Agility Courses Blog

If you've browsed most courses on the site I hope you've seen the blue "See n Similar Courses" button:

Clicking on it shows you a page full of sequences that start the same as the current course. Which is great for training! You can use the same jump set up and you have ...

I've added new Box layouts for working on a wide range of skills including: Serpentines, Threadles, Jump Wraps, and Back Sides. There are a pair of each of two layouts I'm calling "Arcs" and "Offset Serpentines". As usual, adjust the distance between the jumps to provide a safe and challenging sequence for your ...

I've added a new feature to make sharing individual Box layouts easier. Now that there are 18 different jump layouts(!) for each Box sequence I realized it can be hard to share a single sequence with your friends.

To make sharing easy I put a small gray "chain link" symbol after the title of ...

Pretty Printing!

When I created this website I focused on making it work on mobile phones and tablets so you always had thousands of sequences right in your hand when you went to train. I also spent time making sure every page printed the sequences so they'd be readable.

Unfortunately the layout of the printed pages ...

I've just updated AgilityCourses with a brand new feature I've wanted since I first dreamt up the web site: automatically drawing the best paths for the dog through a sequence to challenge handlers during training. To make it more helpful I also wrote software to animate them!

There were a number of reasons ...

I spent some time simplifying the website. I've always been attracted to simple, "clean" design in websites. When done well the solution to the problem the web site solves is clear and engaging to the site's users. This quote from Steve Jobs captures the challenges and pay off of simplifying:

Simple can be ...

I just added a cool new feature: every course you create is now "tagged" with the names of the skills used in that sequence.

Whether you use the Skills Course Designer or the DIY Designer for Box, DoubleBox or Star Box courses I'll figure out what skills are required to run that sequence when ...

Long time users of agilitycourses.com will notice the site has changed completely! It is now uses a Responsive Web Design. The screen layout will rearrange itself for small screens on phones all the way up to large monitor desktop screens. The layout uses a framework called Bootcards to provide a card based design like ...

In the past when you created a course using the automatic generation feature you'd get a button to "Create Another Course - Same Settings". Clicking that button would generate another course of the same length with the same skills. The idea was to let you create a group of courses with similar challenges.

Well now ...

This weekend I added basic functionality to let you see courses created through the DIY feature of the website. The automatically generated ("skills") sequences can be challenging and interesting but I think it is more interesting to see courses people created themselves.

So now when you go to the Box, Double Box or Star Box ...