Accel/Decel

Contrasting Maneuvers to Make Your Agility Amazing thumbnail

Have you ever made it through part of a course only to mess it up when the judge sends you back through the same part again, but with a small change? We're going to show you how CONTRAST TRAINING can create a more attentive dog who goes off course less and trains more efficiently. CLICK

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In this episode of the Bad Dog Agility Show, Esteban shares his secret for creating great turns on the agility course with small and large dog demonstrations, both live and in slow motion. Plus, he shows you how to teach the skill to your dog. The course map used for the demonstration is included below.

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Here's a second two jump exercise to test your handling and your dog's jumping (click here for our original two jump exercise). The perpendicular jumps did result in a few more knocked bars initially as they created more sliced approaches, often with pressure. I ended up with a 9 obstacle sequence that uses only 2

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Recently, I designed a sequence that I could use to test my dog's ability to keep up 26" jumps with a variety of handling. I specifically wanted a sequence that I could set up quickly and easily for "work for your dinner" practice. I ended up with a 9 obstacle sequence that uses only 2

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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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Body language, both position and motion, are very important parts of the cues you use in dog agility. By creating differences in body language, we can communicate more clearly with our canine partners. Take a look at the video below to see how a small change in handling can lead to a dramatic improvement in

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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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Acceleration and Deceleration are movement cues that our dogs respond to naturally. If you take your dog to a park and start running, your dog will run too! If you slow down, your dog will slow down, add strides, and check in with you to see what you are doing. Our goal is to turn

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After introducing your dog to acceleration and deceleration and angled approaches, you are ready to combine these two elements on some short sequences, demonstrated in the video below by 11 month old border collie Miriya. These drills focus on both speed (acceleration) and tight turns (deceleration).     Helpful Tips 1. Great performance DEMANDS an

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