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Winter Rest and Play

Winter has officially started at my house here in Eastern Oregon, which means outside training time for my dogs has greatly decreased.  While we still go outside for play time and daily exercise, with the off and on rain/snow, any agility training is off the table until spring.  For my dogs I enjoy having someContinue reading “Winter Rest and Play”

Fluid Motion Cue Series – Out 101

The biggest thing to keep in mind with teaching Out, or any directional cue, is confidence. Your first priority should be building your dogs confidence in that skill. Proof that skill with varying handling positions, and adding distance. If you take the time to really proof and build your dogs confidence at this foundation level, it will pay off down the road.

Practice the Positive!

I don’t want those thoughts of “all the things that went wrong” to occupy my headspace for the rest of the trial. Because if I let that happen, it will continue to loop for the rest of the day and each run could continue to loop those negative thoughts. 

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Troubleshooting Your Start Line

I feel that most dogs with start line issues are lacking full understanding of the criteria. Add in, that some dogs also have issues handling over arousal, and that can be a mixture that causes dogs not holding their start line, bolting out of the leash, creeping, etc. 

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About Me

Amanda not only has a passion for training dogs and coaching handlers, but also for canine health and nutrition. This blog covers a wide variety of topics, from nutrition to competing in agility.

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