Agility Humour – definitions

I had this sent to me by a friend I thought it was funny.

CONTACTECULE (kon-‘tak-ti-kyool) – Noun. The smallest particle of a toenail a judge can see to determine if your dog made the contact.

CRATIFY (‘kray-ti-fi) – Verb. To convert a van or station wagon for canine transportation.

ESTIWALKING (‘es-to-‘waw-kin) – Noun. Trying to figure out a course’s obstacle order before the numbers are placed.

FRAMEGAZING (‘fraym-gay-zin) – Noun. When your dog stops at the top of the A-frame
and looks around at the spectators.

HESITIP (‘hez-e-tip) – Verb. When the dog slows down and leans back on the teeter just before the tip point.

JUDGE FRIGHT (‘ juj ‘freyet) – Noun. A dog’s belief that the judge is an axe-murderer.

MISCOMMANDICATION (mis-ke-mand-i-‘kay-shun) – Noun. Calling out the wrong name for the next obstacle.

NOSTAYAMAL TENDENCIES (no-‘stay-uh-sy-dal ‘ten-den-seez) – Noun. The
overwhelming desire of some dogs to start the course while the handler’s back is

OTHERLEFTITUS (‘uth-er-left-‘ti-tus) – Noun. A condition in which the handler is constantly giving the wrong directional command.

POOPYLACTIC (poo-pe-‘Ink-tik) – Noun. The plastic bag used to pick up dog doo.

PREMATURE OEXITATION (pre-me-‘tur o-eg-se- ‘tay-shun) – Noun. The act of leaving the table before the “0” in “GO”.

PUPULSION (pu-‘pul-shun) – Noun. The invisible force a handler uses to make the dog perform
an obstacle at a distance.

REPOLE (re-‘ pol) – Verb. To correct a weave pole performance without having to start
completely over.

RETUN (‘re-tun) – Verb. To perform back-to-back tunnels.

ROLLOCLES (‘ro-lo-kels) – Noun. Dried-up, week-old bits of dog treats found in your pocket.

SUBCINCO (sub-sin-ko) – Adjective. Describing a run with less than 5 faults.

UNTUN (un-‘tun) – Verb. When a dog reverses and comes out the same side of a tunnel he entered. The act is also known as “tunnel

WAVE POLES (wayv-pols) – Noun. What weave poles become when a fast dog goes through them.

WHERETOWHIRL (‘ hwer-tu-hwerl) – Noun. The spinning motion a dog makes after completing an obstacle not knowing where to go next.


Teaching Turns

This is a useful thing to teach a dog regardless of what sport you are part of.

In sledding, scootering, bike-joring etc turns are usually referred to as gee and haw.

In agility and I think Rally-O, most people say right or left. 🙂 why….who knows…just do whatever works for you. 🙂 I have no idea what terminology is used in Canine freestyle but I assume that most want to use gestures in that sport anyways, make it more “dance-like”.

So how does one teach a turn?

Several different methods

1. Teach the dog to spin or turn on command. Spin being counter-clockwise, turn being clockwise. Do this using a lure or your hand or whatever just to get the dog to move. use the lure no more than 3-4 times, you want your dog to think about what it is doing, not just following the lure.

2. one lady says that she teaches it this way:
I start with the dog on my side and have them do a 180 to face the other direction. Hard to describe when not in person, but it goes something like this: Dog is on my right. I have a treat in my left hand. I gesture to the dog to turn away from me (to his right). I turn the same way and then reward him with the treat in my left hand (now the hand that is closest to him). After a while I will name it “Right.” I always reward the dog on my side and not facing me. Do the same for the other side.

3. Teach using daily life experiences: i.e. when turning a corner, say “right” or “left” depending on which way you are turning. When throwing a toy, toss it right or left and give the dog the directive to follow it.

4. some people, especially agility folks, uses their arms only to signal changes. Using the on-side arm can signal a flip (turn just a bit here), whereas using the off-side arm can signal a complete change in direction.

If you have any additional ideas, please let me know. 🙂