Contacts: Bridging the Gap Between Training & Competition by Rachel Sanders

Contacts: Bridging the Gap Between Training & Competition
Rachel Sanders

Typically, the longer we compete after our initial two-on/two-off contact training, the more our dogs' competition contact performance seems to deviate from their training performance. It could be your dog's contact performance is slowing down, or maybe he is no longer driving to the end of the contacts without you next to him, or your dog is not waiting for your release command. You may find yourself forced to repeat your contact commands, or worse yet, find that your dog is missing contacts all together.

In this DVD, Rachel Sanders demonstrates her clear-cut method for bridging the gap between training and competition so that you can achieve your ideal contact performance in the ring. She clearly explains why your two-on/two-off performances are deteriorating and will provide you with a comprehensive training plan for "release work" on the contacts. This plan will allow you to recreate your competition behavior in the training environment so that you can identify and address areas of weakness. The end result is a contact behavior in competition that is the same as the behavior your dog gives you during training.

This training program is not only for trained dogs, it is also a great program to use in your initial contact training so that you avoid potential future problems. If you are starting contact training with a new dog, you can begin the release work on the flat portion of Rachel's training program at the same time that you're training the two-on/two-off position. This will allow you to progress to other parts of the release work even before the dog is able to perform the entire contact obstacle.

Rachel Sanders is the owner of Fast Forward Dog Sports in Atascadero, California. She has been involved in a variety of dog training activities including competitive obedience, general pet training, hearing dog training, and agility training for the past 25 years. Recently, her focus is solely on agility or agility related training. Rachel currently competes with her two Border Collies, Fable & Stuie, and her Jack Russell Terrier, Better.

Since becoming involved in agility in 1994, Rachel's successes include:

* 1st place 1999 USDAA National Champion—26" division (Whist)
* 1st place 2000 USDAA National Steeplechase Champion—12" division (Trump)
* 3rd place 2001 USDAA National Championships—22" division (Whist)
* 1st place 2002 USDAA National/World Champion—12" division (Trump)
* 1st place 2003 USDAA Veterans World Champion—16" division (Whist)
* 3rd place 2003 AKC Nationals—20" division (Whist)
* Finalist 2004 USDAA Performance—16" division (Whist)
* Finalist 2005/2006 AKC Nationals—24" division (Fable)
* 3rd place 2006 USDAA Steeplechase Championships—26" division (Fable)
* 4th place 2006 USDAA World Championships—26" division (Fable)
* 1st place 2007 Northwest Regional—26" division (Fable)
* 4th place 2007 USDAA Steeplechase Championships—26" division (Fable)
* Finalist 2007 USDAA Grand Prix World Championships—26" division (Fable)
* Selected to represent USA at 2008 IFCS in Belgium (Fable)
* 2008 Silver medalist IFCS World Agility Championships (Fable)
* 2009 USDAA CynoSport Games 4th place team (Fable)
* 2009 USDAA CynoSport Games 10th place team (Stuie)
* USDAA Gold Lifetime Achievement award with Whist
* USDAA Silver Lifetime Achievement award with Fable
* USDAA Bronze Lifetime Achievement award with Trump
* AKC Finalist in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2006 with Whist, Trump & Fable

She has put ADCH titles on 4 dogs— Spinner, Whist, Trump & Fable and MACH titles on Whist (MACH 3), Trump (MACH 2) & Fable (MACH).

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