Author: Sandy Rogers
Length: 72 pages
Size: 8" x 11"
Release Date: May 2019
Why do so many dogs that start their competition careers with an excellent 2-on/2-off contact behavior lose it?
The sequence and course work that we need to practice to get in sync with our dogs can undermine some of our trained behaviors very quickly and naturally. What we do as we are handling the contacts as part of sequences will raise new questions for our dogs—questions that did not come up in the initial training because the picture is so different during handling than it was during training.
If we don’t answer these questions, our dogs naturally begin to draw unwanted conclusions—often when we are competing—which cause our initial training to erode. To retain the 2-on/2-off behavior we worked so hard to train, we need to do specific contact maintenance work outside of sequence and course work.
The maintenance program described in this book is designed to help you perfect and preserve your dog’s 2-on/2-off performance. You will learn how to continuously increase your dog’s comprehension of the 2-on/2-off behavior by addressing all the questions that can potentially erode the behavior in competition.
Your dog will understand to drive to the bottom of the contact no matter where you are or what distractions there are. Your release word will become stronger because your dog learns that he can’t self-release on movement, praise, or because a certain length of time passes.
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Equipment Note: There are 4 levels of proofing and maintenance work. Levels 1-3 can all be done with a travel plank. Level 4 requires training time on regulation contacts.
About the Author
Sandy Rogers has been teaching obedience and agility since 1991. Her career switched to focus solely on agility in 1999 when she founded ACE Dog Sports in San Francisco, California. Sandy’s specialty is helping the average handler get to the next level and getting the most out of non-traditional breeds. Her students’ accomplishments are a source of pride in and out of the competition ring. With her Border Collie Brink and JRT Quill Sandy is a four-time National Champion and has proudly represented the USA at the World Agility Open in 2011, 2012, and 2013 where “Quilly” brought home gold, silver, and bronze medals. Sandy has written for Clean Run since 2009, teaches seminars in person and online, and has two DVDs available.
from Northern California on Jun 24, 2019
I really like Sandy's new "How to Strengthen and Maintain Your 2-On/2-Off Contacts" book. It does a nice job of bringing together different aspect of maintaining contacts in one place. The book contains a number of articles that have appeared in Clean Run magazine. But, it is great to have them all in one place and be able to use them to address the different aspects of getting and maintaining contacts. Many of these aspects are interwoven and need to be considered together in order to get the desired results. Being able to just flip to the information is a big help. Having them broken out allows the reader to focus first on the big items for their dog (which can be different for each dog). The first part of the book does a great job of bringing everything together.
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from Sacramento, California on May 1, 2019
I have been training and trialing in agility for well over 20 years. I have 60 plus MACHS on 6 different golden retrievers with multiple national final appearances, multiple number 1 Invitational rankings and wins. Sandy’s contact program gives a concise training plan to teach AND maintain a fast and consistent contact performance.
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