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Agility Stuff

Contents

Agility Course Plans
This useful workbook by top handler Helen Anderson contains approximately 200 exercises and 50 full size courses for use on any occasion and anywhere from small gardens for practice to big rings at club. It has been designed to be suitable for any style of handling and any level of handler. Reviewed by Zeffrienne D’Ulivo-Rogers.

Agility Dog Training: Questions & Answers
International dog agility competitor, trainer and former Agilitynet Agony Aunt Aunt Mary Ann Nester answers all of your training and competition questions in a lively and humorous question and answer style to ensure success for you and your dog. Reviewed by David Dowall
Agility Trials & Tribulations
Jim Liddle's cartoon book looks at the lighter side of Agility! The author has a wonderfully humorous way of looking at and recording the side-splitting moments in today's hottest canine sport — AGILITY. Inside are 100 beautifully rendered and laugh-out-loud cartoon antics that anyone who has trained a dog for agility will recognise and remember... You know these people... you've met these dogs! Laugh along with them as they train, practice and compete while the dogs simply enjoy themselves. Reviewed by VIP friends Debbie Benton, Neil Flint & Jonathan Bruce.
Agility Tricks
Tricks - and the process of teaching them - can be great tools for enhancing agility training and performance. They encourage creativity, and because they are different, interesting, and fun, improve attention. Tricks keep dogs on their toes, never knowing what we might ask of them. Helen Walland reviews Donna Duford's new book,
Clean Run Course Designer 2000
Clean Run Course Designer is the world's most popular software for designing and sharing dog agility courses and exercises. Much more than just a program for drawing course maps. The latest version Course Designer 4 also lets you view course models in 3D, and take 3D virtual walk-throughs of courses.
DK9 Training Ladder
The DK9 Training Ladder is a simple yet versatile training aid designed to be used to improve the co-ordination and balance of dogs. It comprises a set of four 'Cavaletti' jumps, a term borrowed from the horsey world. Reviewed by Hannah Banks.
DK9 Wobble Board
The Wobble Board is a training aid which promotes balance and co-ordination. In agility it is commonly used to get beginning agility dogs used to being on something that moves under their feet. It is also to reduce joint injuries or during rehabilitation therapy. Reviewed by Angela Lucas
How to... Judge Agility
This manual was written by one of agility's founding fathers Peter Lewis to assist judges to become as good as possible at their job and to explain in detail how other agility games are played. It covers both the UK and International judging, plus the accepted rules of a variety of different games. Reviewed by Angela Williams.
How to .... Garden Agility Obstacles
A simply explained construction guide, written by Peter Lewis, giving  advice on how to build inexpensive agility obstacles for the back garden. All items apart from the contact trainer are very simple but effective training aids. Reviewed by Mick Chambers.
How to... Teach Dog Agility Obstacles
 A Canine Publications manual designed to bring relatively inexpensive information to dog people across the world by one of the founders of the sport of dog agility. If you are new to the sport, then this manual will help you start training in a way that should avoid many of the pitfalls that many newcomers experience. It will avoid any duress for the dog as correction and agility are opposites. Written by Peter Lewis and reviewed by Audrey Rogers.
Jump 4 Joy Maintenance Free Jumps
A portable, lightweight yet sturdy stick-in-the-ground practice jump reviewed by Sally Jones. (13/11/08)

 

Jumping from A to Z
A comprehensive and topical guide to canine jump training. Whether you train in agility, flyball or obedience - or all of them - this classic book by Chris Zink and Julie Daniels is designed to teach you how to train your dog to jump safely and accurately, how to decrease your course time in agility and how to keep your canine athlete healthy into old age. Reviewed by Karen Smith. (
Knowledge Equals Speed
This book by world class competitor, Dawn Weaver explains how to direct - without suppressing - a dog's enthusiasm, thus motivating him to use his own natural power and speed to navigate a course successfully. Her unique style of handling gives the dog clear, early and reliable information, so that he always knows what is coming next and has the confidence to run at top speed, perform with confidence and, most of all, enjoy agility. Reviewed by Lindy Margach.
Unleashing the Velcro Dog
The book
by respected American handler and instructor Jane Simmons-Moake shows you how to train your dog to work away from you rather than just running at your ankle. As the title suggests, the book is aimed at those dogs who are already competing and already trained to do all the equipment, but it is equally applicable to those with a puppy that they want to train to work away from the outset.
Wag & Tone
Wag & Tone is an e-Book which has been developed by dog trainers and a fitness coach. It fills the gap between basic puppy classes and training for competitive dog sports such as agility, while complementing all dog activities. As well as improving fitness together and having fun, with Wag & Tone you and your dog will develop an understanding and a firmer bond, whether your dog is a pet or working animal. Reviewed by Mary Ann Nester.