Joker’s Notebook #2 ~ Feb 2010

The Jokers Notebook for February 2010 has been published! It is now available on our webstore. This Notebook contains four weeks of lesson plans accompanied by a game of the week for each week, comprehensive Instructor’s Notes, and wealth of supplemental resources in the appendices. This work furthers the distance training originally included in the “Go The Distance” training workbook, and updates those methods for more up-to-date training and handling trends.

As has been my custom, the eBook opens in an Acrobat .pdf file. All of the CRCD illustrations (over 100 of them) are included. While reading the book on your computer you can click on the upper-right corner of any course map and immediately spawn the drawing into the Clean Run Course Designer where you can move things around to suit yourself.

TDAA Judges Clinics at Country Dream

You know I was thinking about this… it cost me something on the order of $1000 to travel to Calera for a judging clinic. And NADAC requires that their judges repeat that experience and expense every two years. Judges really don’t make their commitment to the sport for money. It’s clear that it’s a wash. Of course it’s good to have expenses paid. If you really think it through, a judge will spend something like 60 hours designing courses, traveling, judging dogs, and doing paperwork… and might take home about $300 for those efforts. It is not something we do for the money.

You should know that the TDAA will probably adopt a policy requiring existing judges to attend a clinic for continuing education every three years. And so what I would like to do is create an affordable opportunity.

Here’s the deal… I’m going to convert all of our TDAA trials here at Country Dream to judging clinics. And, we’ll charge only $25 for the clinic fee. We don’t actually have big entries at these trials. I figure that prospective and continuing ed judges bringing their dogs will constitute most of the entries on the weekend. Of course we’ll follow the typical format having two days of classroom study and course design, and two days of practical judging.

We do have an inexpensive lodging option here at Country Dream.

Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

Who’s buried in Grants Tomb?

First correct answer posted as a reply to this blog post wins a free copy of the March Jokers Notebook.


Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston: And Check out my latest publication the Jokers Notebook ~ Dog Agility Distance Training Plan – Feb 2010 available on the Country Dream Web Store:


3 Responses to “Joker’s Notebook #2 ~ Feb 2010”

  1. Debbie Says:

    If my memory serves me nobody is. But my memory has been knowen to fail me now and again.


  2. Linda Hinsman Says:

    Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia.

  3. Kim Says:

    No one. In order to be buried in a “tomb” you have to be buried underground. Grants Tomb is a mausolem (or however the heck you spell it), so there IS bodies in it, they are just above ground.

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