Saturday, July 8, 2017

Two Online Training Opportunities for Sport Dogs!

I have two brand new online classes starting, one 6 week class at Agility University (anyone can participate) and one 4 week class running on a Facebook Group Page (you must be a member of Facebook to participate in this class). See below for all the details!

Canine Jumping Gym: Jumping Gymnastics for Sport Dogs with Chris Ott at Agility University!

In every agility venue, your dog will be required to navigate more jumping challenges than any other obstacle in agility competition. Understanding the physical and mental challenges and how to develop safe and proficient jump execution at speed (in competition as well as in training), is critical to developing a successful jump training program for you teammate.

This class will cover everything from extension and collection, set points, flight and rotation, recovery strides, turning, and more.

Comfortable and safe jumping execution
Improved forward focus/scope
Build balance and rhythm
Increased jump commitment
Increase speed
Minimize landing impact
Improve confidence
Injury prevention
Problem solving

In this class we will be using jumping gymnastics. These are exercises using only jumps, placed in a row one or more strides apart. The exercises are set up as a grid using equal and/or repetitive striding patterns throughout the exercises. Jumping a dog in an equally and/or repetitive striding pattern helps them maintain a steady rhythm throughout the grid without feeling excessive pressure to find their take off distance. By incorporating slight turns into the jump grids we will incorporate turning and lead changes into the exercises. Slight alterations to the exercises can identify potential problems as well as help solve a multitude of training challenges.

This class is perfect for dogs of all sizes, ages and competition levels. Young dogs can work exercises with ground rails and/or jumps set below wrist height.

Start Date: July 31, 2017
Level: Open to all
Class Length: 6 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course) 

Follow this link to sign up for this class:


Agility Skills by the Dozen with Chris Ott

Most agility performances fail due to obstacle performance failure or other weak skills. Many handling failures are due to a hander not being able to get to where they need to be on course because their dog lacks the independent skills needed for the course challenge. Some teams loose valuable seconds on course due to a lack of skill proficiency and/or skill performance anxiety while other teams struggle between stimulus control and impulse control. The skills covered in this class are some of the core essential skills built from the foundation of the Speedoggie / Total Team performance program. These essential skills are instrumental to the seamless transition of performance from the training environment to the competition course, including independence, distance, speed and focus. This class covers many of the core skills used in our problem solving solutions for a multitude of performance issues as well as to help build confidence and consistency in all dog sports. Whether you want to build and advance on the success you already have or you want to fix some issues and fill the holes in your training program, this class is the perfect addition to any training program.

Each week in this class we will present 3 essential skills for a total of 12 skills over the 4 weeks of class. These skills have been proven to the highest levels of performance. This class is perfect for dogs of all ages and sizes with variations included for very young dogs and older dogs as well. The exercises are designed to be set up in small spaces and many exercises may be worked indoors without equipment for when the weather is too extreme to train outdoors.

This class is the perfect training opportunity for those who are looking for a class to focus on improving and problem solving skills rather then handling or course analysis.

Classes are held on Facebook in a secret group and the group content will be available for 6 months after end of class.

All classes are taught by Chris Ott (full bio available at:

Start date: July 17th 2017
Class duration: 4 weeks

Working spots (25) $125.00. As a working student of this class you will be able to able to post your own training video of each weeks exercises for critique as well as comment in all class discussions.

Auditing spots (unlimited) $75.00. As an auditor of this class you are not able to post video for critique but you will be able to comment in all discussions.

Payment Type for this Facebook Class: PayPal, check or cash. No working spots will be held without payment. If you are interested in joining this class message me privately for payment instructions.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chris Ott Bio

Speedoggie Performance Dog Training
TotalTeam K9 Functional Fitness
Coaching, Conditioning & Strengthening Top Performance Dogs Since 1985 
Chris Ott
 FCI Agility World Championships Team (Multi-Year)
European Open Agility World Championship Team (Multi-Year/Multi-Dog)
USDAA Cynosport World Steeplechase Champion
Team Coach USA European Open Junior Agility World Championships (Multi-Year)
AKC & USDAA National Championships Finalist (Multi-Year)
Guinness World Record Holder for Dog Weaving

Chris Ott is a full time dog agility instructor, trainer and trainer as well as a canine bodywork and fitness coach. She is also an award winning author of dog training and conditioning materials as well as an international seminar presenter. Chris worked as Team Coach for the USA/AKC World Agility Junior Team three years. She is also one of the top breeders of performance Border Collies in the US with multiple dogs of her breeding being selected to represent the USA at FCI World Championships and Crufts as well as winning National Agility Championships in multiple venues.   

