Kinda late – but here are all my runs from the WAO with little Miss Funkee Monkee. We had such an amazing time at this event. We’ve come so far as a team together and I really felt like she had my back all weekend! Came home with 2 gold medals! One in Pentathlon and the other in Biathlon. #itrustmydog #bettersorrythansafe #gobigorgohome #teamcanada #kaylmccanndogs #oneminddogs
Starting in August, life slows down a little for me and I will have some more availability for private lessons. Here is the info:
– Lessons will be held at the McCann Agility Arena
– Private, semi private or small group lessons.
– I will send out dates and times I have available throughout the month. Dates are dependant on my teaching/competition schedule and the availability of Arena.
– Dates & Times will be booked on a first come, first serve basis.
– Days available will most often be Thursdays & Fridays (Day Time Hours)
– Topics can range anywhere from Puppy Foundation to Skills to International Handling.
Please contact me at McCannKayl@gmail.com to be added to the email list.
Kayl McCann Dogs/McCann Professional Dog Trainers
OMD CAMP will be available to premium members on July 3rd for registration, everyone else can register starting July 10th. Spaces are limited!
Please note: The camp is being held at McCann Dog Training Centre in Flambrough, Ontario
YOU MUST REGISTER THROUGH ONEMIND DOGS.
McCann is not responsible for registrations. Find that info below.
Going to be a great event! But be READY to enter, it’s going to fill FAST!
So excited to announce that I will be combining forces with Jaakko Suoknuuti from Finland for my OneMind Dog camp in August! The seminar will be hosted at our beautiful indoor facility in Flamborough, Canada. You can watch our virtual tour in the comments link below.
WORKING SPOTS ARE CURRENLY FULL but if you’d be interested in working with us, please let me know and I’ll add you to the waiting list. Plans always change, so the waiting list is a good option! EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
VALUE OF AUDITING! I’m sure that one of the reasons I learned the OMD methodology so quickly is because I was an eager auditor at the first seminar I attended with them a few years ago. I literally stuck to Jaakko like a shadow, listened to him tell the handlers the same things over & over again…..until it stuck in my brain! I have a hand written OMD manual of notes that I wrote that weekend as well. I encourage you to come to audit and get a chance to learn from one of the creators of OMD.
Thursday, August 27 – 1 day handling seminar with Jaakko (International course level)
Friday-Saturday, Aug 28-29 – 2 day handling seminar with Jaakko & Kayl (International course level)
Sunday, August 30 – 1 day seminar with Kayl & Jamie Moreau (Introduction to OMD handling techniques and learning the application in short sequences
Currently writing this on my phone from my very own bed (which feels like a cloud btw)
After 26 hours of traveling, the girls and I are finally home. It was so nice to see my parents & Ken again, not to mention my other dogs (my puppy grew so much!)
I have so much unpacking & video unloading to do – I was fortunate to have some awesome people video my runs while I was away (thanks to those who helped with that!) I will post those videos & update my website once I get more settled.
I don’t think I will come down from this high anytime soon. Between Slyce & Funkee Monkee, I ran 20 courses this past weekend at the WAO World Championships and I ran 15 of them with clear rounds. I came home with 14 ribbons including 4 GOLD medals 🙂
This event is so much harder to achieve medals at. The Pentathlon consists of 2 Standards, 2 jumpers & 1 sweepstakes (finals), the Biathlon consists of 1 jumpers & 1 standard, the Games consists of 1 Snooker & 1 Gamblers and Team Pentathlon consists of 2 Standards, 2 jumpers & 1 4-dog relay.
Slyce had her last run on the international stage as she is 11 and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend from her. That dog has one of the biggest hearts I know & is so special to me. She has taken me all over the world and has won the most gold medals of all my dogs! At this event last year, she won the Silver in the Pentathlon. This year 2013 – We finished by winning the overall GOLD medal in the Games Biathlon. It was a pretty surreal moment coming out of the ring with her- knowing that was our last international run & also knowing she won GOLD. Gives me goosebumps thinking about it!!!
Funkee Monkee – where so I begin? My little black beauty gave me everything she had this weekend. Getting to spend some one on one time while away really helped our connection & allowed us to really rely on our team work. I trusted her to do her job and knew my job was to RUN!!! Fun ran 10 clean out of 13 and ended up winning GOLD in every Individual class offered. Pentathlon (5 runs) Biathlon (2 runs) and Games (2 runs).
