The Beginner's Guide to Dog Agility


Author: Laurie Leach
Publisher: TFH Publications
ISBN: 9780793805464
Category: Pets
Page: 255
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Training your dog (and yourself) for agility competitions will create a fun working relationship that both of you can enjoy. Find everything you need to know in this fun guide that includes information on pre-agility training, detailed advice on correction-free training and step-by step agility training techniques. Also learn how to make your own agility obstacles use a clicker as a motivational tool, and officially enter agility trials. Participation in agility competitions can build a strong, enduring bond between you and your dog, Read The Beginners Guide to Dog Agility to learn the ins and outs of this exciting hobby.

Agility Training for You and Your Dog

From Backyard Fun To High-Performance Training
Author: Ali Canova,Joe Canova,Diane Goodspeed
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1461745640
Category: Pets
Page: 256
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Based on the positive training methods of Ali Canova and Joe Canova, two of the top agility competitors in America, this book will get you and your dog started in agility training. This author makes it easy with her step-by-step approach, footing diagrams and course illustrations, and beautiful full-color ­photographs. The unique method from proven champions strengthens the connection between any dog and his owner, and success is guaranteed for any breed, from miniature poodle to border collie. Every step has a specific drill that improves fitness and shapes behavior. Whether you want to compete on an agility team or simply have fun in your back yard, this is the only guide you'll need for a lifetime of satisfaction.

The Beginner's Guide to Flyball


Author: Lisa Pignetti
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780988630437
Category: Pets
Page: 186
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The Beginner's Guide to Flyball covers everything you need to know about the exciting dog sport of flyball, including: - How to transform your dog from a beginner to a flyball champion, using positive training techniques and the latest methods - How to troubleshoot many of the common flyball training issues and challenges - Where to find a flyball club in your area (or how to start your own club) - How the rules and titles work in both flyball organizations - What to expect at a flyball tournament - What equipment you'll need and how to find or make it Whether you're just starting out and learning from scratch, or are already competing and want to improve, The Beginner's Guide to Flyball walks you through the process in a friendly, conversational and reassuring way. 20% of all royalties will go to the National Canine Cancer Foundation.

Enjoying Dog Agility


Author: Julie Daniels
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 1593789971
Category: Pets
Page: 240
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Enjoying Dog Agility (2nd edition) is the premier beginner’s guide to the fast-growing sport of dog agility. Author Julie Daniels, a national and international agility champion and one of the early pioneers of the sport in the United States, has written an upbeat and informative must-read that shares her insight into all aspects of agility, from initial training of the dog to competing and succeeding in agility trials. A perfectly crafted guide for novice agility handlers, Daniels’s book teaches handlers to motivate their dogs, use positive-training techniques, and, most of all, have fun with their dogs. Divided into two sections, the book begins with “This Is Agility,” the section that introduces readers to the basic requirements of the sport, methods of handling the dog, conditioning for the dog, and developing true teamwork with the dog. The second section is devoted to “The Obstacles” and discusses how to train the dog for all of the major obstacles found at trial: the apertures (open and closed tunnels and tire jump), the ramps (A-framed, dogwalk, and seesaw), the jumps (bar and solid jumps, spread jumps, and broad jumps), the pause table, and the weave poles. Each obstacle in Section II is presented with step-by-step training instructions on how to introduce the dog to the obstacle and how to navigate it, including avoiding and fixing problems along the way. As Stuart Mah (of Rising Stars Dog Agility) says of the author and her classic text, “Long-considered one of the ‘grand dames’ of dog agility, Julie Daniels writes in an easy-to-understand style. Reading Enjoying Dog Agility is like having Julie there, discussing agility with you personally.” Fully indexed for ease of reference.