Chris’ training school, Speedoggie Performance Dog Training, has been turning out successful dog agility and obedience teams for close to three decades. Her newest venture Total Team K9 Functional Fitness works with performance teams of many sports to improve balance, strength and body awareness, reduce injuries related to performance and increase mental and physical stamina in both dogs and handlers. Chris is also the co-developer of Total Team’s Puppy Journal, an online resource documenting her and her partner Frankie Joiris’ ground breaking puppy rearing and raising program. Chris is a full time facility member of Agility University’s online training program, a long time member of IACP, APDT and NADOI and is a certified Master Fitness Trainer and AKC CGC Evaluator.

Well known for her in-depth knowledge of dog breeds and how best to train dogs with specific genetic traits, dozens of Chris’ students regularly represent their individual breeds each year at the prestigious AKC/Eukanuba National Agility Invitational. Many of these  students hold multiple places in the nations top 5 of their breed. Chris works with all breeds of dogs  including mixed breeds at all levels of training and all ages. Her training program produces dogs that run and play in agility well into their senior years while remaining sound and healthy throughout their careers. Many of Chris' senior dogs (both her own and her  students) are still very competitive in the championship programs of AKC, UKI, FCI and USDAA as well as other nationally recognized programs such as NADAC, CPE and DOCNA. Chris is also known for her problem solving skills and customizing training programs to fit each teams individual needs. She has produced record breaking speeds in agility while maintaining safe performances and soundness in dogs. Her ground breaking Yoga Fusion© and Fit To Be Tricked© fitness training programs take the games of canine performance to a whole new level with specific exercises for dogs and handlers to build better teams from the inside out.   

Chris is always on the cutting edge of our sport and encourages thinking outside the box to improve the game as we know it. She also spends hundreds of hours a year continuing her education in both dog behavior and performance as well as adult (human) learning to better help all of her students regardless of their learning styles. Her three decades of experience coupled with her outstanding accomplishments and those of her students makes her one of the highest qualified instructors in our sport. More info on Chris Ott available at: website: Blog: Facebook:

Brief Synopsis of Chris' Accomplishments:

Multi-Year FCI World Agility World Championships Team Member
Multi-Year European Open Agility World Championship Team Member 
Multi-Year European Open Agility World Junior Championship Team Coach
Cynosport World Steeplechase Champion
Guinness World Record Holder in Dog Weaving
10th Place FCI Agility World Championships Agility Class
Multi-Year Winner AWC World Team Tryouts (both Individual & Overall) 
Multi-Year Cynosport World Championship Finalist
Multi-Year ESPN Great Outdoor Games Participant
USDAA Lifetime Achievement Awards on multiple dogs and breeds
USDAA Top Ten List on multiple dogs and breeds
Golden Retriever Hall of Fame (GRCA)
BCSA ROM Award (Register of Merit) on multiple dogs
MACH titles on multiple dogs and breeds
4th Place European Open Agility World Championship Team Jumping
Multi-Year AKC NAC Finalist
Multi-Year AKC Nationals Challenger Round Finalist
BCSA Top 10 Award in Agility
ADCH titles on multiple dogs and breeds

Thursday, March 5, 2015

True Colors: The color of your training props may make a bigger difference to your dog then you think

Recently I downloaded the app ColorDeBlind for my iPhone and have been having quite a good time seeing the world through a rough simulation of how my dog sees things. I use the app most often to see if the color treats and toys I am using in my training are easily enough for my dogs to find on the footing Im training on. I have a training bag full of different color treats and toys for all the different footings I encounter while Im teaching and training. I find the app very helpful and I believe it has helped improve the training of forward focus in many student dogs as well because we can now use a variety of rewards from highly visible for the beginners to low visibility for the more advanced. We can also use low visibility toy rewards for dogs who go over stimulus threshold or are too visually distracted and vise versa. I have also found some other very interesting uses for the app, including how I select the colors of my exercise props (ie FitPaws gear, etc) as well as what colors I use on the striping on my weave poles and jump bars.

I shot the below photos while working with a student using stride regulators for a running contact performance. The students dog is a 12” jumper with multiple championships so this training was strictly for maintenance. The stride regulators I use in my training differ in size, shape and location/placement on the equipment according to each dogs natural length of stride as well as length of leg, back and overall structure. So the placement of each props is forever changing, however all most of my stride regulators are red in color and always have been. At my training facility my equipment is all purple with red contact zones so I can blend the props into the contact zones. I choose red as a zone color specifically because of the fact that it is a color the dogs don't see. On the that I took the below photos however, I was teaching at another facility where they have blue equipment with yellow contact zones. I thought I would share some of the photos I took of the props to show how we see them vs how the dog sees them. 

