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The Secret to Successful Dog Agility Training

Choose a successful breed? Choose a puppy from agility lines? Go to every training workshop you can get to (regardless of what handling system/ training methodology they use)? Actually it’s something much simpler. Learn how to be a better dog trainer, be prepared to fail and recognise that your dog will only ever tell you the truth …

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What do you need to fulfil your dreams?

Everyone I teach has different ambitions and dreams for the relationship they have with their dog. They range from new owners with their first puppy, feeling their way through the minefield of training advice; to top-flight agility competitors with their eye on specific competition prizes. Each ambition is equally valid, despite being poles apart. And …

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How To Register Your Dog For Agility Competitions

Training going well and fancy having a go at an agility competition? Here’s a guide to what you’ll need to do to enter your first agility show. 1. Kennel Club First off your dog must be registered with the Kennel Club, either on the breed register or on the activity register. If your dog is a …

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Go APE! Foundations for Success

Foundations for Success As a newbie to the world of Agility, I count myself incredibly lucky to have found a club that understands the value of introducing top-level trainers from day 1. Because I have access to those at the very top level of their field (Kathrine McAleese, Suzanne Clothier, Dave Munnings, and Dan Shaw …

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Sometimes the best teachers have four legs and a waggy tail

Last night I planned to teach my beginner agility group how to perform a front cross handling manoeuvre. When you’re learning anything for the first time you’ll usually struggle, but add the complication of giving information to your dog who’s never done it before either and it tends to make the situation that much harder! …

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