January 2013

Episode 28: Training with Toys

Episode 28: Training with Toys thumbnail

We discuss training with toys in agility. Is your toy a lure, a reward, or a distraction? Best in Show and the ridiculously funny Busy Bee scene. Episode 10: Training with Food; Training with a Clicker Agility Right from the Start photo by: Ellen Levy Finch AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializes in health and wellness, weight management,

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Be Unpredictable!

We humans have a tendency to conform to patterns. This tendency is quite strong, and often quite subconscious! And this tendency can be detrimental to our dog training. Dogs are also very good at seeing patterns. Being able to predict the future based on the past is a survival skill that our pet dogs use

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Episode 27: “Off Breed” Dogs in Agility thumbnail

What does it mean to compete with an "off breed" dog in agility? And why do we even make the distinction? September 2012 Dog Agility Blogger Action Day What makes a good coach/instructor? Episode 14: Agility Instructors, They’re G-r-r-reat! Our Rottweiler Sammie running in the Challenge Round at AKC Nationals. AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializes in health

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Episode 26: Eight Methods to Get Rid of Unwanted Behavior thumbnail

In her book "Don't Shoot the Dog", Karen Pryor shares eight methods that you can use to get rid of unwanted behavior. We talk through these eight methods and how they might be used to address agility related problems. Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor AdvoAgility AdvoAgility

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Stop Staring at Your Agility Dog thumbnail

Agility is a beautiful, graceful sport that's fun to watch. Indeed, I often watch my dog jumping in mid-air instead of positioning myself for the next part of the course. With many dogs, standing still and staring at them while they take an obstacle can be a major handling error. Watch me cause a tunnel

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