Once you have completed your Agility Starter class, the next step is the improver class. Agility Improvers helps you get to grips with the fundamentals of agility training with our training programme. You can expect a monthly plan and regular homework all designed to specifically target areas you want to improve in yours and your dogs performance. There are so many reasons to join our agility classes, one being the amazing supportive community that we have that provides the best environment for your teams development in agility.
Agility field right side: The right side of the same agility field showing (clockwise from foreground) the weave poles, the pause table, the A-frame, two winged jumps, the collapsed tunnel (or chute), and a wingless jump. Numbered orange plastic cones next to obstacles indicate the order in which the dog must perform them.
I would buy a black light / UV light torch to properly check for urine spots if I were in your position, then use an enzymatic cleaner. For as long as there is even the smallest bit of urine you’ve missed, there is a massive encouragement for her to toilet there again. And the truth is, you may have spent hours cleaning a room meticulously and no human would ever detect any scent while a dog still can.
How do I correctly crate train our Shi tzu yorkie at night when she’s used to free reign of the house at night. We discovered she pees in the house at night. We’ve tried unsuccessfully to crate her at night keeping us awake for nights on end with barking or whining till we give up.
Important: Avoid letting your puppy or teenage dog jump over any obstacles. At this age, a dog’s bones are not fully developed. Jumping can seriously damage joints. For small dogs, joint maturity is at about one year old. For larger dogs, 18 months to two years. Check with your vet before you start agility training.
When going for a potty break, you must be absolutely silent. Take them out of the crate and straight to their bathroom spot, encourage them to do their business and then take them straight back and close the crate door, all in absolute silence except for a calm and quiet ‘good potty’ when they’ve done the right thing.
We also offer a variety of specialized six-week workshops. These include Shy Dog, Therapy Dog, Calm Down, Urban Herding, Advanced Dog Tricks, and Scent Work. We also have two three-week workshops: Come When Called and Loose Leash Walking. You can learn more about all of these using the options below.
My mom has offered to take him to her house for the next two work days and do some crate work and “barking it out” in a house where neighbors won’t complain. Because he has improved a lot at night, I am hopeful that just a few days of daytime crate practice will be enough to stop the frequent barking. But is this counterproductive? I’d hate for all my mom’s efforts to be undone he is back in the apartment.
First, I’d suggest you get an Easy Walk Harness or a Gentle Leader so you can reduce your dog’s pulling — and so you can stay safe! These are management tools – they won’t teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash, but they’ll stop him from pulling so much until you can teach him the loose leash walking behavior you want.
If you place the collar on the lower part of the neck, you are actually helping your dog to pull you around. Watch an Alaskan sled dog pulling a load. The harness fits at the shoulder around the base of the neck, because the lower part of the neck is where dogs have the most control and where all their pulling strength is concentrated. If you put it at the top, your dog will be more sensitive to your movements and react to what you are trying to communicate. Keep your dog’s head up. Remove his nose from the distractions on the ground. This way, his focus will be on you and the migration ritual.
All through this training process it is important to be patient and not to push your dog. Ask for what your dog is comfortable with rather than forcing your dog to do what you want. Crate training is best done in baby steps. If you can get your dog or puppy comfortable with the crate before the first night in it, your odds of getting a good sleep that night will be much higher. Once your dog is crate trained and house trained fully, you can leave the dog in a crate for up to 8 hours. The dog should have good exercise before and after, and should be left in the crate with something safe to occupy his attention. Your dog will likely spend most of the time sleeping!