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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 #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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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 #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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Agilityflow Courses #2: Challenge your blind crosses

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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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