This week we’ve been challenging ourselves with lots of foundation training for agility. While that’s fun, I’ve really wanted to put some variety into our daily sessions to give Jaxon lots of fun and keep him challenged.
This week we’re training on a different surface everyday. With our daily training, I like to keep it short and fun for Jaxon, keeping it to 5 minutes at each end of the day. I train these sessions at mealtimes so I have Jaxon’s attention.
It’s a big thing to look inside yourself and recognise the ways you can grow and better yourself. Not a lot of people do this, and I think I’ve found the secret.
Owning a dog, and doing a dog sport – agility – has helped me really reflect on who I am and how I can better myself. This comes through the constant learning and growing together as a team.
We’ve really fallen for the method that is blitzing the world at the moment – the One Mind Dogs method.
If you’re in Australia, now you have the chance to find out for yourself all about the One Mind Dogs method.
They are coming in April for a Seminar & workshops!
Jaxon & I are still novice level, so anything and everything really helps at this stage!
While it’s a lot of running (helping us get fit!), it seems to make sense for both handler & the dog.
If you have missed any of the information from the One Mind Dogs team, or the Agility Australia Facebook page, here it is again:
Sign up for the Seminar & auditing sessions here: Game On Dogs
If you can’t make it – here are a couple of great videos from the OMD team to get you interested!
One of our challenges in Agility & Jumping has been connection between Jaxon & I. So this means keeping a good basic training schedule of foundation skills.
For me, I like to do 5 minutes at each end of the day – high energy quick sessions that end on a high, and keep Jaxon interested and wagging his tail.
It sounds like a techie term, but I assure you it’s all about dogs.
A lot of Jaxon & my journey through agility has been about learning to be a team. Whether through running courses, trials, or just out on our day to day walks, I’d say Jaxon is starting to appreciate the fact I’ve been talking more of his language lately.
Not one to pass up a good deal, especially when the only cost is time.
One of our favourite Agility gurus is Susan Garrett. We’ve been following her for a little while, and I do rave a bit about her 2×2 weaves.
One of the mainstays for all dog activity is the position of heel. Very often you will first learn this position in your Obedience class, and while the dog is on the lead. It’s great, however, to mix up your training and practice the heel on both lead and off lead – in a controlled environment like your home, garden, enclosed dog park etc.
As with all our training, short bursts work wonders to keep your pup interested, having fun, and thinking! I recommend 10 minutes a day – 5 minutes at morning and evening meals – to get a new behaviour in place & start reinforcement.
Every Monday we’re going to share some discoveries we’ve come across, what-ever they may be.
Sometimes it’ll be silly content, other times we hope it’s as interesting to you as it is to us.
This week I’ve been studying the European agility method that is sweeping the world – One Mind dogs. It’s amazing everything I’ve learnt about dogs in the last 6 months through agility & obedience, but I really started to get how Jaxon is connecting with me through OMD. It’s been an awesome discovery and built on where we were in such a short time.
When Jaxon was a wee puppy, we took him along to puppy school, as you do. Jaxon was a very quick learner, and always seeking attention, so one of the early tricks we were able to teach him was bowing.
Every dog needs a few good tricks up their sleeve, but one of the mainstays for every dog is “wait”.
This is a handy command that comes up in many places, and can even give your puppy a good reputation for good manners.
As with all our training, we suggest just 10 minutes a day over the week, broken out by 5 mins at mealtimes (ie: morning and evening).