Having been a fan of Susan’s jumping methodology for many years now, I was excited to see the contents of this book. I wasn’t disappointed!
The book is a combination of articles she’s published and the grids she created to help teach dogs of all shapes and sizes understand the job of jumping in more depth. It is like a written compilation of her DVD’s, all put together in one handy place.
I think some people are put off the thought of doing grid work with their dogs because they’re afraid they might do the wrong thing and cause a problem. I anticipate that this book is the thing to change their minds.
The photographs that run alongside the text demonstrate the points that Susan is making, so that it is crystal clear what you’re looking for and how you might achieve it. The first chapter entitled ‘Before You Begin Training’ is just the thing for a newbie to grids to read through because it really does answer a lot of questions.
In addition, if you’re not sure which grids to start your dog off with, then Appendix 2 has sample lesson plans which further guide and inform your training. There is something there for puppies through to tuning up a dog for an important competition. And if you have a specific issue with your dog’s jumping she also gives you ideas about what might be causing them - she really has created a jumping bible!
And I was excited to find that she's also updated her website since I last visited - and is now doing online courses!
For me this book is essential for anyone who competes with their dog, because the knowledge it contains is so valuable and important in keeping our dogs healthy and happy. I can’t rate it highly enough!
Today I’m grateful for the wealth of information on agility training available - it is truly a wonderful time to be part of the sport my dogs and I love to play.