by Mari Mäkelä


September 2015

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


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


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


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?


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.


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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