Whenever I come upon a training dilemma, I go searching for answers. I review notes of seminars I've been to, read Clean Run Magazine for topics related to my problem, see what videos I might borrow from my local agility organizations, and ask friends who I believe know more than I do.
I often spend money on my problem. Just recently I purchased a video to see "is there anything new" on this topic. Yes he had a different take, but really it was the same information presented in a slightly different way. There was some very good information in this video. I took notes and will actually watch it again. I'm not disappointed in the video, I am sad that it didn't give me something new for my problem, but happy that I learned a few new things to try. I was very disappointed that the "expert" did not use a young dog with problems, just showed the "final result." I want to take my dog there and have him try his techniques...not sure that would make the final cut in the video.
Searching for answers often leads me back home. I actually sometimes know the answer and my search was for an easy fix rather than the logical answer of "it takes time and energy". I need to ask myself before I go on these searches, "what advice would I give to someone with this problem." Often I will find the answer right there.
There are tons of people that will give me advice. Advice that has worked for them. Just go to any agility trial and ask a question. Advice will fall from the sky.
It is up to me to decide, "Is this advice right for me and my dog."
In the end, I'm not going to find a simple solution to, "How in the heck do I get my dog to tug when I want her to tug." The solution is everyday work on it. Everyday make tugging with me the most amazing thing evah! Make tug the thing she wants to do more than tennis balls? Why yes Vici...go do that.