Agility University: Speed ‘em UP!!! Handling for Motivation
Instructor: Kim Fuqua
Contact: via Agility University portal or you can Facebook Message me
Class Calendar: Classes Start Monday December 2nd. Lessons will be posted on Mondays on the following dates: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16. We will have a catch up/break 12/23. During this time, I will answer videos/posts/questions, but nothing new will be posted. There may be a day or two during this time that I do not have internet access. I will answer as soon as I get back. Classes will resume 12/30, 1/6 and 1/13 will be the final lesson. I will answer videos/posts/questions for a week or two following the last posted class.
Course Description: Welcome to Speed ‘em Up!!! Handling for Motivation. In this class we will discuss why dogs lose motivation through environment, handler’s attitude, reinforcement and so much more. We will talk about strategies to overcome the “over thinker” or “stressed” dog. We will work to create clear communication between you and your dog and clean up handling that causes dogs to question their job on the agility course. You will learn how to recognize stress and what to do when it happens. We will talk in-depth about play versus training and what it requires. All this will lead to you having fun with your dog!!!
Weekly Lessons: Each week, I will post the lesson. I will check the forum daily with the exception to the break where I mentioned I may not have internet for a day or two. There will be several components to each lesson.
- Scenarios and examples of what happens when the handler is not a clear communicator or when the game is becoming more “work” than “play”
- Games on and off the agility course
- Good training habits
- Art of reinforcement
- Extracurricular activities
- Drills with equipment
- Drills without equipment
Working Students: With a working spot, you can post weekly video and get unlimited feedback on exercises posted as well as any edited videos of trials and training sessions.
Auditing Students: With an auditing spot, you can ask unlimited questions, have access to all the content and I WILL ALLOW YOU TO POST ONE VIDEO DURING THE CLASS of a training session or a trial (up to two minutes) for feedback and ideas. This should not be a perfect video, but rather a video of a run or session that you have faced struggles that led you to take this class.
Expectations: My sincere hope is that you will be an active student in this class whether a working student or an auditing student. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I spent a lot of time questioning my abilities as a trainer and a handler when I had a stressed, slow dog. At one point, I was literally told to “get another dog”. We worked through that and so will you and your dog.
I will say that there is a TON of work that goes into speeding ‘em up, but if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, it will be very rewarding. Please ask questions, share your experience and we want to hear your successes. The tools that you get in class will be used long term. I play many of these games every day.
Introductions: As we get closer to class, please introduce yourself and your dog. I would love to hear why you have taken this class and feel free to post a video of you training or trialing with your dog. Auditors, this can be the video you plan to get feedback on or just a snapshot of you and your dog.