If you're among the growing number of canine agility enthusiasts, you'll find valuable information and advice in this book. The author, a professional dog trainer, tells you how to evaluate your dog's physical fitness and readiness for agility training, and then covers all aspects of this competitive sport. Here are diet recommendations, advice on the correct use of clickers and other positive reinforcement tools, basic commands, and specific training methods for the various competitive events. Instructive color photos take you step-by-step through the training methods.
|Publisher:||Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a fantistic book. I got it to see if my Westie would be a good canadate for agility training. I can hardly wait for warmer weather so we can start. He is getting used to rings to go through and small jumps and a small tunnel in the house.
Dog Agility is one of the fastest growing dog sports. This book is intended for the beginner who is looking to learn and have fun with his or her dog. It's a great sport for anyone with a dog -- your dog doesn't have to be a purebred. I cover selecting a dog (if you don't already have one), conditioning your dog, nutrition, health, travelling with dogs, entering a trial, the differences between AKC, UKC, USDAA, and NADAC agility, agility rules, training on obstacles, handling fundamentals and problems. I emphasize positive training techniques and focus on having fun with your dog. This book is full color with step-by-step photographs showing you how to train your dog on obstacles and in sequencing. You'll see a variety of breeds represented from Yorkies to Great Danes. Look for the white Alaskan Malamute -- that's my own dog, Kiana. She's ranked as the #6 Novice Agility Malamute in 1999. I hope you'll enjoy this book -- I had a lot of fun writing it. This is my second book, my first is Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.