"Pugs" have a bad reputation as a fat and lazy breed and many people think that we can only jump on the sofa... It's about time the world see pugs as a healthy and active breed of dogs...
Our agility titles: Balearic champion 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. National champion in 2011 and 2012, finished second due to injury in 2013. Represented Spain at the World Agility Open in 2011, 2012 where we make the penthalon finales each year and in 2014 we were picked as a wild card and once again made the finales of the penthalon 14th overall and biathlon 23rd, I'm so proud of my Pancho for all his hard work....Yes a Pug at the World championships!!! In 2013 we also represented España at EO in Belgium and won 4 rosettes at the International Agility Festival in grade 6 with a 4th, 8th and 9th place and 1st place at the IFCS qualifier at Oxford.
Top 3 on every class at the Jersey Agility festival and made the small final. Pepito and Wilson have won titles too at trials like the Fab Show in Oxford UK in 2013 and team events with Pancho and many podiums at the Jersay agility festival too. I'm so proud of my babies, I really can't ask for more. OUR MOTO "PUGS RULE


30 août 2012

3 Courses

In the last 10 days we have been working on 3 differents courses. The first course is my own design and last 2 from the Thames agility trials UK. 
Course one is simple 3/4 of the way but the difficulties start from the A frame until the last jump. The second course is a grade 6/7 from Thames, we were eliminated at number 3 because Pancho didn't want to stay put, I know it's my fault I didn't teach him how to do it right. (The problem has been fixed now and Pancho is the king of the stay!!). With a good start it made the course a lot easier and more fun for both of us.
The last course is the Elite course with a lot of difficultes. I had to find a solution at the end of the course. Pancho was a start and did great...
This weekend we have a competition for the Baleares ligue with Pancho and my little Pepito will run his last competitive course and retire from agility.

20 août 2012

Agility home training

Due to the hot weather I can't be bothered to go to the club and train so I use my own little ring at home with jump I made myself with PVC tubes. I really enjoy training at home I can concentrate on short strides and quick changes of direction. 
This is the video of our training and a fun time with all my babies.

18 août 2012

Article about Pancho on Agility net

I'm very proud of the article about Pancho on www.agilitynet.com. Any pug mom would be proud and it will help us in our mission to show that pugs are also good agility and sport dogs... Enjoy!!

The little black flying machine...

Usually when you say agility dogs, most people think 'Border Collies or Poodles' but when you say Pugs, you should see their faces! Pugs have a reputation for being fat lazy dogs who can only jump onto the sofa. So when we met Laure Metairie and her all black pug Pancho at the Axstane show we were pleasantly surprised. So charmed were we that we asked Laure to write a few lines about their agility goals and experience thus far.

