First Look: Decel as a Primary Turning Cue

Instructor: Mia Grant
Start Date: January 23, 2017
Registration Closed: February 6, 2017 @ 9 pm Eastern

Deceleration is so retro, it’s cutting edge! This is the start of the “First Look” series where we teach the dog to respond to the first part of the cue! We will begin by making sure your dog sees and responds to that very first piece of turn info: Decel!

Category: Motivation, Foundation, Problem Solving, Handling
Level: Open to All
Class Length: 4 weeks with a break week during the course (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course)

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: 25 ($150)
Number of Auditing Spots: unlimited ($75)
Number of Observing Spots: unlimited ($50)

Course Description

First Look: Decel as a Primary Turning Cue :: Mia Grant

Deceleration is so retro, it’s cutting edge! This is the start of the “First Look” series where we teach the dog to respond to the first part of the cue! We will begin by making sure your dog sees and responds to that very first piece of turn info: Decel!

Ever feel like you need to throw a kitchen sink at your dog to get them to notice you asking them to turn? Or do you have a dog that you wish would drive forward and stop checking in? The basics are always true: If the handler is running, the dog should be driving forward and if the handler is slowing down, the dog will be turning.

No matter what handling choice you use, often the first thing that tells your dog they are turning is you changing your speed. Sometimes we are ahead of the dog, sometimes we are behind, but the change in our momentum is the first thing our dogs can notice to let them know their path is changing. If I am standing next to a jump, it simply means "take this jump". It does not mean "take this jump in extension and start scanning for something else to do" nor does it mean "stop in front of this jump, unless I move forward". Yet, often in our training, we keep adding more cues, without making sure our dog is noticing the very first piece of information we have given them.

We will be working on a variety of scenarios where we need our dog to notice our deceleration as the cue to turn. Forward sends, where we need the dog to drive ahead to an obstacle, then come back to us, simple wrap turns where we are in closer proximity to the turn obstacle, turns where we need our dog to see the correct obstacle when another tempting option could also be seen etc. We will also be reminding our teammates that if we are moving forward, they shouldn't worry about turning. Lots of rewards will be used, both for turning and going forward.


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories:

Motivation, Foundation, Problem Solving, Handling


Level:

Open to All


Course Length:

4 weeks with a break week during the course (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • Two skill sets of short sequences with video demo and written explanation each week. Working participants may video their homework and post in the forum for discussion and feedback from the instructor. Auditors and working students may participate in forum discussions.

Equipment needed:

  • (working participants only): Minimum of 3 jumps, but preferable a tunnel and 6 jumps

Space needed:

  • 50x50 would be great, but exercises can be modified to fit into smaller spaces

Office Hours:

Yes, TBD



Course Participation & Tuition Levels

Type of participation:

  • Working (posts responses to written assignments, posts videos of sequences, gets instructor feedback to all of these as well as answers to any questions posted, can actively participate in forum, chat and office) Limit: 25
  • Auditing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students, will get instructor answers to course-specific questions posted, can actively participate in class forum, chat and office hours) Limit: Unlimited
  • Observing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students in documents, links, forum and chat but do not participate in class forum, chat and office hours other than to read instructor, worker and auditor posts). Limit: Unlimited

Tuition:

  • Working: $150 USD
  • Auditing: $75 USD
  • Observing: $50 USD