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Missing Link in Training Agility Dogs to Jump?

Posted on 12/01/14 14 Comments


One of the most common faults on the agility field today is knocked bars. And it makes sense since….there are more jumps then any other obstacle out there. There are several “Jumping Gurus” out there with structured, methodical programs to help teach dogs to jump. I think those programs are terrific, they lay down a fantastic foundation.

The thing is, I know once people put the work in with these programs to “teach” their dogs to jump …they still get knocked bars in the agility ring.

Then what?

Typically the dog gets told to “lie down” or maybe picked up and given the “walk of shame” out of the agility ring. That approach is punishing the dogs for knocking the bar…are you entirely happy with the results this is bringing you?

Are you ready to try something new?

IMG_9684Tonight, I will be doing a live online coaching session with students in my Handling360 class. During these sessions, I typically answer their questions and share some insights into the training that I am doing with my own dogs. Tonight, we are opening up this session for ANYONE to sit in on…for free!

If you have an interest in helping grow your dog’s understanding with your own jump training then tonight’s session will be particularly interesting as I share my “Knocked Bar Success Protocol”.

I know it sounds weird … “knocked-bar-success” …you may be thinking “my dog already has success knocking bars!”

This is a “dog training” element that will bring more success to any jump program you are currently using. It will all become much clearer during tonight’s live session.

Too often people’s solutions to challenges, are more repetitions. The problem with that is if the understanding isn’t there for the dog…all of those repetitions are repeating WHAT for the dog?
The old adage “Practice makes perfect” is about as accurate as “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Both are flawed thinking.Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 2.22.31 PM

It isn’t “practice” that makes “perfect” it is practicing brilliance that leads to the success we want for our dogs. We need to make sure that what we are practicing will lead to more understanding for the dog..otherwise we are all like dogs chasing our tails!

We will dig deeper into this in tonight’s call. You will need to register in order to join us.

[Registration Page] Susan Garrett’s Live Online Coaching Session

Today I am grateful for the amazing attitude our Handling360 students are showing towards learning. Just this week we have had two handlers sign up who, between them, have nine USDAA and AKC National Championship wins and have represented the USA seven times at world championship events. This is what I received in a recent email from one of them “I am extremely excited to embrace it all. Will be happy to walk away (from what I know) and start fresh with foundations from the ground up 🙂 “


  1. Shirley Kuvelas says:
    Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:56pm

    Do you have any online classes I could join?


    • Susan says:
      Monday, April 20, 2015 at 8:11pm

      If you visit http://www.susangarrett.com you will see our online courses. We have a few opening up this spring… sign up for our newsletter to stay “in touch” with whats new and upcoming online at Say Yes!


  2. Betty says:
    Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:21am

    Dear Susan, I would have loved to have watched the video too. As my Border Collie is somethimes knocking bars, and I do not know how to react to his behaviour in a successful manner. Is there any opportunity to have a glimpse in the webbinar again?


  3. Rachel says:
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:54am

    Thank you Susan, LOH & Phil or recording the webinar, I had to sleep (different time zone).
    Anyhow hardly ever have knocked bars and if so I am the one to blame!


  4. Laura Pintane says:
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:42am

    I would have loved to have watched this webinar too so please let me know if an opportunity comes available to watch the taping.


  5. Linda Hardwick says:
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 3:58am

    i am doing the recallers program and would have liked to watch the live H360 webinar. Is there any chance of putting the recording on the recaller program?


  6. Brian says:
    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10:11pm

    Is there any chance this is available to view after the fact? I had to work…



    • Susan says:
      Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:10pm

      Yes… we did tape the session. We hate to disappoint anyone so we can’t make any promises because we are at the mercy of technology 🙂


      • martin marrion says:
        Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:17pm

        great, i missed it too. would it be shown on youtube?

    • De sullivan says:
      Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:25pm

      I had to work too – it will be great if you can get tech to cooperate & make the video available! Thank you again!


      • Susan says:
        Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:44pm

        Okay everyone, the replay is up and it will be live for the next 24 hours. Just click this link! http://handling360.com/3/

  7. Beverly Bruce says:
    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:06pm

    Got b in late and unable to watch the course in time. Just did 3 day trial and the #1 issue the infamous dropped bar. 8 runs 4 were perfect 4 involved dropped v bar. Most I find to handler error. Late calls, getting in the dogs path, not supporting enough or calling out the next command before he was fully committed. Needless to say frustrating since I know who’s the problem ME!!!! So wish I could have sat in. Max is a 2yr sheltie loves the sport watched intently other dogs running. Can you recommend videos that could help me . I practice box jump sequences to help tighten turns… Any info suggestions appreciated
    Bev Bruce


  8. Janet in Oz says:
    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:21pm

    I only get knocked bars if I do something the dog isn’t expecting like run the wrong way and she tries to turn with me while she’s over the jump…

    So I guess that comes down to proofing plus the letting her know where we’re going ahead of time ie the directions that say “jump this *and* when you finish the jump (not over it) turn this way”.


  9. GadHanoi says:
    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:04pm

    What you’re saying is so true ! Thanks for digging so deep in the understanding of our teaching process. See you in a few hours !


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