2 Week Techniques: Cue Timing

Instructor: Diane Goodspeed
Start Date: April 5, 2017
Registration Closed: April 19, 2017 @ 9 pm Eastern

In agility, timing is everything! You may have the perfect plan and have trained well for the challenges on the course but one slight hesitation or delay and “poof” the Q is gone. Cuing your dog at the right moment is an absolute necessity for success in agility. And, yet, it is a skill handlers rarely practice. We just assume that we are improving when we run our dog through short sequences and courses. This techniques course will ensure that you are giving the right cue at the right time for your dog. With a few easy drills, you will improve the timing and accuracy of your cues. We will then explore how to incorporate this new information into your walk-thru for immediate success!

Category: Handling, Problem Solving, Skill Development
Level: Open to All
Class Length: 2 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course)

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: Unlimited ($85)
Number of Auditing Spots: Unlimited ($45)

Course Description

2 Week Techniques: Cue Timing :: Diane Goodspeed

In agility, timing is everything! You may have the perfect plan and have trained well for the challenges on the course but one slight hesitation or delay and “poof” the Q is gone. Cuing your dog at the right moment is an absolute necessity for success in agility. And, yet, it is a skill handlers rarely practice. We just assume that we are improving when we run our dog through short sequences and courses. This techniques course will ensure that you are giving the right cue at the right time for your dog. With a few easy drills, you will improve the timing and accuracy of your cues. We will then explore how to incorporate this new information into your walk-thru for immediate success!

Regardless of what handling system you use, the timing of your cues is absolutely critical. Too early and your dog loses focus on the obstacle. Too late and your dog goes off course or drops a bar. Even with the best trained dog, the handler must communicate clearly and at the right time. This techniques class lets you work on the timing of your cues.

Our first task will be to separate your cues (hand, body and verbal) and focus on execution and timing. With a few simple drills, we are going to separate your cues and give your mind and body a chance to sync, which is critical for correct timing. This is training with intent, which is much more effective than just “practice”, particularly since you are the one being trained! The drills are easy so we don’t confuse your dog while you focus on yourself and it doesn’t matter what handling system you use or what cues you rely on.

Our second task will be to incorporate your new awareness into your walk-through. Whether you are training or trialing, this focus on timing will give you better commitment to your handling plan and a stronger connection with your dog!


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories: Handling, Problem Solving, Skill Development

Level: Open to All


Course Length:

2 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • This 2-week course will focus on the timing of your cues and will then focus on how to incorporate your new awareness into training sessions and trials. In the first week, there will be several, simple drills for you to examine and improve your timing. Every drill focuses on a different cue: arm, body and verbal. The drills are easy and quick and can be done with a variety of equipment and space. In the second week, you will be using your new knowledge when running your dog in a training sequence or at a trial. The walk-thru exercises are easy to incorporate into any type of sequence work and can even be done as a visual exercise if you’re short space or training time. Since some of you will have an opportunity to use these techniques and skills at trials on 4/18-19, I’ve added an extra day to the two weeks. I will be on-line through Monday so you can submit video/questions from a trial or weekend training session. Working students will submit video tape for feedback and to generate discussions within the group. Video can be submitted multiple times per week or once a week.

Equipment needed:

  • 4 jumps, tunnel

Space needed:

  • about 40’ x 40’

Office Hours:

Yes, TBD



Course Participation & Tuition Levels

Type of participation:

  • Working (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor, will get instructor answers to course-specific questions posted about assignments and specific to your dog, can actively participate in class forum and chat) Limit: Unlimited
  • 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

Tuition:

  • Working: $85 USD
  • Auditing: $45 USD