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Keeping her attention on the agility course

Posted by:  Jeff Rowland
Category:   General Training
Posted on:  October 23, 2001 at 12:01:59

Question:

Sadie and I have been running agility courses for about two years now and have recently started competing. My problem is that as soon as we get to a new venue she becomes so distracted by all the commotion, sites, smells, etc. that I hardly exist and all our training goes out the window.

I've tried using her favorite toy to get her attention but that makes her so excited that she flies off the contacts and won't take her eyes off me to work away. She just barks at me to give her the toy.

Does anyone have any unique suggestions to offer? Right now we train primarily with clickers and treats. Which works very well, at home. My problem exists only at the trials. Thanks for your input.

Jeff