The #1 and #2 common injury factors for puppies – it’s not just about hips and elbows

The #1 and #2 common injury factors for puppies - it's not just about hips and elbows Go to Source #1: GROWTH Your puppy's skeleton is made up of 320+ bones (+1 for the boys) and some bones have as many as five (5) growth plates. The more ridges/planes and different dimensions, the more growth plates - the best examples are the large, flat bones of the skull, shoulder blades and pelvis and the multi-dimensional vertebrae. This means that over 700+ growth plates must develop / mature and close perfectly in order for your puppy to have a strong body that will support him for his entire life! Did you know that the major joints (neck / shoulders / elbows / spine

Self Stick Wall Coordinate Numbers!

Self Stick Wall Coordinate Numbers! I've changed the layout of the Wall Coordinate numbers PDFs to work with Avery #8126 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" shipping labels. Just use the Wall Coordinate Number page to create and download your numbers as PDFs. Then print them right on the Avery self stick labels: This means it's even easier to put up multiple sets of numbers on the walls of your facility! A little time with a tape measure and you're ready to setup any course diagram regardless of English or Metric coordinates or where the designer put the zero/zero location! Go to Source Author:

Custom Agility Cone Numbers

Custom Agility Cone Numbers Want your own numbered cones at home or for your training place? Want to run courses up to 50 obstacles long? Would you like different colored numbers? Or do you need to number combination obstacles with 'A', 'B', 'C' or even 'D'? Well now you can! I've just added a new feature to the website to create big, easy to read, multi-color number sets you can download, print or plain paper, cut out and tape or glue onto your cones. You can also print the numbers right on self-stick labels! The page generates a PDF containing numbers 1-50 and combo numbers 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D to 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D. Here are some example pages in different foreground

Beautiful Coordinate Numbers for Your Agility Ring

Beautiful Coordinate Numbers for Your Agility Ring Whether you call them "numbers", "coordinates", "wall numbers", "grid numbers", "yard lines", or something else, having coordinates posted makes setting up courses easier. I've just added a new feature to the website to create big, easy to read, multi-color number sets you can download, print and put up in your facility. If you print out numbers in multiple colors you can put up one set of numbers for when course maps have the zero location in a corner, another set for when maps have the zero in the middle, and another pair of sets in meters for setting up those international courses. How do you do it? Just click the "Numbers" page link and fill out the

You Can Have “More Like This”!

You Can Have "More Like This"! If you've browsed most courses on the site I hope you've seen the blue "See n Similar Courses" button: Clicking on it shows you a page full of sequences that start the same as the current course. Which is great for training! You can use the same jump set up and you have a page full of sequences to practice longer and/or harder sequences that build on one another. More Like This After I added four new box jump layouts it occurred to me that you might want a page of similar sequences for that layout. So I added the More Like This button to the title of each "Box" layout: So if you click the button in the

Four New Box Jump Layouts!

Four New Box Jump Layouts! I've added new Box layouts for working on a wide range of skills including: Serpentines, Threadles, Jump Wraps, and Back Sides. There are a pair of each of two layouts I'm calling "Arcs" and "Offset Serpentines". As usual, adjust the distance between the jumps to provide a safe and challenging sequence for your team mate. I got the idea for the "Offset Serpentine" three jump layout from an AKC Premier Standard course by judge Tim Pinneri. It is interesting because it has a lot of handling options: The "Arcs" layouts allow for working an arc of jumps and a lot of Threadles, Back Sides, and pulling between obstacles: I've updated all 3,900 box sequences to contain these four

Easy Course Sharing!

Easy Course Sharing! I've added a new feature to make sharing individual Box layouts easier. Now that there are 18 different jump layouts(!) for each Box sequence I realized it can be hard to share a single sequence with your friends. To make sharing easy I put a small gray "chain link" symbol after the title of each jump layout. When you hover over it displays as a blue link. Click or tap the symbol and you'll see the URL change in the address bar. Just copy the URL and when you share it your friend's browser will scroll right to that sequence/layout! Click this link to try it out! I hope this makes it easier for you to share fun layouts and sequences! Go

Pretty Printing!

Pretty Printing! When I created this website I focused on making it work on mobile phones and tablets so you always had thousands of sequences right in your hand when you went to train. I also spent time making sure every page printed the sequences so they'd be readable. Unfortunately the layout of the printed pages sometimes meant they'd page break in weird places and, as I added more box sequence and dog paths, printing could create many, many pages. So I spent some time over the past few weekends and redesigned the print styles so now courses, sequences, and dog paths are displayed with four images per page. This should make it easier for folks who like paper maps when setting up a

Multiple Dog Paths to Challenge Your Handling

Multiple Dog Paths to Challenge Your Handling I've just updated AgilityCourses with a brand new feature I've wanted since I first dreamt up the web site: automatically drawing the best paths for the dog through a sequence to challenge handlers during training. To make it more helpful I also wrote software to animate them! There were a number of reasons I created this feature. Most importantly was to help handlers think "outside the box" when training and when analyzing a course. So often we see a practice sequence and handle it the way we always do. Consciously or not, we choose what is easiest for us to handle or the way that we are "sure" is fastest for our dog. But what

Simplify

Simplify I spent some time simplifying the website. I've always been attracted to simple, "clean" design in websites. When done well the solution to the problem the web site solves is clear and engaging to the site's users. This quote from Steve Jobs captures the challenges and pay off of simplifying: Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. Steve Jobs There were two main thrusts of my latest changes: Reducing the number of colors so they each have consistent meaning "Guiding" DIY courses construction to create similar courses I'm using a theme with some built in colors