Our Agility 10 Commandments

  • Teach your dog how to play and use it to enhance your agility performance.
  • Your dog’s name is one of the most effective commands you have on the agility course, but DON’T use it before every obstacle or to send your dog AWAY from you.
  • If you are in control of the start line, you’ll be in better control of the course.
  • Be PROactive, not REactive. Tell your dog what you DO want him to do, not what you DON’T want him to do.
  • Keep it simple. Work every part of the course, one obstacle at a time.
  • Trying to save a foot could cost you a leg! Take the extra step to help your dog on the course if you are physically able. Align your dog to contacts and weaves.
  • Point before you shoot – aim before you fire. Direction BEFORE Object. Tell your dog WHERE to go before WHAT to do.
  • Where’s your dog? Keep loss of visual contact to a minimum. Blind crosses are only “blind” for the time it takes you to turn your head from one side to the other.
  • Give clear precise commands.
  • Strive first to be the best “Good Sport” in the country. Never show anger towards your dog on course. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO TAUGHT HIM HIS JOB.
  • Always leave the ring or course smiling and reward the dog for the job he did.