Fostering Excellence in Agility

Fostering Excellence in Agility

Hosted by: Megan Foster

Megan Foster, Founder of Synergy Dog Sports and creator of Fostering Excellence in Agility, shares her passion, knowledge, tips and secrets for all things dog agility. Each episode, she will take you through a...

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How Trialing Informs Your Training

027 Data from our training sessions inform future training sessions, right? What about trial data? Are you practicing during the week the issues that come up on the weekend? Is your current way of analyzing that data...
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Training on Their Timeline with Sarah Stremming

Sarah Stremming, Cog Dog Coach, joins Megan to discuss how their two youngest dogs, Rayya (Sarah's Icelandic Sheepdog) and Sprint (Megan's Border Collie) have completely different training plans and are on really...
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Who Should Know Better?

025 When I hear, "Oh, they should know better", I cringe a bit. In this episode, I unpack how I understand the reality of needing to let criteria go sometimes, and what that means for the big picture of competing with...
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Increasing Motivation

024: In this episode, Megan shares her thoughts on building more desire for training in our dogs. Using reinforcement consistently and in the right situations gives our dogs the confidence to be all they can be!...
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Principles of Teaching

023 Today I'm sharing my thoughts on teaching and coaching dog agility, or any situations where a human and dog are learning together.
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Why Do We Enter Competitions?

022. Let's all own up to our competitive nature AND hold up to our values of training and competing with excellence. We owe it to our dogs and to ourselves to be mentally, physically, and technically prepared for each...
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Assessing Your Handling System

021 When you learn something new, how do you know what to do with that information? How do you decide if you should put effort into using this new skill, or if you should put it on the back burner for another time? In...
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What Are Seminars For?

020 - What are dog agility seminars for and how can you prepare to get the most out of one? In this episode, Megan talks about different seminar formats, how to get the most out of your time as a worker AND an...
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Community Q&A: Teeter Training

019 In this episode, Megan answers questions from community members about all things Teeter Training. Listen in for insights, tips, and tricks for teaching and maintaining a confident and reliable teeter performance.
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Concept Training for Improved Homeschooling

018 It's a fact that instructors wish students would practice more outside of class AND students wish that it was easier to practice outside of class. Dive into this episode to learn how Megan uses foundation skills...
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Improving Training Habits Based on Brain Research

017 Megan draws parallels between how we practice dog agility and how musicians practice and her ah-ha moments when applying current brain research to both. Megan references Dr. Molly Gebrian's excellent and...
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Stopped vs Running Contacts

016 Today Megan breaks down why someone may choose to train stopped contacts vs running contacts and how the choices for each contact obstacle are not exactly equal. Spoiler: it has a LOT to do with your big...
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