Stopped or Running? – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Stopped or Running?

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  • Marty R says:

    Wasn’t sure where to post Ember’s running contact work. This is a dozen reps from a session today. I think she has the idea of hitting the contact area. Looks like we are about 70 to 80 percent.

  • Maria K says:

    I’m looking at training a running dog walk for my Sheltie puppy. I was looking at training mats and there are a number of different lengths. Are there recommendations for length of the training mat based on the size of the dog or length of stride?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Most of the classes I’ve taken don’t really change the size of the mat for the size of the dog unless the dog is really struggling to have success. (The contact zones themselves don’t change based on stride length)

      The last class I audited used 24”x 16”.

  • Drfasttalk says:

    My newest baby will likely turn into a wild 7-8# adult Pom some day. I expect to have running contacts with him. I have previously trained 2o2o for my small dogs and then converted them into running. The reason was to create a dog who looks down versus out far ahead on the contacts. Is this truly a thing? Would you suggest that? He Is it very bouncy and on my first attempt on a low dogwalk jumped out straight ahead without ever touching the yellow. My treat was about 6 feet ahead. Treat placement should have been closer. And as small as he is , will I be needing the mat training or just pattering to a closer reward. ? Thank you.

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      I would absolutely suggest a true trained running contact if you think that is where you will end up in the end, and with a pom, I agree that makes the most sense. Why put in all the effort of training a stop only to switch it to a run? Those hours, reps, learning would be better spent on mat work rather than a behavior you don’t really want in the end anyway.

      So yes, I vote running (knowing your breed and you personally) and I definitely suggest mat training!

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