It's finally out! My 5th training DVD, on SPEED this time: Ready-Steady-GO! - or 33 Tips for More Speed! The DVD is 1h45min long and has 5 chapters, addressing Conditioning, Attitude, Games to play, dealing with Stress and making Agility training more about running.
Speed was always our favourite topic and having the fifth dog who is constantly setting best times of all jump heights and holding a record of setting best time on World Championships for 20 times (16 times with La, 4 times with Bu - and Lo once had 2nd best time: after La 🙂 ) probably means we have something important to tell 🙂
I definitely recommend this DVD to all who feel their dog could still run even faster or deal with motivational or stress issues. You'll also learn a lot on my approach to agility and philosophy behind the training that makes them just as fast as they are - and a lot on conditioning that keeps them that fast that LONG! This DVD will also give you a good look into our everyday life as well as our agility trainings. So no, it's not just for dogs with speed issues! For me, it's actually the most important pre-agility step and we follow the 33 Tips all the time. And oh, it's mostly taken in beautiful Corsica mountains! 🙂
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Silvia, I just ordered the new DVD along with Tricks for a Great Bond and Heeling is just another trick. I ordered it using my husband’s Paypal account. I am enjoying my online classes so much….when I enrolled I had hopes for improving Secret’s attitude. My expectations have already been exceeded. I am starting to see a completely different dog and it brings me so much joy to see her happy. Thank you for your guidance. It has made a big difference in our life!
Here is a short video from last weekend of my 9 year old Keeshond, Norton, who is also benefitting from your advice….
Secret is sure doing great, love that last video you posted! And wow, Norton is sure having fun too!!! 🙂
He is very silly. We are still working on his UD so he hasn’t done any agility in over 5 years. But we were just playing around and I was thrilled to see him having so much fun. Isn’t it interesting how dogs remember training even if they haven’t done something in a long time? As soon as we finish his UD (or give up!) he will be taking the agility foundation course. I am sure you will have many interesting observations because he is a real character!
Yes, it’s amazing how long they remember things! I was teaching a new trick to my dogs this weekend and they were throwing stuff at me that *I* already forgot we were working on!
That’s funny Silvia. The same thing happened to me this week. I was teaching my almost 5 year old to close a door with her paw and she started pawing her face to cover her eyes. Then I remembered I had taught her that as a puppy!!! We never worked on it since. Dogs are amazing.
Oh, Silvia, it’s great!!! I love it! It downloaded in only 13 minutes.
Beautiful scenery as a bonus 🙂
Thanks! And, oh, wow, that was fast!
your DVD arrived today and it´s so much fun and so many important tips! I think we need to do something with our condition:-)
Thank you for inspiration!
this DVD is a new must-have :). I will transfer you the money for the DVD today. Do you still have my adress?
I did find it yes, BUT we have different account now -- check your mail!
Just ordered your latest DVD to help me with Coz, although we have been making progress since talking with Ashley. A Christmas gift to myself 😉 Can’t wait to get it.
Sent! I hope Coz will like it! 🙂
i think that a lot of french “educators” could die when watching your two pyrenean sheperds biting you and attacking your sleeves :-))
i will never forget the conversation i had with Polona in germany when she said to me that i had to allow Adagio to be excited when he wanted in daily life. i was always told by “educators” to punish these crazy moments, and you know what problems i had with Adagio after that.
it’s so funny to watch you with Le and La crazy on your sleeves. i can understand what it means to allow that craziness.
Oh, don’t worry, italians do it so too…just that they don’t punish the dog, but keep rewarding him/her for being calm and giving him/her attention just when calm and quiete, and this for all his/her youth, in order to him/her not to go out of control, both in training and real life. If you go to do agility, first you have to teach the dog stays, self-control, calm… and then, when the dog is older and already competing, struggle trying to speed up him/her…
Really? From what I saw in Italy, they mostly don’t do anything with the dogs, they’re just kept in a garden and not worked at all and then they just go directly to agility training when they’re old enough what often results in injuries, so everybody has tons of dogs and only runs with one or two as all other are injured and they’re all pretty untrained, but not really calm or controlled -- that’s more Germany thing 🙂 I didn’t see many slow dogs in Italy (compared to Germany and Austria, but also France), but then, I only see BCs in Italy of course.
