Subtitle: A Method for All Types of Dogs
Author: Rachel Sanders
Format: DVD, 2 discs, NTSC format
Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Bonus Materials: 13-page training supplement in PDF format
Release Date: November 2008
More and more handlers desire a running A-frame. Some worry about the unknown long-term physical effects of stopping dogs on the obstacle. Some feel that their dog's structure or a previous injury makes stopping him unsafe. Others have dogs that clearly indicate they aren't physically comfortable with the behavior being asked for, no matter how hard the handler works on weight shift and motivation. And still others have competitive aspirations and want to perform the obstacle as quickly as possible. But no matter why you want a running A-frame, there is finally a realistic approach to teaching an accurate and consistent running A-frame to all varieties of dogs.
Rachel Sanders has tried a variety of running-contact training methods over the years—including stride regulators, foot targets, jumps after the A-frame, no props on the A-frame, and more—each method helped only a small percentage of her students' dogs, and she saw inconsistent results with her own dogs as well. Rejecting the notion that dogs must have the "right" stride length or a certain body type to master a running A-frame, Rachel continued to search for a method not just for her own dogs, but one that a majority of her students could reliably train. She kept thinking that long ago trainers believed you couldn't teach dogs to weave on both sides, and we now know how untrue that is! We just need to get more creative in our approach to training contacts.
Rachel's A-frame "box" method promotes the stride lengths required for a dog to reach the contact zone and that are comfortable for the dog. Rachel uses the box with her own dogs and confidently encourages her students to train a running A-frame with their new agility dogs and to retrain competing dogs where appropriate. Now she shares the method with you.
Besides demos with Rachel's dogs, this DVD includes training case studies of a number of different dogs. It also includes a 13-page PDF file containing supplemental training notes.
About the Author
Rachel Sanders lives in Atascadero, California where she operates Fast Forward Dog Sports. For the past 25 years, Rachel has been involved in a variety of dog training activities, including competitive obedience, hearing-dog training, and agility training. Since 1994, her focus has been solely on agility. Rachel lives with five Border Collies (Spinner, Whist, Fable, Stuie, and Gifted) and two JRTs (Trump and Better). She currently competes with Fable, Stuie, and Better. She has earned ADCH titles on four dogs (Spinner, Whist, Trump, and Fable) and MACH titles on three dogs (Whist MACH3, Trump MACH2, and Fable). Rachel and her dogs are familiar faces in the finals of both AKC and USDAA national championships, and she has won the top spot on the podium four times. In addition, Rachel and Fable represented the U.S. in international competition (IFCS World Championships). Rachel is a regular seminar presenter and a favorite instructor at agility camps throughout the United States.