Instructor: Julie Flanery
This course is a continuation of RA501 and covers behaviors from both the Novice and Intermediate classes of Rally-FrEe. You'll also learn how to perform some of the signs from the AKC Rally masters class as these are identical to some of the Rally-FrEe intermediate class. These behaviors are of great value to the freestyler, providing transitions to maintain momentum and flow in choreography as well as content and variety. Please see syllabus for a list of behaviors. In addition, each gold student will have the option of one additional behavior of their choice to be coached on during the session
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Registration will begin at 10:30am PDT.
For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.
Enrollment limits: Gold: 12 students, Silver: 12 students, Bronze: unlimited.
SILVER LEVEL PILOT PROJECT - 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.
Week 1 Lecture, Video and Exercises
Review circles, spins and thru
Introduction to platforms for positions
Into position signs: front, heel, right
Step back center
Front crosses: dog, handler and alternating
Week 2 Lecture, Video and Exercises
Circle transitions: left and right turns
About U turns form Left and Right
Circle around handler turns opposite
Week 3 Lecture, Video and Exercises
Paw work review and transitioning to the side
Paw work variations for Free Choice and Freestyle
Week 4 Lecture, Video and Exercises
Thru transitions: left and right turns
Figure 8’s and other variations
Week 5 Lecture, Video and Exercises
Spin transitions: switch back 180 turns
Spin transitions spin to center
Week 6 Lecture, Video and Exercises
Introduction to Pivots
Gold Student pre-requisite of RA500 or 501. You may purchase RA501 for your library to meet your pre-req.
Students should be familiar with the use of markers, either a clicker or verbal marker and should understand the process of “shaping” or marking and rewarding small increments of behavior toward building the end result.
Dogs should have an understanding of markers and have the ability to focus on the handler during an exercise. And be able to maintain a standing, stationary position on the left and right side of the handler for a few seconds.
We’ll be using target sticks for some behaviors. Target sticks should be 14-18 inches long and have a distinct “target” at the end. If you don’t have a target stick, a household item may be used, such as a long wooden spoon or you can make one from a wooden or acrylic dowel and a foam practice golf ball. Target sticks can also be purchased online.
We will be using “training gates” to create clear criteria and eliminate the need for hand cues. These can be made from wire cube organizer panels (sold online or in-store), secured in lengths of 10 with zip-ties. Or can be purchased pre-made online at http://www.rallyfree.com/products/
Very large dogs or dogs that may not respect barriers may use 18”-24’ Ex-pens. Small dogs under 14 inches may use “critter trail playpen” also found online.
Standing platforms: Your platforms should be large enough for your dog to stand on, but that's about it! Too long is generally fine, but you don't want your platform too short or your dog will not feel comfortable standing. The width should be 1-2 inches wider than your dog's rear feet. The height should be at least 3 inches. You'll need at least 2 standing platforms, 3 would be great. You can purchase online here, or make your own. There are a couple of good YouTube vids that show you how. Heather Lawson has posted a couple and they are available in the alumni FB page links as well as here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/fenzi-dog-sports-academy-alumni-group/links-and-directions-for-building-your-own-platforms-or-other-class-related-equi/434893850035173
Please contact me if you have any questions regarding equipment.
WK 3: LEFT AND RIGHT TURN THRU TRX AND FIGURE 8 THRU
POSTED IN RA502 RALLY FREE 2
Left and Right Turn Thru Transitions
Once your dog understands the skill of passing through your legs from one side to the other we can start to combine the thru with a turn to create not only a change of side transition but also a change of direction. This week’s videos first show the finished behavior followed by vids of the gates set up in an L to help the dog stay in position, on and immediately following the turn.
Below is video of the left and right turn transitions. The dog passes through the legs as the handler makes a left or right turn. In Rally-FrEe the dog will always start on the left for left turns and start on the right for right turns. The left and right thru transitions are sign #25 and 26.
Note that with the gates, after clicking, I stop to feed in position rather than continuing forward.
When you make the turn is up to you, but I recommend that you make the turn as or just after the dog goes thru. If you make the turn first, the dog will have to adjust his momentum before going thru. Note in the video below, the handler makes the turn first, and the dog has to shift his momentum abruptly, once on the turn, and again to go thru. The purpose of a transition is to eliminate these abrupt shifts in momentum, so having the dog go through before or as you turn will create the flow you want.
The Figure 8 can be used as a main move or behavior in freestyle or as a change of side. For Rally-FrEe the figure 8 behavior is sign #27 and is always performed 2 x, with the dog passing thru the handler’s leg a total of 4 times, and finishing on the same side they started.
The cue is the same cue you use for your pass thru to the other side.
The below vids show the use of a target stick in training the figure 8, but often by the time the dog has worked on the single pass thru to position and the turns, and added the verbal cue, the target stick may not be necessary.
You can also start this with your legs slightly forward of each other to jump start your dog’s understanding – making it look a little more like the foundation through.
Bring your feet and legs parallel though, as soon as you see good success, as that is how the behavior should be performed.
If you like you can bend your knee from side to side to help make the opening a little larger. Handlers of very large dogs are allowed to lift their feet or legs to allow the dog to pass thru. The goal though is for the handler to keep their feet planted as much as possible and not have a lot of extraneous movement.
As with previous behaviors, you’ll start by C/T’ing the behavior of passing thru, but as that criteria becomes strong, you can start to C/T coming into position. Be sure to get some good reps in of single pass to the side, c/t. just as we did with the thru. You’ll have a tendency to want to do several in a row before clicking, especially if your dog already knows this skill. Just remember it is as much about the position as it is about the passing thru. Using the gates in a line alongside, will help the dog understand to come into a straight position next to the handler.
A sampling of what prior students have said about this course ...
Julie, you treat each student as special and with such respect. Your videos and detailed descriptions are so helpful. I am inspired to keep practicing and to actually enter a video trial! Thank you so much and I look forward to learning from you in person.
Freestyle is not a sport where I can find lots of local people to train with. Fenzi Academy has given me an opportunity to pursue this sport as a beginner! I have been able to use distance learning as an amazing means to reach goals. Julie Flanery is a thorough instructor who seems to genuinely care about the success of her students! Courtney M
Absolutely love Julie's eye for detail. I have learned so much and gained confidence. I have become very hooked on the sport and plan to continue moving forward with our skills.
Great job, Julie. Your attention to detail and ability to catch the tiniest things are amazing!