Fundamentals Exercise 1 – Stationary Deceleration – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Fundamentals Exercise 1 – Stationary Deceleration

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  • Denielle S says:

    I’m so excited to have the time to start working through these exercises with my young dog, Righteous. We are literally just starting handling other than around a cone or laundry basket in my living room! I’ve learned to be patient with my big dogs and not rush them. At 8.5 months he’s still getting his feet under him, and he can’t yet walk a plank without losing his balance. LOL. Love him to pieces though. He’s trying really hard! This exercise went pretty well for us. I like using the jump bump because it helps him drive off the start. Next session I’ll start changing up his angle to the jump. This first one I kept pretty simple.
    https://youtu.be/DmxLWXqO1XA

    I thought Proof would benefit from these exercises as well. She hates collection and wraps (hard for her physically with her body type) at full height so this was a fun, motivational exercise for her. Overall, her stress has reduced significantly and her enthusiasm for agility has increased since using your red light/green light metaphor. I’m excited to see where we might be able to go now that Covid is relenting here in the Northeast.
    https://youtu.be/sMUIjI26WFE

  • Susan Staffeld says:

    This is my first agility dog, first time doing anything like this, so I want to make sure I’m not starting off all wrong and then continuing to build on a foundation of wrongness, hahaha.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Gbik2qSwX4VMHA4g8

    If the Google link doesn’t work I can try to upload to YouTube, but figured it was the same for everyone else since it can easily be downloaded, and a lot easier for me since my phone automatically syncs all photos and videos to my Google account! But totally fine with trying YouTube if that works better for you.

    • Susan Staffeld says:

      Also, we 100% plan to work through the tugging course this summer, but not working on that in this session…she was acting a fool after being crated all day then the car ride to our training facility, and it was pretty hot and humid, but trying to take advantage of the last day before my other dog (in the background) starts heartworm treatment today and will be on crate rest for at least two months.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Susan, this looks great! No need to wait when a session goes well–you can move on to the next exercises until you run into an issue. Feedback/discussion is here: https://youtu.be/HIdGe8NXOTI

  • Kathy Thompson says:

    I had trouble with both dogs jumping back over the jump after the wrap when I added the handler motion. It seems likely that I am doing something to make this happen but I can’t figure it out. Both dogs were a little frustrated. Buccleigh was barking and hyper and Keltie had slowed down and really looked confused. I ended the session by jumping ahead a little and sending them around a wing and running with them to the jump for the wrap. I was pretty sure they would be fun for them and it was a positive way to end the session.
    This is Buccleigh’s session:
    https://youtu.be/92_ys2IW73o
    And Keltie’s:
    https://youtu.be/c-ao9ByUKfg

  • kathys@pinavineyards.com says:

    Enjoying the tune up . Question – on deceleration exercises do you say anything at all to dog or just working on physical cue only?
    Thank you

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      I do have a verbal component. It’s “ven ven ven” (short for Venture). Esteban uses “mir mir mir” (short for Miriya). With the new dog Ellie, nothing fits, so we’re considering just making “ven ven ven” the new cue!

      I’ve also heard “dig dig dig” as a popular choice.

    • LauriePreston says:

      Great question, Kathy!

  • Barbara Lewis says:

    holding the toy………demo person switches hands…… My dogs keep an eagle eye on the toy when I have it in hand won’t switching it create a bit of a distraction?

  • Barbara Lewis says:

    Verbal?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Anything you like, I have always used the same verbal for left and right wraps, which is the dogs name repeated: mirmirmir (Miriya), gitchgitchgitchi (Gitchi), etc. Other popular ones include digdigdig and cik/cap

  • Barbara Lewis says:

    Re tossing reward: handler does “step into the throw so there is, strictly speaking, motion but not running motion. I would conclude that it’s OK

  • cordell.barbara@gmail.com says:

    We (dog & I) are having a little confusion on which way to wrap when approaching headon. It seems that if dog is on left, he wraps to the right and if he is on right dog wraps to left. But I must be cueing this wrong cuz he will twirl not knowing which way to wrap. Sorry no video yet.

  • asheltielover says:

    My dogs are not as toy driven. Could you do this with a manners minder or would you maybe recommend a toy that holds food like a lotus ball?

  • tgarton@ix.netcom.com says:

    I have one experienced dog, and another that I am starting. At what point would you begin using these exercises with naïve dogs?

  • addictedtolabs says:

    12 years of experience and currently working with 2 Master level pups and a 11 month old, new format is so awesome! The feedback by Esteban has been so helpful and now this has put you over the top for for agility training.

  • Michelle says:

    So you need a verbal cue?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Most handlers do have some sort of verbal component. But it is largely a motion cue and you don’t necessarily have to have a verbal to go with it.

      Esteban and I use our dog’s name in a repeated cadence. “ven ven ven” “mir mir mir”. Other common ones are “dig dig dig”.

      • Michelle says:

        Here is my attempt at following your directions for uploading to YouTube & sharing a link for this exercise. 🙂https://youtu.be/s1cg6DETjjI

        • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

          Got the video! And it looks great! He couldn’t be wrapping any tighter and he’s just as tight when you add his motion. I saw the one failed attempt, but you did great on the next rep. Looks perfect.

  • bronwyn.prytz@gmail.com says:

    Hello! Here’s our first attempt at this exercise – a few questions: should I use my decel cue (check) or my tight turn left/right cue (spin/twirl)? And should I add bar height for each exercise as we go along or only once we’ve done a few more exercises and have more distance to play with?
    https://youtu.be/H6xyLQ2EIp8

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      These look great!

      I think I would use your check cue for now. But you could use all three knowing that your left/right are more specific versions of your check cue.

      If your dogs are old enough to jump, I would start adding height now. You can then lower the jump later if your dog starts to struggle with exercises, it will give you a criteria to loosen while you increase the criteria of speed.


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