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 […]

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!

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 […]

22 Jan 2015

Training Tip – Surprise Rewards

A fun game while out with your buddy is to find new and interesting things to play with in the immediate environment. Here I am at the beach, rewarding Bee for a great recall with a piece of seaweed – the texture, taste, smell, and the way it moved, made for an intensely different and fun interaction!

The primary benefit of developing a solid reward base is that your dog understands that in all environments, and during any circumstances, what you have to offer is better than any environmental factor. Being prepared with treats and a toy to play tug […]

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 […]

16 Oct 2014

Training Tip – Establishing a Solid Reinforcement Structure in a Dog’s Life Can Drastically Change Their Life for the Better

When your dog learns to really love earning rewards in the forms of playing with YOU, and tugging and food from YOU, then working for YOU becomes worthwhile and a joy for your dog.

Without having proper rewards that your dog really, really loves, then working for you just isn’t much fun.

Our goal is to have a dog that enjoys playing and working; engaging with us should be the most rewarding thing in their life!

This goal is for any age, breed, size, and history. Bee, Greg and Laura’s rescue Chi/Terrier, was a feral 3 month old puppy in April. Now in […]