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24 Jan 2016

Training Tip – Be Patient!

Be patient in starting your young dog on equipment – it will pay off!

For the first 12 – 15 MONTHS of your puppy’s life, focus on REWARD STRUCTURE and FOUNDATION SKILLS before even thinking about any agility equipment. This allows your puppy to not only gain the understanding of solid behaviors necessary for a long and very competitive agility career, but it also allows your youngster to fully develop his coordination, and mature muscularly, so that he can physically give you the fastest and strongest behaviors possible. 

Remember, how your dog learns to execute the equipment first, is what […]

14 Aug 2015

Training Tip – Be Prepared!

Next time you plan to train your dog, be totally prepared before you get your dog out of his crate.  The idea being that when you do get to work, you can immediately jump into your training without any downtime that would cause your dog to become disinterested in you.  When a handler is not prepared, their dog usually finds or allows other things to hold their attention such as other dogs, other people, sniffing the ground and many other environmental distractions.

So, next time you train, have all your bits of food prepped and easily accessible along with a tug […]

24 Jun 2015

Training Tip – Hand Touches

One of the easiest yet most valuable behaviours we teach our dogs in foundation, and that we use throughout their lives, is the hand touch.

First, it is how we start all puppies with “learning to earn” and “shaping” as it is such a simple thing for them to figure out – you can use their meal times to earn each piece of food. It also becomes the default “please” behaviour, which is essential for creating and maintaining a great work ethic. Every time they want something, they say please with a hand touch.

It is a behaviour that happens […]

11 May 2015

Course Announcement: Ultimate Jump Start

Ultimate Agility is proud to present… Ultimate Jump Start!

Are you ready to transition from Foundation to Jumping Understanding & Independence? Do you have an older dog who lacks jumping confidence and independence?

This is the course for you!

Greg and Laura share their program for starting all of their young dogs over jumps, and provide detailed steps for progression towards jumping independence.

Registration is OPEN NOW!

Class starts 25 May, and runs for 4.5 weeks.

Visit the Online Courses site to learn more, and sign up today!

9 Mar 2015

Course Announcement: Ultimate Handling

Ultimate Agility presents… Ultimate Handling!

Learn the theory and skills behind Greg Derrett’s fabulously successful handling system, and understand how Greg has remained competitive at the highest levels of agility for 25+ years!

Registration is open now, and class starts 23 March.

New for this course, we are offering a limited number of Video Participant spots. These students submit short videos weekly for review and feedback directly from Greg & Laura.

Visit our Online Courses site to learn more, and sign up today!

19 Feb 2015

Training Tip – Start Lines!

Start lines are a key skill in agility. A solid wait with an explosive response to a well-taught release command is vital. Once you have taught the initial behavior of a start line, training should be incorporated into your way of life. Make a list of all the places you would like a solid wait in your dog’s life. The crate door, the back door, a door way in the house, going up the stairs, coming down the stairs, the field gate, getting out of the vehicle etc etc. You don’t really need to get imaginative to come up […]

12 Feb 2015

Training Tip – What can you do in 3 minutes?

One of the key skills we look for in our foundation training is fast and high level reward. Our goal is to try and reward every 2 seconds, which not only helps target specific behaviours but also helps in maintaining high drive in the dogs’ work ethic.

Throughout our dogs’ lives, most of their rear cross training is carried out in sessions roughly the same length of time it takes for the kettle to boil. We teach a Sit Rear Cross drill aiming to reward a fast 180 degree head turn when we execute a rear cross. With my 2 […]