Power and Speed

Power and Speed is the Iron Dog competition of dog agility games. The game demonstrates the ability of the handler to exercise tight control (power) through a part of the course, then show loose control (speed) over another part of the course.


Each handler and dog runs the course, split into two sections: Power and Speed.

Power – This section contains all of the contact obstacles. This section of the course is not timed. However, a dog will earn a 5-second time fault for any mistake. If, for example, a dog misses a down contact his score would be 5 for the Power section. Obviously, the ideal score for the Power section is 0.

The Power section is numbered red 1 through 6 for this course.

Speed – The Speed section contains a straightforward jumping sequence. The goal is for the dog to run the course as fast as possible, preferably with no faults.

The Speed section is numbered white 1 through 11 for this course. The time commences on the approach to jump #1. Time ends when the dog gets his feet up on the table.


Qualifying at all levels is based on a SCT from the Speed section of the course. Power and Speed is scored time plus faults: faults from the Power section plus time from the Speed section; plus faults from the Speed section. The lowest score wins.

The dog will qualify if the score after adding faults is less than the SCT (respective to the level and jump height of the dog)

Making Excuses

Okay, you can see that writing to my blog has fallen dramatically in my list of priorities. I think I could have been better with my time management… except that a couple weeks ago I was called to fill in for an emergency TDAA judging clinic. The clinic was already scheduled but the presenter was not able to fulfill the obligation because of family health issues. Those are six days that I’ll never get back!

In the mean-time I’ve been nearly wall-to-wall with weekend clinics and resort visits (that’s when a group comes to stay in a cabin and schedules a series of privates with me). I’ve been designing courses for my own upcoming judging assignments; and of course I’ve been working with the judges for the 2010 TDAA Petit Prix to finish up their courses and understand the games they’ll be judging (40+ hours of work in that task).

Meanwhile I’ve set a target of ten new pages for the Jokers Notebook every day (yeah right… I’m lucky to write two); and I’ve had the TOP SECRET TOP DOG project going on. I’d love to tell you more about that. But like I said, it’s top secret. And the thing that really scares me is not taking care of travel arrangements and so forth for a fairly busy schedule up and coming. I have to keep my nose down in my calendar quite a bit.

You know, my garden has really suffered from this crunch in my schedule. It’s been overgrown now with weeds and tall grasses. While I had successful potato and sweet corn crops most everything else suffered from inattention. I have routine chores to do around the property and I have my own classes to teach here.

So back to the blog… you know a real stopper for me is having to write that “Google-proof” contest at the last minute. I always wind up looking in the back of my head for some obscure thing that I know that might make a good trivia question. Then I have to rewrite it so it really is tough to “google”. What I’m finding out is that the internet is a powerful research engine; and people can be very clever about finding out something they don’t actually know. Every now and then I stump the field. In blog 647 I put up a picture of Otis Sistrunk and asked what University he attended. Well… he was not a college grad. So when asked the question he would say “the University of Mars”. He played for Oakland, btw, back in the Kenny “the Snake” Stabler days.

Okay… I have a Sunday mini-clinic today. I need to get myself out there. I’m hoping to do a bit of training with my own dogs before the mob gets here.

Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

It is a liquid at room temp.

It has the ability to hold other liquids.

It is 98.9 % transparent

It is very brittle at low temp.

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


Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston: BudHouston@hughes.net. Check out my latest publication the Jokers Notebook ~ Dog Agility Distance Training ~ Issue #0 ~ August 2010 available on the Country Dream Web Store: http://countrydream.wordpress.com/web-store/ . Readers of my web log get a discount: Enter “special00” in the box for the discount code. And that will take $5.00 off the price of the order.


13 Responses to “Power and Speed”

  1. sue walters Says:

    trivia contest answer…ice?

  2. Laura Clute Says:

    Is the answer Ice?

  3. Peggy Rodinak Says:

    Could it be water?

  4. Michelle Says:

    or Oil??

  5. Courtenay Says:

    Personally, I’d rather have your fantastic blog posts with a contest-add-on less frequently, than have less blog posts. Maybe others feel differently, though. I’m not saying to eliminate the contest altogether, but if you get stuck and are busy, post anyway and leave the contest out once in a while?

    • budhouston Says:

      Thanks Courtenay… I’ve considered that very thing. I’m surprised you didn’t advise me to eschew the rest of my greuling workload. lolz


  6. Adrienne Says:

    Water. Definitely. And I second Courtenay.

  7. Jill Martin Says:

    It’s ICE

  8. Deb Auer Says:

    Bud – maybe we could play “stump Bud” occasionally, too.
    Your faithful Blog readers could take turn posting trivia questions, and see if you can find the answer.


  9. Gale Wise Says:

    It would be mercury I think.

  10. Gale Wise Says:

    Na skip that I missed the transparent.

  11. Deb Auer Says:

    There is some argument that glass is a liquid at room temperature – it’s considered an amorphous solid (whether or not it’s really a liquid is open to debate). It’s brittle (or more brittle) at low temps, it’s pretty darn transparent, and it can “hold” other liquids.

    • budhouston Says:

      OMG… I didn’t expect anybody to actually get this one.

      Glass is correct. If you can find a piece of glass window from an old house, measure the top of the window glass and the bottom for thickness. over time glass will slowly droop down. So it is liquid.


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