Excelling at Dog Agility: Obstacle training


Author: Jane Simmons-Moake
Publisher: Flashpaws Productions
ISBN: 9780967492902
Category: Pets
Page: 184
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Teaching the Dog to Think

My Year of Dog Agility Training with My Collie, Willow
Author: Kimberly Davis
Publisher: Kimberly Davis
ISBN: 9780983449201
Category: Dogs
Page: 242
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TEACHING THE DOG TO THINK is Kimberly Davis' engaging memoir about her crash introduction to the sport of dog agility-with its jumps, tunnels, balance beams and weave poles. An award-winning poet and blogger, Davis vividly describes her frustrations trying to get her dog to "mind." We then watch as her first steely-eyed agility coach shames her into giving up choke collars and scruff shakes in favor of the "positive" training methods used by agility instructors. Davis' breezy, often humorous account shows how these new techniques allow her to communicate with the "alien" mind of a dog. Also how they transform her unruly yearling collie, Willow, into a loyal, hardworking teammate. Davis ultimately carries the lessons she has mastered in dog training class into other areas of her life, particularly into parenting and teaching creative writing. In the end, this memoir becomes a soul-searching exploration of how to get others to do what we want without bullying or cruelty-by using our heads and forcing ourselves to be a little smarter. A subtly subversive book about dealing responsibly with those less powerful than ourselves, Teaching The Dog To Think speaks not only to dog lovers, but also to anyone who has ever felt helpless, angry, or frustrated as a parent, teacher or pet owner. "You MUST read this book if you have children or pets, and want to change their behavior without coercion "--Richard McManus, Founder and President, The Fluency Factory "An interesting story of how switching to clicker training vastly improved one agility fan's dog and also changed her own approach to family life."--Karen Pryor, author of Don't Shoot the Dog and Reaching the Animal Mind "A wonderful entry point for anyone learning about these important new methods for teaching skills and enhancing creativity."--Catherine S. Mayes, Independent Autism Advocate and Autism Project Advocate, Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Agility Training

The Fun Sport for All Dogs
Author: Jane Simmons-Moake
Publisher: *Howell Book House
ISBN: 9780876054024
Category: Pets
Page: 256
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Whether your dog is young or old, large or small, pedigreed or mixed breed, Agility is a sport you and your dog can enjoy together. Agility Training makes clear all aspects of this, the world's fastest growing and most versatile dog sport. Whatever your interest, whether purely casual or highly competitive, you will find the instructional methods and helpful hints meaningful for your goals. Agility Training tells readers how to get started in the sport, work on their own, attend classes, earn titles and organize a competition or practice event. Chapters describe training for all levels of Agility, from beginners through an advanced curriculum. A special feature provides detailed construction plans as well as a list of materials for all obstacles. A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

Dog Tricks and Agility For Dummies


Author: Sarah Hodgson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470647356
Category: Pets
Page: 360
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The fun and easy way to teach a dog new tricks Dog Tricks & Agility For Dummies (previously titled Dog Tricks For Dummies) makes trick and agility training fun for both you and your dog. You will learn to teach simple tricks, like tail wagging or barking on command to more complex tricks like fetching keys, your dog's dinner bowl, or the laundry. This hands-on guide provides the lowdown on the coolest dog tricks and offers expanded coverage on infusing the thrill of agility (whether for fun or competition) into your dog's life. Push a cart or stroller, run an agility course, play Frisbee and fly ball, and put the toys away Navigate all types of agility obstacles big and small, narrow and wide Prepare your dog for canine good citizen certification Determine if your dog can get involved in pet therapy and what's involved (i.e. nursing homes, children's centers, prisons, etc.) Make your own agility obstacles at home and set up a course Officially enter agility trials

Unleashing the Velcro Dog

Training Your Agility Dog to Love Working at a Distance
Author: Jane Simmons-Moake
Publisher: Flashpaws Productions
ISBN: 9780967492933
Category: Pets
Page: 224
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Do you long for a dog that will soar accurately and enthusiastically through the most challenging agility course, while working at great distances? If so, you have come to the right place. This book will show you how to train your joined-at-the-hip Velcro dog to both enjoy and excel at working away from you. The ability to handle your dog at a distance is a tremendous asset if not a necessity in all types of agility courses. Through the methods detailed in this book you can: Attain a competitive advantage through the enormous flexibility you will gain in choosing a winning handling strategy; Take a shorter path than your dog by working at a lateral distance, thus allowing you to take full advantage of your dog s fastest speed instead of being limited by yours; Acquire tools to enable you to smoothly handle courses with handler restrictions, long straight-aways, and layering challenges; Ace courses that specifically require distance skills, such as Gamblers and FAST; Enjoy the exhilarating feeling of ultimate teamwork as you and your canine partner master-fully negotiate the course together, yet independently.

