I created this
training section as a record of how we're getting on and what training
methods I'm using. It's always helpful to look back and see what
progress you've made from the beginning. We started with the puppy
training, balancing on things, gaining confidence and heelwork and basic
obedience. We went on to puppy training over little bump jumps
designed to help them get their stride. We've learned how to get the
position on the contacts and how to do some jumping sequences. Jilly
can now jump full height and she will be competing at her first show in
Starting heelwork from the very basics, getting into the right position and
working in a straight line.
Front and Rear Crosses
Getting a new dog used to changing sides. Here we're working on front
and rear crosses on the flat. It's helpful to use a pole for the front
cross, but in the rear cross you just pass behind the dog.
Jilly started on a wobble board and a small puppy dog walk. We've
struggled a bit with some of the contact training but we're getting there.
Jump Bumps - Straight grids for puppies
This is a puppy foundation for jumping based on Susan Salo's methods.
Here we're doing the straight grids which will help with regulating the
stride for jumping. It's also a good grid for introducing obstacles
with a different appearance and for introducing the first pole. A new
video has been added showing Jilly's first jump over a pole. (This
part is for information and older dogs only)
Jump Bumps - Bends
Susan Salo's bend work. Jilly picked this up very quickly.
Jump Bumps - Diagonals
This is another of Susan Salo's jump bump grids where the dog runs
diagonally across the bumps. Jilly got this first time.
Puppy Jumping variations
To keep Jilly's interest we've started doing circles and simple sequences
over the jump bumps.
First sequences over crossed poles
Jilly is very nearly old enough for her first training class and to help her
on her way we've been practicing over some low crossed poles.
Training the weave
There are many ways to train the weave and we had a go at 2 x 2 but it
wasn't for us. We also had a go at channel weaves but Jilly couldn't
grasp the concept of running through the channel. Now we're on the
v-weave and we're having much more success. It really is a case of
finding the method that works for you and your dog.
Core strength is important for agility dogs and there are several exercises
you can do to build up a dog's strength and sense of balance. Jilly
loves this training.