This class is offered outside at a park in the Uplands.
This class is handler-only. No dogs! Come make yourself a better handler so your dog stops thinking you’re an agility idiot 😛
Are you not where you’re supposed to be on course? Keep forgetting what that rear cross is supposed to look like? Knowing something in your head by can’t seem to maneuver when it counts? Are you confusing the snot out of your poor dog? Guess what -you’re learning! All of that is normal and to be expected.
If you looked at sports, people are coached by those who generally know what they’re doing.
In horses, it’s the same. You’d never put a green rider on a green horse.
For Agility, we asked a human completely new at a sport to lead a dog completely new at a sport ALL THE TIME. And that’s HARD!
Agility is a fascinating sport, but it does have a steep learning curve as we try to build dog and human into a team -a team that’s able to move quickly and seamlessly between obstacles. Instead of the blind leading the blind, let’s take a few steps back to make sure we’re leading well!
That’s what our goal for Agility Handler Games is all about! To make you a better, more aware handler so that you can give the most clear, fast communication to your dog that is possible. Humans also have a lot more repetitions in us than our dogs, so by taking time to learn away from our lovely pooches, we’re the best we can be when we train WITH them. So, give your dog a break and let’s work on your handling -and all the mistakes you are bound to make!
(They say the only difference between a master and apprentice is that the master has failed more times than the apprentice has even attempted after all.)
This class will focus in on handler movement, timing, technique, body awareness, balance and more. This will help you figure out where to look, how to trust your movement and how to build muscle memory for the behaviors you see in your head but can’t quite get right. We’ll help you figure out when and where to make your crosses and how to determine a commitment point.
How exactly will we do all that without a dog? Well, after you’ve got the initial technique going on -you’re going to be each other’s dogs. You’ll be learning to work together and seeing the other end of the team. Yes, this means you’ll be running some at class -just think of it as a class and a workout!
This course is suitable to both students who have been around eons and those who are newer to the sport. We can build better handlers regardless of your dogs’ current skills! The more you know, the clearer you’re going to be.
Bonus: you get to run around like an idiot with other agility nerds in a nice park on a Sunday night. It’s gonna be a good time 🙂
|Sunday July 11, 2021||7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.||Lesson 1|
|Sunday July 25, 2021||7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.||Lesson 2|
|Sunday August 8, 2021||7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.||Lesson 3|
|Sunday August 22, 2021||7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.||Lesson 4|
|Sunday August 29, 2021||7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.||Lesson 5|