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Rear End Awareness

For me Rear End Awareness it is not just about picking up a hind foot but instead it is about muscle engagement to propel the dog in motion and also to teach the dog how to "put on the brakes" with their whole body. If what we are teaching the dog is to shift their weight forward, then we aren't...

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Body Awareness

I get a lot of requests for workshops or classes specifically for “body awareness.” I started asking the question, “What does body awareness mean to you?” These are some of the answers: I don’t know - awareness of their body How to move their body How to shift weight to all limbs How to...

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Photo Postural Assessment

Every few months, I will perform a static postural assessment of my dogs. I take photos of my dogs standing, sitting and downing and put them into a document. I analyze their posture in the pictures to identify any issues they may be having and to track any changes that may be occurring over...

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Smart X50

SMART STUFF FROM Kathy SdaoSMART X50 - xcerpted from Plenty in Life is Free: “…Capitalize on the numerous desirable behaviors an animal performs over the course of an average day by: 1. noticing them2. pointing them out to the animal (“mark” with a click or “yes”)3. then giving the animal a...

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Individual Paw Targeting: Better Communication for Fitness

When you advance to using balance equipment and more complex movements of canine fitness, having solid a foundation helps you and your dog master new movements. One of those key fundamentals is individual paw targeting (IPT) – meaning your dog lifts each of his four paws individually on cue....

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When To Retire Your Dog From Agility?

When to retire your dog from agility (or any sport) can be a difficult decision to make. I am currently running my 12 1/2-year-old dog Synergy in a few classes a day at trials and practice with her few minutes a training session. She goes on daily walks and does fitness training a few times a...

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Giving retired performance dog’s their “turn”?

What about the retired performance dog’s “turn”? By Inge Dillen, DVM, CCFT, Bobbie Lyons K9FITteam Member Somebody asked me “what group is your preferred group of dogs for Fitness training”? Waw, difficult question!! I LOVE everything about fitness training. I love watching puppies...

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Turning Out of Tunnel Drill

Turning Out of Tunnel Drill By Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMPwww.inthezoneagility.com It is very important to have a clear, consistent cueing system and to understand what, when and where to cue your dog. A: Handler needs to recognize where and when the dog must be given a cue. (Location and...

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Discrimination Training Tip

I just finished presenting 4 days of agility seminars. It was a great time!! One of the topics we discussed was discriminations so I thought I would share a helpful discrimination training tip. When you are training discriminations, make sure that you reward each one equally. We may think...

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White Boarding

A couple months ago, I put out a Facebook post asking folks what their training struggles were and MANY folks put “time” as their answer. At that time, I had promised a blog post about “white boarding”. Well, I got side tracked and didn’t get back to it, so here we go. Time gets away from all of...

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