Agility Start to Finish


Author: Diane L. Bauman,Jessica M. Ajoux
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781577790914
Category: Pets
Page: 264
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Agility Start to Finish is an all-inclusive book that touches on the aspects of training a dog in agility. In it, the author instructs the reader how to handle the dog while running the course, as well as covering each obstacle clearly and thoroughly. Agility Start to Finish suggests new ways of looking at fundamental concepts in agility and offers fresh new ideas when explaining things to students both human and canine. Puppies, best commands to use, and handling through the course are discussed in detail. In the section on obstacles, each chapter is dedicated to the individual obstacle and how to train the dog to that obstacle. Ms. Bauman, with Jessica Ajoux, also explains agility competition and how to participate in the trials, with helpful tips and advice that will aid the reader in preparing to compete. They have included a special chapter for the Border Collie and how this breed, and other herding breeds, handles differently then other dogs. For anyone who would enjoy doing agility with their dog at home, or for those who would like to compete in the ring, this is an excellent book to have!

Champion Disc Dog!

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Dog Airborne in 18 Days
Author: Melissa Heeter
Publisher: Cider Mill Press
ISBN: 9781604332667
Category: Pets
Page: 256
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Take your dog from backyard basics to serious competition with this fully illustrated book and DVD guide to the disc dog sport. Whether you’re a canine agility enthusiast preparing for competition, or simply looking to train your dog in basic retrieval, this book and DVD combination has everything you need! With foolproof instruction from World Champion Disc Dog Competitor Melissa Heeter, you and your dog will build a lasting bond while learning the fundamentals of the Disc Dog sport. Features: • Free instructional training DVD (a $32.95 value) • A thorough introduction to discs and other equipment, safety, and general tips • An 18-day basic training broken into 5 step-by-step lessons • A section that teaches 25 advanced skills and tricks • Competition rules and considerations

Introduction to Dog Agility


Author: Margaret H. Bonham
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
ISBN: 9780764141386
Category: Pets
Page: 238
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(back cover) If you're among the growing number of canine agility enthusiasts, you'll find valuable information and advice in this book. The author, a professional dog trainer, tells you how to evaluate your dog's physical fitness and readiness for agility training, and then covers all aspects of this competitive sport. Here are diet recommendations, advice on the correct use of clickers and other positive reinforcement tools, basic commands, and specific training methods for the various competitive events. Instructive color photos take you step-by-step through the training methods.

From the Ground Up

Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs
Author: Kim Collins
Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
ISBN: 1929242786
Category: Pets
Page: 165
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You might have a dog who you think will be a super-star on the agility course, but unless you work with him “from the ground up,” you may end up being disappointed. Author Kim Collins takes the position that there is a lot of training and relationship building that needs to go on before you ever begin to train the specific skills needed for agility. So this is the perfect book for you if you have a puppy or a young dog and are planning a career in agility in the future as it provides a complete training plan for both his pre-agility work and when he is ready to head out on the course.

The Koehler Method of Dog Training

Certified Techniques by Movieland's Most Experienced Dog Trainer
Author: William R. Koehler
Publisher: Ravenio Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Pets
Page: N.A
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When the complexities of modern living demanded that, for his own protection as well as his master’s convenience, the dog be made controllable, the average owner sought advice from the most available source, which was, too often, some local dog-show exhibitor. Not realizing that, excepting a few praiseworthy individuals, these exhibitors were only superficially concerned with the qualities of use and companionship, an unfortunate dog owner would accept the sight of trophies or ribbons as the credits of an expert. Growing numbers of people and dogs continued to emphasize the advantages of proper dog-behavior and when, in 1935, The American Kennel Club instituted its obedience trials, the competition necessary to focus attention on results and improvement of methods was provided. And something else was observed. It was evident that thorough obedience training does more than assure a dog’s response to his master’s command; capacities for learning and emotional stability could be increased and integrated as permanent qualities of character. Recently, leading magazines of both general and specialized nature have made the public aware of the trained dog’s potential, and of the recreational possibilities of dog training as a hobby. Interest in dog-training classes and other activities where dogs are dignified by usefulness, rather than merely looked at, is evidence that the dog-training public has outgrown the “make a game” and “tid-bit tossing” techniques that, by not being founded on positive and proper motivations, demonstrate the inadequacy of the master, thus promoting failure of response at those times when control is most needed, as well as contributing to the dog’s feeling of insecurity. Dog owners of perspective have come to want the type of obedience upon which a blind person might stake his life, and the emotional stability that is vital to dogs in the presence of small, unpredictable children. This classic includes the following chapters: Introduction Lesson I. Fables and Foibles Lesson II. Correct Equipment Lesson III. The Foundation Lesson IV. Heeling Lesson V. Sitting Lesson VI. The Automatic Sit Lesson VII. The Sit-Stay Lesson VIII. The Down Lesson IX. Down-Stay Lesson X. Stand-For-Examination Lesson XI. Recall Lesson XII. Finish Lesson XIII. Polishing Lesson XIV. The Throw-Chain Lesson XV. The Light Line Lesson XVI. Don’t Lose It—Use It Problems

