Silvia Trkman's new DVD, putting a twist to her previous Running Contacts video - making the process shorter and easier on dogs' bodies and limiting the time on actual equipment to the minimum. It allows you to train anytime, anywhere and master turns, soft turns and straight exits with all possible handling after with just a mat and well before introducing dog-walk and A-frame. It
- shorts the whole process by focusing on understanding right from the start
- limits the work on equipment to the minimum by teaching it all on just a mat - meaning very little work on actual dog-walk needed
- eliminates the tossed toy phase, replacing it with just handing the toy to a dog, so it's much easier on their bodies - but still allows you to work with lots of speed well before adding a dog-walk into the picture
It covers both dog-walk and A-frame and is appropriate for total beginners, retrains and all trying to improve their running contacts.
The DVD is 1 hour long, plays everywhere in the world and can be shipped anywhere.
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- Download version (50 EUR cca. 58 USD)
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I bought the RC download this year at 28th of august. Unfortunately my mac book cannot open the dvd any longer. I don´t know why, but the file seems to be damaged 🙁 I need the dvd for my husband, he´ll join the next RC class with our little sheltie. Is it possible to send me the file again, or do I have to pay again?
Nice greetings from Austria,
O.k., sure, I’ve just sent you a new link -- you should have a mail from DPD in your inbox (or if not -- spam box).
Thank you so much!!! Can´t wait that the new RC class starts!
Got the RCs dvd last month, plan to do the next course from Feb, but have made a start with a ‘mat’ and I would be really grateful if you would give me some feedback on how I can improve things at this stage. I included some great photos of him full on running 😉 he’s the one with orange harness. Zeb is 9.5 months has done quite a bit of body awareness tricks and feet targeting and shaping.
Thank you in advance.
Looks like a great start! I would focus on adding speed next -- maybe with bend work (angled approach and exit) first as he had a really nice style on that. And you can start with turns as well.
Thank you for coming back to me so quickly Silvia.
So, sorry, just to be sure I’m understanding you correctly, do you mean I should be adding in MY speed ( eg not running flat out but just looking like I’m starting to run a bit) on a straight line then as he goes off at an angle ? So that HE then starts to go off away from me on a bend line to and through the mat and back towards my line on a bend to reward -- all at more speed. I’m not moving much at all the video of that session am I . You think I should be getting him more excited with my movement? Is that what you mean about adding speed?
I will watch the section on turns again!
Yes, exactly. Start moving more to get him out of a trot into a slow gallop -- and then keep adding more&more speed by your movement and eventually also by switching to a toy.
Right. That’s great, thank you very much.
Hi, I’m just wondering if you have any tips for training extreme exits for the A-frame. Here we see a lot of turns off the A-frame into a tunnel underneath it. This is the first dog I’ve trained running contacts with and they look good on the dog walk with all exits and the A-frame with straight exits but I’m not sure how to go about it with the extreme exits. Due to him hitting in the upper portion of the contact zone (as indicated on the dvd) he’s then jumping/landing right at the base in a sideways fashion in order to make the tight turn but I’m assuming there must be a better way to do that as it doesn’t look smooth or comfortable. If it would better help I can post a video. Thanks!
I actually want the same striding on AF on both turns and straights, so I just cue the turn within their last stride and yes, probably get about what you describe -- but might be better to send a video. As long as he is hitting and performance doesn’t look unsafe for this body, then I would just let it be and actually avoid training it too much as AF as such is hard on their bodies…
I put together a video of his turns. Some with the turn cued before the apex and some after as well as some straight exits. First half is full speed and second half is 1/2 speed, note that the flying of the apex is due to a lowered frame height than what he normally does.
Looks great to me! I don’t see any problems? He is always in and I wouldn’t even really want him deeper as this.
Hello, Silvia !
I begin several days ago to work on RC following your DVD.I am very excited to work one this totally new skill for us!!!
And I am currently at steps 2-3. When I send Bimka towards the box with the mat in it (against a wall like in the video), he goes straight towards the box and then jump in it with front feet by the side of the box ( he deviates just a little before the box in order to be at the side of the box) and jump out of the box towards me while his rear feet are in the box. So he doesn’t turn at 360 degree but at 270 degree. Is that still correct or we need the dog to jump in the box by the front side of the box. I think he is doing this because its easier for him ( the box is longer, there is no wall in front of him and it costs him less effort). Is that important by which side he goes into the box?
And I have another question: what cue do you give to the dog in order to send him in the box? When do you cue directional?
Thank you !
You don’t need full 360, but you also don’t want too much shaping on the approach -- you can use a wall or a plank to prevent that. I add left&right cues in the 2nd session or so -- when turning direction becomes predictable.
Hi Silvia, just sending for the roc dvd now. Hope this isn’t a stupid question but how do I give you my delivery address? It’s not the UK one as registered with PayPal…. I’m now in Italy. Thanks
We get the shipping address from PayPal normally, but if you have a wrong address there, then please send me the right one to silvia.trkman at gmail.com.
I want to purchase the download version of running contacts and I have some questions. Does it work on smartphones and tablets? Can I download it to multiple devices like computer/tablet at home and also have it on smartphone for when I train?
Yes, you have 5 downloads, in the first 48 hours after purchase -- but it’s also possible to get a new link if something goes wrong of course.
I don’t know if this question has been asked before…
Do you use a verbal cue for the dog for hitting the mat or do you use the mat for itself as visible cue only? Due to foot target exercises as a puppy my dog wants to run to the mat as soon as she sees it but in your video it sometimes seems to me that you cue it verbally and now I wondered if it could be useful to have a verbal…
Yes, I add a cue as soon as they’re offering the behavior consistently. And then also add all the exits cues (straight, soft vs. turn) on flat already.