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As the World Turns: V-Set
by Mary Ellen Barry 

A V-set is a specific cue combination in which the handler is on the takeoff side of the jump as the dog is approaching from the same side. The handler shapes the dog’s approach to the jump, creating a turn on the flat before the dog takes off, so the dog’s angle of approach to the jump points him in the correct direction before he lands. 

The OneMind Dogs Methodology: Foundation Training
by Janita Leinonen and Jaakko Suokuunt

When you start to build your “agility house,” the foundation training is the soil on which you build. Even the finest country house will collapse if the soil underneath is not solid. Foundation training affects everything you do in agility throughout your dog’s whole agility career. 

Teaching the Tunnel
by Amanda Shyne

While most agility trainers can tell you which method they used to train the weave poles, contacts, and jumps, very few can remember or even describe the way they trained the tunnel. Haphazard tunnel training can cause three main problems: 1) It can create “tunnel suckers;” 2) It does not teach our dogs when we want extension or collection when exiting a tunnel; and 3) It does not teach our dogs independence in finding the tunnel entry, or where to look for their handler at the exit of the tunnel. The latter is becoming more problematic as courses get harder and dogs frequently get sent to the back of C-shaped or S-shaped tunnels. 

Switching from Running to Stopped Contacts, Part 1
by Kate Bigger

There are many reasons you may decide to switch from a running contact to a stopped contact. Maybe you have discovered you aren’t fast enough to consistently keep up with your dog or you’re having too many off-courses after the down side. Perhaps your dog hasn’t maintained the speed needed to consistently hit the yellow in trials or he misses the yellow to check back with you. Maybe you don’t find running contacts rewarding enough for you to devote a large chunk of your limited training time.


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How Smart Is Your Dog?

We all know that agility dogs are intelligent, but what is it about agility dogs that makes them so trainable/biddable? What sort of strategies and innate abilities contribute to their success? Do herding/working breeds use different cognitive skills than sporting breeds or terriers? What is behind the genius of our dogs? By Frances Hannan, PhD

Secrets to Perfect Timing: Cue Clarity

It’s impossible to have perfect timing if we don’t know what our
cues really mean to our dog, or if our dogs haven’t been trained to fully understand the cues. Will your dog perform each of his cues correctly the first time you ask, in any situation? By Kathy Keats

Raising Your Pup 2 Perfection: Confidence, Part 1

Confidence is one of the most important characteristics in any dog, whether we are talking about a family pet or your next agility super star. Confidence is what the rest of your training will be built on. By Lauren Langman



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