Friday, January 12, 2018

New Winter Classes ONLINE at Agility University!!!

Agility Toolbox: Rock Solid Weave Pole Entries

Unique and fun skill games that you can practice in small spaces to improve your dog’s weave pole entry success. From deceleration and weight shift to body bending and aim accuracy, entering weave poles at speed can be a big challenge to any dog. This class is designed to teach you the tools necessary to train your dog to have rock solid weave entries in a fun and motivating environment. 

Whether your just beginning your weave pole sequencing or your already competing at the higher levels, mastering weave entries at speed is a must have skill for every team. In this class we discuss fun and creative ways to work on the weave entries without having to put the dogs thru endless repetition. 

The exercises in this class can be done with any type of weave pole (competition standard poles, weave-a-matics, channel poles, 2x2, etc). Dogs participating in this class should already know to weave between the poles and be food and/or toy motivated. This class is only focusing on the “entry” to the poles.

Agility Toolbox: Handling To Improve Jumping Success. 

Does your dog knock bars? Could your handling be part of the problem? In this class we focus on you the handler and what you can do to help your dog keep their bars up and make fluid, efficient turns. This class will show you in detail the proper placement and timing of the basic handling skills in easy to set up sequences that also help improve your dogs jumping mechanics at the same time as we train the handler how to negotiate those turns.

This class will also discuss in detail how your reward placement and timing plays an important role in keeping the bars up. Detailed video and still frames from the videos with markups showing each detail discussed in the weekly lessons.

This class is perfect for all teams of any age and competition level. Puppy and young dogs will keep bars low and competition teams can work at whatever height they are comfortable at.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Conditioning For Contacts Online Class at Agility University

Back by popular demand
this functional fitness class specifically designed to improve your contact performances!

Total Team’s Conditioning For Contacts 

This popular online class is only available at Agility University!

Is your dog jumping off the contacts?  Stopping at the top of the A Frame to ‘admire the view’? Inching down the contact planks? Using the table as a springboard? The exercises in this class will help your dog build the strength, flexibility and understanding of how to use his/her body most effectively.  Big dog or small, running contact or stopped, all agility dogs can maximize their potential with the addition of targeted conditioning work.

Skills and functional fitness exercises that do not require contact equipment can greatly improve your dog’s ability to perform contacts quickly, accurately and consistently. Practicing your dogs contact performance position away from competition equipment allows you to disconnect any stress and/or confusion your dog may have during the learning phases of your training, away from the competition equipment. Once the contact position is perfected, the behavior can be easily be transferred to the contact equipment. 

In this class we not only work on building the physical strength and conditioning for achieving your preferred contact performance but we also offer training tips on how to use these exercises to aid in your dog’s generalization of these skills to the actual contact equipment. 

This class is open to all levels. No equipment is required and props can be made out of household items. All exercises can be performed in the size of an average living room (carpet or anti slip mat/yoga mat is recommended for traction). 

All of my online classes at Agility University feature:
- Downloadable written instructions and FAQs for each lesson
- Video explanations
- Video demo
- Detailed easy to follow critique of homework videos for working participants
- Pre-skills to be ready for when class starts
- Private Facebook group for all participants with bonus information and live interactions!

For more information on this class and/or to register visit my faculty page at Agility University

Click Link HERE FMI on the class.

click HERE for my bio

Monday, October 23, 2017

Get a head start on achieving all your training goals for 2018!

Two new ONLINE classes open NOW for registration

at Agility University

The Agility Toolbox Series: Advanced Agility Skills by the Dozen

Go beyond the basics with exciting and impressive skills that will shape and improve multiple areas of your agility program all at the same time! Each unique skill set in this class is designed to improve your agility game and help bridge the gap between your training and competition performances. This class covers many of the core and advanced skills specifically designed and customized to be used for 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.

click HERE FMI about Advanced Agility Skills by the Dozen ONLINE Class

Total Team Series class: The Four Paw Fusion Yoga® 12 Minute K9 Workout

The Four Paw Fusion Yoga® 12 Minute K9 Workout program is specifically designed to produce maximum results in a minimal amount of time – perfect for conditioning one dog or multiple dogs and for handlers with hectic and busy schedules with minimal time for conditioning their dogs. The Four Paw Fusion Yoga® 12 Minute K9 Workout is a perfect time saver offering a full and complete workout in as little as 12 minutes!

Click HERE FMI about The Four Paw Fusion Yoga® 12 Minute K9 Workout


All of my online classes feature:
- Downloadable written instructions and FAQs for each lesson
- Video explanations
- Video demo
- Detailed easy to follow critique of homework videos for working participants
- Pre-skills to be ready for when class starts
- Private Facebook group for all participants with bonus information and live interactions!

Type of online participation:

Working: (posts responses to written assignments, posts videos of sequences, gets instructor feedback to all of these as well as answers to any questions posted, can actively participate in forum, chat and office) Limit: unlimitedAuditing: (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students, will get instructor answers to course-specific questions posted, can actively participate in class forum, chat and office hours) Limit: unlimitedObserving: (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students in documents, links, forum and chat but do not participate in class forum, chat and office hours other than to read instructor, worker and auditor posts). Limit: unlimited

Chris Ottclick HERE for my bio

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):