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General Discussion / Re: VT NATCH Ribbons
« Last post by Linda W. Anderson on April 26, 2021, 12:09:01 PM »
Giving thee ribbons out has been a very generous move on NADAC's part.  As the person who orders the ribbons for my club, I totally understand the cost issue.  Thank you for going above and beyond to make the pandemic a little easier to endure!!
Linda
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General Discussion / VT NATCH Ribbons
« Last post by Chris Nelson on April 26, 2021, 10:56:26 AM »
Hey all,

So the day has come that we knew would eventually happen, which is a good thing!

Because of the amount of trials that are now happening successfully, this has decreased the number of VT submissions by a large amount.   

Because of this we need to scale back on the number of VT NATCH ribbons that we send out, as it is a pretty large expense. 

We still want to keep this program going as much as we can though, so instead of dropping it entirely, we are just going to scale it back to the following:

 1) VT NATCH Ribbons will only be sent out for the first occurrence.  So you will get a ribbon for your first NATCH, V-NATCH and AA-NATCH.

 2) You can receive a VT NATCH Ribbon if this is your dogs farewell run as well.   So if you're not attending a trial and finish off your dogs NATCH and they are being retired, we will gladly send one out.  You will need to email us for this though, as we have no way of knowing.

 3) Anyone who has ribbons pending from the past month will still be receiving them as we're honoring the past conditions for the program.  This only affects NATCH's earned from this point forward.

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General Discussion / Re: Dog Walks
« Last post by Rosemary on April 23, 2021, 07:28:14 AM »
I bought my dogwalk from Stone Mountain and could not be happier.  Yes. The shipping was pricey, but the product is worth every penny.  I am only 4'11" and have no trouble setting it up and taking it down all by myself.  It is as sturdy as you can hope for and the company is really great to work with.  I'm now saving up for a new a frame that I will most certainly purchase from Stone Mountain.
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General Discussion / Re: Dog Walks
« Last post by MoabDiane on April 22, 2021, 04:26:11 PM »
I have a Clip and Go also. I never noticed the ringing sound and apparently my dogs didnít either or didnít care.  I *love* how easy it is to move by myself!

Diane
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General Discussion / Re: Dog Walks
« Last post by ResQ_Dogs on April 22, 2021, 02:01:52 PM »
We have a Clip n Go dogwalk. Good quality, but we were also concerned with the ringing sound. I tried a sound-dampening coating, but it didn't help. We ended up stuffing large, thick pieces of craft foam into the channels under the dogwalk to fill up the space (thank you, Nick Sparks), and that noticeably muffles it. The foam has been in there for three years and I don't see dogs having an issue with the sound of the dogwalk. Most of them didn't seem bothered by it in the first place, but we didn't want to worry that occasional dog that would be sensitive to it.

Diane Driscoll
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General Discussion / Re: Dog Walks
« Last post by ricbonner on April 22, 2021, 12:33:28 PM »
I just bought and received a Clip and Go DogWalk and A-Frame.  I was considering stone mountain.  Clip and Go was more expensive but offered free shipping.  For me, with shipping costs included, the price was a wash between StoneMountain and Clip and Go.

I am a little unhappy with the DogWalk, though.  It rings like a bell when the dogs run across.  C&G's response to my inquiry was a basic "yep, that's how it works".  So I am looking into some vibration dampening for the ramps to quiet this ringing.
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General Discussion / Re: Announcers for 2021 Champs Finals
« Last post by Ed and Tres on April 21, 2021, 06:11:42 PM »
...This will be my first year running at NADAC champs and I assume it's done similarly with the handler written speaker notes read over the loudspeaker, correct?  I also agree with the other comments that having a sportscaster providing a play by play over the loudspeaker would be an unnecessary distraction but look forward to hearing everyone's speaker points!!

Jen, Sage and Jett

Yes NADAC championships is very similar there is a announcer questionnaire that you fill out and summit ahead of time and the announcers uses that when you run in the ring being announced. There are only 2 rings Elite and Pre-Elite so often it is the Elite ring being announced but the Pre-elites also get a run or two announced. Pre-elite can have less dogs so if that ring ends then the announcer switches over to the remaining dogs in Elite.

Have fun at your first Championships.
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General Discussion / Re: Announcers for 2021 Champs Finals
« Last post by Jen Bailey on April 21, 2021, 03:59:44 PM »
At AKC Nationals each exhibitor submits a few talking points about them and their dog. When they run in Ring 1, the announcers read the speaking points over the loud speaker.  At some point over the weekend all teams run in ring one.  The last time I went there were 6 different rings but they made it work for each team to get a turn in Ring 1. For challengers and finals there is a separate set of people doing commentary for the live stream, 2 years ago it was Esteban and Sarah from Bad Dog Agility.  Not sure who did it this year but it's usually an agility handler with experience. This will be my first year running at NADAC champs and I assume it's done similarly with the handler written speaker notes read over the loudspeaker, correct?  I also agree with the other comments that having a sportscaster providing a play by play over the loudspeaker would be an unnecessary distraction but look forward to hearing everyone's speaker points!!

Jen, Sage and Jett
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General Discussion / Re: New Forum Announcement
« Last post by Chris Nelson on April 21, 2021, 12:49:37 PM »
Yup we'll keep this site and all the old posts available for a very long time.    There is a lot of info here and we can't really just let it disappear :)

Basically everyone will be able to log in and view everything as normal, posting will just be disabled.

As for the timeline, it's one of those things where just getting it done and ripping the band aid is better than a slow burn.    And once July hits pretty much everything becomes Champs focused, so would like to get it handled before then
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