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 […]

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 […]