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Agilityflow Courses #10: Variation between tight turning and running straight

Hello all! Today we are showing you two fun small space drills with Vola. In these two drills there is a nice variation between tight turning and running straight and because they only include 5 jumps, a tunnel and an A-frame, they are super easy to build and to connect with another courses.

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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 #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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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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Urban agility #2: Wraps and full turns

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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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Urban agility #1: Front crosses and basic turns

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It had been raining all day, but I really wanted to make this video for you! I was just about to put on my rain clothes and make a cool plastic bag cover for my camera, when it luckily stopped raining for a while. So we rushed out and trained some front crosses and basic turns. Vola just loves these kind of training sessions and we train agility with trees, lamp posts or poles every week!

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