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Canis Sapiens Rally Page - Link

The Canis Sapiens rally page has Rally-O flash cards and course
designs for five beginning rally courses and some other links.


Benefits of Agility
Excerpt from article about agility by Sue Sternberg

Included in agility training is every basic training skill minus walking nicely on a leash. In fact, agility training is all about off-lead control, recalls,sits,downs, stays, attention and leadership. Every important behavior is embedded within an agility class. Plus, as an added bonus, agility teaches dogs to respond to their handlers: -during arousal and excitement -on-leash or off-leash -in the company of other dogs And agility offers: -physical as well as mental stimulation and exercise -the handler’s ongoing pursuit of attaining clearer and timelier non-verbal cues -a concentrated forum for practicing gentle, non- confrontational leadership skills, as dogs cannot do agility without following the cues from their handlers.

Canis Sapiens Agility Classes

Our goals for our agility classes:

No dog becomes afraid of equipment because of our training methods.
Both dogs and handlers get better at running agility courses.
Handlers get better at handling:
dogs that bark and lunge at other dogs,
dogs that take off and run around in circles occasionally doing an obstacle (zoomies)
dogs that take off and search for food or try to visit other dogs/people

Dogs get better at ignoring/not being:
dogs that bark and lunge at other dogs,
dogs that take off and run around in circles occsaionally doing an obstacle (zoomies)
dogs that take off and search for food or try to visit other dogs

We give you the skills to compete if you would like to do so, Karen, our instructor, recently got first place at the Border Collie Specialty, novice division with one of her dogs. However we do not encourage you to compete until we think you and your dog are ready because we think competing before both of you are ready can lead to:
i. dog health problems (jumping at higher heights than you have trained)
ii. fear of equipment
iii. discouraged humans


This class teaches dogs to follow a scent usually laid down by a human. At the beginning of the track, you let the dogs smell an item touched by the human they will be tracking. The dogs then follow the scent trail and give you a signal when they find an article (cloth, metal, leather and plastic) that has been dropped by the human who laid the track. You learn to read your dog so that you can encourage them to continue following the given scent instead of deciding that following a squirrel's track might be more fun. In beginning teams, the humans know where the track is, as you gain experience the humans do not know where the track is and so must learn to read and trust their dogs!

Articles about tracking:

discussion of the tracking ability of dogs, click here
what is so special about tracking?, {NOTE: We're sorry but the following link needs updating click here}
article describing pet dectectives who help find lost pets, click here


About flyball - Link

Benefits of flyball:
Improves your dog’s recall
Improves your dog’s drop it
Improves your dog’s jump work
Improves your dog's self control around other dogs
Improves your dog's attention to you
It is just plain fun!


Currently on hold (beginning moves taught in modules 3/4).

In canine freestyle,a human-canine dance team uses traditional obedience, moves from dog sports, tricks and natural dog movements to highlight the dog's ability and the human-canine bond.

Here are some clips you can view that demonstrate freestyle:

Carolyn and Rookie dancing
Emily and Henrietta (doxie dancing)
Judi & Bonnie and Sherman
Attila and Fly in gladiator dog

Canine freestyle techniques can be used for:

*Excercising your dog indoors
*Holding demonstrations in nursing homes and schools
*Competing at Chicago Pet Expo in March 2008
*Competing in WCFO video competitions
*Building a closer relationship with your dog

Link to World Canine Freestyle Organization (WCFO) that contains:
competitor guidelines and judging rules
video competition hints and tips
wcfo bronze bar and bronze metal proficiency tests

Link to [NOTE: We're sorry, the following link needs updating: (MDSA) Musical Dog Sport Association’s freestyle film festival]

For links to dog sport organizations, click here For free fliers to advertise your freestyle program, go to freestyle page, link


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