IFCS Loaner Dogs?

Team Australia will be competing at the IFCS World Agility Championships (WAC) to be held in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 11-12 May 2012.  Because of Australian quarantine restrictions which would require, amongst other things, any dogs traveling out of Australia to be in quarantine for a month upon their return, the team will be running “host” dogs at the Championships.

Australia has a full team traveling to the Championships: three handlers in each height class (12″, 16″, 22″ and 26″) each needing a dog. Two years ago in the UK the Australian team had someone have to pull out at late notice due to circumstances beyond their control. So this year they would like to have a reserve available for each height class.

Team Australia Members at IFCS WAC 2010 (UK) formed a fabulous relationship with all of the host dog owners with many still in contact with each other 2 years later.   So we anticipate this will be a lot of fun for all of the US host dog owners as well.

The best case scenario is for the team to work with dogs that have experience in running/training with handlers other than their owner; and that would be available for team training sessions in the days prior to the Championships.  At this stage the team has offers of three 12″ dogs but are yet to get all of the details (including availability for team training) of the offered 16″ dogs.  The dogs will be competing under IFCS rules with equipment more or less in line with USDAA.

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It looks like team Australia is looking for small dogs; particularly for the 16″ division; though I’m thinking that the team would be very interested in a great 12″ dog either as an alternate, or as a dog for their primary team. This is a marvelous opportunity to get world class exposure for a dog in one of the most exciting agility competitions on the planet.

If you have interest in pursuing this please email me at Houston.Bud@gmail.com. I’m thinking that it would be a very good idea to have some YouTube videos to show off your dog.

More information about the event can be found here: http://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsid=1722.

Panel of Judges for IFCS DFW 2012

The judges for IFCS this year include: Dave Hanson, USA; Darcy Bennett, Canada; Tim Laubach, USA; and Riette Mohr, South Africa. The IFCS website has introductions of each of these agility judges and examples of their course design. You can find that here: http://www.ifcsdogsports.com/.

I’ve been fascinated for many years by South African course design (as a break-out from the sameness of American course design). I was delighted to find a course from Riette Mohr which will actually fit in my training building and will be a great candidate for league play within a couple weeks.

This course was presented on a very large field. By the time I converted meters to feet and started trimming the edges I was surprised that it fits so neatly into a considerably smaller area. I’m thinking that this course was designed originally for something quite smaller than the field on which it was presented as an example course.

It’s a bit of a control-minded course. The dog is set loose primarily from #10 through #15. But even this sequence includes two technical obstacles and somewhat technical moments both at the beginning and at the end.

Of course the IFCS will feature some of the best technical handlers in the world, with appreciably fast dogs. Riette’s courses should be delightful to watch.


Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The Country Dream web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You know… I have five volumes (over 100 pp each) of The Joker’s Notebook available on my web-store at an embarrassingly inexpensive price. These are lesson plans suitable for individual or group classes for teaching dog to work at a distance.

5 Responses to “IFCS Loaner Dogs?”

  1. Jim Ertel Says:

    Interesting use of the word TEAM (as in “Australia has a full team traveling to the Championships”). At least a dozen times, you refer to the Australian TEAM meaning only the human component. It seems by this definition that the canine component of the agility performance is not actually a member of the team but is merely a prop like the ball in many sports. Personally, I disagree with this definition of an agility TEAM.

    • budhouston Says:

      Oh pish Jim… I have no idea what kind of point you think you are making. So hurray for a politically correct and poignantly restrictive interpretation of the word “team.

      So do tell… what about the one month quarantine for Aussie dogs? Are you saying they should either endure or just stay at home to get to be a “Team”?

      A number of years ago the UK team (sorry about the unauthorized use of the word); when faced with a similar quarantine, won the Word Cup competition with a bunch of borrowed dogs. Just a historical notation…

      Bud Houston

  2. Courtney Keys Says:

    I gave a lot of thought to loaning Franny out, but she’s still so young, and this is such a huge event. I wouldn’t want her to have any bad experiences in the ring (not saying that the handlers would do that on purpose) without me there with her!

  3. budhouston Says:

    Courtney, I’d think this would be an amazing experience for Francine. And you’d meet them and see their handling style beforehand. By the way, “when you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with.” Let’s give our Australian counterparts a great experience with American dogs! After all, wouldn’t we want the same consideration if the competition were in Australia? Who would want to put their dog through a 30-day quarantine in order to compete for a few days?

  4. budhouston Says:

    Disclaimer: I did not write the previous… it was written by Marsha, who was logged in as me (she has to do so to modify the TDAA Calendar of Events). Consequently, she uses a choice of words which would not be mine.

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