Human color view from side of aframe.
This prop is a wooden dowel secured to the aframe with eye hooks on each end of the dowel and paracord strung through them so the paracord can be tied under the plank to secure the prop. I use different diameter dowels depending on the training. I also use flexible drain pipe (same as the dog walk prop below) if I need a larger height prop. I use red paint on most of my props but Ive also used other colors depending on what Im training. I prefer the prop extend out past the width of the frame to aid the dog visually to its presence. Placement of all props are customized to the needs of each individual performance. There are absolutely no standard locations for using props on any obstacle.
Dogs color view from side of frame

Humans color view facing downside of frame
Dogs color view facing downside of frame
Humans color view from top of frame. This photo is taken at the eye level of the dog in training.

Dogs color view from top of aframe.
This photo is taken at the eye level of the dog in training. With the prop in this location the top of the contact color shows above the prop making the prop more visible. Changing the prop color and/or the contact zone color would increase or decrease the props visibility.

Human color view facing down plank of obstacle.
For these props I use flexible drain pipe, the kind you put on the ends of your downspouts off your gutters to divert rainwater away from your structure. I cut the flexible pipe down and can extend them beyond the edge of the dog walk slightly. I paint them red with a paint made for plastic and attach them with paracord tied under the plank.
Dogs color view of dog walk from side

Humans color view from top of down plank.
This photo is taken at the eye level of the dog in training.
Dog color view from top of down plank. This photo is taken at the eye level of the dog in training. Note: it is intentional that the props are set so the dog can not see the second prop nor can the dog dog see the yellow contact zone at this angle and at this location on the plank. This placement is a necessary part of my training protocol for what we were teaching that day.

For more great information on how dogs see (color and acuity):

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Total Team Work=Play Exercise Video

A new video upload of a game that I taught my dogs to help strengthen their front limbs, wrists, and toes. 
Click on this link to go to my YouTube page and view video:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

12 Minute K9 Workout ONLINE Class at Agility U

Above is a photo of my dog Wow! slipping on a dog walk. The dog walk was rubberized and there was no equipment failure or any kind, just a dog slipping for whatever reason. No injury was caused by this slip. Im not posting this photo here for any other reason except to say that if my dog wasn't as conditioned well as he was he would of fallen off this dog walk. Instead, he powered through this slip and kept himself on the plank.

Speedoggie has been one of the nation’s innovators in conditioning and body awareness training  programs for performance dogs. It started years and years ago with our combination of trick training and core and body work for dogs. Our program has now morphed and taken on a life of its own with our Total Team training, combining all of our trick training along with our conditioning and body awareness work combined with our performance training programs.

New for 2015 we have designed a breakthrough idea for helping our clients keep their dogs in top physical condition. Speedoggie’s new 12 Minute K9 Workout is a totally unique conditioning program that we are offering through Agility University’s online training school. The course is a once a week video that you can easily access. In that video you will get detailed information on all of the poses and exercises we will be doing in that week’s 12 minute workout. Next in the video is the actual 12 minute workout. Each workout is designed to be balanced for your dogs, so each muscle group is worked in a proper and healthy manner (ie extending muscles after contraction work, etc). The workouts are designed to be repeated multiple times during the week.

If you can open an email, you can join our class! Its just that easy. All technical support is totally free and delivered thru the AU staff personally. Its easy to get set up and its even easier to participate in the classes. There are multiple participation levels for those who just want to watch the videos and do the work but not submit any video of their own or ask any questions about the workout itself. So if you’re not video savvy and don’t feel you can post your own, you don’t have to! If you would just like to view the videos and participate in the discussions there a participation level for that too. Check out this link with all the information on it. This class is designed to work as an integral part of your total training program. It’s something you can do every day, or just a few times a week, the results you get are equal to the amount of time you dedicate to it.

We all know that keeping our dogs strong, fit and flexible increases their ability to compete and train at top capacity, decreases their chance of injury, and allows them to have long, healthy and successful careers in agility.  Winter is the perfect time to start your indoor exercise program.  Speedoggie’s new Four Paw Fusion 12 Minute K9 Workout Online at Agility University was created to give maximum results with a minimum of time and effort.  These are the exercises we do with our own dogs to keep them training and competing at their best.   Following the 12 minute program just three times a week will improve your dog’s conditioning in just a few weeks and keep your dog in the best shape possible.  Each week’s lesson includes detailed instruction as well as the workout and we feel that all our students would really benefit from the program.  Even if you don’t feel you have the time to be a full class participant, signing up as an auditor will give you the same access to class videos, and allow you to ask questions and receive assistance.  If you want to team to hit the Spring trials at your peak, this is the answer!

View this link FMI on the class and to Register: