Fundamentals Exercise 3 – Adding Handler Motion – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Fundamentals Exercise 3 – Adding Handler Motion

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  • Barbara Lewis says:

    Re verbal cue timing and verbal: I would guess that verbal would begin as Handler begins decel cue with body. (really all one execution) Is that right? (yes for me, glad I can keep my body almost upright, or perhaps a bit bent forward) As for verbal cue: I am thinking of “Whoa” as it’s sound can be extended long enough and “feels” like a slow down and is not urgent like “Go on Go on”

    Thanks for the help!

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      It’s ideal if the verbal comes right BEFORE the physical cues start, this way it’s predictive. Otherwise, the verbal is more of a confirmation, rather than a cue.

    • Lynne Bockelman says:

      I wouldn’t use a decel word that rhymes with your “go” on cue, and some folks still use “no” as in “bad dog”. Dogs rely heavily on tones, rather than the actual words. I use “easy” or “careful” which are words I teach my pups when they are little and need to slow their roll! “Easy” actually became my collect-and-weave command by accident.

  • joanmskinner@gmail.com says:

    I train alone and don’t have anyone around to be a helper – and don’t want them to break their stay. Any ideas?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Yes, you can send your dog on a wrap around a cone, or you can use a tunnel as a starting point, or you can wrap around a jump, or do a backside. This is for dog’s with start line problems, or are retraining start lines, or get demotivated when you do too many start line stays and prefer running starts.

  • Barbara Lewis says:

    The decel handler cue must vary as Esteban uses kind of a lean back and Sarah Baker seems to use quite a significant bend at the waist. Since I need to decide on a cue could someone email me a brief discussion with enough information to get me to the decision point. Thanks Barbara

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Personal preference. I prefer to be more upright since it’s more comfortable for my back. I don’t think it matters much to most dogs–try whatever you feel comfortable with, but you want to be able to move quickly without risking injury, while keeping your balance.

  • Michelle says:

    Here is our attempt at adding handler motion. https://youtu.be/HWrXNgzjmUI

  • montanak9pt@gmail.com says:

    do you use any type of verbal cue to help the dog “read” or expect to see the decel cue?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      I do use a cue to support my decel. I use my dog’s name “ven ven ven”, Esteban uses “mir mir mir” for Miriya. And “dig dig dig” is a popular choice.

  • bronwyn.prytz@gmail.com says:

    https://youtu.be/UCW0DEZm1zA

    Here’s some of our attempt at this exercise – the camera gave up half way – the rest of Fable’s training and all of Presto’s wasn’t on video, but I was happy that they were consistent with what you see in this video.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      That was absolutely picture perfect. I also 100% agreed with your comments on the ones that were extra good – especially right after average performance. You’re very good at marking, rewarding, and recognizing in the moment. Great job!


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