Training on the flat refers to skills training for agility that is done without jumps, such as sends, recalls, working at side, basic turns, and so on. To help you prepare your dog for jump training, you'll first need to practice the skills your needs on the flat: collection and extension, bending, lead changes, and so on. In this course, we'll introduce each skill at a standstill and progressively add motion. This class will introduce your dog to skills "on the flat" that are the foundation of jump training such as: basic turns, recalls, sends, wraps and offering to circle a cone. This class is designed to give students and their dogs the understanding of the skills needed to handle sequences on the flat prior to starting a jumping program with their dogs.
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The skills you will learn in these two courses are essential building blocks that help your dog learn the mechanical skills it needs for jumping. Once your dog learns the skills on the flat, you can use them first to teach—and later to practice and improve—your dog's jumping skills. Although some of the skills you learn here may also be used as a foundation for handling, that is not the intention of the training included in these courses. The drills in these modules are designed to teach jumping skills.
These courses will draw from material that appears in Linda Mecklenburg's book, Mastering Jumping Skills, which is a requirement for this course! We will go through the skills required to help your dog learn to move his body effectively on course, for extending, collecting, turning, and everything in between. If your dog does not have the skills below, he will not be able to most effectively use his body, on the flat, or over the jumps, which are the most important obstacle on any agility course!
TRUE COST AND FUTURE INVESTMENT: If you add up the cost of all of the agility runs you have already had, where the error was due to a lack of foundation, or improper foundation, you've ALREADY spent more money than you will be spending on this course.
How many agility runs have you had where you didn't qualify because your dog didn't follow your cues? Because your dog turned wide? Because your dog miscalculated how to take a jump?
These costs add up, and for the cost of less than a couple of weekends of trialling, you are saving yourself heaps on FUTURE runs where these errors will be far less likely to occur as a result of mastering the content in this course.
If you're an instructor, this is invaluable content for you. You're looking for a way to teach GREAT foundation, while still fulfilling your novice students' need for speed, and their need to "get on equipment and start sequencing" right away. THIS is what you need. THIS course. You don't have to compromise any more between teaching GREAT foundation and keeping students interested.
Take a look at the syllabus for each of these two courses!
Completion of Level 1 is required prior to taking Level 2.
Level 2 will begin approximately six weeks after the start of Level 1.
|Module 1||Heel Position And Recalls|
|Unit 1||Getting Started|
|Unit 2||Heel Position|
|Unit 4||The Collection Recall|
|Unit 5||The Extension Recall|
|Unit 6||The Back Up Recall To Heel|
|Unit 7||Troubleshooting and Thoughts from Linda Mecklenburg|
|Module 2||Basic Turns On The Flat|
|Unit 1||The Four Basic Turns|
|Unit 2||The Pull On The Flat|
|Unit 3||The Push On The Flat|
|Unit 4||The Front Cross On The Flat|
|Unit 5||The Rear Cross On The Flat|
|Module 3||Circling A Cone|
|Unit 1||Circling A Cone|
|Module 4||Recalls and Basic Turns Part 2|
|Unit 1||Recalls - Increasing Difficulty|
|Unit 2||Introducing Motion To The Basic Turns|
|Unit 3||Combining The Turns|
|Unit 4||90 Degree Turns|
|Module 5||Beginning With Sends|
|Unit 1||Introduction To Sending Around A Cone|
|Unit 2||Sends With No Motion|
|Unit 3||Sends With Motion Added|
|Unit 4||Course Survey|
|Module 1||Combining Sends, Basic Turns, and Recalls|
|Unit 1||Getting Started|
|Unit 2||Sending Around A Wing|
|Unit 3||Sending Around A Wing With Recalls On The Flat|
|Unit 4||Sending Around A Wing Plus Basic Turns On The Flat|
|Unit 5||Sending Around A Wing Plus Recalls And Turns|
|Unit 6||Sending Around A Wing Plus Turns In Succession|
|Module 2||Sends With Two Wings, And Sends With More Distance|
|Unit 1||Sends Plus Sends|
|Unit 2||Send - Front Cross - Send - Front Cross|
|Unit 3||Send - Blind Pull - Send - Blind Pull|
|Unit 4||Send - Pull - Send|
|Unit 5||Adding Distance|
|Unit 6||Lateral Sends|
|Unit 1||Wraps Reviewed|
|Unit 2||Wraps With Motion And Toys|
|Unit 3||Wing And Tunnel Drills With Motion|
|Unit 4||Figure 8 Drills|
|Module 4||Advanced Flatwork|
|Unit 1||Turns Plus Tunnel Drills|
|Unit 2||Recalls Plus Tunnel Drills|
|Unit 3||Additional Handling Exercises|
|Unit 4||Final Thoughts|
|Unit 5||Course Survey|
I have used this program with all of my agility dogs, and the results are...well...amazing! If you want a dog that knows how to jump, loves jumping, works to keep the bars up, and is responsive on course, this course is for you!
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