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Training Exercises: Yep, I Did it Again, Part 2

Sometimes, unexpected things happen at a trial. Use this course to help train for them! By Deborah Davidson Harpur

Last week, I shared this course with you and explained how to break it down and use several handling maneuvers to complete it successfully.

After running that course in my classes, I reversed the teeter and renumbered it.

With this course, I gave my students only a three minute walk though and at the last minute, I changed up their running order to simulate how things sometimes happen at a show. I even had timer malfunctions and let one person do a mock victory lap. You could have ring stewards, a judge, a leash runner, and a gate steward calling each dogs' name to add even more trial distractions.

I hope you enjoy this course!

This article is part of USDAA's Training Tuesday series that is appearing on USDAA's facebook page. We encourage you to discuss this course on our facebook and to upload videos of you and your dog trying out one of the segments or the whole course. If you have a facebook account, please join in the fun here: 

Deborah Davidson Harpur has been competing in agility since 1999 and is known as a handler of a wide variety of breeds of all shapes and sizes. She offers agility training classes in the Port of Los Angeles area for both recreational and competitive agility students. You can find her on facebook at or read about her dogs at


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