by Mari Mäkelä


August 2015

Head in the game #2: Choose the right handling techniques


There are multiple things to consider when choosing which handling techniques you are going to use. In this video, I am listing some of those things and in next week’s courses video, we are going to test different handling techniques to see which lines are the fastest. There rarely are sequences with only one way to handle, so enjoy testing different paths and handlings with your dog!

In the end of this video, there is a comparison:  small dog’s striding versus big dog’s striding. Can’t believe that the difference is so huge!

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Urban agility #2: Wraps and full turns


Wraps have been hard for me: I was always too early and the dog didn’t take the jump or I was too late and on dogs path. When we started to train wraps with lamp posts, they became so much easier! I got better, and my dogs did too. Training wraps will teach you to read your dog and time your handlings better. Your dog will learn to take jumps even though you are already running to the next direction.  So, they are very useful and also educational!

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Agilityflow Courses #2: Challenge your blind crosses


These courses can be handled in many ways, but if you want, you can really challenge your blind crosses! With these courses, you can run full speed and just enjoy working with your dog. We trained these courses with Venla and we had so much fun! Venla has been in a short summer break from agility, and this was her second time training after the break. I have to say, that I just love running with her, it is agilityflow at it’s best!

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Head in the game #1: You can’t succeed if you don’t try

Sometimes, when a handling technique is challenging to ourselves, instead of training it, we start avoiding it. Why should you even try it, when you know  it ain’t going to work? That  kind of thinking limits your chances to learn and succeed! Remember to move outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Trying is the only way to succeed.

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