Teaching Turns and Adding Distance
Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP
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 TurnsWhat 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.
Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP 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! While she primarily competes in NADAC, her training and handling philosophy translates to all venues. Path work is paramount in all venues. Being able to draw efficient lines, speedy independent obstacles, and providing clear and consistent cues help teams compete successfully in all venues from Teacup to USDAA.
Lisa has come home from the NADAC Championships with 10 trophies with 5 different dogs. Nine of her dogs have over 150 NATCHES, over 35 Speed Stars. Eight of her dogs have 140 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. In September 2018, Tandem earned the coveted Purple MODSQUAD award--Master of Distance and Speed which requires high level distance handling and speed. He is the 15th dog in the world to earn this award. JP7 achieved his Silver MODSQUAD in Dec 2018. Revolution only need one more bonus to achieve this award also. At the 2018 NADAC Championships, Tandem was the NADAC World Large Vet Dog Champion and NADAC Large Vet Dog Champion. JP7 was NADAC World Starter Stakes Reserve Champion and NADAC Reserve Champion Starter Stakes (high level distance class) and Distance Bonus Cup Champion. Revolution brought home 1stPlace Team Trophy. Here is a link to 2018 Champs Highlights Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNRR3D9foggAt the 2017 NADAC Championships, Revolution was Reserve Champion, JP7 achieved 4 sashes in Starter Stakes, and Tandem and Synergy also made it to finals. Amazingly, in 2018 and 2017, her four dogs earned 26 NATCHES and 10 Speed Stars each year! Talk about being consistent at a high levelJIn 2015, Tandem won the highest number of Bonus Points Trophy in Starter Stakes. From 2008-20011, Moxie and Lisa won their class at champs! In 2007, Expedite won the Skilled Veteran Class and in 2006 Haley (Brittany) won Double Digit Class. To view a complete list of accomplishments, videos of runs and photos please visit http://inthezoneagility.com. To view some bonus’ runs http://inthezoneagility.homestead.com/BONUS-RUNS.html
Lisa is a NADAC Certified Clinician, Certified Pet Massage Practitioner, FITPAWS Master Trainer, Certified Canine Fitness Trainer and a member of Bobbie Lyon’s K9 Fit Team. She gives agility, conditioning and massage seminars across the continent. She teaches online classes through in thezoneagility.com as well as through Bobbie Lyons Canine Campus -https://www.bobbielyonscaninecampus.com. Lisa hosts over 15 NADAC Trials yearly as In The Zone Agility and In The Zone Agility of Illinois. Lisa currently has five Border Collies including a young dog aging from 18 months to 12 years old and deaf. Running a deaf dog has brought a new element of training which has made her a much better handler and trainer. She has owned, trained and completed with 12 dogs which have ranged from soft to hard and slow to fast and novice to multiple championships. This allows Lisa to bring real life experiences into her training that includes good foundation training, skill training, motivation and consistent, clear handling all in a fun positive way.
Her goal is to have amazing relationships with her dogs and for them to run fast and confidently well into their double-digit years. The core of her training philosophy is based on solid foundation skills and consistent handling to motivate her dogs in a fun and positive way. She uses a positive reward-based system of training and errs on the side of rewarding too often than not enough. She believes it is her responsibility to maintain cues in a clear, crisp, calm and confident manner. This gives her dogs confidence to trust her cues which builds relationships, speed, drive and distance. As a skill trainer, she focuses on developing, refining and rewarding obstacle performance and handling. She believes groundwork and foundation skills are the building blocks to success. She trains in short fun sequences so she can train various handling options, push for distance and reward often. She trains skills and obstacles so that her dogs are confident in their ability to understand her cues and to perform obstacles efficiently, at speed and at a distance.
Lisa grew up in the horse world training and showing Quarter Horses as well as dabbling on the racetrack. She also played volleyball and softball. The skills learned training and competing in other sports have transferred to dog training. She currently has and runs five Border Collies including a young dog debuting this year to a 12 year old deaf dog. Running a deaf dog has brought a new element of training which has made her a much better handler and trainer. She has owned, trained and completed with 12 dogs (including a lab, a Brittany and an Australian Shepherd) which have ranged from soft to hard and slow to fast and novice to multiple championships. This brings real life experiences into her training that includes good foundation training, skill training, motivation and consistent, clear handling all in a fun positive way.
Lisa is a consummate learner. She continues to take classes and attend seminars whenever possible. She continues to evaluate her training and adjusts accordingly. She puts on many seminars across the continent and in doing so, meets lots of different teams with different issues. This has taught her to be open minded, to think on her feet and outside the box! She loves to be challenged and to help people succeed.
To learn more about Lisa's training philosophy click HERE