Looks like you don’t like Italy too much, huh? 🙂 just joking 🙂
Well actually, things are very difficult in Italy, it’s all a mess…we have people with fat never trainer dogs that do agility, that’s because when they go to an instructor to teach the dog to behave as a good pet, some instructor (not many, but enough to make damages) after send them to do agility, in order to make more money, even if they know the dog will probably hurt, and so then they can sell the same person a BC puppy ‘to be competitive’; then we have plenty of people that say ‘dogs who do sport must be kept in kennel, staying out just for training/traialing, so they have many energies’ and the result are over-stressed dogs, that throw theirselves over the obstacle, in full speed, but without being well prepared and then they got injured; and new trainers all think that every form of speed or enthusiasm is all negative stress, obviously not well knowing the difference from the two things, and so they work a lot on control and calm, and make dogs do agility slowly thinking a dog needs to first learn self control then maybe add speed, often resulting in lots of mistakes because the dog knows only how to do agility when running slow; and yes, they mostly use not to work the dog till when at least 12 months, so dogs with bones and muscles built to rest have to learn to jumps and run in few months, so you’re right, they have usually many dogs, mostly injured, but also retired since usually dogs are stopped from agility when 8/9 years ‘to keep them healty’; and there are also lots of middle courses. Hope in Slovenia is better 🙂 and hope you like reading, I have written a lot, sorry!
Actually I do 🙂 I think many dogs would profit from being trained some more, but at least, it’s a country where I saw much less harsh handling and yelling as I saw in most other countries, France in particular of course. In rural parts of Slovenia, dogs are still farm guardians and often on chain and without much value for their owners, so that’s very sad, but those who do some kind of dog education (with an exception of some old school Schutzhund people) are mostly very nice to their dogs. I think they learned by observations that those who handle their dogs with most respect, win 🙂 I also did tons of writing for slovenian magazines on clicker training and all, so knowledge on dog training is pretty high. We have lots of young, enthusiastic people who really love their dogs, teach them million of tricks and handle them really nicely, so I think that an average Slovenian trial gives pretty good impression. Many very well trained dogs with cik&caps and running contacts and all 🙂 Of course, we have some negative people too, but they don’t do very well in trials and don’t have many people who wanted to be their student.
i think it’s really dangerous to know slovenian trials, 🙂 because it’s really as you’re telling. so good atmosphere, dogs and handlers who have fun, fast dogs.. i loved it!
when i came back in France i had to have a break. because i couldn’t endure french trials anymore, with yelling peoples, dogs who doesn’t wnat to run and people yelling much more. Fortunately there are some “positive” people but not as much as in Slovenia.
Yes, I was very shocked to hear so much yelling in France… But it’s definitely improving and it’s on us all to show there is another, better way as it can definitely make a difference -- slowly, but surely. People just have to see that being positive brings positive results together with happier, smiling dogs.
Sorry for so late reply. Yes, we’re gradually getting rid of the “butchers”, those who use violence to train dogs, our big problem now are those that train only with rewards and no punishments, to show they are “postive” but then keep the dog always in a crate, or treat him/her badly when nobody is watching… That then can even have success and,eventually, act as reported jana. But in general there is always less and less violence… Also in schhutzund and simular, there aren’t much jerking and punishing, we have also several top competitors that train with no punishments. However in summer I’ll probably start trialing in agility, but if you tell me slovenian trials are so nice, I might come there pretty often 🙂
Yeap, it’s pretty nice -- and cheaper! Italian entry fees are crazy, only Switzerland has higher entry fees, the rest of Europe has more reasonable prices, so I don’t compete in Italy much anymore -- despite I do like it. But 88e for two runs with the dogs? No thanks.
88e for two runs with four dogs? Gosh, that’s a fortune!
In Germany we pay 11-12e for two runs per dog.
It is really german style to keep the dog calm and nicely and giving attention and reward them for that. Last summer I was in Slowenia for Silvias Summer Camp. She took us to a “little trial” in the habour of Portorose. A really nice place to be. I saw so many fast dogs and great handlers. Everything seemed so easy to me.