2013 World Champion – Slyce and 3x World Champion – Funkee Monkee.
Hard work, good training & handling, mental preparation & a little luck is the perfect combo for a weekend that I will never forget! Hope to try again in Italy 2014!!!
Now back to my cloud….. 😉
Last weekend I judged my very first USDAA Trial.
Earlier this year I attended a judges clinic (which was one of the most challenging courses I’ve ever taken!!) After 4 long grueling days & multiple exams, I was awarded my Starters & Advanced Judging certificate!
I was lucky enough to be asked by my good friend Mary Ellen Barry to come out to Barto, PA and judge my first event. Because I’m a rookie, I needed to be under the supervision of a more experienced judge. I got JANET GAUNTT as my superviser!!! For those who do not know her, she is one of the most influential people in the USDAA & one of the most respected judges in the business! You can only imagine how nervous I was!!!!
Before departing on my 8 hour drive to Barto, PA – I was seriously considering finding a way to somehow get out of this whole “judging thing”. 2 days prior I had arrived home from Spain where I competed with 2 dogs at the World Agility Open Championships. Although I came home with a heavy suitcase & nothing to complain about – I was extremely sleep deprived, over stressed & jet lagged!!! I was terrified to go and have to judge with my brain functioning at a less then stellar level!!
Of course with the support of my family & wonderful bf (that drove both directions to Barto) I decided to suck it up & give it my best. When I got the hotel, I was greeted with a smile & a little goodie bag to help ease my stress for the weekend. Alaina Axford-Moore was in charge of Judges hospitality – and let me tell you – This girl is AMAZING! I literally felt like a rockstar. So nice!.
On Friday, when I arrived to the trial, I had no idea what to expect. I met with Janet & we went over building courses, trial efficiency etc. I already knew Janet was a genius, but she was such an amazing teacher. She had so many great tips & suggestions for me. I tried to memorize her every word! She has such a great way about her – I couldn’t have had a better mentor for my first time! By the end of the weekend – we were comfortable working with one another & enjoyed lots of laughs. She made me feel very confident & comfortable. Getting a “You did a great job” from her at the end of the weekend was exactly what I needed to get me hooked!
Mary Ellen Barry, George Mariakis, Helen McNenly, Judy Reilly, Tom Kula and so many more people where so helpful all weekend. What a great group of people 🙂 I really had nothing to worry about! haha. After the first couple dogs went, I remembered that I know quite a bit about this sport and I just needed to trust my gut instinct.
Many people have asked if I will be doing more judging now & less handling of the dogs. That answer is a No-Brainer for me….. I would much rather be in the ring with my dog, then judging…. BUT…. I really enjoyed seeing agility from another perspective. I love the creative part of judging & l loved watching the different handlers & dogs run my courses in many different ways.
Hope its not too long before my next judging assignment! Big Thanks to Orchard Hill for the opportunity to get my feet wet & thanks to Janet Gauntt for being… well… Awesome 🙂
Final Day & Recap of the USDAA Regionals in Barto, PA: Both girls made finals in Steeplechase & Grand Prix. There is a lot of pressure at these event s because you are both trying to win a podium spot & more importantly earn a bye in to the semi finals at Nationals. Nationals (Cynosport World Games) are being held in late October in Nashville, Tennessee.
Funkee had a decent Grand Prix run but was a little “slow” over the first 4 obstacles. I had run in her in another ring just minutes before. Once we got going though, she starting running like her normal self. We ended up 3rd overall winning the bronze medal & a bye to semis. Then we had Steeplechase Finals – she was on Fire!!!! We won 1st place (by 1 second) over some fantastic dogs, the Gold Medal and another bye in to semi’s 🙂
Slyce had a fabulous weekend. She ran 13 of 13 runs free of errors! I remember when Ping Pong got to this point. When you run this much together as a team – things more easily fall in to place. I feel so comfortable running her & boy can she still work at 11 years old. She posted many of the fastest times all weekend. Slyce earned a bye in to both GP & STP semi finals at Nationals. We won the Silver medal in Grand Prix Finals, another Silver medal in Steeplechase Finals & also the overall Gold Medal in the DAM Team event. She was teamed with 2 fab members of the USA World Team. Really enjoyed my weekend with Slyce.
