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2on-2off Contact Behavior – This course describes a step by step method of teaching a reliable 2on-2off behavior for use on the dogwalk, A-frame and teeter in dog agility.
There are 6 lessons with multiple parts per lesson. One of the big advantages to training a 2on-2off at the end of the contact obstacles is that nearly all the training can take place on a target plank or training board, reducing both the physical stress on the dog and the space needed to do the training. If you don’t have access to full contacts or live in a place like I do, where training is limited due to weather, teaching a 2on-2off behavior using a target plank makes a lot of sense. This is the program I followed for my young border collie Nick. Here is Nick running in Novice Standard.
Whether you are starting out a puppy or need to re-train an adult dog or just clean things up a bit, this course will help. If your dog is already performing full contacts and you are not satisfied with your dog’s behavior, you can use this method to re-train your 2on-2off behavior. This course does not cover all the elements of teaching the dogwalk, teeter and A-frame. It does cover all the elements of creating a great 2on-2off behavior using a training board or stairs including distractions, handling and even a bit of sequencing.
This course is designed for SELF-STUDY. I will answer questions and you are welcome to contact me for additional lessons. You can contact me via Facebook Messenger or the Contact page on this site.
- Contact training board – 4 ft long by 4 inches high with a non-skid surface. Color doesn’t matter.
- Access to a set of stairs can be useful
- Target – flat object like a yogurt container lid
Lesson 1: Flatwork elements – including the release cue, focus forward and impulse control.
Lesson 2: Introducing the Target and the Target Plank (training board)
Lesson 3: Introducing the 2on-2off position on the Target Plank and Adding Easy Distractions
Lesson 4: Angling the board, using stairs and adding more distractions
Lesson 5: Adding movement onto the board and adding more distractions. Fading the target.
Lesson 6: Handling around 2on-2off behavior and “sequencing”
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Nick’s Boot Camp 101 – a Jumping and Handling Program for Technical Sequences in Dog Agility. SELF-STUDY $75.
This course has 6 weeks of lessons with 3-4 exercises in each lesson designed to give you the foundation blueprint for achieving efficient and safe turns, even on technical courses. You will build your dog’s understanding of how to physically manage turns on technical sequences including wraps, threadles, backsides and serpentines; and at the same time you will build the physical and verbal cues that you will use as a handler to prepare your dog for the turns. The supporting video in each lesson will often be taken directly from the work I have done with my young border collie Nick. Nick – whose predominant thought always was “how fast can I go” struggled with these skills before I took him through this “Boot Camp” program. Read more about Nick’s story here.
The course is progressive. Each lesson will consist of a description of the skills we want the dog to learn, an exercise designed to teach the dog the skill and a supporting video. Each lesson builds on the previous lesson. The process can’t be rushed! To help avoid binge learning and give our dogs the time to build their physical skills and understanding of your cues, the lessons will be released weekly but the course length allows ample time to master each of the lessons. You won’t have to progress if you aren’t ready.
Dogs should be at least 1 year old and doing some sequencing before undertaking this full program, although some elements can be done safely with younger dogs. Contact me to discuss.
Equipment and space requirements:
- 2 wing jumps and an optional tunnel.
- An object to wrap like a large cone or a bucket.
- Working spots also require video camera, editing tool and a YouTube account.
- Not required but highly recommended: Susan Salo’s Jumping Grid Workbook – which can be purchased at Clean Run.
- 5-8 additional wingless jumps (or ladder jumps – see pictures here) for the Susan Salo grids.
- Space needed: a 50 ft x 40 ft space would be adequate. Many of the exercises can be done in a much smaller space.
- Lesson 1 – Understanding/recognizing extension vs collection
- Lesson 2 – The physicality of collection and handler physical/verbal cues
- Lesson 3 – One jump work – wraps and backside intro
- Lesson 4 – 1 and 2 jump work – figure 8 drill, serpentine intro
- Lesson 5 – 1 and 2 jump work – adding speed into the collection
- Lesson 6 – 2 jump work with more speed and mixing it up
Questions? Contact Anne Stocum via Facebook Messenger or through the contact form on this site.
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