AG410: Intro to Distance Skills

Instructor: Amanda Nelson

Course Details

During this class, Amanda will be teaching her foundation training system that she uses with all of her dogs for distance skill training.
She will be going over all of her ground work exercises that teach a strong connection between dog and handler. These exercises also teach the dog confidence, which is crucial to distance work.
Students will learn her base cues and where to use them on the agility course, where to reward your dog for distance, and when to use toys vs. food.
All of these exercises will focus on the groundwork skills needed for more advanced distance work that will be in the Intermediate Distance class.

Whether you have a young dog just starting their agility career or a more advanced dog that you would like to increase their distance skills, this class will teach a solid foundation for fast, fun distance work!

Intro to Distance Preview video 



Next session starts: June 1, 2017
Registration starts: May 22, 2017
Registration ends: June 15, 2017

Registration begins at 9am PDT. 

Enrollment limits: 15 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level spot, you can sign up any time during the registration period.


Week 1 - Base Cues - What they are and how I teach them. (Out, Here, Switch, and Tight) 

Week 2- Introducing Cone work/How to reward and different kinds of rewards

Week 3 - Introducing multiple cones/increasing distance while working on handler cues and timing

Week 4 - Cone Patterns/ Introducing Barrels

Week 5 - Using targets with cone/barrel patterns

Lesson 6 - Lateral vs. vertical distance/distance drills and patterns

Prerequisites and Equipment

Equipment needed:

Road cones - 3-4
Barrels - 2-3 (trash cans can be used, or mesh compost barrels)
Target plate or mat

Course Testimonials

A sampling of what prior students have said about this course .......

However, Amanda is very responsive to each student's needs. Bronze turned out to be my best choice because we added a puppy to our family. You know how much time attention they need!!! She's faster than mercury going down a glass hill so I knew we were going to need distance assistance; I won't be able to handle her any other way! P.S. It is also helping my 8-year-old dog work away from me. Thanks heaps!!!!          

I really enjoyed learning the foundations for distance with my young dog. This class focused strongly on my footwork and body language. I feel that this base will help to build better communication with my dog. He has already improved wonderfully with his distance and sends. Looking forward to the next level.           

A great and fun course, with an enthousiastic teacher, with a lot of material to go over, video and written to explain everything very clearly. Learned a lot! Thanks! Gerry V.          

Brilliant course for dogs just starting distance work in agility. Whether young dogs or old ones that are already used to sticking to their handlers. I really enjoyed the course and even though my dog was already very skilled when it comes to distance we still improved and I fine tuned my handling.          

This was an excellent class that would make a perfect introduction to Agility for any dog, whether or not distance is even a particular concern. The exercises were highly valuable. Even after almost 10 years competing in the sport of Agility, I learned quite a lot. Kristine          

Amanda not only has a ton of technical skill, but she is very positive and encouraging to her students. Tho I was only in the class at bronze level, I still benefited from her constructive attitude - I felt much more inclined to try out, film, and review the exercises. I will definitely be signing up for the next class in this sequence!          

I REALLY LIKED how she broke down this class into small, achievable steps! I trained for 3 years but we just never got the distance thing. I can honestly say, I think we can be successful; not that we don't need more training but I SEE the difference in my dog and in me and I know we are going to be able to get this. Amanda is a VERY positive trainer, not only with her dogs, but with her students too! She is at the top of her game both as an exhibitor and a teacher!           

Thank you, Amanda! I learned a lot I can apply myself and/or use for my students. I loved the personal attention for every gold with solutions fit to the handler dog combination in front of you. I'm looking forward to seeing you when you visit the Netherlands for you seminar (really hope that will become a reality!)