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Excelling at Dog Agility - Book 1: Obstacle Training (Updated Second Edition) Hardcover – October 8, 2005
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These three books provide step-by-step instructions for the agility enthusiast, from beginning to advanced levels of competition. Simmons-Moake emphasizes building a solid foundation so that correcting errors and retraining won t be necessary. Setting a high standard together with consistent and clear communication with your dog is important in developing a great working relationship so that your dog becomes fast and reliable. Detailed lesson plans are given for training classes, and a very useful problem-solving appendix gives in-depth answers to many common questions. --Dog World Magazine January, 2008
About the Author
Jane Simmons-Moake is one of the world's foremost agility trainers. A top-winning competitor, veteran judge, and award-winning author, Jane runs one fo the nation's most successful agility training organizations, FlashPaws Agility Training Center in Houston, Texas.
A popular seminar leader in the U.S. and abroad, Jane has also competed internationally as a member of the 1996 and 1997 U.S. World Championship Agility Teams, and was the 20" National Champion at he 2006 AKC Agility Invitational.
Jane's unique background cpombines over 20 years of competitive dog trainng success in a wide range of dog sports with M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in Instructional Technology - the study of designing training programs that really work. As a result, Jane's books and videos have long been considered by many to be "the bible" of serious agility enthusiasts.
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It was a lot of common sense stuff like "dogs may become reluctant if you pull them through the weave poles with the leash". Well, gee, that I could have figured out on my own. :) No clicker use either, which surprised me.
There *was* lots of mention of entering the obstacles from different angles and making sure you're in different places when the dog enters and exits, which was a good thing to point out. There was also a brief comparison of different techniques for teaching weave poles which I found interesting (still no clicker techniques though). So it's not that it was completely content free, but there was so much repetition and filler that I felt like the useful information could have been condensed into a one-page handout for each obstacle. It hardly seems worth buying the book for that.