Small Space Front/Rear Cross Seminar Sequences

Small Space Front/Rear Cross Seminar Sequences I'm back from teaching a fun weekend of seminars with Talcott Moutain Agility Club in Manchester, CT and thought I'd share the smaller space sequences I designed with you! The facility was 45' by 60' and all you need are some jumps and one or two tunnels. When I teach this seminar I focus on the team's execution; I want clean, clear execution, with the handler using their cues and moving on as their dog is committed to the obstacle. So if you set these up those are good things to focus on! Don't worry about completing the sequences; it's your execution that matters. In the course setup below I used 4 foot bars and 1 foot jump wings. I definitely

Contact Equipment Safety in Photos

Contact Equipment Safety in Photos Updated: 2017-Apr-4 I'm always concerned about our dog's safety on course and I'm collecting photos of dog agility contact equipment and highlighting unsafe situations of which folks might be unaware. If you have photos to help us be safer please share them with me and I'll update this article and credit you for your contribution! Sharp Hinge Pin Retaining Clips A rotated hinge pin can put it's cotter pin/retaining clip in a position where a dog could snag their foot on it as they cross the obstacle. Rotated Dog Walk Cotter PinDepending on the diameter of the hinge rod hole you might be able to find "O-Ring" style cotter pins/retaining clips that fit. FWIW I've never seen a hinge rod come out with

2017 Feb Wisconsin Agility Cup: Courses and Video

2017 Feb Wisconsin Agility Cup: Courses and Video This past weekend Flyer, Snap! and I got up at "o-dark-thirty" in the morning to drive the two and a half hours to Canine Sports Zone in Middleton, WI to compete in the first Wisconsin Agility Cup and we had a blast! The Wisconsin Cup is one of a number of agility competitions being held around the US featuring courses designed by FCI judges and competitors in an effort to expose teams to the flow and challenges of the courses competitors face when competing overseas. This event featured courses designed by Jose Luiz Filho from Brazil. They had wonderful flow with interesting handling challenges that I wish we saw more of

You Screwed Up

You Screwed Up Sometimes we make mistakes, loose our tempers, and regret how we or someone else has treated our dogs. Well know trainer Denise Fenzi has written a wonderful blog post You Screwed up. Big Time that is a must read! Go ahead and read it! I have an old and worn T-shirt I wear when training and trialing and I think it goes along with Denise's message: I'll admit I've done things as a dog owner that I'm not proud of, but I'd like to think I'm always trying to move forward to be the kind of trainer I want to be and that my dogs deserve. We make mistakes, the best we can do is to not repeat them and to also

Dog Agility Online Training/Coaching

Dog Agility Online Training/Coaching It's been quiet here at AgilityNerd because I've spent the past month updating the Dog Agility Search/Googility website to the latest software, made the screens easier to use on phones and tablets, and added a new category for Online Coaching, Training, Video Analysis!! As of today there are 40+ trainers and websites listed that offer some form of online training from all across the world: If you know of other trainers or websites that offer online training YOU can search by their name and then add/edit them. It only takes a few seconds! Go to Source Author: Steve Schwarz

“Muscle Memory”: Spoiler Alert – it’s all in your dog’s head! What it ISN’T (myth), what it IS (fact), and why practice doesn’t always make perfect…

"Muscle Memory": Spoiler Alert - it's all in your dog's head! What it ISN'T (myth), what it IS (fact), and why practice doesn't always make perfect... Go to Source Muscle cells do not have the ability to remember ~ only brain cells doThe muscle anatomy of a dog consists of both involuntary (those responsible to support life: brain, heart, lungs, etc) and voluntary - those muscles which are triggered by conscious thoughts transmitted from THE BRAIN For example: the decision to run and jump involves a conscious choice by a dog ~ the brain sends electrical impulses through the nervous system to the muscles required to facilitate movements for running, braking, to lift the body, land (without collapsing), change directions and to

PUPPIES!! Is your “Don’t Do:” column longer than the “What / When to DO:” column? Well let’s put an end to that silliness and start building better puppies…

PUPPIES!! Is your "Don't Do:" column longer than the "What / When to DO:" column? Well let's put an end to that silliness and start building better puppies... Go to Source ...that will have enhanced learning capabilities, body awareness, self-control, the confidence necessary to cope better with environmental stresses and are at less risk for injuries!When developing the DogWorks Puppy Program (program design information is contained in the Workbook) I wanted it to be based on pure science - not opinion or individual experience. At the time (2003) I couldn't find the research I was looking for so I turned to the most obvious sources: humans and horses. I discovered that sport and physical education programs have been following strict guidelines to

A balanced exercise program which impacts all 10 aspects of health uses 5 elements – it’s just that simple!

A balanced exercise program which impacts all 10 aspects of health uses 5 elements - it's just that simple! Go to Source Willy nilly never worked for anybody! That's why, when you started teaching your dog the skills she needed to learn (whether basic life lessons or all the various aspects involved in formal sport training) you had a GOAL in mind and a PLAN to achieve it. Fair for her - more fun for you When the same Goal oriented approach is applied using the 5 elements for exercising, you can be certain that your dog is improving all 10 aspects of health / each region of the body equally AND, for those dogs who compete in sports, that the exercise choices

Why do we use a Workbook and how do you get started? “To teach successfully, one must plan successfully…”

Why do we use a Workbook and how do you get started? "To teach successfully, one must plan successfully..." Go to Source ...and to Plan successfully you need clear, easy to follow instruction that is relevant (applies to your dog), tells you WHAT and HOW to do it!Have you wanted to improve your dog's overall fitness but aren't sure how to start? Our Workbook will simplify the planning process so you can relax and enjoy the time you spend with your dog exercising doing safe, effective things - and have FUN doing it. This format is the perfect STEP BY STEP resource you can refer to for each stage of your dog's life (indicated by the tabs) ~ starting with our "Fit