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IN FOCUS - DEVELOPING A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PERFORMANCE DOG
by Deborah Jones & Judy Keller (See other books by author)


Publisher: Clean Run Productions
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2004 Paperback, 100 pages

ISBN: 1892694115
Item: DTA249
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Summary: Shows how to use the author's FOCUS program to develop or repair the underlying working relationship you need to succeed in agility or any performance dog sport.

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Great runs on agility courses don't just happen. And they aren't just a matter of exquisite handling and thorough training. Behind every flowing run in agility is a great partnership. For some dog and handler teams this partnership develops naturally over the course of training. But unfortunately this isn't always the case. Many dogs can meet the physical demands required for agility but have difficulty with the mental aspects of the game. Agility requires concentration, confidence, and a willingness to take direction from and work with the handler. Without this, you can end up with a dog that is distracted, unmotivated, out of control, or inconsistent in the ring. The authors of this book join forces to show you how to use their FOCUS program to develop or repair that underlying working relationship you need to succeed in agility or any performance dog sport.


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Not another training book, April 22, 2005
Reviewer: Marian Your
This is not a book about training your dog.

This IS a book about developing a relationship with your dog so that the training you do yields the results you want.

This is not a book about agility, although the references throughout the book are to agility training and outcomes.

The FOCUS program, which stands for “Fun, Obedience, and Consistency lead to Unbelievable Success,” addresses the fundamental requirements for a good working partnership between dog and trainer that are essential in any dog sport that requires teamwork and cooperation between dog and handler.

The premise is that dogs that are not working well with their trainer are either having too much fun, or are not having enough fun. Is this starting to hit home? Have you ever shown a dog in any dog sport, obedience, conformation, agility, herding or tracking, that got so wound up that any training that had taken place prior to the event was not evident? Have you ever had a dog that was happy as can be outside the ring or arena and then fell apart once the pressure was on?

Both these frustrating extremes are addressed in this insightful book, with an easy to understand explanation of the reasons for both extremes, and a step by step plan for developing a relationship with these dogs so the trainer can achieve their desired training and showing goals.

This is not an easy-fix recipe book. It tracks a year-long application of its concepts and techniques to a Sheltie owned by co-author Judy Keller, which included a period of regression and retraining before success was achieved.

The authors sum up the FOCUS program by stating, “The training relationship is more complicated than teaching behaviors. It involves a much deeper connection, commitment, and mutual awareness for both dog and trainer. When you see dog and handler teams that perform as one, almost reading each other’s minds, you are usually observing the results of the hard work and dedication required to build a strong training relationship. It isn’t easy, but it is definitely worth the time and effort.”

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