Dog Agility Training ‘Tips’ – Obstacle Discrimination

I just found this pet related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! http This video is about teaching a dog how to tell which obstacle to take. Sometimes in trials they set up an obstacle discrimination to challenge the dog/handler team. Many dogs fail the challenge, but only because they were not taught the body language of the handler or taught the “get out” which I have also done a video on. Make sure your dog knows the hand signals or body language for the “get out” and “here” to ensure that your dog takes the proper obstacle. Good luck! If you have any questions, please contact me. It is difficult putting everything a person needs to teach in a short video.

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25 Responses

  1. hunkymonkeykaine
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    That was awesome! 5*!

    Happy Clicking and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Ashley & Kaine

  2. supernaturalbc2009
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    Great video. Did you know that youtube now allows videos up to 10 min?

  3. newbear95
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    Nice video!

  4. tehrenberg
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    wow, that is such a forward thinking approach, especially considering how confusing those courses can be. Or maybe that’s just me.

  5. 1949pink
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    It is always rewarding to watch your videos.5*

  6. pamelamarxsen
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    Thank you so much! You are as sweet as ever!

  7. pamelamarxsen
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    Thanks! I wish that i could take total credit for it, but I was working on this with my trainer and thought that it might help someone else. Courses get confusing in open and excellent! Too bad we cant stay in novice forever. HEHE!

  8. pamelamarxsen
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  9. pamelamarxsen
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    Thanks Ashley! I was at a trial that had an A-Frame & Tunnel discrimination and just about every dog took the tunnel and should have taken the A-frame, so it made me think that this would be an important skill for people to learn! Have a great Thanksgiving, too!

  10. pamelamarxsen
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    Thank you so much Sian! You are so sweet and so supportive of my videos. Your dogs will pick up agility so fast that you will need to have these skills and know the movement first, because the border collies are naturals and pick up on our body language so fast! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  11. TerraNik
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  12. NatashaHope17
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    Great job, nice video! 🙂 5*

    – Amanda & Tasha

  13. ZandersStory
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    What a nice place to practice in! Very useful information again. Thanks for posting!

  14. 12364444
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    Hey !
    It´s a wonderful viedeo

  15. kikopup
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    Your channel is becoming pretty awesome! I don’t know any other one that has quick fun agility how to videos! You make it look so fun and easy!

  16. pamelamarxsen
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    Thank you so much!

  17. pamelamarxsen
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    Yes, it is a great place to practice. However I pay about $400 a year to have access to the field. 🙁 Thank you so much for your comment and you are welcome for me posting it. I am going to be doing a whole series on agility. So, tell your friends, hehe!

  18. pamelamarxsen
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    Thanks! I am going to be doing a whole series of agility how to vids. Keep an eye out for them! 🙂 Thank you for your nice comment!

  19. pamelamarxsen
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    Thank you!

  20. ZandersStory
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    Yikes, that alot! But it gets some good use from you, I bet! Excellent, I will definitely share these videos!

  21. pamelamarxsen
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    Thank you so much!

  22. bordergirlsmom
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    terrific video, thanks for posting it!

  23. killergirl250
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    this is really helpful, but my dog he wants to take say the DW instead of the tunnel because he likes it more, and ive tought this how do i get him to take the right obsicale?

  24. pamelamarxsen
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    Start with one obstacle. It is really the hand signal and body language that you want the dog to learn. Arm extended out means take the obstacle further away and bringing the other arm close to your body and putting the extended arm down means take the obstacle closer to you. start with one obstacle and teach the get out cue first. I have another video on teaching the get out. Then go back and work on the obstacle discrimination. Start with obstacles further apart. Hope that helps!

  25. phaceliajp
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    Thank you so much
    your videos are great and very wonderful.
    wish you a Merry Christmas!!

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