Instructor: Stacy Barnett
Do you wish you were a better handler? Handling is 80% dog / 20 % handler. How you handle makes a huge difference in your performance and in your pass rate.... it drives those "P's" and "Q's"!
In this class we will be all about the details... Learn how to handle through critique.
Review of videos will be a little different in this class... we will do lots of "narrations" where you post a video and then I repost your video with comments about your handling narrated on top. For an example of this please take a look at this beautiful search by Ana and Zoey on Vehicles.
Next session starts: December 1, 2017Registration starts: November 22, 2017Registration ends: December 15, 2017
Registration will begin at 11:30 AM Pacific Time.
For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.
Enrollment limits: Gold: 12 students, Silver: 15 students, Bronze: unlimited.
Silver level for this class is offered as "Working Silver". In addition to asking GENERAL clarification questions about the class lecture materials, silver students will now have the opportunity to submit two short videos, one minute each, for critique and review. You may submit two questions. Each question MUST have a one minute video attached so the instructor can actually answer a question that they can see. The question must relate to a topic in the class and the video must be a demo of the question. Please see the discussion forum for a detailed explanation - feel free to sign up at bronze, read the explanation, and then come back here to upgrade to silver if that interests you, and if space is available.
If you are interested in a bronze level subscription, you can sign up at any time during the registration period.
Gold level access includes all lecture and video materials, ability to post questions and videos to the course forum, and feedback on all questions asked in the forum as well as feedback on both written and video assignments. Silver Level Access includes all lecture and video materials, ability to post questions to the course forum, and feedback on questions asked in the forum. You will not submit video or written homework for feedback. Bronze Level Access includes all lecture and video materials, and the ability to read all questions and answers posted in the class forum. You will not post questions or submit written or video assignments.
Gold level access includes all lecture and video materials, ability to post questions and videos to the course forum, and feedback on all questions asked in the forum as well as feedback on both written and video assignments.Number of slots:13
Silver Level Access includes all lecture and video materials, ability to post questions to the course forum, and feedback on questions asked in the forum. You will not submit video or written homework for feedback.Number of slots:15
Bronze Level Access includes all lecture and video materials, and the ability to read all questions and answers posted in the class forum. You will not post questions or submit written or video assignments.Number of slots: unlimited
- Leash length
- Basic leash handling
- Staying behind your dog
- Body Placement and Positioning
- Smooth Rewards
- Handling the Methodical Dog
- Handling the Fast Dog
- Handling the Timid Dog
What is Teamwork:
- Handling as a Partnership
- Handling your dog on leash
- Handling your dog off leash
- Start Lines
- Tight Spaces
- Large Spaces
- Handling for Multiple Hides
Gold Level students should be comfortable handling all elements. Introduction to multiple hides would be a plus.
Now that we've talked about gear, let's talk about handling. In this course, we will be striving for excellent handling. So what IS excellent handling?
Excellent handling can be considered to have the following attributes:
- Letting the dog lead but remaining a partner
- Keeping the dog in your line of sight
- Good line handling
- Clean and efficient reward delivery
- Limiting chatter or needing to re-cue the dog… dog independence is a factor
- Reading your dog effectively
- Supporting your dog’s emotional needs
All of these aspects come together to result in a beautiful run when coupled with a dog who is In Drive. Let's talk about the challenges of each of these aspects briefly. We will get more in depth with all of these throughout the duration of the course.
LETTING THE DOG LEAD BUT REMAINING A PARTNER
Do you drive the search or does your dog? Do you pull your dog off of odor accidentally? Do you find yourself getting ahead of your dog or presenting the search area to your dog?
KEEPING THE DOG IN YOUR LINE OF SIGHT
Do you miss Changes of Behavior? Has your dog alerted but you can't see? Do you have troubles keeping up with your dog in Vehicles? Does your dog pass behind you or circle you?
GOOD LINE HANDLING
Do you handle with one or two hands? Do you drop your leash to reward? Does your line get tangled in your dog's legs? Does your arm look like a clothesline?
CLEAN AND EFFICIENT REWARD DELIVERY
Do you drop treats? Are you slow in delivering treats? Do you fumble with your bait pouch? Are you losing more than 7-10 seconds per hide rewarding your dog?
LIMITING CHATTER OR NEEDING TO RE-CUE THE DOG… DOG INDEPENDENCE IS A FACTOR
Do you repeatedly re-cue your dog? Do you say more than an occasional "Good Boy" when you are searching? Is your dog focused more on you than on the search?
READING YOUR DOG EFFECTIVELY
Does your dog alert and move on and you don't know it? Are you focusing on the final response and not the communication that happens before then? Are you constantly wishing you had a stronger Alert? Do you see more on your videos than you do in real time?
SUPPORTING YOUR DOG’S EMOTIONAL NEEDS
Does your dog frequently get stressed at a trial? Does your dog get over-aroused? Do you struggle handling your high drive dog or your low drive dog?