Episode 25: Secrets to Super Agility Performance – Part 2 thumbnail

This is a continuation of our discussion about how you can analyze key areas of your training to help improve how easily and quickly your dog learns. In part 1, we discussed the effect of good timing and defining clear criteria. In this podcast, we discuss the effect of the rate of reinforcement, the quality

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Here's a great little three jump setup that allows you to work on many different beginning level skills. Review the position and timing of your acceleration and deceleration cues, and then work on these with just two jumps. You can test your dog's understanding of the decel by trying it on the other side. And

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Tugging as Part of a Behavior Chain thumbnail

Once you've taught your dog to tug as a learned behavior, you can teach them to pick up a thrown toy and bring it to you to begin your brief tugging 'trick'. Using a clicker and treats, shape your dog to bring you the toy for a tug session. Here is a possible progression: Do

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Episode 24: Interview with Silvia Trkman thumbnail

We talk to Silvia Trkman about Running Contacts, creating and maintaining speed, and dog training in general. Silvia Trkman's Online Classes at LoLaBu Land Experience Running Contacts that Make you Smile! - a new DVD by Silvia available for instant purchase and download AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializes in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and

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Episode 23: Interview with 2013 FCI South African Organizing Committee thumbnail

We talk to South African Organizing Committee members Gaby Grohovaz and Richard Wright about the 2013 FCI World Agility Championship. We discuss the venue, surface, and equipment as well as quarantine issues and import requirements. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the 2013 FCI World Agility Championship in South Africa 2013 FCI World Agility Championship Facebook

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TipAssist Training Sneak Peek

Our golden retriever is a very soft dog and shows concern about movement. We've worked on Buja Boards and played the bang game. We are continuing to help her learn to work through her fears. She is very operant and loves food, but every new experience sets her back in her training. When I first

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Episode 22: Secrets to Super Agility Performance – Part 1 thumbnail

Regardless of handling system, contact method, or jumping program, improving your timing of reinforcement and defining clear criteria can help you troubleshoot problems in your performance. We discuss several of the more common issues in agility, including dropped bars, contact obstacle performance, dogs that slow down, and handler focused dogs. Clickertraining: The 4 Secrets of

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Timing of Agility Cues: Lisa Frick and Hoss thumbnail

Great timing is an important part of any great dog agility performance. You can improve your timing by videotaping your competition and practice runs, and freezing the video at your dog's take-off point. Once your dog is in the air, he is not able to change his path until he lands on the ground. So

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Tugging as a Trick

Tugging as a Trick thumbnail

What do you do if you have tried and tried to get your dog to enjoy tugging as a reward and they are just not interested? One option is to switch your focus from making tugging a reward, to making tugging a cued behavior that can then earn a reward. The idea is simple; teach

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