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AKC NAC Qualification Changes from 2013 to 2014 thumbnail

The AKC changed the qualifying requirements for entry into the 2014 National Agility Championship (NAC) from the previous year. First, let's take a look at the difference in requirements. 2013: 6 QQs and 400 points. 2014: 4 QQs, 500 points, and 20 qualifying runs in standard and/or jumpers. In the chart below, the first row

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Planning Your Deceleration on Course thumbnail

Once you've taught your dog to respond to your acceleration and deceleration cues, you should look for sequences on course to use this new skill effectively. Most handlers will use acceleration and deceleration unconsciously on course. However, when you plan your deceleration in advance, you can create amazing turns and eliminate traps with this very

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Episode 40: Interview with Michael Ellis on Tugging – Part 2 thumbnail

This is a continuation of our interview with Michael Ellis. Click Here for Part 1. We discuss common tugging problems as well as how to adjust your tug training when working with a young puppy. Michael Ellis on Facebook Michael's Training School Loups du Soleil Michael Ellis DVDs from Clean Run Michale Ellis DVDs and

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Episode 39: Interview with Michael Ellis on Tugging – Part 1 thumbnail

Schutzhund trainers are experts in teaching dogs to tug, and special guest Michael Ellis is an expert among experts. We discuss drive and motivation along with several common problems with tug training. This is part 1; part 2 is available here. Michael Ellis on Facebook Michael's Training School Loups du Soleil Michael Ellis DVDs from

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Episode 38: Tips for Retraining Your Agility Dog thumbnail

We discuss the effect reinforcement history has when changing handling systems, contact performance, start line stays, and more. Our podcast on retraining your start line stay AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializes in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance for the human half of your agility team. Take the AdvoAgility 24 day challenge, a

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Dogs That Split the Difference thumbnail

When faced with a choice on course, many dogs will choose to "split the difference", meaning the dog will head somewhere in between the two choices while they wait for the handler to provide additional information. Dogs that split the difference are trying very hard to be right. Rather than guess wrong, they delay, possibly

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Puppy Tugging: Teaching the Release thumbnail

In the video below, Sarah teaches her new border collie puppy Venture to release a tug toy. Trainers will often discourage people from teaching a release to puppies because they fear it may decrease drive. These trainers will advocate either taking the toy when the dog happens to drop it, or wrestling it from their

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Course Analysis: Comparison of Dog Paths in Agility thumbnail

In the video below, we apply Greg Derrett's 3 step method for comparing dog paths on the agility course (as outlined in his DVD On Course to Excel). Take a look at the first four obstacles below--which way will you turn your dog after jump #3? After you've decided, watch the video below the course

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Episode 37: Constructive Criticism vs Demonization thumbnail

Suzanne Clothier joins the podcast to discuss her blog article "When Sport Becomes Abuse" and the dog agility video that inspired her writing. The AKC's Canine Sport Initiative - "Sports-related injuries in dogs are an emerging field of study, and CHF is committed to being on the forefront, providing grants for cutting-edge research into orthopedic

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