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Foundation Training On The Flat Is Essential For Every Successful Jumping Program!!

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 Essential Building Blocks

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!

What Students Are Saying About This Course!

Why Should You Sign Up?

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.

Ready Made For Independent Learners
AND Instructors!

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.

What Will You Need?

What Will You Learn?

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.

Foundation Flatwork For Agility - Level 1

Module 1 Heel Position And Recalls
Unit 1 Getting Started
Unit 2 Heel Position
Unit 3 Recalls
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

Foundation Flatwork For Agility - Level 2

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
Module 3 Wraps
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

Beginning in December 2019, this course will be part of The Agility Challenge!


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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