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February 14, 2017

I mention on the criteria page that I like to initially teach a down in the 2o2o position. I find that it eliminates many of the points of contention between dog and handler (such as disagreement about orientation of the body, weight shift, futzy front feet etc.). I ty...

February 14, 2017

Before you work on “real” agility behaviors and foundation skills, perfect your training approach and mechanics on things that don’t matter so much to you. Train tricks, train helpful household behaviors, train canine freestyle moves. Find out what works best and then...

February 14, 2017

Here is a good training approach that shows you how to set your dog up for success. This is used all the time in training everything from contacts to weaves to jumps.

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1) Get the dog comfortable with setup and aides


            The best way to...

February 13, 2017

Whenever you begin a training session, help your dog transition from a mindset where they are 100% engaged with their environment to where they are 100% engaged with you.  

Here are the steps that you have to train your dog to anticipate by doing this every single time...

February 12, 2017

This article focuses on a couple of topics related to speed. I think most of this is obvious, but maybe there are some ideas that can help you analyze what might be helpful with your dog. If you are hoping to bring out more speed in your dog, here are some things to lo...

February 12, 2017

A moving down (drop) is simply a self control exercise that can help manipulate the dog’s mindset. 

It can be a safety tool, and can help teach your dog how to manage their energy, controlling their momentum and body, and is often the foundation for the table/automatic...

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