Agility Right From the Start

In Agility Right from the Start, Eva and Emelie of Carpe Momentum have outlined the ins and outs of their training. This is not a book just for agility nerds – every animal trainer with an interest in how to build a training program with the learner in focus and with consideration of every detail can find inspiration and new ideas here.

About the book

With this book any dog owner and dog, competing or not, can reach new levels of teamwork and understanding. The authors build a rock-solid foundation of dog and human skills and reliability before going anywhere near an obstacle. Above all, what they are doing is FUN. This is training the way it ought to be.” /Karen Pryor – publisher.

In Agility Right From The Start you find the roots of most everything Eva and Emelie (Carpe Momentum) are teaching today – starting training from the rewards, seamless training sessions from one reward to the next and startbutton behaviors, how to keep going when mistakes happen, transports, offered behaviors, reward deliveries and so much more! And of course how to be a kind and efficient teacher also for the human partner – this book is the one of the first books where TAGteach is integrated through TAGpoint suggestions throughout!

Preview and shop

Find out more about the book, read a free preview here:

PDF: The first chapter of Agility Right From The Start!

The full table of content is so comprehensive it didn’t even fit into the printed copy of the book – instead it’s available for everyone here:
ARFS full table of content

The book is available as paperback or e-book where dog training books are sold – for example here:

Karen Pryor Clickertraining (physical or Kindle/E-book)

Examples relating to chapter 9: Transports


The authors “have a deep understanding of the science and a great passion for training. This book takes the reader through a truly systematic approach that I believe all trainers will find extremely valuable…”

– Ken Ramirez, Vice President KPCT

Oh how I wish I’d had this book when I started learning agility! I am truly blown away by it. Everybody involved in the sport, instructors, competitors and students, at every level, should commit each page to memory. Talk about a training bible–this book has it all. After skillfully explaining learning theory and its applications to agility, Bertilsson and Vegh go on to cover all of the foundation, handling and obstacle skills with extreme clarity, making exercises that tend to confound beginning and even advanced students seem totally simple. Plus, readers will learn to harness the power of TAGteaching and use it to train themselves to become awesome handlers. The authors’ purely positive approach and sense of fun would get anybody excited to learn agility! I will never start a puppy again without referring to this book.”

– Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CPCT, CDBC, Author of Control Unleashed


The webinars and podcasts listed below can also be found in RESOURCES together with all other Eva material

Webinars with E&E together:

TAGteach Webinar – Teaching Humans: Welcome to Dog Training Class

Dog-ibox – E&E’s Five Keys to Successful Training – Concepts That Will Make Your Training Rock!

Dog-ibox – Noise and movement – how to teach your dog to love it and act to get it going!

Podcasts with E&E together:

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy E200 – Transitions in Training

Drinking From the Toilet E23 – Dealing with Errors

Drinking From the Toilet E31 – Start Button Behaviours

Drinking From the Toilet E49 – The Value of Offered Behaviour

Drinking from the Toilet E56 – The Value of Reinforcement Procedures

Drinking From The Toilet E137 – Do you like to watch?

Other free resources with E&E together:

PDF: The first chapter of Agility Right From The Start!

Facebook/Clicker Expo LIVE: 20 minutes of E&E presenting Seamless Agility Training

The Clicker Expo Podcast: E&E reading excrepts from Agility Right From The Start

Where else can you find Emelie Johnson Vegh?

In the Carpe Momentum segment on this site
Carpe Momentum på Facebook
Ellinors värld – lovely childrens’ books (featuring positive reinforcement training) in Swedish – with quite a lot of dog training!

Contact information:

You can reach both Eva and Emelie at,
you can contact Emelie directly at
and as usual you can contact Eva Bertilsson at

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