This is a new handler - Here's what to do with her....
Now you're dressed like a handler you can start training. First you need to learn to run. This isn't easy if the last time you ran was when you were forced to do P.E. at school. If you're disabled you're not getting out of it. You can play walking agility or wheelchair agility and you don't need to run at all.
Next you have to add a little lunacy. You have to learn to give commands and signal with your arms and your whole body whilst running. There will be times when your feet need to point one way while your upper body goes in a completely different direction. A bit of daily yoga might help. You can practice a few crazy moves on your own while you're out jogging. This won't upset the dog and it will interest the neighbours. Now that you're hoarse and your arms are too tired to flap you are ready to start training your dog.
Good handling is all about having a lot of fun with your dog. The best advice I've ever had is if you go wrong don't let the dog know, just carry on as if nothing had happened, even it means taking the wrong course. That way you will have a happy and confident dog and you'll have had a good run.
However, all the advice in the world can't replace a good
trainer. If you don't know anyone in your area who gives lessons have a look at the
Z of clubs on Agility net. This is a
very useful page that gives information about various clubs around the
country. You can also ask on the Agilitynet Facebook page if
you have a Facebook account. Agility folk are very friendly always willing to
help. Have fun.
Good luck and happy jumping.
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