Canine Jumping Gym: Jumping Gymnastics for Sport Dogs

Instructor: Chris Ott
Start Date: July 31, 2017
Registration Closed: August 14, 2017 @ 9 pm Eastern

In every agility venue, your dog will be required to navigate more jumping challenges than any other obstacle in agility competition. Understanding the physical and mental challenges and how to develop safe and proficient jump execution at speed (in competition as well as in training), is critical to developing a successful jump training program for you teammate.

Category: Foundation, Obstacle Skills, Problem Solving
Level: Open to all
Class Length: 6 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 6 months after completion of course)

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: unlimited ($199)
Number of Auditing Spots: unlimited ($125)
Number of Observing Spots: unlimited ($95)

Course Description

Canine Jumping Gym: Jumping Gymnastics for Sport Dogs :: Chris Ott

In every agility venue, your dog will be required to navigate more jumping challenges than any other obstacle in agility competition. Understanding the physical and mental challenges and how to develop safe and proficient jump execution at speed (in competition as well as in training), is critical to developing a successful jump training program for you teammate.

This class will cover everything from extension and collection, set points, flight and rotation, recovery strides, turning, and more.

  • Comfortable and safe jumping execution
  • Improved forward focus/scope
  • Build balance and rhythm
  • Increased jump commitment
  • Increase speed
  • Minimize landing impact
  • Improve confidence
  • Injury prevention
  • Problem solving

In this class we will be using jumping gymnastics. These are exercises using only jumps, placed in a row one or more strides apart. The exercises are set up as a grid using equal and/or repetitive striding patterns throughout the exercises. Jumping a dog in an equally and/or repetitive striding pattern helps them maintain a steady rhythm throughout the grid without feeling excessive pressure to find their take off distance. By incorporating slight turns into the jump grids we will incorporate turning and lead changes into the exercises. Slight alterations to the exercises can identify potential problems as well as help solve a multitude of training challenges.

This class is perfect for dogs of all sizes, ages and competition levels. Young dogs can work exercises with ground rails and/or jumps set below wrist height.


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories:

Foundation, Obstacle Skills, Problem Solving

Level:

Open to all

Course Length:

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

Course Structure:

  • Brief assignments to be videotaped for feedback by working participants.
  • Questions answered and feedback on each assignment from instructor in the class forum.
  • Discussion with other students (working and auditing) in the Class Forum as well as access to the general AU forums.
  • Access to Class Chat
  • Access to Faculty Office Hours

Equipment needed:

  • (working participants only): minimum of 4 jumps. Access to 8 jumps will allow participants to incorporate spread jumps.

Space needed:

  • 40x40

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: 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
  • 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: $199 USD
  • Auditing: $125 USD
  • Observing: $95 USD