- Agility Training -
COMPETITION AGILITY TRAINING
Competition training is intended for dogs and handlers who are actively competing and wish to consolidate their ring experience.
The training emphasises sequencing, positioning, timing and partnership co-ordination. This group offers handlers the opportunity to improve their ring skills, confidence and handling techniques whilst developing their own handling style and broadening their working partnership with their dog.
We discuss course design, and explore handling options on a wide variety of current, top level courses from around the world.
Established handlers are encouraged, through mentorship, to acquire basic instructing, ring-party and judging skills.
The training is suitable for dogs and handlers competing at all levels from KC Grade 3 (approximately) through to Championship.
This group is ongoing and training fees are charged weekly.
This training group is not so much about where you're 'at' in agility terms but where you're 'going'. If the agility bug has bitten and you want to compete, win and work up through the grades, then this style of training is for you.
The Competition group builds on the skills gained in the Foundation and Beginners courses, and works on the following additional areas:
Handling style - whatever your personal style or technique for getting yourself and your dog around a course, a critical pair of eyes to make sure you're doing it as efficiently as possible, is always necessary. Reduce unecessary visual cues, clarify your body language and increase your effectiveness in the ring.
Body language and Signalling - working double-handed, driving arms, braking arms (braking, not breaking, we prefer to leave everybody's limbs intact!) acceleration and deceleration cues. The importance and impact of your visual cues to the dog. Handling 'off the shoulder' and correct positioning of feet.
Complex Recalls and Sendaways - positioning yourself on the course and recalling your dog from the start over a series of obstacles that include more than just jumps and are set at more than just a straight line, can be a winning formula. So is the ability to send your dog ahead of you on a home straight, to the finish line.
Dream times - know all about the so-called 'dream-times' in which your dog successfully completes any of the three contact obstacles as fast as possible. Are they unattainable? Expect the stop-watch to make a regular appearance.
Dog and handler paths - establishing the path that forms the best line of fit between the handler and dog, to achieve the fastest course time for each dog.
Front, Rear, Blind-crosses and 'Ketschker' turns - there's all sorts of different names for these but whatever you call them, these four handling manoevres need to be understood. Each of these manoevres facilitates your progress around the course and enables you to cut corners and so guide your dog more efficiently on the course.
Ring etiquette and Course awareness - what to do, when and why to do it when you're in the show ring. Kennel Club Show rules and regulations for competitors. How to walk a course for competition, what sequences to look for in the course and ideas on course design and the judging techniques you might meet.
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