Jilly has her own little training section as she's a puppy and she needs to
be trained differently to a fully grown and mature dog. We're
following the Susan Salo method for foundation work for jumping and
it'sproving to be interesting.
I took Sasha out to teach her (and me) the Ketscher turn. This is one
of the moves that is popular in Germany and in other parts of Europe.
Blowing the whistle
Whistles are often used at shows during games classes or to start classes.
It's easy to teach a dog to get used to the sound. Here's how we did
Rally obedience can really benefit an agility dog and will improve your
overall handling in control. The running of the sport is in the
process of being transferred from the Association of pet Dog trainers to the
Here are some really useful video
clips for people who are just starting out in dog agility. The clips
on this page are excellent for anyone who is about to start training and I think
they'll also be interesting and useful to people who are more experienced.
A Sort of Flyball
Here's a lovely
game with a toy and four low jumps. We're not quite flyball
We've had some fun doing leg weaving
and figure of eight. There wasn't any music and we aren't very elegant but we enjoyed
ourelves. I've updated the page to show how
Sasha got on with the same training.
Here's a couple of common problems that we've managed to solve. Biting
and wait at the start.
Agility heelwork is adapted from
obedience heelwork and it's a great way to get control. It's also a great way to get
knackered as there's a lot of running to do.
Do you have problems getting your
dog's attention when you get to the ring? I do. Here's a start routine that helps
This is what we're all aiming for and this video clip from the World
Championships demonstrates what it's like to have a perfect partnership.
Training - The Sit
Before you can
start agility you need a basic level of obedience. This will help you
enormously when you begin your training. We'll start the basic
obedience with the sit. Once you can sit we'll try it with a
dog. (Sorry, I just couldn't resist that one.)
Training - The Recall
This lesson is for puppies and dogs that haven't been trained before.
It covers the basic training in way that is kind and easy.
help for people with difficult dogs
This ebook is aimed at people who have puppies, however, there is a lot in
it that will help you to understand positive training. There is a
particularly interesting section on page 123 about training on walks.
Ian Dunbar claims that you can mend your dog's ways on a single walk.
Agility Bits has published a free online ebook which will give you some
ideas on how to stop a dog from pulling dog.
A pulling dog can be a nightmare to take for a walk. Here's an easy no
fuss method of training that may help with a puller.
the Halti harness
I've been threatening to get one of these for ages.
Now that I've forked out for it you can read the road test. It could
be the answer for your pulling dog.
Road testing the Easy
A lot of dogs pull on the lead and Sasha was no exception. We stopped
the problem with an Easy Walk training harness.
Lead shy dogs
Some dogs won't walk on the lead at all.
Here's a quick and kind way to teach them with no fuss and no yanking on the
Do you live in Cornwall? Do you want to start agility training?
This could be just right for you.