Author: Sandy Rogers
Format: DVD, 2 discs, NTSC format
Running Time: 3 hours, 52 minutes
Release Date: 2016
Footwork matters! Every step you take when you handle your dog in agility provides him with information on where to go next. But here’s the question—are your feet telling your dog where you want him to go? Handling with your Feet First is the simplest way to correctly and consistently cue turns and set lines to the next obstacle(s) on course.
The Feet First program works for all levels of handlers, no matter what type of handling method you are using, and you can make progress quickly and permanently. Learning how to make your feet do what you want them to do, when you want them to do it, will enable you to get around the course more efficiently and free you to focus on your dog and the course that you’re handling.
In this DVD you will watch Sandy work with a variety of handlers and their dogs on basic footwork drills designed to “wake up your feet,” air handling drills, and drills for perfecting the footwork cues Sandy uses to handle her own dogs. As you begin to understand the power of your feet, you can apply the drills to your own handling system to show your dog where to go, to show him where to go next, to cue extension (acceleration), and to cue collection (deceleration).
Handling with your Feet First will transform your ability to communicate with your dog in agility.
About the Author
Sandy Rogers began her agility career in 1989, competing for the first time in 1991. She founded ACE Dog Sports in 1999. The school currently has seven instructors and two locations. Sandy has been published and featured in Clean Run magazine and has been seen competing in agility on the Animal Planet, PAX, and NBC channels. Her JRT Quill represented the United States in international competition in 2011, 2012, and 2013, winning gold, silver and bronze medals and she won the 2013 USDAA Grand Prix. Her Border Collie Brink was a three-time USDAA National Champion and won the Incredible Dog Challenge. Her Sheltie Sweep won the Max 200 Ultimate Dog Award (highest combined obedience and agility score) both regionally and nationally in 1999. Beyond the pride of her accomplishments with her dogs, Sandy is very proud of the success of her students; she knows that success comes in all shapes and sizes.
Why Feet First?
5 Key Elements for Precision Footwork (D.I.T.C.H.)
Wake Up Your Legs Drills
Introduction & Warm-Up
Box Work: Putting It All Together
Agility Footwork Drills
Send Cue Drill
Front Cross Drill
Lateral Motion Drill
Hip Rotation Drill
Figure 8 Drill
Combination Footwork Drill 1
Combination Footwork Drill 2
Combination Footwork Drill 3
Additional Drills & Tips
Combining Handler Focus with Footwork
Common Mistakes with Front Cross Footwork
Practicing Peripheral Vision Skills
Modifying Your Footwork
Practice Makes Perfect
"I have to send out a huge thank you to Sandy Rogers of Ace Dogsports! I attended her Feet First presentation last night in San Francisco. It was AMAZING! I have been doing agility for over 20 years now; adding Sandy's focus on the role of our feet to my thought process and my training will take my handling to the next level! WELL DONE, Sandy. Can't wait for the DVD." —Pat White, top owner/breeder and handler (49 MACHs on 5 different dogs,AKC Nationals finalist with three dogs, AKC Invitational finalist with three dogs and earning 2nd place in 2014 and 1st place in the 20" height in 2015, top 5 Golden Retriever 10 times, top 20" dog of any breed in 2013, 2 OTCHs, 3 MHs, 4 TDXs)
"Sandy's Feet First technique is both simple and incredibly important. Working with her on this made a world of difference in my handling and the clarity of the cues I was giving my dog. It seems so obvious — 'let your feet do the talking and set the lines' — but it's astonishing how few of us actually do this consistently. We often focus so much on the dog's footwork and technique that we forget to focus on what we as handlers are actually doing with our bodies! Sandy's method breaks down our footwork patterns into simple exercises to help build our muscle memory, and then gradually integrates working with the dog. Even those of us who feel like we have four left feet can learn and master the Feet First technique, and then find ourselves able to get where we need to go much more quickly and to indicate turns earlier and much more clearly. I strongly recommend this for handlers of all levels." —Nicole F. Watts
"I have taken Sandy Roger's Feet First classes and they have really helped me to understand 'lines' and when 'cues start and finish.' I also have the benefits of being in Sandy's classes where her passion for 'feet first' has improved my handling, and consequently, given my dogs and me more confidence. When practicing on my own, I always include feet first drills and it is a lot of fun!" —Julie Eli and Harvey (the Keeshonden)
"Feet First is a transformational program to help us communicate more clearly with our dogs. I have struggled with getting 'stuck at times in a certain place and position and not knowing when/how to move on. Obviously this effects my dog knowing what to do next. Working on making my steps better with both exact placement and precise timing so my dog understands the line, allows me to move faster to the next obstacle/line so she can keep moving as well. Our partnership is stronger, faster and more exciting. I now walk a course more precisely and plan my courses in more detail." —Gwen Meyer