The two most commonly used cues throughout agility handling are the shoulder rotation cue taught with circle work, and an acceleration cue taught with flat work. Both cues are first taught away from the equipment.

Just because your dog may run fast does not mean he understands an acceleration cue. True understanding of acceleration means when you give the cue, your dog will extend his stride, and in most cases will run ahead of you with his head forward on the line you are cuing. The most used cue for acceleration is… running!

Putting effort into teaching and gaining true understanding of acceleration cues and behavior will pay dividends once you move your dog onto the equipment.

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