Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #7 Warm Up and Cool Down

Agility Trial Success Tip #7: Proper warm ups for dog and handler are often what makes the difference between success and faults in any agility run. However often this part of agility gets ignored.  Knowing that an athlete will stay warmed up for about 30 [...]

2020-01-11T19:28:57-04:00September 18th, 2016|3 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #6 Be organized on trial day

Agility Trial Success Tip #6: Nerves happen when things are out of your control. Running orders, gate sheets, switches in running order. Being prepared, organized and up to date with all the trial information is important. Take a picture of your entry forms so you [...]

2020-01-11T19:30:23-04:00September 17th, 2016|3 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #5 Become your own Coach

Agility Trial Success Tip #5: Become your own coach when none other is available to you. Head to the trial with your coaches advice and your own planning to create a consistent event routine at the event. These lists include hints, pre and post run [...]

2020-01-11T19:30:45-04:00September 16th, 2016|3 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #4 Kennel for Comfort and Safety

Agility Trial Success Tip #4: Kennel for comfort and safety. Set your dog up for success by focusing on the location you choose to crate your dog. Event stress can be minimized by choosing a crating area that presents the best possible environment for yourself, [...]

2020-01-11T19:31:20-04:00September 15th, 2016|4 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #2 Packing Lists

Agility Trial Success Tip #2: Packing lists… have them! I have several lists depending upon the trial I am heading to. We can create a master list here. In the comments below share your agility trial packing list. “Before anything else, preparation is the key [...]

2018-04-11T17:21:59-04:00September 14th, 2016|9 Comments

Be Your BEST in Agility: 10 Tips to Get You THERE!

Swagger and I are preparing for our upcoming trip to FCI World  Championships in Zaragoza, Spain representing Subaru Agility Team Canada. In my preparations this week, I gave my "agility trial checklist" a once over to see if there were any needed "tweaks". As I was [...]

2020-01-11T19:32:54-04:00September 14th, 2016|14 Comments

Dog Agility: Why Doing It “Just For Fun” May Be The Wrong Way

Today I wanted to make to time to join in the Dog Agility Blogger Action Day because the topic is FUN. How can I not take time out for THAT? As a professional in the sport of dog agility I recognize I am more obsessive [...]

2018-04-13T11:38:37-04:00March 2nd, 2016|27 Comments

Dog Training in Agility: What We Do For Love

One of my online students challenged me recently. She is a highly successful agility competitor in the United States. She has been a student on Handling360 since the beginning. She said to me last week "why do you not stress the dog training part of [...]

2020-01-11T19:37:31-04:00February 17th, 2016|35 Comments

Turning the Impossible, into the POSSIBLE

Do ever you look at your current agility life and believe there are things that are just impossible for you and your dog? That your thinking isn't being a "pessimist", rather you are just being a "realist". Do you believe there are limits on what you [...]

2018-04-13T11:50:27-04:00February 14th, 2016|26 Comments
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