Hi, My name is Zoe, and I’m taking this course with my 21 month old golden retriever, Krewe. I can’t find the forum/discussion, so I figured I’d post here and see if it magically appears 🙂
Hi there Zoe,
you did everything right, introductions go here 🙂
Can’t wait to see more of you and Krewe!
Hello, Dottie and I are from Idaho. One of our winter goals was to teach this very thing, so perfect timing. Looking forward to class!
Hi Julie and Dottie, nice to have you here!
Hi, Anna, I’m taking this course with my 2-year old Belgian Malinois, Zoë. I started working on this a little on my own because my instructor here was encouraging us to work on this skill. I’m looking forward to this class because I want to make sure I’m doing it correctly.
GREAT name for your Mal 😉
great to hear that your instructor is encouraging you to work on directionals. It really is an invaluable skill.
Looking forward to working with you and Zoë!
Hi I am Sandy and will be taking this course with my 7 month old Border Collie, Kit. Looking forward to the course!
Hi Sandy and Kit, welcome to the course!
I’m here as the winner of the contest for the participant spot and I’m super excited to be here!!! I’m Lori and my pup’s name is Doby. He is a 10 month old Aussie.
Hi Lori and Doby, glad to have you here 🙂
Hi, my name is Lori and I’m taking this course with my 10 month old black Lab Mulder. He’s been doing foundation training with Daisy and this course sounds like a great addition to what we are doing.
Happy to see your here!!! Can’t wait to see your work with Mulder.
I’m so excited to begin training left and right verbals with Belle my 12 month old border collie. 🙂
Hi Julia, good to see you here 🙂
Looking forward to finding the missing links in how I communicate with Fiesta. 😉
So good to have you here! Looking forward to keep working with you and Fiesta!
Hi Heidi! Derringer says hi to sister Fiesta!
Hi, my name is Kathie Leggett and I’ll be taking this course with my three year old pocket rocket Sheltie named Derringer! She truly is a little pistol and I need to give her better information about turns when I”m nowhere close (which is most of the time). Will also be teaching this training on my 7 month old Sheltie, Taser.
Hi Kathie, good to see you here. Oh my, Derringer is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing your videos.
Hi I am Diane, I am taking the course with my 3 year old Manchester Terrier Petey. He is much faster than I am, so I hope this will help us build some distance skills. I also hope I can remember my left from my right.
Hi Diane and Petey, welcome to the course! No worries about telling left and right apart, teaching it to my dogs helped ME getting better at it too 🙂
Hello! I was brave and registered for a working spot. I would like to teach this material to my 4-year-old master’s level dog, and my puppy (about 4 months).
Hi Kathy, welcome to the course!
Hi – my name is Brenda and I will be training my 9 month old sheltie “Bravo”. Teaching rights and lefts has always been a mystery to me so looking forward to learning.
Hi Brenda and Bravo, more shelties in the class – yay!
Hi there! My name is Dina and I am working with Johnny a 5 yo Keeshond. I definitely need verbals as Johnny is exceptionally fast and due to age, surgeries and a stroke I am still not able to run. I have a few working verbals — back, out, and go — but need left and right, so this should be perfect!
Hi Dina and Johnny, left and right will be a great addition to your existing verbals!
hello!! I am Libbi, From Oregon. Enrolling with my 2 yr aussie Flute. 🙂 I also hope to apply to my 7 yr Aussie as well. Looking forward to the information!
Hi Libbi, good to see you here 🙂
Howdy! Annette here. Flute is not YET 2yrs old. Just saying. xoxoxo
Hi Annette!!! So glad to see you here!! and yes…you are right… Flute is technically 2 on December 28….:) Are you playing with Miss Lita?? Who also will be 2 on Dec 28… xoxo..back at ya!!
Hi! I’m Angela from Illinois. I’ll be taking this class with my 3-year old BC Tally. She’s super fast and developing great independence when running courses. I’d like to get better at getting her information faster and more clearly. I use verbal directionals in canicross, but I don’t know if those are solid enough to translate to agility (and there’s absolutely no consequence in canicross if we miscommunicate about direction).
I train with Dina and her dog Johnny (also here).
Hi Angela, welcome to the course! Your canicross directionals might help Tally with the first exercises of teaching left&right as a concept.
Hi, my name is Julia & I live in the suburbs of Chicago. I’m excited to take this course with my 9-month-old BC, Latte. The only verbals I have with my 7-year-old BC, Magnum P.I., are obstacles names, release cue, etc. So I hope to be able to teach these directionals to him, too.
Hi Julia, good to see you and Latte here!
Hi my name is Sylvie from Vancouver, BC, and I will be taking the course with my 2 1/2 year old Border Collie Lulu. We have done a bit of left and right training on our own and I would say that to date she perceives directionals as a cue to turn away from me. So for example if she is coming down the DW on my left and the tunnel is on the other side of the DW I can say “left tunnel” and she will turn away from me to take the tunnel. In fact she can effectively… Read more »
Welcome Sylvie and Lulu! In this course we teach left and right as a jump related cue. So left means “run to the jump and jump it to the left as fast as possible”. I would not use my verbals for turning on the flat or off another non-jump obstacle. So you should consider keeping your left & right for turning off obstacles, while at the same time teaching her a different set of verbals for turning left & right on a jump. The advantage in different verbals for jumps is that you can train really strong sends and good… Read more »
I was a little reluctant at first to change my left and right commands to only pertain to jumps (because I can’t keep track of a million verbals while I am under pressure running a course in competition) but I’ve come up with a solution. The reality is right now Lulu perceives directionals as a flip away from me. So if I change my verbal for any turn away from me to other obstacles to “flip” regardless of the actual direction she is turning, then I think that will be an easy transition. I used to have a “flip” command… Read more »
Great idea on the flip command. I have the same system: left and right for jumps and one verbal for turning away on the flat/off other obstacles. Now to your questions: 1. Yes, only say your directional, no “jump” needed. The directional ALWAYS includes the jump. I often don’t have enough time to say “jump” before, as I want to give my directionals very early. 2. Yes, just say the directional, even on rear crosses. 3. No, your “check check” will not be conflicting. You might find situations in which both your “check check” and your left/right might be applicable.… Read more »
Thanks for the clarifications!! Do you use a jump cue for when you want the dog to go straight and there is no turning involved — let’s say a row of jumps and you are falling behind because your dog is fast?
Yes, I say “jump” for going straight when I can’t support with my motion sufficiently.
Hi Anna, I am taking this course with my 4 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Henrik. I am very excited about this course!
Hi Lia and Henrik, welcome to the course 🙂
Another student from Illinois! I just have a spectating spot but I already see three friends who might be uploading videos so I’m especially excited to follow along. I’ll be focusing on training my 1 y.o. BC (Em Dash) and my almost 4 y.o. Aussie (Ticker) since they are my main agility dogs these days.
Hi Julie, welcome to the class 🙂
Hi Anna, at what age would you start the left/right foundation training with a puppy, providing your only working on discrimination/verbal and not tight/repetitive turns? Thanks
Hi Carole, I start the ground work right from the beginning. It is one of the first tricks I teach, as it helps them to learn to listen to your verbal cues. Of course I don’t ask for fast and tight at this stage. I keep working on it in different environments, with toys and higher arousal, until the puppy is 7-10 months (depending on breed and physical/mental development). Then I start the more advanced exercises that involve more repetitions.