Welcome | Startline | Clubs & Trainers | Events | Facebook | Fleamarket | Rescues | Senior League | Show Diary | Workshops | Contact Us

Up ] 10 Top Training Tips ] Body Language ] Body Speak ] Borrowed Dogs ] Directionals ] Dogtectives ] Hoops of Fire ] Greyhounds in Agility ] It's a Team Sport ] Keeping Fit ] Leading the Dance ] Leaving the Ring ] Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) ] Perfect Timing ] Positive Training Isn't Just for Dogs ] Random Things I Have Learned About Agility ] Shhhhh ] Speeding up a Slow Dog ] Stress & the Agility Dog ] Stressed Out ] Training Small Dogs ] Understanding Canine Massage & Stretching ] Unleashing Your Velcro Dog ]

Training Tips for Handlers

Contents

10 Top Training Tips
10 top training tips that could change your agility life. We asked ten of the best known trainers in the UK to share their secrets. Next time you go to training or into the ring, just try one of these suggestions. It could make all the difference. (May 2009)
Body Speak
A useful exercise to help you focus on whether you are being consistent in your training. Is your voice giving the same message as your body. Sally Hopkins investigates. You may be surprised! (07/09/03)

Bon Mots
Clever sayings from clever agility trainers

Borrowed Dogs/Borrowed Handlers
What do you do when your dog loves agility but you find that for health reasons you cannot run it any more. Thelwyn Bateman found herself in just that situation and came up with an interesting solution.  (03/01/03)
Junior Can Our Dogs Read Our Minds
Why are dogs so different in competition than when they are at home or at agility class? Angelica Steinker answers this perennial question. (03/07/00)
Directionals: Flyer's Training Diary
For quite some time American Sandy Birdsall had debated with herself about teaching directional commands to her Border Collie. She could think of lots reasons why not to bother, mostly to due with the fact that she's mildly dyslexic. In the end, she decided to give it a try. This is the diary she wrote (with Agilitynet in mind) while she was training her dog Flyer to do rights and lefts. (01/03/01)
Greyhounds in Agility
Jennifer Bachelor is partial to Greyhounds and she's had quite a bit of success on the agility circuit with them. She's learned a lot from them and she never misses a chance to tell people about them. (26/10/09)
Photo of authors Harness Training
Australians Maisie Griffiths and Jennifer Hendricks share their experiences and some techniques they used to introduce their new dogs to agility using a harness and long-line. With video explanations. (20/05/04)
Keeping Fit
If you are thinking about or already competing with your dog, there are many factors to consider. Is your dog in condition to compete? Having your dog in optimal physical and mental condition should be at the top of the list says American Kathy Herzog.  (16/9/99)

Leading the Dance
Well known Canadian clicker trainer Sue Ailsby explains her problem-solving programme Leading the Dance. It's about building upon your relationship with your dog, and is meant to be used in conjunction with your other training. (23/01/01)

Chris & Tegan

Long Distance Handling
Anyone who has seen Chris Kurzfeld and her dog Tegan on an agility course marvels at their partnership. When Chris realised she was not going to be able to 'run' with her dog, she decided to teach Tegan to work away. Here is the story of how she did it. (25/01/05)

More About LP & Agility
If you want to be the winning handler you know you really are, you might want to look into Neuro Linguistic Programming. Andrea Brown explains...
Neuro Linguistic Programming
Anne Copley explains how Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) can help you overcome the barriers to your success in agility with solution focused coaching.
Perfect Timing
How would you like to have perfect timing? That is, to never again be early or late with a command or movement? Itís a simple matter once you understand Bud Houston's Laws of Dogs in Motion © . (24/03/04)
Positive Training Isn't Just for Dogs
You know that positive training works with our canine partners and that success is rewarding! So shouldn't we show the same consideration to ourselves. (16/03/04)
Heather and Brisbee Random Things I have Learned About Agility
Heather Christenson says there is nothing like doing agility for learning how to communicate with your dog. In fact, since she started training her gang,  she's never learned so much nor had so much fun. For instance...  (17/09/03)

Speeding Up a Slow Dog
Several years ago Leona Hellesvig and her Cocker Spaniel Ember took a class which was specifically for dogs who had been in agility for a few years but were too slow to make the course time. It was run by trainers Martha Healy, Carol Smorch, Dan Dege and a few other guest instructors, and it lasted for an entire winter which can be a long cold time in Minnesota! The course was called Go Crazy Go Nuts and it really helped!  (23/09/01)

Stress: Its Effect on the Performance Dog
Why doesn't your dog act like it does at home? Audrey Ferrel shares her thoughts on learning and behaviour in a paper she did for school.  (25/08/02)

Stressed Out?<
We can not give our dogs a totally stress free life, nor would we want to. Stress in moderation is not harmful. However, problems with dogs arise when they are subjected to many forms of stress in their every day life, and they are not allowed to recover from it. You may think that you are the only only stressed out on the agility course, but your dog feels to pressure too. Dog behaviourist Aileen Clarke investigates the causes of stress and how to relieve it. (10/04/02)
Training Small Dogs
Training small dogs is a real rollercoaster of a ride. They can be delightful, funny, endearing, incredibly frustrating, stubborn, distracted, very noisy, surprising and amazing - and all that in a one minute agility run! Lucy Parkin explains how to get the best from them...
Understanding Your Relationship with Your Dog
For many of us, one of the reasons we enjoy competitive canine sports so much is due to this attachment we form with our dog(s). Reciprocally, to succeed in these sports, one must start with a good, solid relationship with the dog. Kathy Herzog began this article with the idea in mind of discussing forms of reinforcement and reward, and how these concepts relate to agility training. However, as she began her research, she realised that an exploration of one's relationship with one's dog is much more germane and basic to the ultimate goal of having a cohesive and successful agility team.
Understanding Canine Massage & Stretching
Learn more about the benefits of canine massage and stretching for agility dogs before and after shows and how to do it. (30/10/05)
Unleashing Your Velcro Dog
Author and leading American agility competitor Jane Simmons-Moake says that one of the most common questions people ask her at seminars and at agility trials is 'How do you teach your dog to work at a distance?' Jane attempts to answer this complex questions in this article. (31/10/08)

Wolf Watching
In April 2001 Aileen Clarke attended an introductory course lead by Turid Rugaas, the well-known Norwegian animal behaviourist. Aileen was so impressed with everything she learned that she booked for a second course, which was billed as dealing with behaviour and the rehabilitation of dogs. The summer course included wolf watching, and as she does Pet Obedience classes and rehab work with the permanent residents at the NCDL, it seemed ideal.   (20/09/01)