How to Use This Course – Bad Dog Agility Academy

How to Use This Course

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  • says:

    Up front I have to ask about damage to a dog’s neck. The dog I signed up for this course for always has a sore neck when he goes to his bi weekly PT sessions. The only reason I can think of is because I tug with him. I hope to be able to change over from me tugging on him to him tugging on me with this course. I also hope to be able to switch between tugging and treats.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Throughout the videos we highlight proper tugging position to ensure safety for you and the dog.

      I don’t see or recall a particular video that is just about proper alignment, so I think it will be mentioned in several of the demo videos.

      In particular, this is a good one for proper spine alignment:

      Basically, you want to keep your dog’s spine straight, avoid whipping, let your dog do the big tugging while you provide resistance and, if needed, small little jerks on the toy.

      And since you have a working spot, you can send us video of your tugging and we can pay special attention to safety for the dog.

  • says:

    Next attempt, grabbing the toy !

  • says:

    Second video at a children’s playground (there were no distractions). Went well also, with more releases and “get it”. At the end she walks away and goes sniffing (maybe too long session).

  • says:

    First video at home. Yesterday I started already with throwing it away. I will now start now with only the tugging, which goes good. Here she never releases.

  • says:

    I’m a little behind schedule due to lack of time (I have 5 dogs), but I’m ready now. I subscribed to this course for my youngest papillon (Ivy), 20 months old. At home she is a very enthusiastic dog, but in strange environments scared of people and other dogs and very distracted. She was already 3 months when she came with us (from abroad, we had to wait for rabies vaccine) and probably had pure socialization. I’m working on that and it improves step by step. My goal for this course:
    – have more focus on me and less distracted
    – use ball or toys in agility (when I throw a ball or toy after an obstacle she’s not interested and comes to me for food). I’m running agility with very valuable food (a tube with paté) to get her more enthusiastic
    – at training, with lots of people and other dogs she’s not playing or tugging at all
    – when we are playing in the garden she goes after the ball, but drops it on her way back to get the food (I learned, that this is less important to start with).

    I went through lessons 1-6 and started tugging today in our garden. She loves it, but disengages after a while. Than I run away and she’s in for the game again. When I say “yes” or react enthusiastic I can see she’s expecting food because I use that a lot (on walks, training, shaping tricks, etc…).

    I’m a little bit overwhelmed after all the information, how do I proceed from here ?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      For now, don’t use “yes” unless you are going to make tugging a “behavior” that you reward with food. If you want tugging to be a “reward” like food, then you have to avoid using the “yes” until the tugging itself has more value to the dog.

      The easiest thing to do is take a video of a tugging session at home and then maybe in a place that is not home, and send us the video, or put it on youtube and send us the link. You can email if you prefer

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