Your Agility Questions Answered: Ring Focus

October 10, 2013 at 3:28 am 8 comments

Today’s question is geared towards improving focus in the ring. I get asked this question all the time from people struggling to get their dog to perform consistently fast and focused when they enter a trial environment.
Here are a few tips to overcoming that initial distraction to keep your dog focused and ready to play from start to finish!

Happy Training!
Jess Martin

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  • 1. Brenda Boyd  |  October 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Jess I saved the October gamble tutorial to my favourites adn now I cant get into it.. Any idea what mess I have gotten myself into?

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    • 2. agiledogtraining  |  October 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Brenda, just check out the Gamble Club page on Facebook to get all the video links.

      Reply
      • 3. Brenda Boyd  |  October 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        thanks Jess

  • 4. Martha Nicol  |  October 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I find it a hard balance between keeping the focus and excitement and not over doing it so I lose my start line stay.

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    • 5. agiledogtraining  |  October 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Martha, It’s always a “balancing act” between creating drive and still having the dog in a responsive state of mind. Proofing your start line through more excitement in practice usually helps give you a bit more of a buffer zone between her being focused and being so high she can’t function. Hope this helps!

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      • 6. Martha Nicol  |  October 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm

        Thanks it does. Been working on having more enthusiasm in practice although I find it harder to get at home – seems she is bored there but very excitable in a new environment.

  • 7. Michelle  |  October 10, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Great post. I have been guilty of getting my dog out too early. This really hits home, thanks. Where did people leave the questions, this would have been one I would have asked too!!

    Reply

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