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The Pitfalls of Cue Escalation

What is cue escalation? This is what happens when a handler gives a dog a cue, and the dog responds with the “wrong behavior", and when the handler reattempts to give the cue, the cue has changed. It has gotten bigger, louder, slower, faster, more obvious, etc. The...

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Loopy Training for Agility

When we are setting up a training session, we should be paying close attention to the following details: Antecedent: how are we going to arrange the conditions so that the desired behavior is most likely to occur? Behavior: what behavior are we looking for from the...

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Reward Your Dog, Thoughtfully.

If you’re taking an agility class, you’ve probably heard your instructor say “reward your dog”. Many times, this is because the handler has perceived an error (either our own or the dog’s), and the handler has momentarily forgotten that they have a dog with them, and...

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About

Megan Foster

FOUNDER, SYNERGY DOG SPORTS

I have been training in agility nearly my entire life. With seventeen years of experience, I have had the opportunities to work with hundreds of dogs within a large variety of breeds.

I began my agility journey with an American Eskimo and a Westie. In 1999, I began competing with my first Shetland Sheepdog, Buddy. Buddy’s lesson to me was about connection and bond. While running him, I knew that agility was what I was meant to do.

About Synergy Dog Sports

Committed to providing a supportive learning environment for learners at both ends of the leash, Megan works with each team as individuals, bringing them to the next level no matter which path you choose to take with her: in-person classes, seminars, online classes, or 1-on-1 coaching.