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Training Exercises: Tunnel Discrimination

When you face a U-shaped tunnel, how do you get your dog to take the correct end? By Elizabeth Dott

A common agility challenge involves asking the dog to take the "less obvious" end of the tunnel. A course is often set up so that the entrance that seems to be correct is not. How do you get your dog to take the correct end? Elizabeth Dott shares a video demonstrating how to use verbal cues to direct your dog appropriately. Watch the video, and then set up the exercise to practice at home.

Set up one, two or three jumps leading up to the tunnel. Start closer to the tunnel and move back, using more jumps for greater difficulty.

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This article is part of USDAA's Training Tuesday series that is appearing on USDAA's facebook page. We encourage you to discuss this exercise on our facebook and to upload videos of your class or training group playing this game. If you have a facebook account, please join in the fun here:

Elizabeth Dott has been competing in agility since 1993. She owns Legendary Agility Training (named after her heart dog, Legend) in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She has competed at the national Level and has put several championships on her dogs over the years. She has also helped many of her students achieve their own championships as well. In addition, Elizabeth runs Legendary Dog Designs and makes custom collars and leashes with agility in mind. She can be reached for questions or classes at


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