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Are You Making This Big Mistake on Your Backsides? (Facebook Live) thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah explains how watching your dog take off for a backside can "trap" you by that jump and make getting to the next part of the course more difficult. The video includes a small dog and large dog demonstration of 4 different backside sequences, and a slow motion side-by-side video that will

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Does Your Dog Check Out When You Lead Out? (Facebook Live) thumbnail

In this video, Sarah and Esteban troubleshoot a common start line problem in dog agility--the dog who looks away as soon the handler walks away from them. They show you why it happens and how you can fix it. Demonstrations include an example of the problem, fixing it with a small dog using food rewards,

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Does Your Dog Turn the Wrong Way on Rear Crosses? (Facebook Live) thumbnail

In this video, Esteban points out why many dogs turn the wrong way on rear crosses and then explains how you can fix it by tweaking your rear cross execution. If your dog has ever turned the wrong way on a rear cross, then this video is for you! Includes demonstration of both the problem

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Front Cross Footwork (Facebook Live) thumbnail

In this video, Esteban breaks down one of the common mistakes that handlers make when performing the front cross. You'll learn why and how you should fix it, improving your front cross performances and saving you valuable time on course. The video includes detailed explanations, demonstrations with a dog, and drills that you can perform

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How to Teach Your Puppy to Release a Toy in a Motivational Way thumbnail

Dog agility trainers understand the importance of developing drive in their dogs, and many utilize tugging with toys to create focus, emphasize enthusiasm, and nurture the bond between handler and dog. Yet many trainers struggle with teaching their dog to release toys in a way that doesn't dampen their enthusiasm for the game. The toy

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Retrieving and the Agility Dog

Retrieving and the Agility Dog thumbnail

In this video, Esteban highlights some key points in a retrieve and demonstrates how to combine it with start line work.

Eureka! Stress and Zoomies

I've had several helpful light bulb moments in my dog training career. One of these moments came when a trainer made the off-handed remark that my high-drive Rottweiler was "stressing high" as she ran in a circle around the ring (also known as the zoomies) after missing a weave pole entrance. I had never heard

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The Last Inch: Closing the Weave Poles thumbnail

With both the 2x2 method and the channel method, you ultimately get to a point where you are going from offset (by just an inch or less!) to inline. Many dogs and trainers struggle with this final step in the process. I have seen many dogs with near 100% success with one inch offset poles,

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Contrasting Sequences

Contrasting Sequences thumbnail

This week, I worked my youngster on this nice little practice sequence. The layout gave me the chance to work on several different skills and test Venture's understanding with contrasting sequences. The weaves were set up for other dogs and could be incorporated into the sequences as well, but my young dog is still working

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