That brings me to Baby Grand Slam 🙂 we had some shakey moments due to lack of experience running together, but overall I was happy with all his moments of brilliance. If I think back to Slyce (his mom) at age 2, Slam is eons ahead of her as far as his training. She was a wild screaming maniac that I couldn’t get around a course clean at first. Slam is fast, but luckily doesn’t scream or try to do anything but what I tell him 🙂 we need to keep running courses & developing some team work. Excited about this boys future though.
I stayed with my parents in their trailer this weekend. I normally stay in hotels, but I must say – I LOVED the trailer. It’s making me really consider buying one of my own – or a small motor home. What a convenience to stay right at the show site. The dogs were relaxed – waaaaay easier when you have a 4 month old toy poodley doo puppy. Saturday the Keystone Agility Club hosted a BBQ for the judges & all the Campers. It was a blast. Awesome food & a chance to get to know some new people. I introduced them to the game of “flip cup” which essentially is a university drinking game. We had a riot. Get a bunch of people with a highly competitive edge & add beer – you know it’s gonna be a good time 🙂
Overall a great weekend. Ontario Regional Championships next weekend in Cookstown.
Our team won the Gold Medal in the DAM event. Our team was called “High Jacked at the Border” – With Ivette White & Zip (USA), Mary Ellen Barry & E-Z (USA) & Myself & Slyce (CAN) – Slyce ran all 5 team events clear of faults.
Funkee Monkee – Bronze Medal in the Grand Prix Finals – earning a bye in to the Semi Finals at the Cynosport World Games.
Slyce – Silver Medal in the Grand Prix event – also earning a bye in to the semi finals at the Cynosport World Games
Funkee Monkee – Gold Medal in the Steeplechase Finals – Paycheck & a bye in to the Semi Finals at the Cynosport World Games
Slyce- Silver Medal in the Steeplechase Finals – Paycheck & a bye in to the semi finals at the Cynosport W
Finally home & unpacked from the weekend where I competed at the AAC Ontario Western Regional Championships. I handled 3 dogs this year which I haven’t done in a while! The event was very well organized & ran very smoothly.
Overall I had a pretty successful weekend. All 3 dogs made their qualifications needed to compete at the Nationals held in Edmonton in August. All 3 dogs also made top 10 🙂
Funkee had a few great runs, but the heat really got to her. Poor little black thing gets so hot. We had a few bars this weekend which is SO UNUSUAL! She isn’t really a bar knocker and those few faults took us to 3rd place in the 16″ regular division.
Slyce & I had a great weekend. She won Jumpers & Gamblers with 2 smokin runs. She was one of the few dogs to get the dreaded Gamble on Saturday. I had an unfortunate handling error in the last course which bumped us from the top to 4th place in the 22″ Regular Division. Still – for 11 years old – pretty awesome.
Baby Grand Slam – Such a good boy. I have spent so much time training this dog & his skills are very well developed already, but what we don’t have is ring experience. I have to remind myself of that when I step in the ring with him. When we train – we are normally on the same page – but this was only our 3rd trial together. He did very well for a young dog. We had some great gambles classes & only 1 bar in both jumpers, 1 bar in standard 1 and a refusal in Standard 2. No off Courses & his running contacts were solid all weekend 😉 Slam placed 10th overall in the 22″ Regular Division.
I also want to take a second to congratulate all my students that competed this past weekend. I am so proud of everyone for competing at this level & doing a great job at it. Congrats to Bronwynn, Kris & Terri for winning their divisions!!! And so many more placed Overall & individually in the classes. You guys work so hard & make teaching so much fun for me. I enjoyed watching you guys compete. I hope you guys had a good experience & will enter next year as well.
Thanks to my parents, Vince & Gail, Ange & Mike and Kubby for making the camping experience a fun one! Those bonfires were a blast!!
The Purple People done good!
Got home last night from quite a trip 🙂 I felt like I was gone forever because my trip was action packed!!!! Sorry my updates were non existent. The internet connection was pretty poor.
It all started………..
I flew to Germany first to meet up with my good friend & travel partner, Dante Camacho. Funkee Monkee, Grand Slam & I attended a Seminar in Germany for 3 days. It was such a cool experience. I got to work with 7 different instructors from all over the world. Each had a different spin on agility & all brought something different to my experience. I was able to share the time between Fun & Slam. It was the perfect warm up for Funkee & I before competing in the EO & was excellent experience for Slam & I. We were able to work through some tough courses & continue to work our team work. I was impressed with how well he handled everything at only 2 years old. Super excited about his future. I think I will try to run him at the EO next year as well.
