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Unleashing the Velcro Dog - Training Your Agility Dog to Love Working at a Distance Hardcover – November 5, 2007
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The name Jane Simmons-Moake is virtually synonymous with agility training as is her legendary FlashPaws Training Center. A former member of the U.S. World Championship Agility Team, she possesses credentials that speak for themselves. Her latest offering is a treasure trove of tricks and techniques to perfect your dog s distance work. Most dogs love agility, and with a little training, almost any dog can manage a respectable performance. Creating a superstar is another story. As the old saying goes, the devil is in the details.
Simmons-Moake points out that distance handling is required for a few classes, but that s the exception rather than the rule. On the other hand, it can provide a decisive competitive advantage on almost any course. It alleviates the problem of handlers trying to keep pace with their dogs one of the most common reasons for slow times. It also allows far more creative ring strategy, something that isn t possible if your dog will only run or take direction when you are three inches away. She also presents some great homemade training tools. In addition to being clever, they are simple and economical to make. I immediately thought of millions of other training situations where they would prove quite handy.
Although she stresses the importance of foundation training, she has plenty of advice on revising bad habits and teaching reluctant dogs to work ahead of their handlers.
Abundant photos, diagrams, and notations accompany each chapter. Beginning with the tunnel, she gives step-by-step instructions on sending a dog to each obstacle from any angle. This material may not be easily accessible to novices, but it s an excellent reference for serious competitors. And that s precisely how the book is designed, with plenty of room in the margins for notes and a sturdy binding that will stand up to years of rereading. --Dog World Magazine, July 2008
About the Author
When it comes to distance training, no one does it better than Jane Simmons-Moake. One of the earliest pioneers of agility training in the U.S., Jane is a top-winning competitor, award-winning author, and owner of one of 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 the 2006 AKC Agility Invitational.
Jane's unique background combines over 20 years of competitive dog training success in a wide variety of dog sports with M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in Instructional Technology the study of de-signing training programs that really work. As a result, Jane's books and videos have long been considered by many to be essential for serious agility enthusiasts.
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