“Dare” To Dream…

Posted on 11/30/14 9 Comments

“Every step toward your dream is a step away from your regret tomorrow”.

~Steve Maraboli

After yesterday’s blog post, people asked to see what kind of exercises I was referring to…things that I would do with a puppy “away from agility.” So…. our friend Lynda Orton-Hill put together this video of her 10 month old Poodle puppy showing you some of the steps of her progress following our Handling360 “Puppy Path”.

To re-cap yesterdays post…my 3 area’s of focus for our Puppies are…

1. The Recall

You can’t get enough of this…it isn’t something you say “I’ve done that”  and move on. It is a great measure of your dog’s relationship with you vs. his environment or other dogs. I try to inject recall games into just about everything I do with my dogs. Not only is it lifesaving, everything grows from it. Focus for work, focus for you, the ability to control your dog at a distance and even handling gets a head start with a great recall. A dog that responds to your cues with a knee-jerk quickness, even when in full stride, will make a DYNAMITE agility dog.

2. Body Awareness: balance, flexibility, proprioception and strength.


What I have grown to realize is that the more body awareness “tricks” my dogs knew, the fitter they became, the more aware of their body they become. Teaching new skills become easier and easier when your dog has this kind of body awareness. Today the “tricks” I teach my dogs, focus on improving one or several of the following key areas:

1. Balance
2. Flexibility
3. Proprioception
4. Strength

I have FIVE favourite body awareness tricks! Can you guess what they are?  (I will reveal that one later this week).

3. The Retrieve

The retrieve is another great measure of my relationship with my dog. I want my dogs to want to drive “out” to get a toy and drive back hard with it DIRECTLY back to me. Value for leaving me.. value for driving toward me… value for the reinforcer I want to use in my agility training. A great retrieve is a must for for all dog sports!

The magical THREE, they are all so critical that they are the focus of our “Puppy Path” on Handling360. An area I can promise you is used as much with people with adult dogs as with puppies!

Click this link to learn more about our “Puppy Path” and Handling360.

Today I am grateful my amazing staff and current H360 students who have gone out of their way to make our new Handling360 students feel so welcome!


  1. Kate says:
    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 12:40pm

    Great pic of Dare 🙂 John Hill?

    I know better than to try to guess what Susan Garrett is thinking, so I’ll go with my top 5 BA tricks:

    1. Back up
    2. Pretty
    3. Spin/Twist (because what’s a backup without a spin?!?
    4. Balance balls/pods/disks…OK, this includes tons of tricks and it’s impossible to choose just one, but I’ll go with hind leg pivots
    5. Hind leg stretch
    5. IN
    5. Play bow
    5. Side paws…Spiderman…Puppy stretches…Puppy yoga…


  2. Patricia says:
    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 3:58am

    1. Balance Disks
    2. Sit Pretty
    3. Back Up
    4. Individually, stretching front leg forward & hind leg legs back
    5. Bend to the left and Bend to the right


  3. Anthea says:
    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 2:54am

    Great idea for post – loved the video. Bob and my favourite body awareness tricks are:

    1. Sit Pretty/stand tall
    2. Spiderman (or handstand on wall, tree etc)
    3. four paws in a bowl, or on a post.
    4. Sits, downs, sit pretties, spins and twirls on peanut ball.
    5. Stretches from one place to another (e.g. arm of one armchair to the other) and back again.


  4. Kari C says:
    Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 11:22pm

    Nice post. My guess of 5 favorite body awareness tricks are:
    1. Sit Pretty and stand tall
    2. Side Paws
    3. Spiderman
    4. Back up
    5. puppy push ups


  5. Jane Gray says:
    Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 8:41pm

    1-Back up
    3-4 IN
    4-Pretty to Tall & back
    5-Fit bone & other balance disc games.


  6. Suzanne says:
    Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 8:19pm

    In awe of how Dare Bear is turning out. He looks fabulous Lynda !!

    My five top body awareness exercises for pups are:

    1. Back up
    2. Spiderman
    3. Perch work
    4. Four paws on a bowl
    5. Sit Pretty


  7. Naomi says:
    Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 7:51pm

    Great video …thanks! The “magical three” soooo key!


  8. Sharon S says:
    Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 7:31pm

    Love this! :-). Looking forward to reading about your favourite BA tricks. A guess is that backing up, sit pretty and balance discs/pods might make the top 5?


  9. Catherine Hardman says:
    Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 2:52pm

    beautiful! I loved it!


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