I’ve been having a lot of fun with the set of the building through a series of classes and private lessons. It’s about time to put it away and move on to the next thing. This all came to me in a dream, don’t you know, when I was working with Wayne from Wisconsin last week. The focus of the dream was the wall of jumps around the outer perimeter with the equipment to the inside. The pipe tunnels provided for considerable discrimination work (hence the “Roller Coaster”).

Today’s lesson was with Katie & Dave who were here for a weekend resort visit. I rotated all the jumps for square presentation (compared to the previous “serpentine”) and tweaked the tunnels a bit to work in complimentary fashion with the new presentation of the jumps.

As always the focus of the lesson is revealed by the foibles of dog and handler as they attempt to solve the numbered riddle. This set of the floor is full of potential topics: a basic lead out; how the attitude of the handler’s arm conveys either obstacle focus or handler focus; pre-cuing turns; and the simple discipline of timing movements.

I suppose I have to sit down in the afternoon and write down a bunch of my notes from the week because there’s all kinds of good teaching/instructing notes from the very basic to quite advanced.


“Fact: The dog and the wolf are related to each other in the same way you are related to your sixth cousin, and in the same way we are all related to some other types of primates (monkeys and apes). We share an ancestor, that’s all. But the dog most definitely didn’t descend from the grey wolf, any more than you descended from your cousin.”

~ Aleandra Semyonova

The 100 Silliest Things People Say about Dogs


Meet Me at the Petit Prix

I will be leading a series of modular clinics on the two days prior to the Petit Prix once again this year. We’ll be focusing on killer strategies for the games of the 2010 Petit Prix and, as usual, handling fundamentals for TDAA spaced courses. This will give the clinic participants an opportunity to get comfortable in the venue and on the equipment that will be used in the Petit Prix.

To reserve a spot in one or all of the Petit Prix warm-up workshops contact Marsha Houston at

Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

Who is depicted by this cartoon? And what is the context of the caricature?

First correct answer, posted as a reply to this blog post, wins a free copy of the August Jokers Notebook.


Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston: Check out my latest publication the Jokers Notebook ~ Dog Agility Distance Training ~ Issue #0 ~ August 2010 available on the Country Dream Web Store: . Readers of my web log get a discount: Enter “special00” in the box for the discount code. And that will take $5.00 off the price of the order.

3 Responses to “Redraw”

  1. Kim Annis Says:

    It’s Cesar Millan, as depicted in the tv show South Park…Cartman Versus The Dog Whisperer…he “teaches” Cartmans mother how to “deal” with Cartman…Hilareous!

    • budhouston Says:

      Yeah, it was a funny episode. The scary part is that he got Cartman under control.

      Just for the record, I wouldn’t take a dog to Cesar Millan unless his behavior problem was so hopeless that the only other alternative was to shoot him.


  2. Lisa Says:

    from south park -it’s cesar milan – cartman’s mom hired him to help her with cartman-cesar trains him like a dog….he’s not making eye contact in the picture.

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