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2016 Americas Y el Caribe Course analyses

Hear Daisy's thoughts and analyses for all nine of the courses she ran in Medellin, Colombia, at the 2016 Americas Y El Caribe competition in April of 2016. This 45 minute video is free for you to watch, along with the course maps!

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Backyard Training – Keep it Simple!

Many of us have some amount of usable space to practice small exercises at home with our dogs.  Even with a number of indoor agility training facilities in our area, I can't emphasize enough how supplementing your “formal” training time with practice at home is so important.  The more you can focus on small things […]

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Building Your Own Measuring Wicket

The height of your dog determines what height they will need to jump. The measuring process can be a stressful one for some dogs and “real” measuring wickets are $250, whew! Here’s a simple version of a wicket that costs no more than $10 in materials. This project is very easy and can be adjusted depending on your needs.

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Building your own PVC Jumps

Instructions on how to build your own, professional looking PVC jumps – safe, and stylish! For pennies on the dollar. And, completely customized to YOU.

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Challenges build your training muscles

  Recently, I listened to an interview on the radio with a Psychology Professor named Jim Stigler at UCLA. He was talking about how he'd watched anxiously as a fourth grader in a Japanese math classroom struggled at the front of the class to solve a problem. Maybe you didn't know this, but I used to […]

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Changes in movement

It is important, especially with a performance dog, to understand normal movement and what is not normal for your dog, so you can be proactive about keeping your dog strong and injury free. Many people can see differences in a dog’s gait when watching them move BUT many cannot or think these things are “normal for […]

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Class Courses

I really enjoyed the set-up I designed for classes this week.  It offered a lot of opportunities for different challenges I used in all of my competition handling classes (from Beginning Comp to Extreme Agility). Here is the basic set-up: The first course I set for the Advanced Comp Class (the Beginning Comp class had […]

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Course challenge for the week of 12-27-2016 at Clear Mind Agility

Here's the set up, course map, and analysis for the course that we ran in class at Clear Mind Agility last week of 2016. Enjoy!

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Exercise for Sprint Athletes

  It can be a challenge to design a conditioning program for sprint activities that will enhance performance, keep your dog’s chances of injury to a minimum and target the proper muscles groups.  What does Sprint mean:  To move rapidly or at top speed for a brief periodSprint athletes rely on anaerobic activities that build on the […]

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Exercise Progression

I have been thinking a lot lately about  “exercises progression”.  In the human world, we know that we can’t go to the gym and do the same amount of repetitions with the same weight every time and improve over all strength and body composition.   We know that number of repetitions and/or the amount of weight […]

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Football and the art of the Forward Motion Front Cross

If you can't get your body to do the correct things at the correct time, it's not going to matter one tiny bit how perfect your timing is…the mechanics of the forward motion front cross.

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Games Drills

Last week I posted this set-up for the Competition classes I teach in Kansas City. Normally, I will use set-ups I have had in class when I teach seminars.  This time, I decided to bring some game drills I used in recent seminars back to my classes since we had so much fun with them! […]

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Getting great feedback as a participant

Objective Getting great video feedback starts with submission of a great video! The following tips will help your long distance instructor give you the best feedback possible, whether that instructor is me, another instructor in my online classroom, or an instructor in another online classroom. Let’s get started! Dress Appropriately It may seem strange that […]

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Handling Comparisons

I have had a great time with my Online Coursework Facebook group!  Every 2 weeks I post a set-up with 10 exercises, ranging in skill level so there is something for everybody, in addition to gambler and snooker challenges.  I usually share demo video focusing on a few sequences and handling options (not all of […]

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Hillbilly Hydrotherapy

Instructions for how to make your own Hillbilly Hydrotherapy tank. For less than $1000 you can have an underwater treadmill of sorts in your garage as well!

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How to make your own 2×2 weave poles

Make your own set of weave poles for training This video will show you how to make your own set of 2×2 weave poles for training, which you'll need for my WEAVE POLES 101 course. Quick, easy, and inexpensive, that's the DIY way! Save your money for something more important, like…dog treats!

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I love to watch you play

A great example of how what you think influences how you behave, and how a little tweak to your mental routine can change the outcome dramatically!

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International Course Challenge – December 15, 2016

Here's the set up, course map, and analysis for the course that we ran in class at Clear Mind Agility the week of December 15, 2016. Enjoy!

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International Course Challenge 2-3-2017

The international JWW course run at Clear Mind Agility this past week.

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International Course Challenge, 1-1-2017

Here’s the set up, course map, and analysis for the course that we ran in class at Clear Mind Agility last week. Enjoy!

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International Course Challenge, 1-23-2017

Here's the set up, course map, and analysis for the course that we ran in class at Clear Mind Agility this week. Enjoy!

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International Course Challenge: 2-14-2017

Check out the course I ran for Valentine's Day!

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K9 Conditioning Considerations…

If you are in the process of designing a program for your dog I hope this list of considerations helps you to pick exercises that are appropriate for your dog's age, current physical condition and the activities you are involved in. I also hope that it you have not sought out proper training, that this will encourage you to do so.

