Agility is a sport where consistency is very important. Dogs thrive on routine; they like things to happen the same way at the same time so that it is predictable. This is also true in agility.
Learn how to apply handling techniques to all kinds of obstacles, not just standard jumps.
Sometimes you get to run on competition courses that offer you a chance to choose between several different handling options. How many can you come up with?
Leading OMD Coach Mikko Aaltonen planned a technique quiz to help develop handlers' skills for applying techniques on a course. Watch a video of possible options to solve the puzzle! Starring on the video are Mikko Aaltonen and Mari Kaplas with Kiia, Yks and Hu.
Do you want to become a more effective and efficient learner? In the third part of the article series about learning OneMind Dogs Coach Magdalena Ziolkowska presents an example of how you can break a training course down into pieces to make sure you take the best out of your learning process.
Learn how to teach your dog to complete the weaves regardless of your motion or position.
Learn a handling technique called the Japanese. It is a technique where you are ahead of your dog while asking him to perform what appears to be the backside of an obstacle from your dog's point of view. This technique is ideal for handlers who find it difficult to execute turning maneuvers due to physical limitations such as knee injuries or other disabilities. It is also a great technique for dogs who slow down when you turn to face them as you would in Forced Front Cross.
We are often asked how you can learn to choose the correct handling techniques to sequences. Leading OneMind Dogs Coach Mikko Aaltonen planned a technique quiz to help develop handlers' skills for applying techniques on a course.
When you’re proofing your dog’s obstacle skills, you should practice different approaches as well as applying different handling techniques on the obstacles. One of the best ways to do this is to put together a course incorporating all of these aspects!
Are you interested in finding ways to improve your skills in learning? Read the second article of an article series about learning by OneMind Dogs Coach Magdalena Ziolkowska.