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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793805465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793805464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

LAURIE LEACH is an agility competitor on the national level. She also competes in obedience trials and has raced sled dogs.She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and is a speaker at dog-related events. Laurie lives in Windsor, California.

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LAURIE LEACH is an agility competitor on the national level. She also competes in obedience trials and has raced sled dogs.She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and is a speaker at dog-related events. Laurie lives in Windsor, California.

Customer Reviews

The book is very informative and easy to read.
Marybeth Hunter
This book is a great resourse for those who are interested in agility, but don't know where to start, or those beginners looking for some pointers and training tips.
L. Fazzone
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in getting involved in agility.
L. Danford

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172 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Vegan Mom on April 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Driving in through the desert a couple years ago, we found a border collie mix who was in great need of food and water. Long story short...he and my 12 year old son are together all the time now. Being a very smart dog, he needs entertainment and to be challenged. My daughter gave this to her brother for his birthday. It has been wonderful!

The pictures are very clear and go along with descriptions and directions. My son did a report for school using this book, and he has had an awful lot of fun working with his dog on the various tricks. The book is clear enough that a 12 year old can figure it out, but is thorough enough to be informative for adults. We have learned so much with this book. It tells the history of dog agility, how to get started teaching your dog, how to do advanced tricks, and how to build the obsticles.

This is a wonderful book to get you started with dog agility. It is also detailed enough to keep you busy with many different activities that will entertain both you and your dog.

If you only get one dog agility book, this is the book for you. My son and I HIGHLY recommend this book!
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Reynolds on July 9, 2006
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This is an easy to follow guide to training your dog in the sport of agility. It is also useful to the spectator who would like to understand the fine points of running an agility course. The instructions are clear, with good quality photos that show the dogs in action. There are highlighted boxes calling attention to important points, and tips on how to handle problems that crop up in training. All of the training is positive, and stress is put on having fun with your dog. The author shows a sense of humor that is a necessity when working with dogs! I enjoyed this book.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones on November 9, 2006
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This book is a great guide to beginning agility. Even if you and your dog are taking classes, this is a great re-enforcement of what is taught in the class. It will prevent costly errors in training for the beginner. Not only does the book explain what to do, it explains what not to do and why. I found this book to be very helpful for me.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sharon K. Naylor on July 24, 2006
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Very helpful book for people new to agility. I enjoyed it. Easy to understand, good pictures, and GREAT instructions for building some equipment.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly J. Hansen on August 15, 2007
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Great bundle of information. Not only does it show you how to train your dog, it also provides a wealth of information on the sport itself (ie, organizations that host trials; how to get an unregistered dog indefinite listing privilege with AKC; what to expect at your first trial; how to build your own equipment, etc.) The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and alternative instructions are given to fit different circumstances. All of the cautions, tips, summary charts, and photos set this book apart. I highly recommend it - even if you are in an agility class. It is an excellent reference.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Galick on August 20, 2006
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This book is for every one who has even thought about agility, wondered what the heck agility was, or even for those who have competed in this addictive sport.

It is written clearly, concisely and with great photos emphasizing the actions being described.

Try it, you'll like it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Linda E. Gruber on August 3, 2006
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Not only are the illustrations well done but the text is excellent. Leach is able to explain the sport and various training methods in a comprehensive and humorous way.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Tim on May 3, 2008
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A very easy to understand book for the beginner written in plain english. Plenty of highlighted boxes and tables to explain key points.

The book gives you information on each obstacle as well as how events are run and what to do if you want to enter an event.

There is also a chapter on etiquette that a lot more people need to read!
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