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Step 1

Check the weight of the husband or partner
and the weight of the dog

Step 2

If half the husband's dinner is in the dog,
try to reverse the situation. 

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Step 3 Now try some fun exercises.

Wake up the dog and waggle his favourite toy. Wake him up again and tell him this is fun. If he's in the mood think up a phrase that's going to be a trigger on the start line. I started with "On your marks.....get set", but I felt a bit silly in the ring so now I just say "Are you ready?"  It's a switch on we're working exercise.

Waggle the toy again and when the dog's ready to run chuck the toy and shout "GO." It doesn't have to be go. You could try "RUN," or "CARROTS" but go is quite good.  Now race away with the dog to get the toy.

I tried this a few times until Jamie got the idea. Then I raced him over poles on the ground and little jumps using the wind up phrase "Are you ready?" at the start. This made him have a few mad turns but at least he was enjoying going fast instead of plodding round like a geriatric. We progressed to bigger jumps and finally we tried it at a show and it worked. We also speeded up the weave but that's a different story.

If you have a dog like Sasha the only wind up you need is to let the dog see the agility stuff.  The best way to describe it is the way someone described her own dog to me.  It's like blowing up a big balloon and then letting it go!

JIlly needs the wind up routine but just a bit.  Show her a ball and she's gone, usually to go and find out  where the lead mover has put the ball. 

Just a quick note.  I taught Jilly 'Drive' when we're going in a straight line.  It means run like hell and keep going and it's really useful for a straight finish.  You just need to throw a ball and say, 'drive' a few times and then work it so that the dog moves when you say 'drive' and then throw the ball.  Have fun.

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