Agility Right from the Start

The Ultimate Training Guide to America's Fastest-growing Dog Sport
Author: Eva Bertilsson,Emelie Johnson Vegh
Publisher: Sunshine Books (MA)
ISBN: 9781890948412
Category: Pets
Page: 440
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Agility Right From The Start is the first training resource you should have and t he last one you'll need.

Agility Dog Training


Author: Mary Ann Nester
Publisher: Geological Society of London
ISBN: 9781842861646
Category: Dogs
Page: 208
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The author analyses common problems that are likely to affect an agility dog, and comes up with a host of sensible and practical solutions. Novice performers and experienced competitors alike will find the answers they need in this informative book.

Love at First Bark

How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself
Author: Julie Klam
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101547960
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 192
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Look out for Julie's new book, The Stars in Our Eyes, publishing in July 2017. The bestselling memoirist shows how saving a dog can sometimes help you save yourself. Julie Klam writes about dogs with a rollicking wit and a radiating warmth-as no other writer can. In her bestselling memoir You Had Me at Woof, she shared the secrets of happiness she learned as an occasionally frazzled but always devoted owner of Boston terriers. Now, with the same enchanting, pop culture-infused amalgam of humor and poignancy that reached the The New York Times and the Today show and won the hearts of readers across the country, she returns with more humorous insight into life with canine companions. Klam focuses here on dog rescue, and its healing power not only for the dogs who are cared for and able to find good homes, but also for the people who bond with these animals. Klam became involved with rescue after years as an owner of purebred dogs. She was looking for a way to help and participate in a community, but she never imagined just how much she would receive in return. The dogs she has rescued through the years have filled her life with laughter and contentment, sorrow and frustration, and they have made certain that she never has a dull moment. Along the way, she has collected stories from friends who have also found that guiding dogs to nurturing homes made their own lives richer. These experiences, which show us that even in our smallest gestures we can make a big difference, inspired Love at First Bark.

The Intermediate's Guide to Dog Agility


Author: Laurie Leach
Publisher: TFH Publications
ISBN: 9780793806379
Category: Pets
Page: 255
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The Intermediate’s Guide to Dog Agility is designed for the agility competitor who has mastered beginner-level agility skills and is ready for her next challenge in this exciting sport. This eagerly anticipated sequel builds on the skills learned from the best-selling and award-winning The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility (the most respected dog agility book on the market) and features step-by-step instructions for a variety of intermediate skills to help you succeed on the competitive agility circuit. More than 200 full-color photographs and maps clearly illustrate specific skills like front and rear crosses, lateral distance, serpentines, shoulder pulls, and speed changes. The positive, reward-based training techniques explain in detail how to handle longer sequences, nerves in the agility ring, memorization of courses, and the use of signals and body language for effective communication with your dog. The practical, hands-on advice caters to both the serious and more casual agility competitor.

10-Minute Dog Training Games

Quick & Creative Activities for the Busy Dog Owner
Author: Kyra Sundance
Publisher: Quarry
ISBN: 1592537308
Category: Pets
Page: 176
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10-Minute Dog Training Games: • helps busy dog owners get the most out of their training time • utilizes scientifically proven methods and learning theory • creates a happy, confident dog who is motivated to work • channels enthusiasm and teaches self-control • uses positive, fun reward-based techniques Learn foundation skills like: • Basic obedience • Following directional signs • Jumps and balancing • Memory games • Overcoming fears and many more! The exercises use tons of varied props and creative ideas for a dynamic, engaging curriculum!