From notes on an airline napkin:

I’ve taken a long journey on a short road.

The person in agility is inextricably bound by two import roles. He is both dog trainer and handler. One is not more important than the other. While handling is fundamental to directing an agility dog, training is the coup de grace.


I’m preparing for a healthy weekend workshop. The theme of the workshop is “weaving” in these parts: teaching the entry without shaping or management; the dismount; and fantastic footwork (using Susan Garrett’s thinly split poles method). I think I have the right mix of exercises. More often than not, when the lesson plan contemplates a specific skill to be taught the dog, the outcome of the training is a pointer to homework.


You may recognize this as the “Shark Bait” exercise. It’s a beginning point for the weekend workshop.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. I have five volumes (over 100 pp each) of The Joker’s Notebook available on my web-store at an inexpensive price. These are lesson plans suitable for individual or group classes for teaching dog to work at a distance.

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