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by Mari Mäkelä

Agilityflow Courses #9: Starting September with two training courses

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Hi everybody and thank you for waiting this video! This time I have designed two different small space drills for you.

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Agilityflow Courses #8: Spring Serpentines

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Finally the spring is here! I am so excited! I also have some good news: if everything goes as planned, Vola can start to train agility soon! His leg has recovered very nicely and now we are just building some muscles :)

In this video, we are showing you two small space courses with little Venla. Nothing too technical, but a great opportunity to challenge your dog and yourself! With these courses, you can enjoy some serpentines and focus on your front crosses. Hope you are going to have fun with these!

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Agilityflow Courses #7: Send, Leave, Run and Enjoy

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Happy New Year 2016! To start this year, I have made you four different courses. Running these fast and straightforward courses, is a perfect way to train trusting your dog: with these you really have to send, leave and run!

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Agilityflow Courses #6: Timing is the key

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Hi! I am sorry, that I haven’t post any videos lately: Vola’s hock had to be operated and the rehabilitation process is pretty slow, so Vola won’t be able to run agility in this winter. I would like to thank you for all your support, Vola’s rehabilitation has started very well and yesterday he get his bandage off.

But, let’s take a look at this course! In this course, timing is the key. There are lot’s of jumps from the backside, so you don’t want to rush: if you run too early, the dog may take the jump from the wrong side. However, you want to get ahead of the dog to be able to tell her what the next jump is! In the situations like that, it may sometimes be helpful to handle the jump from the take off side instead of sending the dog to back.

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Agilityflow Courses #5: Everything happens so fast

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I am sorry that You had to wait this video for this long! I had an annoying flu for a couple weeks   and running this course was not easy! We actually had to film these courses twice, because in the first time, I just couldn’t run and think at the same time (or run and breathe :D )! However, videos from that first session would have been great behind the scenes -material! This video is named after the feeling I got when running these courses: everything happens so fast! There is nothing especially hard in these courses, but the full speed really makes the challenge!

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Urban agility #4: Full speed right from the start line

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It is a common problem, that the dog starts the course with slower speed. There are also dogs who don’t want to leave from the start at all: they just sit there and wait to get more treats! Or they decide to go sniffing when hearing the release cue.

Agility is about speed, so we want  our dogs to run full speed right from the start! These four games in the video are great exercises for dogs with motivational issues, but also for dogs who could have better start line behavior.

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Agilityflow Courses #4: Movement direction

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With this weeks course you can really enjoy running with your dog! Even though the course is pretty straightforward, you still may want to pay attention to your running lines. Your movement direction is the most efficient handling tool you have: Your dog will run in the same direction you are running. So choose your steps wisely! And the most important thing… remember to have fun!

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Urban agility #3: Something fun for rainy days

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Autumn is here! And here in Finland, it means that it is raining very often. Even though sometimes it is very relaxing to walk in the rain, sometimes you just want to stay indoors. Especially my little Venla is a bit spoiled and she doesn’t like to walk at all if the ground is wet! So in todays video I am listing some activation tips for those rainy days. I would like to hear also your tips and ideas, so leave them in the comment section!

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Agilityflow Courses #3: Which line is faster?

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I have been asked to do a video, where I am handling the same course in different ways. So here it is! You can handle this course in multiple ways, but try to think, which lines would be fastest for you and your dog. In last week’s video we listed things you should pay attention to when you are choosing handling techniques, so you may want to watch it first.

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We tried two different handling styles with Vola and compared them to see which lines were fastest. I have to say, that the result surprised me!

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