Author: Sandy Rogers
Length: 72 pages
Release Date: May 2019
Stop spending hard-earned dollars and precious time and still not qualifying because of missed contacts! It's time to improve the speed, accuracy, and independence of your 2-on/2-off contacts.
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.
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.
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