Take the First Step – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Take the First Step

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  • Ariel says:

    I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have fresh eyes evaluate our problem and to have your expert help with our issues! I will be sending video…thank you!

  • vgrosen@yahoo.com says:

    My biggest problem is my dog is so handler focused that he often just can’t won’t go on easily. He starts having a rather loud discussion with me which frustrates us both. I would guess that what I need to work on is his go on verbal but not sure where to start.

  • Kerstin M says:

    My biggest problem right now, with my young dog, is that he is so very fixed with the toy I use for reward, that he just looks at it, and then he can jump, because he just looks at the toy all the time. If i hide it from him, he looses interest in me, and just goes away to do something else.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Did you mean “and then he CAN’T jump”? Next step is to send a video!

      • Kerstin M says:

        Yes, I meant that he can’t jump. If he sees the reward, he is so excited, that he can’t jump or do anything else than just try to get the reward from me. When I put it out of his sight, he just looses interest (sorry if my english is not so good, hope that you understand what I mean). I will try to take video.

        • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

          Yes, a video would be helpful. You may need to do some additional toy work so there is a expectation that the play is only going to happen on your terms.

          I might also try several short sessions with a tunnel and reward with the toy. The tunnel is usually a high value obstacle and is easier to perform (no bar to knock). So you can establish the pattern of perform then toy.

  • loisronis@gmail.com says:

    My first day back at class after losing my eyesight in my right eye and having no peripheral vision was a challenge to say the least I was so disoriented At the start line I could not see where to quick release his collar and spent way too much time there I forgot to do my tugging I forgot to do nose touch I tried to keep him on my left My front cross was a disaster Kalani is a demanding Westie He can easily take control of the course I let him break his start line

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      You’re in a very extreme unlearning/relearning phase. All of your muscle memory and internalized handling assumed use of both eyes. Now you have to go through the awkward phase of adjusting what you do to your new reality. I have no doubt you’ll make that adjustment over time!

  • Zinnes says:

    Hmmm, my biggest agility problem is me. Since my stroke over a year ago I can’t run. Its been a struggle just to learn to move with some stability. As a consequence I often do not watch/see my dog (trying to get to next position without falling), have trouble with FCs so my dog gets confused, am late with cues like sends, etc. I’m doing lots of things to help with stability (pilates, private trainer, kickboxing,…) and am making progress but it continues to be incredibly frustrating.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      We will work through that as best you can, step by step, and I think patience is a big one for someone who has had a stroke. It takes time to build pathways around areas that have been damaged and some relearning of agility needs to take place. Watching yourself on video will give you an outside mental image of your handling that you can then refer to when you’re in the ring at practice or a trial, imagining what you saw in your head. This will help with timing of cues, and of course we can look at your front crosses to make them better. Feel free to send video of a training session that shows some of the problems you’re having.

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