Posture – Bad Dog Agility Academy


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  • Christina And Ripley says:

    Here’s Ripley’s stand. As always, thanks for your help and thorough feedback!

    Also, do you have suggestions how to keep her perfectly still while standing? We are still measuring for agility trials and at 21 months old she is exactly 18 inches at the shoulder. Anything greater than this and she will be bumped up into the next jump height. 18 inches at the shoulder she jumps at 16 inches. Greater than 18 she has to jump 20 inches. Once she’s 24 months the measurement sticks with her for life. Currently she is not very still when we get measured so I’m concerned it may cause her to get bumped into the next height category.

  • Michelle says:

    Here’s Jake’s attempt.

      • Michelle says:

        TY. We will try the yoga blocks again. They kept flipping up when he stepped onto them. It could be I didn’t have them placed correctly.

        • Coach Leslie says:

          Yes, the light weight aspect of the yoga blocks make them slide and flip pretty easily. Try holding them while Jake gets into place. Usually once the dog is on them you’re good. It can also help to put something heavy behind the rear yoga block so it can’t slide away.

          • Michelle says:

            Hi Leslie, This is an unedited clip of Jake on the blocks just now. I saw where Karissa put Velcro on her pod things so I put some Velcro on the bottom of the yoga blocks.

            On a different note. I had to leave the webinar early today to go back to work. Unfortunately that is required to keep my dog in the style to which he has become accustomed. 😂. Still need to watch the 2nd half. I’ve been doing everything you said but maybe too much. I like to keep Jake moving until the dog before us goes in the ring. Then he gets belly rubs until we go in. Michelle

          • Coach Leslie says:

            Oh my gosh! His posture is gorgeous on the blocks, but I do see how they are slippery at the end. I think the velcro is a good idea.
            As for the warm up, I think we get too set on doing a certain number of reps and such, but you don’t need to do a lot. Keeping moving is great. If you find you are having to do too much keeping them moving, then I would rethink how early you are starting your warm up.

  • says:

    Here’s Journey’s try at Good Posture! I don’t think it’s bad! His weight is looking bad again! We thought we had it under control but he’s been getting into puppy kibble an treats and the last week has been a struggle!

  • gayle says:

    An impromptu Posture session with Zivah!

  • Brianne S says:

    Question about all this- now that there are a variety of activities, is there a series/ routine you would like us to move into? Should we continue with the old exercises as we add in these? A target amount of this work per day? Per week? Did I miss this somewhere?

    • Coach Leslie says:

      A lot of the exercises for July use the exercises from June to help the dog understand. First, I want the dog to do the behavior correctly, then you can turn it into an exercise with specific variables. The variables are specific to do the dog. This goes back to the chart on intensity that talked about it for puppies and seniors.
      As I see the dog doing the exercises well I do often recommend sets, reps, and equipment for the dog. As more and more exercises come each month, I do plan to create workouts for the CF members.

  • Patty4027 says:

    Struggling to perfect this. Is it okay to use the pods for foot markers? I just redid my platform to make safer with yoga mat as it was a bit slippery and now don’t want to put tape on it.

  • cynthia says:

    I tried to get a stand, but had some issues 🙂 Tried slightly raised back and front platforms and it seemed to help. I then added an entry “ramp” and taped the platforms down, so they wouldn’t move. Just need some help with “good posture.”

    • Coach Leslie says:

      There are some perfect moments in here!

      • cynthia says:

        thank you! I made some changes–lower, more stable targets, as well as moved the front foot target closer to the back, so she could “use the edge” with her front feet. Even tho she wasn’t on the green stickers in the middle of the back feet target, I think she looks better at the start (rather than when I moved her back feet to be in the centre– in the last few seconds). What do you think?

  • Patty4027 says:

    I think Firefly looks pretty good but maybe you can give me some ideas for Jazzie. I can’t seem to get her front feet under her correctly. And I’ve seen pictures of her doing agility where she is clear down flat on the forearms when she lands. Thanks for looking! I appreciate your advice.

  • Cindy and Force says:

    Our first session on posture!

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