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Agility Diary


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What is it about?

And it’s out! This DVD is continuation of a Puppy Diary and shows everything I did with little To from age of 5 months to 18 months, so lots of tricks, beginnings of agility training, cik&cap and all other foundations, teaching weaves and running contacts from zero to final product and shows her first trials and first wins.

So basically, it’s a sum up of all my past DVDs, a revisit of all 3 Tricks DVDs, Heeling, Foundations Fun, Cik&Cap, Running Contacts and Weaves. It shows how I adjust the methods for each dog as needed and also some new innovations, like how to make tunnels, weaves and running contacts just a variation of the same trick, teaching them all together in a really cool combo set up to reduce training time further, how to use A-weaves to encourage great weaving style and how to be as efficient as possible, always multi-tasking and training more things at the same time, giving you a really well trained dog with minimum training.

It shows how extra easy agility is with a dog who knows how to learn thanks to tricks – and with a good, creative and efficient training plan.

More about Silvia

Silvia Trkman as been in agility since 1992. She is a 14-time national champion of Slovenia, with five different dogs, and a 14-time World Team member, with five different dogs. Silvia has won the FCI Agility World Championships two times. Her training methods are best known for producing fast, happy, and healthy dogs, tight turns and, of course, running contacts.

When was it released? – 2010

Who produced it? – Silvia Trkman

Running Time – Over 3 hours

~~Silvia Trkman has an outstanding record of achieving phenomenal success with every one of the seven dogs she has trained, each boasting an unrivalled repertoire of tricks and also capable of producing fast and flawless winning performances in the agility ring. In her last DVD, Puppy Diary, Trkman began to share the long anticipated secrets to this success.

In the follow up, Agility Diary, Trkman , continues to impart her wisdom as we get to watch all of To’s training from 5 months to 18 months. In over three hours of footage, she shows us everything from the beginnings of agility foundation training, progressing to To’s first trials and wins.

Along with expert advice and problem solving tips on teaching effortless running contacts, fabulous weaves and tight turns, Trkman also shares exciting new innovations such as making tunnels, weaves and running contacts all a variation of the same trick. Applying her normal creative training style, we also learn how to teach lots of fantastic tricks, working on balance, strength and co-ordination, thinking skills and more.

This is an invaluable resource which shows us just how easy creating the next top agility star can be with the help of the right training plan.

Trkman begins where she left off in Puppy Diary with To at 5 months. She starts off with agility sequences and shows us her first session with obstacles, as well as the foundations of cik and cap, explaining that mistakes are a necessary part of learning. We continue with tunnel fun, including some tips for handler focus and obstacle discrimination, highlighting the importance of changing the set up, even if the concept remains the same. Trkman then provides us with some advice for working through distractions, focusing on recalls from distractions, as well as looking at heeling and teaching 2 on 2 off. She also works on some backwards cavaletti exercises to work on balance and co-ordination.

At five and a half months, Trkman begins with running contacts. She explains her method of teaching To to run on a carpet as the foundation of teaching weaves and contacts. She then talks us through some of the problems she encountered and how she overcame them. We then move on to collection exercises, as well as introducing To to the water.

When To is 6 months, Trkman begins to increase her exercise, starting jogging. She also takes us through see saw games as well as starting with stays, and adding distractions. We then look at more cik and cap sequences, including adding collection challenges such as extension to collection. Trkman continues with running contacts, adding a lowered plank and starting to include turns off the dog walk, as well as adding other obstacles. She also works through some variations of cavalettis, negotiating them forward, backwards and sideways. As well as focusing on developing some new and existing tricks which include, sit up, paw changes, frog, backwards crawling, side legs and the piggy bank trick. In this last trick, where the objective is for To to pick up a coin and drop it in a piggy bank, Trkman comments on how To coped and reacted to a low success rate, comparing it to the same reaction as a younger puppy.

At 7 months of age, Trkman continues with more trick training. She explains how she is always on the lookout for new experiences and hence when on holiday made use of a barrel to teach To how to move forward on it. We also continue with heelwork, focusing on changing positions. Trkman progresses to the next stage with some older tricks such as hiding with two paws, crawling in both directions and going from a sit up to stand. She also tackles serpentines along with other foundation agility exercises. At this point Trkman notices that To is becoming particular friends with Bu, and continues to make a point of socialising her with lots of other dogs.

During the next month, Trkman carries on with training the dog walk, moving on to full length. She also begins to add tunnel traps in sequences, as well as teaching diagonal legs and continuing with hiding tricks and proofing stays.

At 9 months, Trkman increases the amount of exercise again, and takes To on her first hiking holiday. At home, along with more dog walk practice, she starts to introduce the channel weaves, using the carpet and adding poles. She offers advice on then fading the carpet, adding in other obstacles and narrowing the channel. As well as continuing working on serpentines, Trkman also teaches a new trick to To. This involves throwing an object up into the air from her mouth onto her head, and Trkman explains why it is one of her favourite thinking tricks. We also progress with more leg tricks as well as more work around other dogs.

When To is ten months, Trkman starts to add some further challenges. She starts working on longer dog walks, as well as concentrating on sequences which include extension, collection, obstacle discrimination and serpentines. Trkman also details a problem she encountered in getting To to hold a stay around agility equipment, and what she had to do to overcome this. We are also shown To’s first introduction to a tyre, as well as further seesaw sessions. Trkman also focuses on more balance, strength and co-ordination tricks, including kick backs, standing on one foot and moving from one balance pod to another.

During the eleventh month, Trkman resumes channel weave training, closing the gap and working on entries and flipping into the weaves. She also moves on to a full height dog walk and begins to add in rear crosses and pushes.

At a year old we concentrate on mastering turns, and adding the dog walk and channel weaves into sequences. To also has her first session on an A-frame which Trkman normally only begins to train at 13/14 months. She also adds more tricks, such as, pivoting on objects of various height, sit ups, digging, roll over and sit to down to back.

We then fast forward to 15 months of age where Trkman concentrates on practising working and playing at an agility trial. She also keeps To fit with working on tricks, including, push ups, stretches and crawling, as well as jumping into her arms. At this point To started to have some issues with new dog walks, and to remedy this Trkman worked on tricks on the dog walk itself to build her confidence. She also starts to work on verbal discrimination and turns away on the dog walk.

At 18 months To takes part in her first trials, and gains her first win. Trkman explains how the problem at trials remains keeping the jumps up, and what she did to work on this. She also shows us how to add 2 on 2 off to the dog walk, emphasising that the dog should not experience any confusion between 2 on 2 off and running contacts if both are cued correctly. She also updates us on To’s retrieve and stay, two things which was formally a problem area. She then comments on To’s running contacts, explaining that although they are slightly unreliable for her first year, they will remain completely reliable for the next 10 years, adding some thoughts about training in the ring. Trkman next talks us through To’s WAO experience, commenting on mental maturity, and what she things a dog needs to be ready for the competition ring.

Finally, Trkman concludes on what a great, easy-to-live-with dog To is, reiterating and emphasising the importance of keeping every aspect of training fun.

This is a fun and informative DVD, providing us with a hugely successful and in-depth training plan that we can easily replicate at home.


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