You’ve probably already heard about the 10 commandments of agility, right? The fourth commandment instructs you to “Do the walk through with your virtual dog.” That’s what we are going to focus on for the 16th Agility Training Challenge.
Get some ideas for teaching your dog an independent Backside cue.
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.
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.
After practicing the Layering with the help of the handling technique video, you can now take your training to the next level by applying the technique in a sequence!
What happens when the "king of Front Crosses" designs a training challenge for handling your dog by being behind him? See how leading OMD Coach Mikko Aaltonen ended up practicing Lap Turns, and give this really fun challenge a try yourself!
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:
Learn a handling technique called Layering! Layering is a technique where the handler is positioned so that there is an obstacle, that the dog shouldn't perform, between themselves and the dog.
OMD Coach Nic Jones designed a training exercise based on a gentle, S shaped path, to test your dog’s ability to change leading leg efficiently.