Teaching Turns and Adding Distance

Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP

Do you want to know how to teach your dog to turn? What cues to use? Do you need help deciding HOW and WHEN do cue your dog to turn? Do you want to know to push your dog for more distance while turning? Do you want to tighten up your turns? This class is great for young dogs just starting out or for more seasoned teams that want to push more distance.

Directionals are extremely important part in agility training! In this class, we will go HOW and WHEN to cue your dog to turn properly for here/come (turn towards you) and switch/flip (turn away from you). We will go over body language, verbal cues and motion to cue your dog to turn. We will practice sequences to teach directionals and then add more distance to each sequence. This class will show videos of how I taught my puppy (around 11 months in most of the videos) to turn and how I taught him to turn at a distance. In many of these videos, it is the first time that I’ve done these exercises with him so you will see how I teach him to turn and how I troubleshoot and help him to be successful. I will also include videos of my elite dogs Synergy (11.5) Tandem (8) JP7and Revolution (5) as I push for more distance.

Step by step instructions, videos and assignments are given. Multiple videos with different dogs will be shown including my young pup Inspire.

Open to all dogs over a year old that can perform hoops or jumps and tunnels. Required space: 50x60 Required equipment 2 tunnels and 6 jumps or hoops

There will be discussion threads to ask questions and post video for review. Everyone is a participant. Each class is broken into sections with one or more lessons within each section. You can post ONE short 1-2 min video per section for instructional review.

Each section will post to the site every 7 days. The course is open for video submission, questions, review and comments for 90 days after the first day of class - access to material lasts for 1 yr.

Why take this class: You will learn-

  • What cues to use to teach your dog to turn towards you and away from you
  • When to cue your dog to turn
  • How to tighten up turns
  • How to build and increase directional skills at a distance
  • How to use targets and toys to teach directionals at a distance
  • How to turn out of a tunnel


Lesson 1: Lecture on Turning Cues / Groundwork to teach Cues

Lesson 2: Teaching Turning Cues - Hoop/Jump /Tunnel

Lesson 3: Turning Out of Tunnel (2 Tunnel Lesson)

Lesson 4: P Lesson (Here / Switch)

Lesson 5: 180s Pinwheels

Lesson 6: Working Various Turns

What level?
Open to all dogs over 7 months that can perform hoops or jumps and tunnels.

Here is a video on Elite Regular course that I ran 3 different ways with my 3 dogs.

Disclaimer: The information in this class may overlap or appear in other classes due to the foundation skills needed.

Your Instructor

Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP
Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer

Certified Pet Massage Practitioner

Bobbie Lyons K9FITteam Member

Lisa is the owner of In The Zone, LLC.and is one of the most accomplished handlers in NADAC. Her consistent, clear positive approach to dog training is evidence with her continual success with multiple dogs! She offers agility, conditioning and massage seminars across the continent and puts on about 12 NADAC trails a year.

Lisa has come home from the NADAC Championships with 10 trophies with 5 different dogs. She has finished in Overall Top 3 at NADAC Champs 22 times with 9 different dogs including her Brittany and Aussie. Tandem, JP7 and Revolution earned the coveted Purple MODSQUAD award--Master of Distance and Speed which requires high level distance handling and speed. Less than 25 dogs in the world have this award and Lisa has three of them. JP7 and Tandem earned the Distance Cup Award. Nine of her dogs have over 175 NATCHES, over 45 Speed Stars. Eight of her dogs have almost 200 Bonus Runs (requires big distance skills). Her dogs are consistently in the Top 10 every year and in most categories in the NADAC Hall of Fame.

To learn more about Lisa visit: www.inthezoneagility.com

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
Read each class description to find out when class starts. Some start right after you enroll and some will start after the enrollment period ends. New material will be posted every 7 days after class begins to allow you time to process the information and start the training process. Video review and commenting will be open for 90 days from the start of class allowing you plenty of time to work through the material, take and edit video and formulate your questions as well as allow the instructor time to review and give feedback. We have built in extra time after all class materials are available so that students that are behind or students still working on behaviors can ask questions and post video for review and comment.
How long do I have access to the course?
For one year from the start of class. The school reserves the right to modify, update or remove this class at any time.
What is your refund policy for current classes?
You will receive a refund if you request your cancellation at least 1 day before the class begins. There are no refunds after class has started.
What if I am unhappy with the class?
We make every effort to offer valuable information at an affordable rate. We suggest you read the class description carefully before making your purchase to determine if the class is right for you. Because there are many levels of trainers, there will be material that is review for some and new to others. For those that are review, it will give you an opportunity to look at what you have trained and refine the behaviors as needed. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact admin at [email protected]
Can instructors diagnose or treat injury?
No - instructors and assistant instructors cannot diagnose or treat injury. They can design fitness plans for healthy dogs or dogs that have a written release from veterinary care and/or veterinary rehabilitation care.