The weather was unbelievably hot! The dogs & I spend many of time under the hose! I stayed right on the site of the seminar in a little “house” that we nicknamed ” the Box” – It was basically a shipping container with a window, door & power in it. Was kinda cool actually. It was nice to stay there & enjoy the company & amazing food! I met so many new friends. Good times & I will never forget the final night filled with crazy games & karaoke, Sergio seeing the moon & Alen becoming Tunnel Sumo Champion! LOL
After the seminar, we drove to Belgium for the EO. This was my third visit to Belgium. I had been there in 2008 for the IFCS & in 2012 for the WAO. I happen to be staying at the same hotel & competing at the same venue. The hotel is nice, but this time I was staying in a different wing then the first time. This room wasn’t as nice & didn’t have any air. It was NOT the most comfortable sleep I’ve ever had. The dogs & I huddled in front of the small fan each night. The food however, was pretty good & I recognized many of the waiters from the restaurant.
The EO event was much bigger then any world championship I’ve ever been to before. So many teams, people & dogs! I think there were over 700 dogs entered! The opening ceremonies was incredible.
Friday was Team dy. (Agility & Jumpers) I was on a team with Preston (Justine Davenport) Mec (Annie Vezina) Dice (Jessica Martin) & Funkee. Our team was called “Can’t touch this” – Overall our team did pretty well, but had enough faults that we didn’t make it to the finals on Sunday unfortunately.
Saturday was Individual Day (Agility & Jumpers) I really had to dig deep for some confidence for this day. I made some stupid mistakes on Friday & really wanted to have a better day. Putting too much pressure on myself never works to my benefit. There are only 2 shots to get in to finals!!! Jaakko & Janita really helped me in the morning, giving me a great pep talk & confirming that my handling choices for the Jumpers course were good ones. Funkee & I ran a great course!!!!! We placed 3rd overall and were only less then 1 second from the first place time. That meant we got to compete in finals on Sunday! Then I competed in the Individual Agility course. I actually didn’t know that it wasn’t combined score, so I really went for it again in the course. Part of the course was a straight away that ended with a backside jump. Funkee turned on the after burners & left me in the dust! (the footing was really deep) I thought she was going to take the back side jump the wrong way so I desperately yelled out “WAIT!” and Funkee stopped dead in front of the jump. hahah What a good dog. I then sent her to the back side & we nailed the rest of the course. I got called for a refusal so we didn’t place in that course. The crowd thought it was pretty funny that she stopped like that! I thought a refusal would be better then an Elimination!
That night I had a lovely dinner with Janita & Jaakko (at their motor-home). Ended up staying there quite late so when we went to get dogs from the stalls – the buildings were all locked up with our dogs inside! We had to search around to find someone to let us in. Luckily the problem was solved quickly & we were on our way home. That night I got very sick & didn’t get much sleep. Not very good prep for finals the next day 🙁
Sunday – Finals!! (Agility) – The energy in the air was incredible. All the competitors surrounded the arena & there was so much screaming! All the jump heights had a different course to compete on (this is different then what we do in Canada where all heights do the same course) I felt pretty comfortable after my walk through. I felt this was a good course for Funkee & I. It was fast with some technical parts. The adrenaline was pumping as I walked to the line. The girl before me just posted the fastest time & the crowd was screaming. Funkee loved this…. I think she thought it was for her! haha. I was running 6th last, so pressure was on. I decided that I was just gonna run as fast as we could & take some chances if we were gonna beat the time. In an effort to go fast, I didn’t pull through her through the gap #2-3 for a pull through & she ended up taking out one of the wings of the jump. Poor girlie! After that – we decided to run for it & get a fast time. The rest of the course was beautiful – tight turns, excellent contacts, great weave entry! We didn’t end up making the podium in that course, but I was still happy with how we did. It’s very rare then Funkee would knock any bars, but we were going for it!!!!!
The whole experience was amazing – It was so nice to see some familiar faces again! I’ve made some great friends from other countries – all thanks to agility! Our Canadian team was really fun to hang out with. Great people & a good group of dogs. My travel partner Dante was wonderful as usual! Loved this trip 🙂
The journey home was a disaster, and I’m going to bother writing about it. I got home in one piece & the dogs are good – so it’s a happy ending!
Hoping to go to Hungary for the EO again next year. This time with Funkee & Grand Slam!
