The Handler’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Dog Agility Trial Environment

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Oh my gosh, my 1st agility trial felt like a disaster. My dog and I showed up without treats, without a crate and it turns out she’d never seen a full size table and kept going under it during our run. I somehow survived, thanks to those newly made agility friends, and now it’s time […]

The Top 10 Behaviours of Expert Animal Trainers

By Steve Martin

Strangers ask me all the time “What do you do for a living?” and while I usually give a vague answer like “I get paid to play with dogs”, anyone who trains dogs and has a deep desire to see them succeed knows that the real answer is far more in depth and way more […]

How to Make Small Space Training Even Smaller

The majority of my agility clients train in small spaces and still manage to achieve BIG things at agility competitions! What about when a small space feels more like a micro-space? What then? In my weekly online resource, Sequencing to Courses, I created 4 cheat sheets that guide handlers on how to work within the space […]

4 Ways To Get the Most Out of Your Dog Trainer

The monetary price of a great dog trainer can be steep. After all, you are often paying for their experience, knowledge, hands-on training, continuing education (so they can share the most current information with you) and so much more. Here’s the real question. After you sign-up and write that check, are you getting the most […]

Got a Tunnel or A-Frame Sucking Dog?

Sequences Designed to By-Pass The Tunnel and A-Frame

A client recently requested a sequence that was geared toward working their amazing dog who LOVES a-frames. You know, loves them enough to run across the ring just to take the obstacle. That reminded me of that OTHER obstacle that seems to silently call dogs from afar…the tunnel. So I thought, why not combine them […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Agility Courses

What to Include In Your Practice Setups

(Pssst…don’t forget to get your FREE Checklists What You Should BRING to a Dog Agility Trial & What You Should Do AFTER. Links are at the end of this article) When I first started designing agility courses (circa 1997), my desire was to excel in the skill of agility course design and I continued to work hard […]

Lisa’s Favorite Little Agility Sequences – No 113

This is the classical pinwheel with a twist at the end. Share with handlers of all levels and be sure to sign-up using the form below if you would like to receive future sequences in your email. Happy Handling! Lisa Selthofer First Name * Email * What’s Your Current Dog Agility Experience Level? * Beginner […]

10 Simple (But Important) Things To Remember About Agility Goals.

Defining Your Goals In Dog Agility

In my article 6 Vital Tips This Dog Agility Trainer Needs You to Embrace, the fourth item I share is: “You Must Define Your Own Agility Goals Forego the external and uncontrollable goals such as a title or qualifying run. Instead, put your money on your team and invest in committing to and training action-based goals. Action based goals […]

Lisa’s Favorite Little Agility Sequences – No 111

Here are four sequences to practice handling and a-frame performance. Share the fun on your favorite social media account and if you’d like to receive sequences in your inbox, just fill out the form below. Happy Handling! Lisa Selthofer   First Name * Email * What’s Your Current Dog Agility Experience Level? * Beginner Experienced

Lisa’s Favorite Little Agility Sequences – No 110

This dog agility sequence has both a backside and threadle option and is also great for practicing those weave pole entries. Share this sequence with a friend and if you’d like receive future sequences and training articles, fill out the form below. Happy Handling! Lisa First Name * Email * What’s Your Current Dog Agility […]

Dog Agility Superstars Aren’t Born. They are Made.

Developing Your Superstar Agility Dog

In my article 6 Vital Tips This Dog Agility Trainer Needs You to Embrace, the third item I share is: “Superstars Aren’t Born. They are Made. Dog or human, we’re all born with unique and amazing abilities but without supportive funneling, it’s likely we may not meet our full potential and growth. This is where perception, […]

ALL Dogs Have the Potential to be their BEST at Agility

How Agility Dogs Become Superstars

In my article 6 Vital Tips This Dog Agility Trainer Needs You to Embrace, the second item I share is: “ALL Dogs Have the Potential to be their BEST at Agility Yes, that means your healthy dog! All that matters is that you want your dog to experience joy and satisfaction in agility, all while performing […]

3 Traits of a Successful Agility Handler

How Handlers Begin to Create Superstar Agility Dogs

In my article 6 Vital Tips This Dog Agility Trainer Needs You to Embrace, the first item I share is: All handlers have the ability to create agility superstars in their dog. “Yes, this means you! Unfortunately, a large portion of handlers won’t believe they have the capabilities, so I’m going to assure you right now. […]

6 Vital Tips This Dog Agility Trainer Needs You To Embrace

Dog agility is an amazing and addicting sport. Remember how fun it was to watch your dog do his/her first obstacle? I was hooked and wanted to share with others the amazing experience, so I began teaching over 20 years ago. Year after year students would come and I could see the potential in all of them! […]

Are You Clear On How To Achieve Those Agility Goals?

4 Things That Prevent Clarity and Negatively Impact Goals

Dog agility requires a unique blend of skill sets. Dog training, equipment execution, handling communication, course analysis and physical requirements just to name a few. I’ve had the pleasure of coaching & judging many successful agility teams over the years. Most of them come to me missing one key item. Clarity. What is clarity in dog […]

Weave Entries Are Now My Friend!

7 Days Toward Weave Entry Agility Training

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 7 days focusing on just the weave entry and look at what we were able to accomplish! Click the video to see. Great agility runs aren’t produced with sweeping overhauls, but they are created one small moment at a time. My small but powerful moment came after an intensive seminar where my dog kept missing […]

Why Challenging Weave Entries Are An Advantage

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What is the first word that pops into your head when I say “Weave Poles?” I recently asked this question on Facebook and the reactions were clearly in one of two camps. Agility handlers either love or dread the weave pole obstacle. Now add a challenging weave entry to the mix and their current feelings intensified. The result […]