Agility Toolbox: Advanced Agility Skills by the Dozen

Instructor: Chris Ott
Start Date: November 1, 2017
Registration Closed: November 15, 2017 @ 9 pm Eastern

Go beyond the basics with exciting and impressive skills that will shape and improve multiple areas of your agility program all at the same time! Each unique skill set in this class is designed to improve your agility game and help bridge the gap between your training and competition performances. This class covers many of the core and advanced skills specifically designed and customized to be used for problem solving solutions for a multitude of performance issues as well as to help build confidence and consistency in all dog sports. Whether you want to build and advance on the success you already have or you want to fix some issues and fill the holes in your training program, this class is the perfect addition to any training program.

Category: Fitness, Agility Skills
Level: Open to all
Class Length: 6 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 1 year after completion of course)

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

Course Description

Advanced Agility Skills by the Dozen :: Chris Ott

Go beyond the basics with exciting and impressive skills that will shape and improve multiple areas of your agility program all at the same time! Each unique skill set in this class is designed to improve your agility game and help bridge the gap between your training and competition performances. This class covers many of the core and advanced skills specifically designed and customized to be used for problem solving solutions for a multitude of performance issues as well as to help build confidence and consistency in all dog sports. Whether you want to build and advance on the success you already have or you want to fix some issues and fill the holes in your training program, this class is the perfect addition to any training program.

List of skill focus areas we will cover:

  1. Jumping and Turning, Body Awareness, Rhythm Change, Balance and Timing, Weight Shift
  2. Contacts, Body Awareness, Weight Shift, Balance
  3. Weaving, Jumping, Weaving, Body Awareness, Peripheral Vision
  4. Jumping and Turning, Forward Focus
  5. Contacts, Stimulus and Impulse Control, Start Lines
  6. Weaving, Jumping, Body Awareness, Weight Shift, Lead Changes
  7. Weaves, Contacts, Jumping, Turning, Contacts, Body Awareness
  8. Contacts, Rhythm Change, Balance, Weight Shift Timing, Obstacle Focus
  9. Contacts, Jumping, Weaves, Handler Focus, Body Awareness
  10. Weaves, Jumping, Handler Focus, Body Awareness, Weight Shift
  11. Jumping, Body Awareness, Balance, Forward Focus, Collection/Rotation
  12. Jumping, Body Awareness, Balance, Forward Focus, Extension/Rotation

The skills covered in this class are some of the core essential skills built from the foundation of the Speedoggie / Total Team performance program. These uniquely designed and essential training skills are instrumental to the seamless transition of performance from the training environment to the competition course, including independence, distance, speed and focus.

Most agility performances fail due to obstacle performance failure or other weak skills. Many handling failures are due to a handler not being able to get to where they need to be on course because their dog lacks the independent skills needed for the course challenge. Some teams lose valuable seconds on course due to a lack of skill proficiency and/or skill performance anxiety while other teams struggle between stimulus control and impulse control.

Each week in this class we will present 2 essential skills for a total of 12 skills over the 6 weeks of class. Every skill is demonstrated with a Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level instruction. These skills have been proven to the highest levels of performance. This class is perfect for dogs of all ages and sizes with variations included for very young dogs and older dogs as well. The exercises are designed to be set up in small spaces and many exercises may be worked indoors for when the weather is too extreme to train outdoors.

This class is the perfect training opportunity for those who are looking for a class to focus on improving and problem solving skills rather than handling or course analysis.

This class will also feature:

  • Downloadable written instructions and FAQs for each lesson
  • Video explanations
  • Video demos
  • Detailed easy to follow critique of homework videos for working participants
  • Pre-skills to be ready for when class starts
  • Private Facebook group for all participants with bonus information and live interactions!

Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories:

Fitness, Agility Skills

Level:

Open to all

Course Length:

6 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for 1 year after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • 2 Video lessons each week (one posted Monday & one posted Wednesday)
  • 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): 4-6 winged jumps (non-wings can be substituted). 12 Weave poles (pool noodles can be substituted). Pause Table (other platforms can be substituted).

Space needed:

  • 20’ x 30’ (approx)

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