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Let's Pardon Some Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving!   Here in the USA, this time of year is often referred to as the season of remembrance.  Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season helps to remind us to be thankful for the things we have, be mindful of the many who go without and to send positive thoughts to those who cannot be […]

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Lifelong Learning

Thoughts on being a lifelong agility learner.

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My New Favorite Drill – Jacob's Ladder

A while ago, Alen Marekovic from Croatia posted a recent training exercise on facebook.  His course was the base for the following exercises and I give him full credit for the design inspiration!  I immediately saw the 5 parallel jumps at the top as a unique challenge that would make for an interesting drill.  So, with a little […]

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On disappointment

Some thoughts on disappointment, risk, reward, playing not to lose vs playing to win, and long odds.

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P-push it Real Good!

I really enjoyed all the “Fancy” classes this weekend presented by judge Leslie Bickel.  Casa de Canine offered both the MC Biathlon and individual classes over the last 3 days, so there were challenges a'plenty!  Today's MC Standard course had a fun opening that led to multiple handling options: The initial decision the handler had to […]

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Podcast #20: Maximizing your agility camp experience

Thoughts on how to maximize your agility camp experience!

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Podcast Session 1: What is Consistency?

Recently, a student sent me an email asking how she could improve her consistency. It got me thinking about just what consistency IS, and how the question itself is a little misleading. Just what IS consistency, and what can you do about changing the type of consistent behavior you're currently engaged in?

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Podcast Session 10: Watch Your Dog Part 2

In the first of this two part series, we explored the topic of what “Watch Your Dog” really means. Check it out if you haven't already heard it. In this podcast, we're going to look at a few exercises that you can do to improve your ability to watch your dog!

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Podcast Session 13: An Interview With Bobbie Lyons

In this week's podcast, I conclude my series of interviews with my fellow instructors at my DaisyPeel.com Online Classroom. Last, but certainly not least, is Bobbie Lyons, who approached me last year about teaching in the Online Classroom. Well, it's been over a year, and I'm happy to say that not only have *I* benefited from having her in my virtual classroom, but dozens and dozens of people and their dogs, who wouldn't normally have access to the type of instruction Bobbie provides, have benefited as well!

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Podcast Session 14: Participating in an Online Classroom

In this episode, I talk about the different levels of participation in online learning environments, and why participation in an online classroom might NOT be right for you!

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Podcast Session 15: Mileage

In this podcast, I talk a little about the idea of “mileage”. Every step you and your dog take together on an agility course shapes your future steps on future courses! Have a listen, and subscribe through iTunes!

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Podcast Session 2: Being In The Moment

Your mental skills are skills like any other; they need development, refinement, and time to grow. Here are some thoughts about “being in the moment”, originally presented at the DaisyPeel.com Online Classroom.

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Podcast Session 3: Thoughts on using verbals on course

As usual, a student email has prompted me to create another podcast.  This one is on the use of verbal cues on course, and how my usage of verbal cues may differ from your usage.  But, I do think that the way I think about and use verbal cues on course makes a huge difference […]

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Podcast Session 4: How I chose a handling system

Here's another podcast prompted by a question sent to me through the contact page on my website. Do you have a question you'd like to see answered in the form of a podcast? You can contact me and if you check “Podcast Q&A”, who knows, maybe your question will be the next one answered via […]

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Podcast Session 5: Bang for your Buck

Of course, there are a lot of factors that go in to what we pay for a working or auditing spot in a seminar; how much the seminar presenter is charging, how much it costs to get them to the seminar site, the rental fees for the arena or building where the seminar is being held. Those are just the basics. Then there are other costs; assuming that the organizer has done a lot of legwork to put the whole thing together, it's reasonable that they should not have to pay $$ for the seminar themselves, as they've already paid in other ways. Listen to this podcast for more…

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Podcast Session 6: Our Goals All Serve The Same Purpose

Goals are by nature things we've set for ourselves that are currently out of reach – and that is something that all goalsetters have in common, regardless of their level of attainment.

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Podcast Session 7: BDA Mental Management

This podcast isn't one of mine, but one that I was a guest on, and it is of course about Mental Management® and agility. Bad Dog Agility has regular podcasts, and I was honored to be a guest on this one! 🙂

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Podcast Session 8: Equipment Safety

Today I wanted to take a moment to talk about equipment safety….

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Podcast Session 9: Watch Your Dog, Part 1

This week, I'm posting part one of a two part podcast that was originally created for the Functional Fitness class that is taught in the Online Classroom. Kristin Rosenbach, who is a Certified Athletic Trainer, is the main instructor, but I of course contribute to the class, AND benefit from it (I'm a little sore right now from one of her agility-specific workouts!).

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Preventing a Psoas injury – training spread jumps

Do you practice doubles, triples and spread jumps regularly??? Often when I am teaching a workshop, I ask agility competitors –  “How often do you practice doubles, triples or spread jumps”?   I have to say many of them answer “only at a competition”.    Sigh Many instructors don’t set these jumps up due to time constraints.  […]

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Serps, Threadles and Push-throughs. Oh My!

