Problem solving in deepest Norway
Mike and Else Theiss live in beautiful southwestern Norway with their two Cairn Terriers and a Flat-coated Retriever. They say that most of the top Norweigan teams come from the east, and their area is considered a 'white spot' on the agility map. Because they live so far out in the country, they don't have the possibility of participating in organized agility training on a regular basis, so they had to find 'alternatives.'
Competitions are not yet our first priority. We take our time thinking of ways to ensure a positive approach in learning the different obstacles, and want to let the dogs experience success each time we make them try.
Mike and Else say they are not very familiar with technical terms for agility in the English language so rather than writing a lot of text, they use photos to illustrate their message. By showing how they perform agility training with their dogs Blueberry Hill, Penny Lane and Laura. They hope that other people whether they be beginners or more experienced handlers will get some ideas that will be useful for their own training.
Communication, Education & Positive Activities
The Long Jump
We recommend that you begin by running up slopes and outdoor stairways together with your dog. Use the same signals and commands as if you were at the A-Frame. Treat the dog the same way as if he had delivered a great performance. Try to make the dog run in front of you. After all, this is what you would like him to do later on agility courses.
Photo credits: © Mike & Else Theiss from their web site http://www.uio.no/~theiss/toensb.html.