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Running Contacts

"Bonny Quick with her Kelpie cross Ivy gave a masterclass in running contacts - Ivy's back feet  firmly planted with precision on each contact." From an article about Olympia, by Mandy Wallington, Agility Net.


Why train running contacts as opposed to stopped contacts?

  • (In my opinion) Stop contacts are much tougher on your dog physically than running contacts.
  • Running contacts are significantly faster than quick-released stop contacts in many scenarios. However, in some scenarios running contacts are roughly the same time-wise as quick-released stops.
  • The criteria for a running contact is the same always, whether you are training or at a show.

There are lots of ways of training running contacts; why train it this way?

  • It works.
  • Using this method you literally explain to your dog what you want him to do - so your dog understands the behaviour you want him to perform.
  • It is great fun, for both of you!
  • You can start the foundation work with a young puppy because you are beginning away from equipment by first explaining the concept.
  • The method encourages your dog to develop a problem-solving attitude.
  • You can easily train complex turns as well as more straight-ahead behaviours.
  • You will be telling your dog where he is going very early, so tricky scenarios after the dog walk are not a problem.


"Hi Bonny I just wanted to tell you how happy I am with our contacts! We tried some competitions and all contacts are absolutely wooooow amazing - doesn't matter if turns or straights!"


Is this way of training running contacts suitable for your dog and for you?

  • You do need to embrace positive training and enjoy having fun with your dog.
  • It works with all heights and strides of dog.
  • You must be able to be consistent.
  • With any running contact (but especially a running dog walk) handling after the contact will be easier if the handler can move fairly fluidly.  
  • The method is clear and logical for you to understand.
  • You don't have to train both: you can easily just train a running dog walk or just train a running a-frame if you prefer.

Don't believe the myths... Provided you train the behaviour well

  • You do not have to do endless repetitions of contact equipment.
  • You do not have to train this behaviour endlessly to maintain it.
  • Your dog does not have to be able to cope with a high failure rate in training.
  • You do not have to live with a significant failure rate in competition.
  • Having a running dog walk and a-frame will not affect your dog's ability to learn a stopped see-saw.


Running Contacts Videos - from Training and Competition






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