March 2 is National Read Across America Day! What would be better than reading some books about dog agility? Check out these to start!

MasteringJumpingSkillsVol1_BigMastering Jumping Skills for Awesome Agility Dogs by Linda Mecklenburg

Help your dog become the best jumper he can be!

In agility, our dogs must also be able to bend, slice, dive, shape, perform multiple lead changes, transition fluidly from extension to collection and back to extension again, weight shift, and still manage to jump cleanly. Our dogs must learn to look downstream on course and make striding adjustments accordingly. And, they must make split-second decisions about how to execute all of this at top speed, while paying attention to our cues!

Mastering Jumping Skills is a comprehensive jumping program designed to prepare your dog for the jumping challenges that he will face in agility. The program is appropriate for young dogs just beginning their jump training as well as for more experienced dogs that need to improve their skills. With a solid foundation and training, all dogs have the potential to become successful jumping dogs.

Volume 1 contains over 350 training drills and over 750 color photos. As an added bonus, there is an entire 45-page chapter written by Bobbie Lyons, Cert CF, that includes exercises suitable for an individualized overall fitness program as well as specialized exercises for improving the specific jumping skills taught in the program.

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WeavesThatWow_BigWeaves that WOW – 94 Exercises to Improve Weave Poles by Amanda Shyne, PhD

The weave pole “homework drills” presented in Weaves that WOW are designed to make the most of your training time. Many of us are in the habit of “training the weave poles,” yet we go out and perform them in the same way each time, and ultimately our dogs learn nothing new. The 94 progressive exercises are designed to ensure that your dog is capable of finding difficult entries regardless of his speed (or yours), train your dog to continue weaving with multiple distractions, and train him to weave fast and confidently even if you’re not running parallel to the weave poles.

Each exercise focuses on a different skill that’s required for weave poles that wow—entries, exits, independence, and speed and confidence—so your dog will be rewarded for different parts of the weave pole performance. This will not only improve your dog’s overall understanding of weaving, it is a very efficient way for you to train.

Most of the exercises use 4 or 6 poles, not 12, so the drills are easy to set up at home.

The book includes lots of color photos and diagrams to make learning easier, plus the diagrams are printed at an extra-large size.

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ControlUnleashed_BigControl Unleashed – Creating a Focused and Confident Dog by Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT

Learn how to turn stress to confidence and distraction to focus using methods that are 110% positive. Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed® program is designed to help “dogs with issues” learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations. Whether you’re training a challenging dog on your own or an instructor trying to figure out how to help dogs in your classes, this book is for you.

Lesson plans for a seven-week class are included for instructors who want to run their own Control Unleashed® classes. Rather than using traditional attention and control techniques that often fail in highly charged performance situations, Control Unleashed® uses a creative and sensible series of training games that can be customized to the needs of each particular dog. The Control Unleashed® program also stresses the importance of balancing attention and control work with letting your dog “be a dog.”

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ControlUnleashedPuppy_BigAlso available – Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program by Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT

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JumpingGridWorkBook_BigJumping Grid Workbook by Susan Salo

This is a comprehensive reference for 20 of Susan Salo’s jumping grids. The information for each grid includes an overview that explains why the grid is important and how it should be performed, how to set up the grid, jump spacing and height, use of the target, dog and handler starting positions, a detailed progression of the training stages for doing each grid with illustrations, problem solving ideas, suggestions on how much to practice the grid, proofing techniques, how to add handler motion, how to add handling (if appropriate for that grid), and grid variations (if any) that you can do.

The workbook also includes six lesson plans to guide you with creating your own jumping program for a new dog, a dog having jumping problems, a dog that needs tuning up before a big competition, or a dog that just needs regular maintenance work.

The grids in this workbook are intended to give you a means of isolating the various aspects of jumping mechanics and allow time for your dog to practice jumping skills in a quiet, encouraging environment. Practicing gridwork gives your dog an opportunity to focus on his jumping skills so he can develop understanding and confidence, and ultimately speed. It also aids in the development and maintenance of the muscles and core strength necessary for successful jumping.

All of the lines and patterns that are offered in this workbook will ultimately present themselves on agility courses in the form of straight lines, bending lines, and slices. As you teach your dog always to be looking ahead of where he is, he will begin to recognize these patterns no matter how they may be presented in the agility ring, and he will be able to confidently accomplish them with ease of motion. Patience and training time spent on gridwork will pay off in huge dividends later.

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AlphabetDrills_BigAlphabet Drills Book by Nancy Gyes

The jumping drills in this book are based on patterns from letters of the alphabet. Their purpose is to help you become more imaginative when setting up practice drills for yourself, or for your students, and to familiarize you with common obstacle patterns seen on agility courses. Each letter focuses on specific handling skills or dog skills, and uses a minimal amount of space and a minimal number of jumps (5 jumps is the average). The intent of using a familiar pattern for each setup, like the outline of an alphabet letter, is to aid you in remembering each pattern of jumps, so that eventually you can associate the pattern of the letter with the associated drills.

Alphabet drills are designed so that they are useful for all levels of agility handlers. If you’re new to the sport, there are drills to help you and your dog learn the basics of front and rear crosses, lead-out pivots, threadles, serpentine handling, pinwheels, 270s, and more—you can truly train the full spectrum of necessary handling skills with this book. If you’re an advanced competitor, you’ll find more technical drills for maintaining and tuning up your skills, as well as problem solving.

Regardless of which handling method you use, Alphabet Drills will provide years of material for maintaining your agility skills and also training new skills. You’ll never have to worry about what to practice again! Problems getting your dog in the correct entrance of the tunnel? Do the R drills for a week. Wide front crosses or problems with lead-out pivots? T is your drill. Does your dog spin in the wrong direction when you do a rear cross? Work on J drills!

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PhenomenalStoppedContacts_BigPhenomenal Stopped Contacts in 30 Days by Amanda Shyne, PhD

Training an independent stopped contact allows you, the handler, freer movement around the course, and the ability to get into position to cue upcoming challenges.

This book contains 59 training steps designed to be completed over 30 days to improve the specific skills that are critical to achieving a fast, reliable stopped contact performance: speed, control, target position, entries, and exits.

By dissecting each aspect of your dog’s performance, you can reward one specific behavior at a time, thereby helping you clarify to your dog how you want the entire piece of equipment completed.

Using this book, you will be able to customize a training plan tailored to you and your dog.

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And that’s just the beginning of amazing books available at Clean Run. Check them out!