Last night I taught a workshop on handling serpentines, threadles and push-throughs.   The participants had already attended a class on the introduction of these skills, where we worked one or two skills at a time, so everybody was ready to be pushed a bit more! The drill I devised was a spin-off of the […]

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Session 16: An Interview With Marcy Mantell

This week, I'm interviewing Marcy Mantell, who came up to visit for the 2014 Rose City AKC show, where she won High Combined with her young sheltie, Stripe. Marcy talks about how she got started in agility, some unexpected difficulties she's had along the way with her sheltie Wave, and what it's like to win a World Championship. Enjoy!

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Session 17: Getting the most out of time with your instructor

A while back, I had somebody submit this question to be answered as a podcast: Well…here are some of my thoughts! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Also, did you know that now you can ask me a recorded question for the podcast?  Check it out!

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Session 18: Where are you and your dog REALLY at risk for injury?

  Given my own recent experiences with Solar's injury, I think it's important to think about just WHERE we're at the highest risk for injury in agility, and what can be done to help reduce that risk! Listen on…  

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Snooker Rules Explained!

Today was Chipper's very first USDAA trial! As I listened to the very thoughtful and thorough briefing that the judge gave to the Starter's Snooker competitors, I was surprised at the number of competitors that had no idea how the game was actually played! The judge was very patient explaining the rules – but oh, […]

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Staying Under Theshold

One of my favorite topics to teach dog owners is “focus and self-control” and it goes hand in hand with K9 conditioning.   Slow and controlled movements in specific positions cannot be obtained if your dog is over threshold.    Learning to work with a dog under threshold is a puzzle. It is a truly rewarding experience […]

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Successful Collaboration – Return to Performance

Recently I wrote about the team approach to K9 Fitness and how collaboration between professionals in the veterinary, rehabilitation and fitness fields are important.  Because I refer clients regularly for diagnostics and diagnosis, I receive referrals from those professionals when no discernible problem exists, the dog is released to normal activity or a strength or training issue is discovered.A […]

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Sustained Trotting

Sustained trotting increases endurance, improves physical health, and keeps the lumbar area loose and your dog’s hips rotating independently. Trotting lengthens and strengthens the spine, strengthens core muscles and improves gait function. Trot work is great for dogs that are older than one year old, in good health and not over-weight. Definition of a Balanced Trot: “This […]

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The 4 Key Elements To Getting Great Feedback On Your Videos

There are 4 key elements to getting great feedback on videos you submit to your long distance instructor. Do you know what they are? Listen on to find out!

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Thoughts on Canine Cross Training

In the human world the term “cross-training” is used quite often to suggest that doing different types of strength, balance and coordination training helps to improve performance. The canine world works much the same way.

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Thoughts on handling the Novice Dog

For those of us involved in a team sport with our dogs, we serve not only as trainers, but as canine coaches too, and although it’s taken me several years to fully grasp the concept, I do believe that in order to achieve maximum success with our dogs as athletes, we must be flexible coaches, able to be the coach our dog needs us to be as his/her needs change, rather than expecting our dogs to conform constantly to our needs.

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Training in Ten Minutes, Episode #1

If you’re one of those people who, while at work all day, dreams about what you will do with your dogs when you get home, only to find that the time you had slips away from you between chores, children, spouses, and the other little necessities of life, then you’re not alone! In this article, […]

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Training in Ten Minutes, Episode #2

Teach your dog to circle a cone with this informative video, originally published as an article in Clean Run Magazine.

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Training in Ten Minutes, Episode #3

If you’re one of those people who, while at work all day, dreams about what you will do with your dogs when you get home, only to find that the time you had slips away from you between chores, children, spouses, and the other little necessities of life, then you’re not alone! In this article, […]

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Vocabulary Reboot Part I: Threadles

It's time to stop calling threadles threadles, and start calling them what they REALLY are…landing side approaches. Why is a change in vocabulary important? Read on!

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What kind of conditioning program is needed for herding sheep?

Yesterday I took Riley to a herding lesson.   This was our first lesson back after a couple years off.   So of course this got me thinking about what I need to change about his conditioning program.  What is different about how he uses his body and what do I need to do differently to keep […]

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What Makes A Good Coach?

Although I originally posted this on my personal website some time ago, the information is perennially relevant, so I thought I'd share here on the Classroom Blog, where posts of a more educational nature reside 🙂 There are a lot of online classrooms springing up here and there, and I think it will be interesting […]

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Why Struggling is Key

In my day to day life, do I view struggle as a sign of weakness? Or, do I view struggle as a challenge, as an opportunity for growth? In my day to day interactions with my dogs, how to I react when I bump up against something I don't know, don't understand, or struggle with?

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Wow, it's HOT! What now?

Written by guest blogger and student Diana Dickinson – you can visit her blog, which she posts on regularly, HERE. Every agility competitor I know worries about getting dehydrated when it's hot. We spend all day at a trial, and it gets hot in the sun, or in the arena, and we drink lots of water […]

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