Sometimes a dog doesn't show as much enthusiasm about doing agility as we would like him to. The dog may lack confidence or he may be inhibited, worried, or nervous, which in turn leads to slow and tentative performances. Often this type of dog is very accurate, but too slow to make course time. He is trying so hard, but his stress and nervousness makes it impossible for him to let loose and enjoy himself. There is a lot that you can do to change your dog's reaction to agility so that you can both have fun doing this sport. This DVD contains a training program for the need-for-speed dog that is intended to be done after you have completed the work in the FOCUS Foundation DVD. If you consistently apply the FOCUS exercises and techniques, you will see an improvement in your dog's attitude and desire to work. But it won't happen overnight, it takes time and consistent effort.
About the Authors
Deborah Jones, Ph.D. and Judy Keller developed the FOCUS program in 2003. This program is designed to help trainers form a good working relationship with their performance dogs. Deb has an academic background in learning theory and social behavior. She is also an innovator in the use of the clicker in dog training. Judy has been on the AKC Agility World Team three times, winning team gold in 1998. Both Deb and Judy share a strong commitment to using training methods that are positive and gentle, yet are also efficient and effective.