11 Nov 2014

Training Tip – Start Lines

The key to having a solid start line in Agility is to train and proof it through the toughest of distractions. For our border collies, it’s maintaining criteria while the other dogs are blasting past them up the field or while the neighbor’s sheep are moving past. For our little terrier mix, it is the understanding of maintaining a SIT because of the reward history built into this criteria, which is far more valuable to her than chasing chickens.

Trainers that expose their dogs to this type of understanding are those that do not worry about putting their dogs in a […]

4 Nov 2014

Training Tip – Criteria and Self-Control

Great dog trainers work as much on prevention of bad behaviors being learned as on the good behaviours being taught. Having a criteria location in your training arena is essential for this to occur.

Quality training involves short bursts of training intermingled with down-time, which is key to maintain high-drive, both mental and physical, throughout a session. Maintaining a position and displaying self-control are important skills in the agility dog, as well as the great pet dog, and this is built into the down-time so it is not wasted training time.

By having a defined self-control position, we can prevent undesirable behaviours […]