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Excelling at Dog Agility - Book 2: Sequence Training (Updated Second Edition) Hardcover – July 14, 2007
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Excelling at Dog Agility Series
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
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.
JaneÂs unique background combines over 15 years of competitive dog training success in a wide variety of dog sports with M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in Instructional Technology Â 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 Âthe bibleÂ of serious agility enthusiasts.
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This extraordinary guide takes you from beginner to intermediate using easy-to-follow text loaded with pictures, diagrams, and tons of sample exercises. Get started with straight line and simple turn sequences then move at your own pace to distance control and "side-switches." Simmons-Moake is extremely thorough in her method and emphasizes not striving for "good" but for excellence! Her method makes it practically impossible to fail. Some of the important topics in this book are the introduction of distance and control commands, gaining distance with her "distance circles" technique, and how to give correct body cues for accurate performance every time. She also touches on the controversial concept of "correction-free training." To top off a wonderful "curriculum" of doggy schooling, she includes several pages of exercises you can do with just a few obstacles to drill key elements or your dog's weaknesses.
A few other features I really enjoyed:
· LOTS of diagrams!
· Tips for solving problems like broken start-line stays
· Proofing ideas and exercises
· An entire chapter on every type of side-switch imaginable! (including rear-cross, front-cross, counter rotations, zig-zags, and more!)
...and for those who are agility instructors or thinking of teaching agility, there are sample lesson plans for a 6-week Beginners class, 8-week Intermediate class, and 6-week Intermediate II class.
I cannot stop praising this book! It has certainly improved the performance of my own dogs and allowed me to progress more quickly with proven techniques. It is the perfect addition to any agility lover's bookshelf!