Mad Agility Skills
Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6 p.m. Register!
6-week class is taught indoors (with some
occasional outdoor use).
Instructor: Anna Lee Sanders
Course Fee: $135.
hot for agility? Think again!
This class is mostly taught in the cool
comfort of the air-conditioned training
There are many dog skills that are useful
on the agility course that are too time consuming
to teach or perfect in an agility class.
But to be even more successful on course
it's often nice to have those skills in your
dog's agility toolbox.
In this class we will uncover and address the
gaps in your dog's understanding that are so
often compensated for by your handling strategy.
This will free you up to choose the best handling
strategy for the course, knowing (and trusting)
that your dog possesses the skills to get it
These are some of the skills we will work on in class:
• Lean & Roll: this will mean to your dog to continue heading
in the direction he or she is going, take the
obstacle and then turn left (lean) or right (roll).
• Go on: teaching your dog to keep going in a
straight line on the path he or she is already
• Your dog moving in a parallel path with you,
the handler, at a lateral distance.
• Driving to the end position of the contact equipment and having an independent contact regardless of handlers acceleration, deceleration or the handler being behind.
• Independent weave entry and independent weave completion regardless of handlers location or motion once weaving has begun.
• Push: Cueing your dog to go to the back side of jump even when presented with the front side.
• Home & Away: used for working at a distance. This will
communicate to your dog to do the obstacle closest to you,
the handler, or do the obstacle farthest from you.
• Left/Right: this will cue your dog to mean "Stop! You
are heading the wrong way! Immediately turn left
for this class:
• While many levels of experience can benefit
from this class, you and your dog should be either
competing or trial-ready, or have graduated from
at least an Intermediate Agility class.
• If you are a very experienced agility
handler (trialing at the Open or above level)
with a less experienced dog that does not meet
the above criteria, that will be sufficient for
this class (but your dog should know how to weave).
• Your dog
should have good focus and attention in a distracting
• Your dog should be good around people and very manageable around other dogs (the class is held indoors so the space is much tighter than outside).
• You use positive reinforcement to train (toys and/or treats)
• If you do not fit with the above prerequisites but feel
that you have what it takes, you may request
This class is for handlers who want to perfect
and improve their dog's agility skills. This
is not a handling class, but primarily an agility
dog training class. We will not be running courses,
although there may be times we use a short sequence
to proof a behavior.