on” to a table or step with four paws

Jump a low bar

“Touch it” hand or target


Connor passed the Trick Novice test and earned his Trick Novice Title (TKN)

Back to agility…Aiden’s 3rd class was Premier JWW Preferred. This was another challenging course. Aiden had a nice run but took an off-course tunnel.

Aiden’s 4th class was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. He qualified in 3rd place with 19 PACH points. This was his 25th Masters JWW leg and he earned his Masters Jumpers Preferred Bronze Title.

The final class was Time to Beat Preferred. Aiden had a clean run and qualified in 1st place for 10 points.

Aiden with his day 2 ribbons

The boys with their New Title ribbons

VP Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor BN RN TK CGC (10 months old)

and his sire



Ziva at the Dog Obedience Training Club of Rochester Agility Trial May 2018

Ziva at the Dog Obedience Training Club of Rochester Agility Trial May 2018

Ziva was entered in the Dog Obedience Training Club of Rochester Agility Trial in Webster,  NY.  the weekend of May 19th.   This is our club trial so it was nice and close to home  🙂  It is getting more difficult for me to run, so I don’t know how many more trials we will be able to enter.

Ziva’s first class on Saturday was Novice Fast.  I had forgotten she had 2 legs from last year, so at this trial we got to try our luck for that last leg!  She Q’d with 1st place for her title!  No video, but got her title in the mail 🙂














Ziva next class was Master JWW.  She had a nice jumpers run and Q’d with 3 rd place.  I was able to get a video of her run below.

Her next class was Master Standard, but I was not able to get a video of her run.  In spite of my handling errors, she managed to Q for a double Q for the day!




On Sunday 5/20 her first class was Masters Standard.  I accidentally pulled her out of the last weave pole and lost the Q 🙁

We also had to have a small discussion at at start about holding her start line stay before I released her.


Our second class of the day was Masters JWW.  Ziva had a nice run and we Q’d with 3rd place.   The course had several lines that looked straightforward, but were tricky and caught many dogs.  There was a less than 25%  Q rate on this course so I was very pleased we were able to negotiate it successfully.


She is such a good girl, accommodating me getting slower.

Aiden and O’Connor update; events since our return from the GSDCA National

Aiden and O’Connor update; events since our return from the GSDCA National

On Friday October 26th O’Connor took the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test at Tail Waggin’ Dog Training. Here are some photos from parts of the test.

“Accepting friendly stranger”

“Grooming and examination”

“Walking through a crowd”

“Coming when called”

“Reaction to another dog”

O’Connor passed the test and earned his Canine Good Citizen Title.
At just over 9 months old he is:
VP Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor BN, RN, CGC

On Sunday October 28th Jack and I took Aiden and O’Connor to Crosby Beach in Brewster for a walk on the flats. The last time they were on the flats was on April 28th when Connor was just over three months old. (Dogs are not allowed from May 1st to October 1st.) We all had a lovely walk.

4/28/18…..Connor at just over 3 months old.

and on 10/28/18…Connor at 9.5 months old



The “boys” were not interested in watching Monday night football but were happy to hang out with us! Lamont, our cat, was in the room with us too…on Jack’s lap!

This past weekend (Nov. 3rd and 4th) Aiden was entered in the Cape Cod Kennel Club’s Fall Agility Trial in Westborough, MA. As this was the CCKC’s trial I headed up on Friday afternoon to help with the set-up. Jack was not able to go with me so Dylan and Connor stayed with him and I just took Aiden with me.

Aiden had two great days on challenging but fun agility courses.

On Saturday:

In Masters JWW Preferred Aiden qualified in 1st place and earned 20 PACH points.

He had a good run in Masters FAST Pref but his handler messed him up and he knocked a bar which was part of the Send Bonus…before he even started the Send…bad handler!!

In Masters Standard Preferred Aiden qualified in 1st place, earning 26 PACH points and a Double Q!

On Sunday:

In Masters Standard Preferred Aiden qualified in 1st place and earned 24 PACH points

In Time to Beat Preferred Aiden qualified in 1st place

In Masters JWW Preferred Aiden qualified in 1st place, earned 22 PACH points and Double Q.