DS360: Treibball 2 - Confidence & Skill Building

Instructor: Sandi Pensinger

Course Details

This is the second course in our Treibball series.

Note: it is likely that the gold level participation in this class will be limited to only a few students, so the class will mostly run as a discussion class, with silver members.

Additional video of several student teams in Sandi's live classes will be posted as examples of the lessons for discussion.

In Treibball 2, students will continue increasing Treibball skills for distance, accuracy and speed. They will add more push/drive skills, directional cues, balancing, and begin playing Pre-Novice and Novice forms of the game.

This course begins with the assumption that your dog has learned most of the skills and games taught in Treibball 1 (Basic level orientation, distance, pushing, directionals & impulse control). If you have not finished those lessons yet, don't panic - you can still join us and keep going right from where you left off in Treibball 1.

By the end of this course, my goal is that you have an increased confidence in your ability to pass NATE Pre-Novice Class and hopefully you and your dog will be well on your way to being prepared for the NATE Novice title

This class will be taught using shaping and back chaining methods. The back chaining method is effective on almost all dogs, from insecure and unfocused dogs to highly driven and intense workers.

If anyone has additional questions regarding whether the course it suitable for you and your dog please contact the instructor.


There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.

Registration begins at 9:30am PDT

Enrollment limits: Gold: 15 students, Silver: 25 students, Bronze: unlimited. If you are interested in bronze level, you can sign up any time during the registration period.

For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.


Treibball 2 Syllabus

Let's Get Started! Baseline video

Setting up for success – Start, Send, Push, End

Pushing only on cue - impulse control

Fading the targets

Orientation and balancing at a distance

Pushing ball directly to handler

Adding balls - when & how

Dynamic Ball Driving Games

Increasing distance – up to 50 feet

Down at a distance and while moving

Directional cues & skill building

Putting it all together

Prerequisites and Equipment

You will need a safe space at least 35 and up to 60 feet long and at least 10 feet wide to practice the skills off leash in this class. You will be able to use the 10' wide by 35 ' space if your dog does not yet have reliable distance skills but some dog's may progress to need more space.

You'll need:

  • at least three target mats (1' by 1')
  • three exercise balls at least as tall as your dog's shoulders
  • some pvc pipes, chairs or other objects such as buckets, trash cans, laundry baskets or milk crates to form a channel or to place the ball on.
  • dog, leash, toys, food rewards, bait bag

If you missed the first class in this series, you can get the lecture-only option from the Prerequisites Purchase page.