Agility Training Challenge 1 [video]

This Agility Training Challenge is all about independent weaves!

We aim to continually develop agility as a sport, by pushing the boundaries of what is possible during a course, for both, the dog and the handler. We strive to provide training sessions that improve the understanding between the handler and the dog. Training Challenges offer fun steps for achieving a common language with your dog.

Have fun, do it with passion and use your imagination!



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Juliet Weissberg5 years ago

@Janita Leinonen Thanks Janita - this info is very helpful. Now we have to get down to some work....

Janita Leinonen5 years ago

@Juliet Weissberg Hi Juliet and welcome to group! We teach verbally tunnel, contact (useful in tunnel-contact discrimination), weaves-command and "go forward"-command. In this case we use either the weaves command (already before the first jump -> the dogs do all the obstacles between their nose and the weaves). Or we could use forward-command before the tunnel -> they go forward to any obstacle behind the tunnel (this case is easy, because there is only one choice). If we run together with the dog, they don't need obstacle names, but these are the obstacles (weaves, contacts, tunnels) where we most likely send the dogs and start moving already towards the next obstacle.

Juliet Weissberg5 years ago

Hi OMD Folks I have just joined your website, and I love the challenges you have presented. Yes, they are very challenging! I also love the videos and explanations you have provided to help us learn how to complete them. I have a question about the handling for the Challenge 1. In the video of the first alternative, the handler is moving when dog enters tunnel, so it seems that would help cue extension after the tunnel. But, in the second alternative, how does the dog know to run ahead to the weaves when the handler is standing still for the send to tunnel, and dog doesn't look at the handler when exiting the tunnel anyway? Is this a "default" behavior that you teach so that the dog always runs ahead in extension and looks for obstacle there, unless you cue the tunnel brake before dog takes tunnel? - is a verbal cue a strong component here also?

Stacy Richards6 years ago

Great work Laura !

Noora6 years ago

Have a look at the Q&A:

OneMind Dogs6 years ago

Looking forward for your video Sasha! :) In fact it would be very nice to watch videos from different levels. @sashanto

OneMind Dogs6 years ago

Well done Laura! Really looks FUN! Thank you so much for sharing the video! :) @Laura Kuterbach

Laura Kuterbach6 years ago

Thank you for this challenge! I had so much fun attempting this challenge with my dog ~ having fun is what agility is all about! Thank you, One Mind Dog!

sashanto6 years ago

We will be attempting something similar, but I'm afraid my dogs aren't quite as independent. We will take the challenge and break it down a bit.

OneMind Dogs6 years ago

Good point @Mary Ellen Barry! I will check this as soon as possible. //Noora

OneMind Dogs6 years ago

Hi @Cheri! On the video you can find four different examples of handling for this specific set up. You are more than welcome to make up your own handling examples for it; we encourage you to use your imagination, have fun with your dog and share the inspiration! :)

OneMind Dogs6 years ago

Hi @Kristy Loman Chiodo! We will soon post some tips for training this challenge, stay tuned!

Cheri 6 years ago

How do I find the different handling sequences? Thank you.

Mary Ellen Barry6 years ago

Can you please provide a diagram of the sequences that we can print.

Kristy Loman Chiodo6 years ago

I'll need to learn how to "unstick" my velcro dogs for these challenges. Any input on how to help my dogs become more obstacle focused rather than handler focused with help with this task.

Cristian Tamburrini6 years ago


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