Subtitle: How to Train Distance and Use It on Course
Author: Kristy Netzer
Format: DVD, 2 discs, NTSC format
Running Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
Bonus Materials: 63-page training booklet in PDF format
Release Date: 2010
It’s no secret that today’s agility courses are far tougher and running times are tighter than ever before. Every handler who sets foot in the ring needs solid distance skills in their tool box, but it’s especially crucial when your dog is faster than you. Dial Up the Distance is a comprehensive two-disc program that uses a clear, step-by-step approach to help handlers build these all-important distance skills with their dogs. Kristy Netzer owns and operates two highly respected agility schools (California and Tennessee), and has taught hundreds of students how to incorporate extraordinary distance skills into their handling systems so their dogs can work confidently and accurately away from them.
You’ll start with fundamental distance ground work and teaching your dog “Go,” “Out,” “Here,” as well as “Left” and “Right” directionals. Then you’ll progress to more difficult skills such as training and handling obstacle discrimination and pinwheels at a distance. You’ll learn how to use long lead-outs and effective layering skills to give yourself every advantage possible. And, you’ll learn how to direct your dog’s path through a variety of sequences, using body cues and directional commands. There is even a special section on course analysis that reviews actual competition courses and leads you through the steps for planning handling strategies using your distance skills.
Dial Up the Distance is appropriate for handlers at every level of agility whose dogs have basic independent obstacle performance skills. It is especially beneficial for handlers who consider themselves “speed challenged.”
About the Author
At the age of 13, Kristy Netzer discovered her love of dogs. She began working as a groomer's assistant and then made a fateful deal with her parents. If she would earn enough money, she could purchase her own dog. At $2.50 an hour, it was a daunting task. But low and behold, Kristy met her goal. She and her Golden Retriever, Calypso, hit the dog obedience circuit. After receiving her CDX, Kristy attended the first ever USDAA agility seminar in Southern California. The teamwork, competition, and fun attracted her to this wonderful new sport in 1989. In 1993, Kristy was a founding member of the first ever, officially sanctioned, USDAA club in Southern California, West Valley DogSports. In 1996, WVDS asked Kristy to teach agility classes. She realized the second best thing to running your dog in agility was teaching dog agility. After encouragement from some very good agility friends, Kristy hosted her own agility seminar. The seminar was so successful, that she began her own training school, Happy Dog Agility. Kristy has earned the USDAA ADCH title on three dogs, Zippity, Jubilee and Dabbie, and has achieved numerous other agility accomplishments.