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Old 03-10-2008, 02:05 PM
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Default 10 Golden Rules in Dog Agility Training

1) Play with your dog but on your rules. Your dog loves to play, so let him have this joy. At the same time, try to introduce new rules and restrictions in the game. Allow your dog to have a lot of fun, but teach him to obey your rules while doing this.

2) Keep the dog on continuous monitoring. This will help you evaluate the progress and understand where you have to work harder. In this way you can easily correct any mistakes that may occur.

3) The dog's name is the most important training tool you have. It is also powerful instrument when asking him to follow your instructions. Use the name after every command you give. It will prove to be very effective.

4) Dog training is more about asking him to do something, rather than not to do one thing. Use only simple and clear commands, positions and object names. This will help you communicate with him and will help him to better understand you.

5) Always maintain dog's agility. There are lots of available techniques you can use and work hard with obstacles. Include exercises with jumps, tunnel crossing, poles, contact approaches and others. Try to give clear commands and carefully plan your instructions.

6) When playing with obstacles, always offer directions before the dog reaches an object. In this way, he will know where to go and what to do and will be capable to well manage your instructions.

7) It is wishful for your dog to approach contacts and weave at the correct angle. Sometimes this could take an extra moment to straighten out. Still, this will make the pet run more efficiently and will cut down on lost time on future runs.

8) No matter what happens, don't get angry! And never show anger in the training. On the contrary, use reward as much as you can. This will offer greater efficiency in the process and you'll teach the pet to execute movements and orders in the right manner. Never punish the pet for your bad feelings!

9) When dealing with agility exercises, try to work to the sometimes rigidly and never give up. Sometimes, even experienced judges might miss calls for bars down or contacts that you think you have missed. Always focus on your work with the dog through the course. This is essential for the final success.

10) Be nice and enthusiastic when interacting with fellow competitors, judges, students and friends. Avoid discussions of what you may consider to be the fault of someone else. Try to be pleasant and kind.

Apply these golden rules tips and soon you will see your dog in greater shape and happier!

Article by romanian dog trainer that writes on dog training techniques on his blog - caini de rasa
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Old 03-10-2008, 02:43 PM
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Why would you want to call your dogs name AFTER every cue? I have gotten 'corrected' for saying my dogs name when I want them to move out. I have been told time and time again (thick skull ) not to say my dogs name unless I want them to slow down and or move into me.

Some of the others seem good.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:16 PM
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Yep I would agree Dekka, saying the name means pay attention to me something different is able to happen!! Not to mention that saying the name would do during a gamble at the wrong time
Over using a dogs name can be just as much a problem as cheer leading them with a fast dog who has the time or the breath for a on going chatter at the dog.
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:07 AM
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I agree I only use my dogs name when I need them to come into me, but the other rules are reasonable enough. Also over using a dogs name for a command can cause it to become equal to white noise on course. I cant imagine myself saying Whim Jump, Whim Tunnel, Whim out...Im too busy breathing, thinking and handling other than to give simple one word commands.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:02 AM
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nice info you have here... it will surely help someone whose into Dog Agility Training
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