This January Dot started her very first agility class. At our Dog Training Club, this is called Agility Prep and consists of lots of groundwork and easy introduction to the equipment in a fun and safe way. I have never trained or competed in agility before so while I am familiar with all the training concepts, the hard part for me is the handling, footwork, and hand cues used in order to get the dog to the right place, over the right obstacle in the right direction. The video starts out with 2x2 weaves which our class doesn't so I'm trying to tackle that on my own. Here's a video of her showing off some of her new rudimentary agility skills.
Taco's goal for January was working on his heel position and building up to a nice solid hold. His pivot platform work is going stupendous. We are using Denise Fenzi's pivot disk(platform) and pocket hand techniques. He is comfortable with the pocket hand over his snout and he is good at pivoting left on the platform. Here's a little video of him.
His retrieve was taught using Shirley Chong's clicker retrieve method. BUT. I sort of rushed it a bit (bad habit of mine) and started getting some chomping on the return. I took a step back and did more "take it" from my hand and built up to a longer and longer solid hold.
So while every month for us is Train Your Dog Month, January had some new and exciting developments!