As the World Turns: Side Cues
by Mary Ellen Barry
This article focuses on side cues, which are those cues that tell your dog which side of your body he should drive toward. These cues are part of the foundation for many of the handling moves that will be covered in this series (such as the forced front cross, Jaakko Turn, v-set, reverse v-set, blind cross, threadle, serpentine, reverse spin, tandem turn, lap turn, whisky, German Turn, double push-through, flip, and more). Handlers need to understand why side cues work and how to use them before trying new moves.
The OneMind Dogs Methodology: An Overview
by Janita Leinonen and Jaakko Suokuunt
This methodology was developed in Finland and is named after its main mission: seamless cooperation during the agility run. Once you learn to think agility from the dog’s point of view, it feels like you are one connected mind. Your runs start to look like your dog is reading your mind; they look smooth and easy. This is the first article in a new monthly series.
Secrets to Perfect Timing: Recognizing Commitment
by Kathy Keats
Many people believe the point of commitment is when the front feet are coming off of the ground as the dog starts to jump, but this isn’t the case. The point of commitment is very different for each dog. We all know dogs that can pull off a jump when they are practically in the air and we know of others that can commit to a tunnel from three jumps back! I like to think of commitment as “a strong intent to perform the upcoming obstacle.” Really good handlers see things differently than average handlers and one of the things they are able to see is the point when their dogs are committing to an obstacle; they are reading the dog’s intention. So what are they seeing?
Do I Need to Learn International Handling?
by Sandy Rogers
International-style course work is getting a lot of press these days and, just like brussel sprouts, opinions about it are at one end of the spectrum or the other. But by exploring international-style sequences, you can improve your overall training and handling skills. It is a matter of analyzing your cues for clarity and getting a handle on rewarding in the right place at the right time and often enough .
Myofascial Pain: The Hidden Health Problem
Myofascial pain syndrome is a common but rarely diagnosed pain issue in performance dogs. It is caused by extended contraction of a few muscle fibers that results in painful contracted knots of muscle called “trigger points.” By Michael C. Petty, DVM, CVPP, CMAV, CCRT, Dipl. AAPM
Environmental Enrichment for Agility Dogs
Agility provides our dogs with concrete ways to earn reinforcers and with physical and mental activity. But most of us are unable to run our dogs every day. It is during these days that other types of environmental enrichment are important. By Amanda Shyne
Raising Your Pup 2 Perfection: Creating a Brilliant Relationship
How do you get your puppy from loveable rogue to championship level, successful sports dog? It all starts with relationship, susceptibility to reinforcement, and your dog seeing value in you. By Lauren Langman