Thursday, March 11, 2010


I was thinking of moving Wyatt to NADAC skilled. He could jump 12 inches and get a little more time.  He does not need the time (you only get it for jumping classes).  The disadvantage would be that he would not get a NATCH but a MEDAL, which is kind of like a veteran's NATCH.  I've had a NATCH in mind for a long time and we getting pretty close.  I could actually not run jumpers and stop running regular or cut back to one day when we get our remaining 5 regular legs for his NATCH,  Then the only jumps would be in chances, which does not contain very many jumps.  I am seeing him run around jumps on occasion, which can indicate hip or back pain.  Something to think about.  I will probably consult with my sports vet.  The biggest disadvantage is to a MEDAL rather than a NATCH is having to explain what it is and people outside NADAC not knowing what it is.  I don't think NADAC folks would see it as lessor accomplishment but some might.  If I was sure Wyatt was in pain or that is was better for him, I would.  But right now I am not sure and in the past, we have managed his injuries with massage, chiro, and other techniques.  What do you think? 


Jules said...

I don't think a MEDAL is any lesser an accomplishment than a NATCH. I say talk to your sports vet. A great first step would be to reduce the amount of classes that require jumping. If the vet really thinks he is in pain and jumping Skilled would allow him to keep playing with you and still work on your goal - then jump Skilled. Just my .2 cents.

Nancy and Stewie JRT said...

Hi John,

Stewie turned 7 in December,so he is old enough for Veterans and although he is not slowing down at all, I asked my vet about it Friday, and she said to absolutely drop him down a jump height,and that it would extend his agility career.