Introduction – Bad Dog Agility Academy


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  • says:

    There is no way I can run like Lisa Frick at my age. 95% of the time my dog is in front of me. I do a lot of rear crosses and am improving my distance work. I will train myself to decel and then put it into practice with my dog on sequences where I can use it along with verbals. I love the concept.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      I think the big point here is to use pace changes as information for your dog. Contrast is helpful, rather than going one consistent speed, try to accelerate into your decelerations.

  • addictedtolabs says:

    I spent alot of time reviewing the handling options.I am looking forward to trying them all, especially the push thru vs threadle. Thanks.

  • Zinnes says:

    This is a basic fundamental cue that I learned years ago. Now my question is: suppose you can’t run so you are just walking — and, as a consequence, end up behind the dog — can the dog see/understand the difference between a faster walk and a slower walk? Something to try?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      I think the answer is yes and no. The further away your dog is, the harder it is for them to perceive your exact motion. Bigger changes are better.

      However, if that’s not possible, then it’s a great idea to use what differences you CAN show while at the same time pairing with verbals.

      Your dog should definitely understand no motion as deceleration. The changes in acceleration are going to be less obvious.

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