My love affair with pugs started in 2003 in England with Eastonite Gordon. Back then, I was the sporty one, racing long distance triathlons for Team GB, Ironman and many longs distance running events. The only physical activities Gordon was doing was to watch me on my home trainer in the winter!
Then in 2008 when I was living in Majorca, Spain, I got two eight week old pugs, Pancho and Pepito. It was like having evil twins. They never stopped running around, playing and jumping. I had to find an activity to burn their energy so I went to an agility club when they were seven months old to see if they liked it. Pepito enjoyed it but Pancho couldn't get enough. On his first try, he jumped everything he saw and did all the contacts on his own including the A-frame! I knew then that my Pancho was a little agility genius.
Is she joking?
On our first day of competition, you should have seen the looks and the finger pointing we received when I turned up with my four pugs. My babies did all the talking that day when Pepito won and Pancho came 2nd. On our second competition, Pancho won and Pepito came 2nd. And so forth and so on. It was the same thing over and over again wherever we competed but, by that time, people saw my pugs as real agility dogs. They even gave Pancho the nickname 'The Black Machine!'
When we started agility in 2009, I was new to the sport and I only had an equestrian background in 3-Day Eventing. At the time, there was a definite lack of good agility coaching in Spain, so I had to learn the basics on my own.
Can you compare a horse to a dog? I guess you can in a way. In both Agility and Eventing you need to be 100% in tune with your team mate. As many of you can relate, dogs learn quicker than we do so I decided to get some help from a top British trainer and handler. With the help of Dawn Weaver, we have shaded five seconds of our times since December 2011. My handling is much smoother and the understanding between Pancho and me on a course or at training is magic... at least 98% of the time!
Over the last two years Pancho has been my super star, winning the Balearic Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Spanish National Championships in 2011, the Balearic League in 2011 and, fingers crossed, again in 2012. On the international stage, both Pancho and Pepito represented Spain at WAO in 2011 and 2012. Pancho made the finals of the Pentathlon both years - and that is an achievement in itself!
In June 2012, Pancho and I went to the UK and tried to qualify for Crufts or Olympia. I knew it was a tall order, but if you don't try you don't get. I went there without any expectations, just to run to the best of our abilities and to try and learn from the best handlers there. We jumped in at Grade 6 level and, to my surprise, we didn't do too badly. We were missing around three to four seconds to be amongst the winners, but I was so proud of my black baby. Pancho was my champion. We even got comments from the judges like 'He is a cracking little dog.' and 'He is so fast for a pug!' or 'So pleased to see a pug in the ring.'
After three weekends of competing, Pancho had won a total of four rosettes:-  4th, 6th and 11th. The best prize of them all, however, was a 17th place out of 226 dogs at the Small KC Olympia qualifier. I loved the organisation of those events. The courses and the people were brilliant - such a change from what we have in Spain. There is so much more diversification of courses and style and much more fun and relaxation at British shows. I can't wait to return next year, maybe with my five pugs.
So what’s for the future?
First, on a purely practical basis, I need to get an FCI licence for Pancho because our options for doing international are limited as long as we only have an Open Licence.
My own goal is to run faster (smarter) because Pancho is still waiting for me. I would really like to qualify for Crufts and / or Olympia because I know in my heart that's where Pancho belongs.
Pancho is a great ambassador for all the pugs in the world. By winning more agility competitions, hopefully we will change people's attitude toward the breed and prove to everyone - including agility judges and coaches - that any dog can be the perfect agility dog as long as it enjoys jumping. As long as you keep your pug at a healthy weight (less than 20 pounds) and give him or her plenty of exercise, pugs are active dogs provided you want them to be. We hope to see many more pugs on the agility world in the future. That's all that I ask.
I'm starting to train Pancho's little brother Wilson, also a black pug who is now about 18 months old. He didn't have a very good start in life as he had two eye operations due to the lack of tear glands in both his eyes and mild dysplacia of both hips, After many months of physio-therapy and eye surgery, he is as strong as a rock and ready to go so you may see two black 'flying pugs' in agility trials soon.
You can follow our progress and have a few laughs by going to our blog www.theflyingpugs.blogspot.com. Enjoy.
About the author...
Laure Metairie was born in France in 1974. Her sporting career started at the age of seven with pony riding. Then she got her own horse and did 3-day eventing until the age of 19. She moved to the UK at the age of 20 and started Triathlon in 2000. She entered the GB Triathlon team in 2002 where she competed in three World Long Distance championships, one Ironman in Austria and many long distance runs.
In 2005 Laure moved to Majorca and started agility in 2009. She hasn't looked back since. She is very competitive and always wants to do the best she can which is probably why she is often picked to represent her nation at the time.
Laure'sdogs always give her 100%, and she gives them the same out of respect for their hard work.

5 août 2012

Weave and pivots

This week we have worked differents weave entrances and hangles as well as the pivots (tight turns around the wings). 
Pancho is a dream at the weave entrance as long as I'm at the right place at the right time of course!!! 
This is the video showing Pancho's work and also a short course done by our baby Wilson, I'm so pleased with his progress over the jumps.

We are going to take 10 days off to relax a little with his hot weather.

1 août 2012

Training 1st of August 2012

Today we had a hot training run, still 29 degres at 8pm... I'm very proud of my Pancho for giving me 100% at all time... We trained on a course with the usual handling crosses and a descrimination jump too at number 5.
I was so pleased with Pancho's work today, no hesitations at the tunnels, I think he could've waited a little more at the see saw on the second run. In the next few weeks we are going to do some short specific work on our contacts and handling to make us even sharper on turns. This is our video I hope you will enjoy it.