Beginner

Retrieving and the Agility Dog

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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

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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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5 Tips for Trialing with Your Novice Agility Dog thumbnail

These 5 tips will help you create a fantastic start to your dog’s agility career! 5. Train a solid start line stay before the show. You may not have access to the same equipment or running surface that will be at the trial, so your dog may refuse a panel jump or step on a

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Novice JWW Run and Analysis

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For the next several weeks, we will be sharing our thoughts and training for dogs that are new to the sport. Often, instructors overlook analyses of novice courses in favor of more complex or tricky courses. Watch the video below for a map analysis and run by a true novice dog (not yet showing) followed

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Trusting Your Dog and Moving On: A Case Study thumbnail

In this video, we analyze Rosanne DeMascio's winning 26" Challenger Round run with Strafe. Our focus is not on her handling choices, but on how Rosanne effortlessly reaches key positions on course by moving on as soon as her dog is committed to a given obstacle or line, allowing her to run a smooth, flowing

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In the video below, we show you a recent typical training session with our young border collie Miriya. This session is her first time to transition from threadle work in the flat to actual jumps, and every repetition is shown in order, although we've edited out the transitions (time between repetitions) to keep the video

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Practicing Wraps & 270s

In the video below, Bad Dog Agility training partner Lori and her 11 month old Border Collie Amp run a sequence that emphasizes 270s. Starting with a 270 to the backside for jump #1 allows you to start the exercise without a stay or helper to hold your dog. Focus on moving to the next

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