Glens do more than show!

From Laura Trainor “Niamh is amazing. Two days of agility in 90 degree heat. She finished her
Novice Jumpers With Weaves Preferred title yesterday and earned her first
Qualifying score in Novice FAST. Today she earned her first Q in Time To
Beat Preferred and Open Jumpers. She also finished her Novice Standard
Preferred title”.

This now makes Niamh (deep breath for full title) Ch. Niamh of Cnoc BN, RN, NAP, NJP.  The suffixes are Beginner Novice (obedience), Rally Novice (Rally obedience), Novice Agility Preferred (Standard agility), Novice Jumpers Preferred (Jumper With Weaves agility). Congratulations indeed to Laura and for non US Glen of Imaal Terrier people this, with the side links, explains what Niamh has actually done


The “other side” of Montgomery

Many people from Europe travel over to Montgomery to see some of the most beautiful terriers in the world but there is another side to all this; the performance events. If you want to see breed, not just Glen of Imaal Terriers, doing tracking, agility, earthdog etc. these are the events around that weekend.

All-breed AKC tracking test on Mon 10/4 (Elkton  MD, about 1’15 min from Montgomery):Contact  Christine Gates, Event Secretary @ (302) 738-6885   

 All Terrier AKC Agility premiums for Tues 10/5 – Fri 10/8 (Kimberton PA,  ~30 min from Montgomery):

 All-Terrier AKC Rally premium for Wed 10/6 (Kimberton PA,  ~30 min from Montgomery):

 All-Terrier AKC Obedience premium for Thurs 10/7 (Kimberton PA,  ~30 min from Montgomery):

 Hatboro Dog Club All-breed Obedience & Rally on Fri 10/8 (Wrightstown PA, ~40 min from Montgomery):

 Delaware Valley German Shepherd Dog Club All-breed Obedience & Rally on Sat 10/9 (Horsham PA, ~15 min from Montgomery):

Contact  Bonnie Ludwig, Event Secretary @ (610) 265-9544

Can they do it?

Yes they can!

As people look for things to do with dogs the question of agility with Glen of Imaal Terriers is increasingly cropping up. Often the length of leg in relation to the length of body and overall mass is seen as a negative and the advice, if agility is to be tempted, is to get a lighter Glen but the bigger guys can do it.

Buster-just doing it!

Buster-just doing it!

Besides having fun at Mini Agility Glens can also do “proper” agility as Am Ch Broc Rua Tullulah showed over the weekend when she added a novice agility title to her name

and Tula-just doing it the American way!

and Tula-just doing it the American way!

Did you wonder?

You may have noticed the initials after Dermot’s name and wondered what they are? His owner Laura sent the following

Rally Obedience is a competition where the dog heels through a course of stations designed by the judge.  At each station the dog performs the exercise on the sign for that station.  The exercises include Fast Pace, Slow Pace, Dog Sits and Handler walks around dog, Sit and handler takes one step and dog sites, 2 steps Sit, 3 steps Sit, 270 degree turns, 360 degree turns, Jumps, Back up while heeling etc.  There are three levels of competition which give the titles of RN – Rally Novice, RA – Rally Advanced, RE – Rally Excellent.  The dog must earn three qualifying scores to be awarded a title.  Dermot has earned his RN and then RA level titles.  The RN level competition is done on leash.  The RA level competition is off leash and the exercises are more difficult.  The RE competition exercises are harder yet.

For more information see this page.


Agility is a competition where dogs run an obstacle course designed by the judge.  There are three different types of courses Standard, Jumpers and Fast which use different pieces of equipment and have different rules.  The dog must complete the course under a time limit with a certain level of accuracy to receive a qualifying score.  Three qualifying scores are required to earn a title.  The degree of difficulty increases from Novice to Open and then Excellent levels of competition.


Dermot has earned his NJP – Novice Jumpers Preferred title.  The courses for Jumpers have only jumps and tunnels.  The Preferred refers to the handler’s choice of running the dog at a shorter jump height.  This gives the odd body configuration or older dogs a more level field of competition.  For more information see this page.