I need some help with my dog going through the chute. She goes through the tunnel easily, but the chute is scary to her and she turns around coming out the entrance. Any quick solutions?
An eager agility student
Chutes can be very scary! It might help your dog for you to shorten the chute for practice – you can use binder clips to pin it up.
Another tip is to have a helper hold the chute open for you, so your dog can see through to the end, like a tunnel. Then call your dog through the chute. After a few successful runs, have the helper start dropping the chute on the dog’s back so they get accustomed to the fabric touching their back. Work your way along until the dog charges through without the fabric needing to be held at all. This is especially important if you practice on a heavy competition chute, since they let less light through and require more effort to push through.
Always call your dog straight through the chute – run to the end and call from there, because calling from an angle can cause tangles.
Make chutes a high-reward obstacle, with lots and lots of cookies. I wouldn’t practice this obstacle to death – keep your sessions short and have one or two sessions a day if possible. Keep it up, you’ll get there!