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Ring Stress - Is Your Excitement Making it Worse?


Tell me if this sounds familiar: You get your dog out of his crate with plenty of time before you’re due to go in the ring, toilet them, play lots of warm up games, play an exciting game of tug, use your happiest happy voice and just generally try your best to get your dog as ‘high’ and excited as possible before entering the ring, yet your dog seems distracted and ‘shuts down’ the moment you start to lead out. He may even sniff around or run off during your run.

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Hungarian Cross aka Kabai Cross [video]


Learn a handling technique called Hungarian Cross aka Kabai Cross! In the Hungarian Cross the handler moves to the landing side of an obstacle as the dog is approaching perpendicular to the obstacle from the takeoff side. The Hungarian Cross is an effective way to avoid off course obstacles located behind a jump.

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Agility Training Challenge 14 - OMD Coaches Go Sumo

OneMind Dogs Coaches have been seen handling their dogs wearing garbage bags, handling without running or handling without using their voice. This time the Coaches accepted a really weird challenge. Watch the video and see the course map!

Wearing a huge sumo outfit is very heavy (44 pounds / 20 kg) and slows the handler down a lot. The outfit also limits the way you can use your body: you turn around a lot slower, the movement of your feet is limited and it’s very hard to move your arms. That is why you need to focus on the most important elements in your handling:

  • Movement - the timing and direction of your movement is very important to your dog. Even more so when the other elements are limited.
  • Position - How you position yourself will determine how easily your dog can follow your handling.

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