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    Question Agility Commands

    i was just wondering what all the commands for the agility obstacles are?
    i already know
    over for normal jumps
    tunnel for tunnels
    weave for weave poles
    chute for collapsed tunnel

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    I say "scrabble" for A frame......."Plank" for Dog walk......"Plank" to "Rock" for See-saw, but "Rock" only on the dogs that do it from distance.
    I use "Tunnel" and point for all Tunnels and "Over" for all jumps, they follow my hand......"Table" and "Tyre"..Usually if i point the dog goes anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I say "scrabble" for A frame......."Plank" for Dog walk......"Plank" to "Rock" for See-saw, but "Rock" only on the dogs that do it from distance.
    I use "Tunnel" and point for all Tunnels and "Over" for all jumps, they follow my hand......"Table" and "Tyre"..Usually if i point the dog goes anyway.
    are they the standard commands people use?

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    interesting commands there newfsie but I don't really use commands :S though of course I only do agility for fun, no real competitions but i tend to just point and talk kinda like, "over" (for all jumps and A-frame), "through" (for weave poles), "tunnel" (for tunnels, though my girl needs NO invitation to get to the tunnel ... she loves them the strange strange girl haha) hmm then with the walk and see-saw tend to just point and tell her slow, wait etc
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    There's no standards. For me the main thing is how I point out the course to the dog.

    For learning that I recommend (as does SG) Greg Derrett's series of DVDs -
    1: Agility foundation, then
    2:Great dog shame about the handler and then
    3:winning combination and
    4n course to excel.

    Training DVD's

    I find I have to watch the whole thing and then work backwards because he gives you the full on stuff at the beginning ie the complete package and then he breaks it down into bits.

    It's no good naming obstacles if you have two jumps side by side and you want the dog to jump the furtherest one, or you have two tunnels back to back or even just one tunnel with both the entrances facing you and the dog - and you have to indicate go in the left side first time through and right side the second time through.

    So there seems to be no standard names.

    I have
    ready?
    wait!
    go!
    over (almost redundant these days)
    tyre
    tunnel
    up up
    up up
    table up - wait
    Frosty
    go - weave
    weave - weave yes yes...
    I hear the see saw get called "teeter" a lot, I think it would be easier to say. But it will probably be up up or bang bang when I get to it.
    and
    this way... but Frosty usually works better.

    And

    What are you doing?

    And

    Why are you yelling at me?

    And

    Ouch.

    SG has a command LALALALALA for see that jump in front of you, go around the back of it and jump it back towards me.

    Oh and
    Left
    Right
    and
    OUT
    or
    OUT-over

    And I hear a few people use the word
    TURN
    - but good consistent well timed signalling works better if you ask me.

    I use "This way" if the jump in front is not the jump we want. ie Turn.

    And there is also "go-on" for keep going in a straight line over every obstacle in front of you. Handy for Gamblers and Open where there is a tape that keeps you away from your dog and the jumps/obstacles.

    I use "yes" a lot. The more I use it the faster she goes.

    Some people use "drop" or "stop" to slow a dog down. Especially with some of the more hyper fast dogs that make up their own course if you don't tell them fast enough which way to go.

    And for contacts (ie at the bottom end of up up), I hear "touch" or "target". I'm thinking of using "contact" like pilots of old propeller planes say to get the prop turning. But at the moment I'm just using "wait" when I mean "slow", although sometimes I say "slow" and sometimes I just point or say "find it" which sends her into treat hunting mode at the bottom of the up up. Not always ideal when the ground is covered in possum poo treats.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 09-27-2011 at 09:02 PM.

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    Not sure what other people use..my dogs are good with my commands, newfies are not known for their speed though, but i can direct from a distance and they get there.

    I don't think there is any ruling as to what cues/commands you use. use what works.Just always use the same

    "rocks comes from standing in the middle and rocking the plank ha ha.

    Annabelle will keep rocking the see saw if you allow her.

    And yes..."wait" is so very important........We have a great "wait" on Annabelle and Tessa. Katy is still a little now and then And left and right....Also the dog has to work on both sides. I am sure as this thread goes on I will remember more
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