What a great time at Nationals I had 🙂 I wasn’t sure how the event was going to go for me since I got home from Europe & then 24 hours later I flew to Edmonton! I had to deal with jet lag (Still dealing actually) but a few naps in Slam’s tent crate seemed to help me stay awake while I was there.
I was asked many times at Nationals why I was only running one dog! haha, Believe me, it was strange – but it really think it was a great choice. I normally run Slyce & Funkee in all events I go to, but I left both girls at home so i could just focus on Grand Slam. Slyce has had a big year! She went to WAO in May (At 11 years old) and won a gold medal 🙂 I have made the decision to retire her from the world stage. The 2013 AAC nationals gave us the opportunity to “fight” for a spot on the IFCS team (Going to Netherlands in 2014). Wasn’t going to bother with that for Slyce – she deserves a break. Miss Funkee Monkee has traveled all over the world this year – competing in both WAO & EO. I also am not interested in doing IFCS with her since I would rather do WAO & EO again. I knew I would be a little brain fried at the Nationals, so running just one dog seemed like the appropriate plan. And it was.
Before I talk about the competition, I must speak of the banquet. I will admit, I don’t normally attend the banquet but we decided to go this year. I will say it was the best one I’ve ever been too. The food was yummy & the entertainment was amazing. There was a hula hoop girl that rocked the stage followed by a hypnotist show……… You are totally going to guess what I’m about to say next aren’t you…… YEP – I got hypnotized! My dad filmed the whole show & I was shocked when I watched it back. It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen – and I think most things are funny. My friend Kris Kubota was hypnotized as well & she had the crowd laughing too. What a fun night!
On this trip, Grand Slam & I really got to spend some awesome time together! I was so happy with how he ran. This was only his 4th trial, as he just turned 2 years old. I laughed when I got out of the ring with him because he’s so inexperienced that he didn’t even know to get his leash out of the bucket at the end gate! Something I take for granted with my other dogs I suppose! By the last day of the competition – he was picking up on this idea.
When I look back on the weekend, our mistakes were pretty minor overall. There was one error that I MADE in Standard 1 that prevented us from making top 10 & also getting a working spot on the IFCS team 🙁 Boo ME!!!!
We have so much work to do together, but I feel like we are off to a great start. My runs went as follows:
Jumpers 1 – little hairy, but ended up with only 1 refusal.
Gamblers 1 – beautiful run – 3rd place overall
Standard 1 – off course thanks to bad handler!!!!! We had a great run going & only had 4 obstacles left. Frame, sharp turn over a jump & then the home run stretch! As he was coming over the apex of the frame & started to cue his collection on the next jump with my “Dig Dig Dig” command. I should never have said it on the frame because with a blink of an eye, he flipped off the frame in to the tunnel beneath it. Dig Dig Dig sounds an awful lot like “Right Right Right!” Stupid Mama! Good Dog.
Jumpers 2 – 1 bar only
Gamblers 2 – Apparently doing back up tricks & left/right directionals take up extra time in the main gamble….. haha. Slam was a little confused about running out to take jump #2 of the main gamble. So I used my back up command “beep beep beep” to back him away from taking the jump #1 backward. He backed all the way up the proper jump, I finally got him over it to finish the gamble, but the buzzer blew before we were done! BUMMER! hahah But was quite hilarious. The look on Slams face was priceless.
Standard 2 – CLEAN!!!!!! What a way to end the weekend. He smoked the course & won 2nd place with 0.2 seconds out of 1st place.
We ended up 21st over all out of 86, 22″ Regular Dogs. The most exciting part for me though – we earned enough points to be an alternate for the IFCS World Team!!!!! Wahoo!
Although this is the first time I haven’t placed in the top 10 with my dogs, I feel so energized after this event. I’m so excited to continue training this dog!!! He has such a bright future & I can’t wait to start focusing on him more.
Besides the dog part of the trip – I also got to visit with my Grandfather who lives in Calgary & also my little Sister who lives in Jasper. Lexi moved out to Jasper over a year ago to work at Jasper Park Lodge. She & I are very close & I miss her soooooo much. I was so happy to see her. She is just the best! She was able to come to Nationals on Sat & Sun to see my father & I compete. She had never seen Grand Slam run & also was able to cheer on my Dad who made Steeplechase finals with Hero.
Overall, it was such an enjoyable trip. Thanks to my Mom, Dad & Kris Kubota for all the company. We always have so many laughs.
Really looking forward to going out EAST for next years Nationals! 🙂