Author: Deborah Jones, Ph.D. & Judy Keller
Format: DVD, NTSC format
Running Time: 57 minutes
Release Date: 2007
Sometimes a dog doesn't show as much enthusiasm about doing agility as we would like him to. The dog may lack confidence or he may be inhibited, worried, or nervous, which in turn lead to slow and tentative performances. Often this type of dog is very accurate, but too slow to make course time. He is trying so hard, but his stress and nervousness makes it impossible for him to let loose and enjoy himself. There is a lot that you can do to change your dog's reaction to agility so that you can both have fun doing this sport. This DVD contains a training program for the need-for-speed dog that is intended to be done after you have completed the work in the FOCUS Foundation DVD. If you consistently apply the FOCUS exercises and techniques, you will see an improvement in your dog's attitude and desire to work—but it won't happen overnight, it takes time and consistent effort.
About the Authors
Deborah Jones, Ph.D. and Judy Keller developed the FOCUS program in 2003. This program is designed to help trainers form a good working relationship with their performance dogs. Deb has an academic background in learning theory and social behavior. She is also an innovator in the use of the clicker in dog training. Judy has been on the AKC Agility World Team three times, winning team gold in 1998. Both Deb and Judy share a strong commitment to using training methods that are positive and gentle, yet are also efficient and effective.
About the In FOCUS Program
The FOCUS program is designed to help you build a strong and solid working relationship with your dog. FOCUS is absolutely necessary for dogs competing in performance events such as obedience and agility. However, FOCUS can enhance the relationship between any dog and owner, whether or not you compete. Trying to train a dog that does not have focus is an uphill battle. An unfocused dog finds things in the environment (such as agility obstacles or smells on the ground) much more interesting than working with his trainer. This is frustrating and aggravating for the trainer, and a waste of valuable training time. Deborah Jones and Judy Keller developed the FOCUS (Fun, Obedience, and Consistency Lead to Unbelievable Success) program to help you create a happy working partner that is ready and eager to train. Dogs with FOCUS do not get off-track and distracted. They have learned, through their FOCUS foundation work, that the trainer is the source of fun and interesting activities. They know that it pays off to pay attention to the trainer and to figure out what the trainer is trying to teach. FOCUSed dogs are “in the game” and ready to play.
Their training system is based on the belief that dogs are intelligent and sensitive creatures. Their methods are based on respect for dogs, an understanding of their nature, and scientific learning theories. Deborah and Judy feel that training should be both fun and effective.