Driving Forward at a Distance & Distance Off Contacts
Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP
Do you have a dog that curls back at you, spins or barks when you get behind your dog? Do you have a hard driving your dog to the last obstacle? Do you have a hard time getting your dog to drive forward off of contacts?If you answered yes, then this class is for you.
Teaching your dog to drive forward opens up your handling options and makes for a more flowing smooth run. Additionally, many FAST/Chances/Gamblers/Jackpot classes require the dog to send ahead while being behind a line.In this class, we will go over the steps to teach your dog to continue to go forward and to drive forward off of contacts.With each lesson, I will go over when to cue and what cues to direct your dog through the sequence.We will discuss your cues. What are you cues? Are they consistent? When does the cue need to happen? Are you on time? Late?
Step by step instructions, videos and assignments are given. Multiple videos with different dogs will be shown including her young pup Inspire.During this class, you will see videos of Inspire learning to drive forward from the ground up.This class will start with the groundwork exercises to teach forward distance without equipment and move on to working with equipment.
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 drive forward
- How to build and increase distance skills
- Importance of targeting to teach distance
- Importance of teaching lateral distnce
- How to teach your dog to drive forward off contacts with a board or bench
- How to teach your dog to drive forward off contacts
Lesson 1: Groundwork
Lesson 2: Straight Lines
Lesson 3: Drive Forward Out of Tunnel
Lesson 4:Drive Forward at end of Runs
Lesson 5: Groundwork for Distance off Contacts
Lesson 6:Drive Forward off Contact
Lesson 7:Drive Forward to 180 after Contact
Lesson 8: Drive Forward off Contact to end with off course tunnel
Open to all dogs over 10 months that can perform contact, hoops or jumps and tunnels.
Please note that many skills in this class can be worked in a small space with some hoops and a board or mat.As we progress, we will need more space, especially when using the contacts. Required equipment- dogwalk or aframe, 1 tunnel and 6 jumps or hoops.
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