Books

Having Fun With Agility (Howell Dog Book of Distinction)
This book explains how to teach your dog the obstacles and handling. It is meant for fun (which is what we do here), and provides some fun ideas for simple courses in the yard that include things other than regulation agility equipment (Tess loves the wading pool on a hot day!). I love this book. I highly recommended it. It has instructions for positive training with and without a clicker.

Do-it-yourself agility equipment: Constructing agility obstacles for training or competition
This is a great book for building your own equipment. We did not use all of the ideas in this book because we prefer to keep our equipment a bit lighter to move it around in the yard. We did like how it lists all the specifications for each organization for every obstacle. Of course, you want to check the web site for your favorite organization to make sure you have the most up-to-date specifications before you build. This book has detailed plans even for welding frames for the contact obstacles, and information how to sew a chute for your closed tunnel.

Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog
This book focuses more on the reactive dog and how to give them skills to cope with the agility environment. There’s a mailing list at Yahoo as well, and everyone there is friendly and helpful. From the description: “Leslie McDevitt’s versatile Control Unleashed program is designed to help “dogs with issues” learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations.”

101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog
This book has some agility stuff in it, but it is full of fun tricks for your dog. If you are doing agility at home just for fun, you can really mix it up if you know more than just the agility things. I love this book. My dogs just adore learning new tricks and I’m convinced the tricks training helps them be more flexible and accepting of new agility stuff as it comes along.

10-Minute Dog Training Games: Quick and Creative Activities for the Busy Dog Owner
I love this book! A lot of fun things in here, and many of them help your dog learn about where to place his feet and to be confident on unstable things. My dogs and I have had so much fun with the stuff in this one, especially on rainy days (or even days too hot to go outside). Highly recommended!