Posted Date: February 2, 2009
Agility wisdom from trainers and competitors.
We asked the agility community to submit one-sentence, 20-words-or-less tips to share with USDAA competitors. Here are some of their submissions. Subscribers will read the rest of the tips over the coming week.
Try for at least 44 in Snooker; if time expires or last 7 is faulted, you still Q with 37.
On course, the focus and energy you give your dog will be returned in kind; stay connected.
You don't need equipment to train; practice contacts on stairs, stays before meals or going outside, "get outs" around furniture...
San Pedro, California
When in doubt, back chain!
Under stress, dogs will revert to conditioned behaviors more reliably than they will avoid behaviors for which they've been punished.
Marietta (Watertown), Ohio
Dogs don't speak our language but a smile is universal; smile at your dog and reap fabulous results!
Scotia, New York
Work each position in a show to better understand how trials run.
Our dogs are with us for such a short time so make every run a happy one.
Huntington Station, New York
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