And yes, Germans are often complex, not easy going…
Yes, it’s 22e per dog, no discount for next dogs and that together with Italian highways fees makes me compete in Austria more, it’s 15-17e for a first dog there and usually a discount for others. Here, it’s 15 for a first dog, 11 for others and yes, I think we have pretty good level. I believe we have the highest % of medals from World Championships per agility dog in Slovenia 🙂 -- with only about 200 dogs doing agility here 🙂
Silvia: the entry fees are the littlest problem!!! We have LOTS of troubles with our kennel club, it’s worse and worse, they are all thinking just at money and doing lots of damage, first of all allowing those that breed dogs just for money, mating bitches at every heat and so selling hundreds of puppies, grown up in crates, to anyone without any care to be acknowledged breeders!! So since all what our kennel club want is to get as much money as possible, we have those expensive entry fees (12€ of those 22€ are for the kennel club!) and they also added compulsory novice (A0) class for all beginner (when it as always been optional) where you have to get 5 agility runs with 5 or less penality to pass to A1!!
However, if you want to save and enjoy Italy beuty as well 🙂 : we have some kind of competition, not officially recognized by the kennel club, with 10€ entry fee. One is the “master”: a championship, with only one level class, where you gather points during the year, then have the final in november for the best 150 and a super final for the best 40. Then there are trials organized by the AIA (italian agility association, not recognized by kennel club again), with regional and national championships, you pay once 10€ to subscribe the association and then pay 10€ each trial. Considering all that, and I’m in high school now, I could think to go to university abroad, choosing the country looking at the level of agility and respect for dogs there 🙂 But I not Slovenia I guess, I would need to speak well slovenian…
Maria Alice, I know about ENCI and AIA competitions, but what about the other one? I don’t know anything about it…
Really? See here :
Ok, thank you. I’m just starting, I don’t compete yet. My BC is 1 yr old. We have a long way to go! 🙂
Where are you from, Maria Alice? I live in Siracusa…
I’m from Belluno, do you know it?
Certo! 🙂 Non ci sono mai stata ma la conosco. Ci sono altri italiani nelle classi di Silvia che tu sappia?
Well, I have bad experience with Italian behaviour to dogs. I saw Italian “training” at Europen Open of juniors, there was malionis, she was really crazy and happy and wanted to run, but the handler was horrible and disabled to show her where is the next obstacle. So of course the dog was barking and jumping in the air. Only one thing the handler with his trainer did, was to stop and try to make she clamer. Afer several tries “the trainer” bashed her with a packet full of stones or something like that…
🙁 well, fortunatly, those kind of people are not much, BUT those few often manage to get quite success,don’t ask me how… So you can see things as you say also at big competitions. Hope things will improve in the future.
Well, I love crazy 🙂
Heehee I remember one day at agility trial I had my Weim tugging (ripping) my sleeve and a lady commented “a shame to ruin a good sweatshirt” but when I said that to me a dog is so much more important than a shirt she agreed 😀
My no-dog visitors and also always very worried about my sofa as the dogs are always playing on a sofa and jumping on and off etc. But well, I guess it will last some less, but hey, they’re having fun and it’s not a very expensive sofa anyway -- we don’t like expensive stuff that one has to worry about 🙂
Loved your bit on conditioning!!! 😀 It’s a total sore point for me as I am stickler for that. My MinPins are very lean and in obedience classes I get so many comments about how skinny they are. Most MinPins around here are OBESE and end up with diabetes. They are really great agility dogs if they are kept lean. Roscoe sure doesn’t have a clue how to run well, but he did fine in agility, as you know, and managed to stay totally healthy without ever getting lame and ran trials up to this year as he is now 12-14 years old and I worry NOW that he might hurt himself at this age so he is retired and only does a little bit at home. He still does tricks and obedience, though!
My MinPins run off leash in fields and woods every single day, we are lucky to have that out my door. Most other MinPins I know are never allowed off leash. It’s really a shame as they are SO smart and can do SO well in agility. You never knew my other one, but she very much knew how to run and was a top agility MinPin in the US for years.
It’s just so sad that they live the whole life on leashes… And extra weight doesn’t help either, Bi is sure more full of life when not too fat 🙂
Super DVD !!! I really like the chapters “Stress up” (very very interesting. I have to “work” on it with my dog), “Attitude” and “Agility” of course. “Games” and “Conditioning” are great too. In fact, I love the whole dvd. We have to put it into practice now.
Thank you !!
Glad you liked it!!! Thanks for the feedback!