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AWC Inspired Small Space Exercise: Choices and Weaves thumbnail

Today’s small space exercise starts with the #1 - #4 opening of the 2016 Agility World Championship Large Individual Jumping course. Which wrap at #2 is faster for your dog? Can you successfully keep your dog off the tunnel with either wrap at #2? The remainder of the course presents the handler with two additional

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Small Space Exercise from AWC with Nested Drills thumbnail

Today's small space exercise comes from the 2016 Agility World Championship Medium Individual Jumping course. The opening line is preserved along with the challenging weave pole entry, all within a 70' by 40' space. Taking the weaves in the opposite direction provides a test of your dog's weave exit as well as additional tunnel/jump discriminations.

World Championship Week – Day 3 Challenge​​​​​​​ thumbnail

Today's challenge comes from the 2012 AWC Team Agility Small Course (Liberec - Czech Republic). Note: We adjusted the #1 jump to provide spacing more appropriate for dogs of any size. The Agility World Championship uses a different course for each height allowing them to have tighter spacing for small dogs, and larger spacing for

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World Championship Week – Day 2 Challenge​​​​​​​ thumbnail

Today's challenge comes from the 2014 AWC Team Agility Large Course (Luxembourg). The double choice (wrap at 3, wrap at 4) gives us four interesting options to run. Do you know which is FASTEST for your dog? Can you successfully handle all four choices? We're LIVE on Facebook with Day 2 of Agility World Championship

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World Championship Week – Day 1 Challenge​​​​​​​ thumbnail

This weekend (September 22-25) in Zaragoza, Spain, some of the best agility dogs in the world will run at the 2016 FCI Agility World Championship. All week long, we'll be bringing you small space challenges taken from or inspired by previous Agility World Championships. Today's challenge comes from the 2015 AWC Team Agility Large Course

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Handling Exercises for 2016 AKC Nationals #18 Choice thumbnail

Try these four handling variations for this exercise based on the #18 choice at the 2016 AKC National Agility Championship. Full Loop Wrap (4.46 seconds) - the most popular choice at the event, but may be the slower option Forced Front Cross (4.06 seconds) - creates the s-path, requires getting to the take off side

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Last Minute Premier Challenge Prep for NAC thumbnail

This post will include a very quick look at 2 challenges specific to the premier class: the forced layer and the run by. We’re heading to Tulsa tomorrow for the AKC National Agility Championship and I had a sudden panic attack that one or both of these challenges would appear in the warm up premier/ISC

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On the Job Training using Placement of Reward thumbnail

In our last podcast (Episode 119: Handling (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 4)), we mentioned that after a handling mistake, we like to change the environment rather than our handling cues. By manipulating the the placement of reward, your dog can be successful while you preserve the consistency in your handling cues. In the

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MORE Handling Practice with Two Jumps thumbnail

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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