December 2011

Exercise 4 shows a common sequence with an off course tunnel trap nearby. Many handlers will try to front cross between jumps #2 and #3, but this requires the handler to be ahead of the dog in order to execute the front cross. With an attempted front cross, the handler is driving the dog into

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This quick, easily taught 3 step method works best for dogs with a very strong drive for tugging and no desire to let go. If your dog won't stop tugging even when you wave a hot dog in front of him, this method is for you. Step 1: Immobilize the toy. Your dog loves the

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New Agility Champion!

On November 18, 2011, my border collie Rook earned her Master Agility Champion title in Rosenberg, Texas under judges Alan Arthur and Kay Vonnahme with two first place runs! She will be competing at the American Kennel Club National Agility Championship in March 2012 in Reno, Nevada. Rook is my third dog to earn MACH,

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Let's be contrary, and start our discussion with Exercise 2. Exercise 2 powers your dog straight toward an off course tunnel but requires a very sharp turn away from the tunnel and back to jump #3. Using our motion as the handler, we can decelerate (slow down) at jump #2 to show the dog that

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