agility training

How to make sure your training is of high quality -an interview with Petra Malin

Without quality, training can get us confused and frustrated because it doesn’t lead where we want it to lead. And in the end, it eats up motivation. Has this ever happened to you?

We interviewed Petra Malin, a Finnish agility competitor, and coach, who has very different dogs herself. She has a miniature pinscher Manu and an Australian kelpie Teuvo. The experience with her own dogs and coaching others has given her a clear view of what is important in agility training - if you want to progress - and that is quality. 

The journey together is much more important than any agility results in the world

The journey together is much more important than any agility results in the world

“Teamwork and the ability to perform at my own and my dog’s highest level is my actual goal. If we perform at our best and we manage to put all the training together in a run, my goal is reached. If that also results in winning, that’s of course extra fun, but it’s actually just a bonus.” Read Jenny Damm’s views on agility, her goals and what kind of challenges she has had with her own dogs.

List of puppy courses that build agility foundations

List of puppy courses that build agility foundations

I recently got myself a very nice gift, a sheltie puppy from Sweden. He’s definitely a character and he soon became the creative director of AgiNotes. He’s creative and he’s productive. However, he lacks some education, as regarding his hoped for career as an agility dog. So, I started looking for puppy courses that are safe for a young puppy (I want to keep him healthy), and fun (I want to build a strong team out of the two of us).

I found a lot of courses! They are scattered in different places so I collected them here in one place. I also asked Dan Shaw and Dave Munnings to tell us all what the most important things when training with a puppy are. So, here we go!

Too shy, too small, too slow - and yet, Kiki has seven medals from Agility World Championships

Too shy, too small, too slow - and yet, Kiki has seven medals from Agility World Championships

Martina Magnoli Klimesova from Czech Republic has had an amazing agility career with her mudi Kiki. They have 7 medals from World Championships, of which three are individual gold, the latest of which is from 2018. Watching them run, one would never guess that people actually condemned Kiki early on: “A lot of people told me that she is not good enough. But I did not listen to them.”

Ole Kristoffer Sagløkken: Always quality before quantity in agility training

Ole Kristoffer Sagløkken: Always quality before quantity in agility training

Ole started his agility career 9 years ago with 2-year-old cairn terrier Bonsak, and although he challenged Ole in many ways. Now he competes with pyrenean shepherd Evo, who has had totally different challenges with her fears. But Ole has succeeded with the both! How is that possible?

An interview with Jenna Caloander: How to turn your agility failures into strengths

An interview with Jenna Caloander: How to turn your agility failures into strengths

Jenna Caloander already has an impressive career in agility, and most probably, there’s more to come. When asked which topic in agility is especially important to her, she says, without hesitation, “The right attitude towards failures”. Read how to turn your agility failures into strengths!