Learn Your Dog 3: The Toolbox

Learn Your Dog
Every handler should have a “toolbox” of handling cues to choose from to drive the dog around the course, and every dog and handler will need a different toolbox! This course will help each handler develop their own handling system with a toolbox of handling cues specific to their own dogs, as well as use a series of motivating games to turn weaknesses into strengths, increase handling understanding and solidify teamwork and connection on course.

Instructor(s): Tracy Sklenar
Category: Motivation, Handling, Problem Solving
Pre-Requisite: Learn Your Dog 1 or Learn Your Dog 2 or an in-person handling class or seminar with the instructor Level: Starters/Novice, Open/Advanced, Masters/Excellent, International
Class Length: 7 weeks
Start Date: January 21, 2013
Registration Opens: December 18, 2012
Registration Closes: February 4, 2013

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: 10 ($199)
Number of Auditing Spots: 25 ($125)
Number of Observing Members: unlimited ($95)

Course Description

Learn Your Dog 3: The Toolbox :: Tracy Sklenar

Every handler should have a “toolbox” of handling cues to choose from to drive the dog around the course, and every dog and handler will need a different toolbox! This course will help each handler develop their own handling system with a toolbox of handling cues specific to their own dogs, as well as use a series of motivating games to turn weaknesses into strengths, increase handling understanding and solidify teamwork and connection on course.

There are a variety of handling options available nowadays to help master the ever-evolving course challenges we see in competition! Which “moves” will work for you and your dog? In this class, handlers will play with a series of handling drills and games designed to produce tighter turns, more speed and more accuracy on course, while helping the handlers understand the cues and timing to fit the needs of the individual dog. We will look at the “traditional” crosses and turning cues, as well as the new exciting cues designed to fit today’s challenges! Each working team will be developing their own handling system by clarifying what each cue means to the dog, when the dog needs to get the information and how to stay connected with the dog while confidently driving around the course.


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories: Motivation, Handling, Problem Solving

Pre-Requisite: Learn Your Dog 1 or Learn Your Dog 2 or an in-person handling class or seminar with the instructor

Level: Starters/Novice, Open/Advanced, Masters/Excellent, International

Course Length:

7 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for working/auditing students for 4 months after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • Brief written lectures and progressive work to be videotaped for feedback.
  • 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):

  • 8 jumps and 1 tunnel

Space required (working participants only): 

  • 60 x 60 agility ring

Office Hours:

  • Yes (days/times TBA)


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 hours) Limit: 10
  • 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: 25
  • Observing (has read-only and view-only access to the class forum, chat and office hours, cannot post or ask questions). Limit: Unlimited

Tuition:

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