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Beyond Dog Sports: Dog Walk

Train the dog walk faster, with fewer repetitions while also making it SAFER for your dog!

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Who is Mari Valgma?

Mari is a Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer located in Tallinn, Estonia. For the last 5 years, Mari has leveraged her canine fitness skills and passion for training concepts to help dog trainers like you train their dogs to move with balance, precision and awareness. So that the dog can focus better on the work, react quickly to cues while also having fewer falls and accidents that could end up as career ending injuries.

Mari’s unique approach combines handler mechanics, training concepts and fitness training into a cohesive whole in her unique movement exercises. Thus reducing frustration for both the dog and the handler through clearer communication and reliable skill building.

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What they are saying…

– Hélène Lawler –
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy instructor, Founder of Shaping Chaos and Dog Sport Scholars


Mari’s systematic program teaches both dog and handler the skills we need for performance excellence without danger of over-arousal (hallelujah!), all the while building confidence and developing excellence in communication.

If you’re struggling with arousal problems, confusion, lack of engagement, imprecise behaviours, or simply want to build the best possible foundation using cutting edge training, join this program now. Both your dog and your inner geek will forever be grateful.

– Reet Volt –
FCI Agility World Championship team member 2019
FMBB World Championship agility team gold 2019


Mari’s methods of teaching canine body coordination are nothing short of genius. I was not new to paw targets or clicker training, however, I was amazed by how much I could improve my training in this area.

The setup of Mari’s exercises is designed so that both the dog and the handler will experience the minimum amount of error and frustration.

Her program really is a must for any training enthusiast, I guarantee you will learn something new!


Read the most popular blog posts

Want to train new behaviors faster? With fewer reps? Here’s what you need!

AgiNotes recently published an overview of an international survey about the changes in agility over the past few years and where agility enthusiasts see the sport heading. One of the (many) things standing out was that the higher demands of the sport require you to train more and more repetitions with your dog, extending the training time and also raising the concern of overuse injuries resulting from all the reps. While it’s true that as agility becomes more demanding, it also needs more training. But maybe there’s a way to change the way we look at training, be smarter about what we train… and even reduce the number of actual sport exercises? I have my own approach to keep the training repetitions under control. Want to know what it is? Check out the newest blog post at The Moving Canine

What to do if your agility dog is scared of the high dog walk?

Is your dog’s dog walk performance less than perfect? And you have no idea about why that is or how to fix it? Could it be that your dog is scared of heights, leaving him uncomfortable on the dog walk and not performing at her best? In today’s blog post I talk about the fear of heights, why this happens, how it affects your dog’s performance and how to recognize it in your own dog.

How to make sure that your warm up routines ACTUALLY improve your dog’s performance?

Are you already doing warm ups with your dog before training sessions? Great! Then you probably already know the benefits of warming up muscles and other soft tissues, preparing the body for work and thus reducing the risk of injuries. However, focusing on general warm up may not actually prepare your dog for the training session ahead. Especially if the upcoming session needs precision – like most dog sport exercises do! What kind of warm up exercises should you be really focusing on to improve your dog’s performance and make sure that the warm up ACTUALLY prepares your dog for the training session? Read more in this blog post!